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IBBA World Bowls Championships

May Homer visually impaired Protea bowler competes at the Worthing International Blind Bowls Association World Bowls Championship. Follow her and the rest of our Protea team's progress below.

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Day 11 - Thursday, July 18, 2013

Hi All

We have not received the electronic copy of the results and the Aussies have made off with our hard copy, so I can’t send you any official results. However South Africa are still top of the log with Australia in second place. Our team is flying the flag high with the results as follows

B1 Ladies   Tracy    Gold

B2 Ladies    Gwen    Silver (Gold if all goes well on Thursday)

B3 ladies    May    Gold

B4 Ladies    Princess    Gold

B1 Men    Michael    (In the medals, specifics confirmed on Thursday)

B2 Men    Stephen    (Just missed the Bronze)

B3 Men    Herman    (Silver)

B4 men    Eben        (To be confirmed Thursday)

B1 Mixed pairs    (Gold)

B2 Mixed pairs    (Silver)

B3 Mixed pairs    Silver (Gold if all goes well on Thursday)

B4 Mixed pairs    (Gold)

As you can imagine we are in high spirits. I have attached a picture of the participants taken on Monday

Cheers

Paul

 
Day 10 - Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Hi All

Attached are the results up to Tuesday night.

It is now getting to crunch time. Those that are ahead are looking at who is in second place and what do we need to do to keep them there, also who is in third place and will they be a threat. Those are in second and third place are looking at what do we need to do to get to the top or if so and so beats so and so we will be in such a position and then all we need to do is score so many points to be in the lead.

All the theoretical jockeying that takes place before and after the games is good to keep us on our toes but its what happens on the green that counts.

The scores are as follows:

South Africa 99

Australia 86

Israel 60

Malaysia 57

England 54

Scotland 52

New Zealand 41

Canada 22

Northern Ireland 5

Wales 4

Thursday afternoon is the closing ceremony and when the medals will be handed out, however the the trophy’s for the category and overall winners will be handed out at the gala ball on Thursday night. We will let everyone know the results on Friday as we are planning a “Opskop” on Thursday after the gala ball.

Cheers

 

IBBA-Championships-Current-Standings-MASTER-SUMMARY-Day-10.pdf

 
Day 9 - Monday, July 15, 2013

Hi All

Attached are the results up to tonight. Monday was a great success for South Africa we played 8 games and won 7. Our closest rival is still Australia as can be seen by the results below. Our friends June and Andy came to watch us today and we went for a quick drink after the tournament. They are staying locally until the end of the tournament so we will have plenty of time to catch up. May & Herman played pairs against Scotland  and managed to win.


The scores are as follows:

South Africa 87

Australia 74

Israel 51

Malaysia 47

Scotland 46

England 48

New Zealand 37

Canada 20

Northern Ireland 3

Wales 2

Cheers

Paul

IBBA-Championships-Current-Standings-MASTER-SUMMARY-Day-9.pdf

 
Weekend Fun - Monday, July 15, 2013

Hi All

We have all had a fun weekend and are looking forward to this weeks games. Attached is a picture of some of the team relaxing while playing indoor bowls at a club not far from our hotel. They have 5 rinks (not greens) and over 500 members so getting a game is not easy. A lot of bowlers here play lawn bowls in the summer and indoor in the winter, because it is indoor they play 7 days a week and are open till late at night. The facilities are excellent with a well stocked pub (7 varieties of draft beer) and a restaurant.

Most of us went to Brighton on the weekend, some on Saturday and some on Sunday. The public transport here is very geared up for disabled travellers, the busses all lower their suspension when they stop so there are no steps to get in, each bus has an area for a wheel chair or pram and the traffic lights beep to tell you it is safe to cross the road. Busses leave every 10 minutes. We spent Sunday in Brighton where there is a fun fair at the end of the pier, we tried the best rides (picture of Annetjie, Christine, Gwen and May attached), I had my ice cream stolen off the cone by 2 seagulls. I bought May, Annetjie and Gwen whelks and jellied eels which they didn’t like so we eventually had pizza in a pub (picture attached). We rode on the Ferris wheel which gives a fantastic view of the city, this is the same one that used to be in Durban, apparently it has been packed up and moved to 4 different countries (picture of May and the wheel attached).

Hope this mail finds you all well.

Cheers

Paul

 
Day 6 - Saturday, July 13, 2013

Hi All

Attached is a Picture of the SA team taken today.

We have come to the end of the first week and we are all looking forward to a weekend off. There are various plans for the next two days one of which is going to be indoor bowling (you might think we had had enough of bowls but it’s like a drug). Some are going to Brighton. Those with some sense are not making any plans. May played 2 games today and won both, she pulled a hamstring muscle towards the end of her first game so the second one was quite amusing for those watching, as her antics on the mat would have done Rudolf Nureyev proud. Herman played a tough game against Steve from England but and eventually won 21 – 17. Stephen won against Australia. Tracy beat England in the singles this morning but lost against them in the pairs this afternoon.

The scores are as follows:

South Africa 75

Australia 60

Israel 48

Malaysia 41

Scotland 40

England 40

New Zealand 31

Canada 18

Northern Ireland 1

Wales 1

I have not yet received my copy of the official results but as soon as I do I will mail them and post them on the web site.

All is looking good for next week, we are all psyched up for it and determined, to come out with our A game.

Cheers

Paul


 
Day 5 - Thursday, July 11, 2013

Hi All

Attached are the results up to today.

A quick summary of the results is as follows:

South Africa 61

Australia 50

Israel 38

Malaysia 31

England 30

Scotland 29

New Zealand 25

Canada 18

Northern Ireland 0

Wales 0

 

May had a good day and won both her games but does not feel she is bowling her best. We will try to sort this out before tomorrows game against Australia.

Stephen showed great determination to fight back from a deficit of 9 - 18  to end 19 – 21 against Malaysia (Pity there wasn’t one more end).

Cathy won the raffle again, if she doesn’t start drinking some of her winnings she will be over the limit when we go home.

The atmosphere amongst the team is great. We are planning a outing to Brighton on Saturday as there is no play on the weekend.

We all hoping the great weather holds out until the end of the tournament although the colour of my neck displays my origins.

 

Cheers

Paul

IBBA-Championships-Current-Standings-MASTER-SUMMARY-Day-5.pdf

 
Day 5 - Thursday, July 11, 2013

I sent this last night but there seems to be a problem so I am sending it again sorry if you have already received it.

Attached are the results up to Wednesday night. For those who want the quick guide the points are as follows:

South Africa 49

Australia 36

Israel 33

England 26

Malaysia 23

Scotland 18

New Zealand 15

Canada 10

Northern Ireland 2

Wales 0

 

This email link has grown to 4 times the size it was when I started and I believe some people are forwarding it on. Its fantastic to see that so many people are interested in what our visually impaired bowlers are doing. For those who have recently started receiving this update, your details have been given to me by some of our fellow bowlers, please feel free to reply with comments which I will pass on. If you don’t want to continue receiving mails just let me know and I will take you off the list.

I have also attached a photo which I managed to take after our game finished, this is one one head in the B1 pairs category. I think you will agree is not bad for 4 players who are all totally unsighted.

On a personal note May won both games today (pairs in the morning and singles in the afternoon), tomorrow we play Wales in the singles and England in the pairs.

Cheers

Paul

IBBA-Championships-Current-Standings-MASTER-SUMMARY-Day-4.pdf


 
Day 4 - Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Hi All

Just a short note for those who don’t want to wade through all the results South Africa are currently in first place ahead of Australia and Malaysia.

Cheers

Paul

 
Day 3 - Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Hi All

I have attached the latest results of the tournament.

As I have no idea who is accustomed to working with results in this format I have included a sample, the results are split into points awarded for winning a game and the number of shots won and conceded in the games. In the sample Australia has played England and South Africa they beat England giving them 2 points but lost against SA giving them no points 0 points giving them a total of 2 points. They scored 14 shots against England and 9 against South Africa giving a total of 23. They conceded 4 shots to England and 15 to South Africa giving a total of 19 hence a shot difference of +4. I hope this explains the results. The results are further split into categories depending on the players eyesight as follows

B1

Men singles

Ladies singles

Mixed pairs

 

B2

Men singles

Ladies singles

Mixed pairs

 

B3

Men singles

Ladies singles

Mixed pairs

 

B4

Men singles

Ladies singles

Mixed pairs

 

The results of all of the participants are totalled up to give the standing of each country.

 

The tournament is played on a “Round Robin” principle, not knockout, so each player in a category plays each other player in the same category and the person with the most points at the end wins. May won both games yesterday but lost by one shot this morning, fortunately it is still early in the tournament so one loss is not a disaster.

Cheers

Paul

IBBA-Championships-Current-Standings-MASTER-SUMMARY-Day-3.pdf

IBBA Sample Draw

 
Day 2 - Monday, July 08, 2013

Hi All

South Africa had a great start to our tournament, we won all our games today. England are currently second having lost one, however it is early days yet and things may change. May and Herman played in the pairs against Malaysia  this morning and both played well. This afternoon was singles against Scotland which proved to be a hard tussle with the “first game jitters” getting in the way of our teamwork but we settled down and ended up with a good win. I have arranged with the score keeper to get a copy of the daily results which I will send out with this mail, however there appears to be some duplication with todays results so expect some changes to the pairs and overall sections.

Cheers

Paul

IBBA-Championships-Current-Standings-MASTER-SUMMARY-Day-2.pdf

 
Opening Ceremony - Day 1 - Sunday, July 07, 2013

Hi All

To day was the opening ceremony. Steve & Carol joined us for the ceremony and then took us out for a fantastic afternoon with lunch and site seeing. The attached are some photos courtesy of Steve. Tomorrow the serious part of the tournament begins.

Cheers Paul

 
Day before Opening Ceremony - Saturday, July 06, 2013

Hi All

Today was the first official day of practice. There are pictures of the venue and the practice green. We played both morning and afternoon. May was on top form and is quite happy with the greens. Tomorrow is the opening ceremony but no official practice with the start of play on Monday morning. We meet Malaysia in or first game.

Cheers Paul