If you haven’t seen the inside back page of the Eastbourne Herald on Friday 21st January 2022 this is what the article said . . .
‘Eastbourne & District Indoor Bowls Club was established in 1979 and currently has around 750 playing and social members and despite Covid the Club is doing particularly well in National competitions this season.
The Denny Cup is the biggest nationwide knockout men’s club competition in bowls and comprises teams of four rinks with matches played on a 2 home and 2 away basis with the team achieving the better aggregate score over 4 rinks proceeding to the next round.
Eastbourne have now reached the quarter final stage of the competition having beaten Preston (Brighton), Adur (Shoreham), Falaise (Hastings), Wealden (Maresfield) and Victory (Portsmouth) and will play Wey Valley (Guildford) on the 29th January to achieve a place in the semi final.
Eastbourne Skips are Rob Morphett, Stephen Bain, Andy Hayward and Adrian Wainwright.
Meanwhile the Yetton Trophy is the biggest nationwide knockout women’s club competition in bowls and has the same format as the men’s Denny Cup.
Like the men, the ladies at Eastbourne have now reached the quarter final stage of the competition having beaten Arun (Bognor), Worthing Pavilion, Adur, and Chawton Park (Alton) and will play Swale (Sittingbourne on the 29th January to achieve a place in the semi final. Their Skips are Lorraine Kuhler, Mandy Carrie, Pat Bain and Jan Pilcher.
Neither the Eastbourne men nor ladies have ever reached this far before in these competitions and for both to do so in the same season is a fantastic achievement. Members said they would liken it to one of the local football teams getting through to the third round proper of the FA Cup.
Also, Eastbourne ladies “A” team are also tasting success in the Masons Trophy, a nationwide knockout club competition with matches played on a one home and one away basis. Skips are Pat Bain and Mandy Carrie. They have reached the third round having beaten Eastbourne “B” and Worthing and are playing Preston (Brighton) in the next round on the 21st January.’
Since publication of the above article our ladies won their match against Preston and will now play Arun in the fourth round on 18th February.
Congratulations to everyone involved and good luck in the next round.