“New Bowlers” Mini League

Here are some photographs from the first session of the “New Bowlers” mini league that took place in Kenilworth bowling club on Sunday 7th November. This is a competition confined to new bowlers. It is organised by Ollie O’Brien of C.Y.M. The teams taking part are Westmanstown, North Kildare, C.Y.M. and Kenilworth. The teams consist of nine players (3 x 3 rinks).

The second session takes place in North Kildare on Sunday 21st of November at 11 am.

Thanks to Jimmy Dillon for the photos.

End of Season 2021

The green is now closed for winter. In spite of the pandemic and restrictions 2021 proved to be a very successful season for Westmanstown Bowling Club.

In the BLI leagues the highlights were Vets 3a winning their league with Div. 4 team finishing 2nd in their league and in Div. 1 our team secured a respectable 3rd place in their return to the top flight.

Westmanstown hosted the BLI championships in August. The green was in excellent condition and both the competitors and supporters enjoyed a terrific week of top class bowling. Thanks to the greens committee and all who helped make this week such a success.

Finally we had our Club Competitions. These ran throughout the summer and culminated in the finals most of which were played on 2/3 of October. Thanks to all who took part and especially Iris Buchanan and Robbie Breen who did such a fine job organising the competitions.

The winners and runners up were:

  • Ladies Singles – Captain’s Prize Winner: Breeda Meyler, Runner up: Caroline Blake
  • Ladies Singles  – President’s Prize Winner: Paula Kelly, Runner up: Margaret Doyle
  • Gents Singles Captain’s Prize Winner: Gerry Flynn, Runner up: Noel Cassidy
  • Gents Singles President’s Prize  Winner: Jimmy Dillon, Runner up: Liam Perdisatt
  • Mixed Pairs – Winners: Sean Hynes & Mary Breen Runners up: Jimmy Dillon & John Moran
  • Gent’s Pairs – Winners:  Gerry Flynn & John Magner, Runners up: Liam Perdisatt & Peter Harte
  • Ladies Pairs – Winners: Josephine Lennon & Sandra Furlong, Runners up: Mary Wafer & Paula Kelly
  • Long and Short Cup – Winners: John Magner & Eamon Brennan, Runnesr up: Jimmy & Trish Dillon
  • Long and Short Shield – Winners: Mary & Robbie Breen, Runners up: Tom Casserly & Eamon Bell
  • New Members Gents Singles – Winner :Tom Casserly, Runner up: Edward Hickey
  • New Members Ladies Singles – Winners: Mary Perdisatt, Runner up: Margaret O’Hara

Thanks to Adrian Doyle, Oliver Meyler and Fergal Moore for the photos.

Mixed results in Cup Competitions.

Westmanstown were in action in cup competitions over the weekend (14/15 August 2021).

On Saturday we were at home against Cavehill B.C. from Belfast in the semi-final of the IBA Junior Cup. It was a 10 player game with 2 pairs and 2 trips. Westmanstown came out on top winning all four rinks with an overall score of 82 to 52 points. The visitors were very appreciative of the hospitality after their long journey and commented “even the losers went home happy”. Thanks to all, both on and off the green, for making this a very enjoyable day.

On Sunday morning we were involved in the Division 4/5 Cup (Shott Cup). Despite our best efforts we were unable to overcome a very strong Dunlaoghaire side that also enjoyed home advantage.

Then in the afternoon it was the turn of the Division 3 team to travel to Blackrock to take part in the O’Dee Cup. This time we were up against I.C.I.C.Y.M. and while this was a closer affair we were not able to get the better of the men from Cork.

Adrian Doyle made his way to all three matches to capture the action and above are some of his best shots. Thanks Adrian.

Ladies Social Pairs Support Fighting Blindness

As our 2021 season commenced we were still living with some Covid restrictions. To encourage our ladies to resume bowling safely and get reacquainted we organised a social pairs competition. This was run on a Wednesday morning over 6 weeks with a random draw each week . 

We had lovely matches that still had a competitive edge.The best scores for an individual’s four weeks were counted. With the entry fees we bought some nice prizes …with First Prize going to Mary Wafer . 

Using the remaining fee money and extra donations received we were able to send 400 euro to the charity Fighting Blindness .

Thank you ladies

Competitive Bowling is Back

Westmanstown has been welcoming visiting B.L.I. leagues and championship teams to our green for the first time since 2019. Our teams have also been travelling to away rinks to play in what is a welcome return to inter club competition.

Our own Adrian Doyle has been quietly capturing some of the recent action and below is a selection of his shots.

Welcome Back

We are delighted we’re open for bowling again all be it with restrictions. Our president John Fleming and the BLI president our own Pat Wall marked the re-opening on Monday by unfurling of the flag for 2021.

Pat Wall and John Fleming unfurling club flag for 2021

The green is rolling very well and great credit is due to Green’s Committee all who helped to prepare the green and surrounds for the start of the new season.

Banners and balloons to welcome everyone back to bowling.
Members gathering at a safe distance for the first game of the new season.

Club Finals Day 2

Today Tuesday 15 Sep. saw 2 more club final matches.

First up, the Mixed Pairs final between Jean Gibney & Michael Doyle and Mary Wafer & Bill Delaney with Bill and Mary coming out on top.

Later we had the Ladies Pairs final where Sandra Furlong & Bernadette Ui Dhuill got the better of Breeda Meyler & Rosemary  Feeney.

Below are some images of the day. Thanks Carmel and Fergal.

Club Finals Day

The 12/13 of September 2020 was to be club finals weekend. However the Kildare lockdown prevented many matched being played on time but we did get to play 2 finals on Sunday.

The ladies singles final was won by Mary Breen who got the better of Mary Wafer while the Gents pairs was won by Peter Harte and Paul Hegarty who came out on top in a very close game with Sean Hynes and Matt Edgeworth.

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who took part.  A special thanks also to Pat Monaghan Veronica Manley and Robbie Breen who organised the competitions and the many others who helped out.

Thanks to Caroline and Robbie for the images.

Neil Booth’s Charity Marathon

Some images of Neil bowling at Westmanstown B.C. on 10 Aug 2020.

Neil played 3 ends against our club captains Carmel Kearns and Oliver Meyler as part of his sponsored bowling marathon.

Neil is a former Northern Irish international, and now a High Performance Coach and Northern Ireland team coach.

In addition Neil has won three World Championship medals and four Commonwealth Games medals.

Neil’s marathon has taken him all over the country and he has played in over 50 bowling greens on both sides of the border.

Westmanstown Bowling Club was delighted to welcome Neil and contribute to his chosen charities Pieta House and Mindwise.

We would like to wish him well with his fundraising and in raising awareness of both mental health and the game of bowls.

Easter Message

Hi fellow bowlers,

As we face an unusual Easter I hope you are staying safe and for those of us who are cocooning let’s keep up the spirits and the exercise.

We’ll need to be fit to resume our bowling with enthusiasm once we get the green light.

I wish you every blessing at this time and look forward to meeting you all soooon!!

God bless and stay safe.

John Fleming
Club President