Fakenham Junior Bowls
Sam Harrington (left) and Rhys Morgan with their Acle trophies.

February 2013
Over the last three weeks the Gallow juniors have been playing a series of tournament at venues in Pentney, Norwich and Acle. The Pentney open singles event is an annual clash at which they have had some success in recent years and again did well with Jake Biggs achieving second place in the under 16s group. The three under 25s fared less well as by winning, losing and drawing e equally managed to exclude each other from the final stages.

At Norwich in the second stage of the National School of Excellence the Gallow’s six competitors qualifying for the round robin were pipped for semi-final places in one case by a single shot so close was the result. Indeed the organiser was forced to apply a three stage count back system to resolve the placings. The finals in both age groups were this year won by players from the Acle IBC.

Last weekend they moved on to Acle for their singles tournament. Five juniors took part in the under 16s event, Matthew Warnes and Nicole Moseley in only their second events, and joined by Jarod Pitkin-Bovington, a regular competitor for Gallow. After the usual round robin, played to identify the players in top form, Rhys Morgan qualified for the final, but having lost by just one shot more than his nearest opponent, Sam Harrington missed out but did qualify for the plate competition which was for the first round losers. Sam found a winning performance in the semi-final against Acle IBC’s Dan Mills, one of the County’s strongest players of late. In the final, after leading up to the penultimate end, Sam lost to Jemma Warrington of the Norfolk Bowling Club by the odd shot on the last end sudden death shootout. This success is a first for Sam, but he has improved progressively over the season, following his selection for the Club’s men’s B team… Clearly there is more to come from Sam.

The final of the main tournament was won convincingly by Rhys Morgan who had a hard fought battle against Dean Rudling, a competitive and successful young player with a string of successes this year. The final was less of a tussle against Tom Cooper from the County Arts Club though; winning by 11 shots to 1, Young Tom recently won the Norfolk stage of the National School of Excellence and is destined for great things.

It is clear that the young bowlers of Norfolk are showing great promise. Most club teams now feature juniors, as does the Norfolk County under 25s teams. More surprisingly, the County Senior teams, regularly select teams without a player over 30 years old. Who says bowls is a game for the old. It serves all ages, and they compete against each other without any need for handicaps, although the oldies could sometimes do with one! Gallow Bowls Club, part of Fakenham Sports Centre Association ltd, is at the racecourse in Fakenham for anyone interested.

Norfolk County Under 25s and Senior teams – Gallow men’s teams.
Danny Cawthorne and Rhys Morgan have been selected several times, and Curtis Walters is to play in the Eastern Counties League on the 10th February against a Cambridgeshire team at Gallow. There was a clash of dates with the stage two School of Excellence which meant that some younger Gallow juniors who would have been selected could not be available as the SOE is a National event and takes precedence.
The juniors fare well in the Club men’s teams. Danny Cawthorne, Rhys Morgan and Jack Wells all play in the A team on a regular basis, as do Jake Biggs and Sam Harrington in the B team.

2nd and 3rd February 2013 – Pentney Open singles (Under16s and Under 25s)
A large contingent of 8 players entered at Pentney. Jake Biggs finished second in the under 16s group to win the £50 prize. Well done Jake. The other players all had a mixed series of results. With them achieving one win, one draw and one loss in their three games, they rather excluded each other from going forward into the later stages.

30th December 2012 – Blue Carpet.
A single triple of Rhys, Alex and Jack took part and progressed but did not reach the final.

2nd November 2012 – Anglian Region Junior League.
Three triples teams entered this year. With Jake Biggs pulling out at the last minute 9 year old Adam Pitkin-Bovington stood in. Although there were some good results, the other club’s teams were too good for us and there was no trophy to bring back this year.

18th November/9th December 2012 – National School of Excellence
The National school of Excellence is again in progress. After last year when Rhys Morgan won through to the National Final at Melton Mowbray and finishing in 8th place, we start again with the new session. Well done Rhys. Competing this year was Connor Hawkins, a new junior welcomed to the club the season. Also there were Rhys Morgan, Jake Biggs, Matthew Warnes, Alex Bird, Jack Wells, Tim Bircham and Sam Harrington. Connor and Matthew missed qualifying for the next stage, but the others all take part in stage two on 10th February 2013.

Rhys Morgan
Rhys Morgan

28th October 2012
Thirty-two of England’s best young bowlers competed in the English Bowls Youth Development Scheme (EBYDS) National School of Excellence at Melton & District Indoor Bowls Club on Sunday 28th October. The players, aged from eight to 18, qualified for the prestigious event following a series of county and regional qualifying events over the last 12 months having participated in a series of matches and skills tests in under 15 and under 18 age groups.

The EBYDS is jointly-funded by Bowls England and the English Indoor Bowling Association Ltd, and provides a firm basis for young bowlers to develop in the sport, with many of the international selectors and managers on hand to see them in action.

For the first time a Gallow player, Rhys Morgan, qualified for this final, surpassing the success of Club players in previous years, who managed to reach the regional event, but not to gain the winner or runner-up position, needed to be invited to the final. Rhys achieved a creditable position being placed 8th in the under 15 age group. Sixth best young bowler in England is something to treasure and the Gallow Club are proud to add their congratulations to those Rhys has received from his peer group. This success builds upon his other achievements this year where he has played for the Club men’s A team, and the County junior and senior teams.

Also in action at the weekend were the other Gallow juniors in the National under 25 Double rink competition. Sadly with some senior players unavailable the game was sure to be a hard one and this proved to be only too true. The four players at the away venue, Norfolk Bowling Club skipped by Daniel Cawthorne with Curtis Walters, Alex Bird and Jake Biggs lost out 25 shots to 10, whilst at home Sam King’s block with Alicia Segasby, Jarod Pitkin-Bovington and Jack Wells lost 23 shots to 14 against. It is however satisfying to see that the Gallow team will be able to compete for 8 or 9 years with the same players, whilst the opposition will be over the age limit in a year or two. Good potential and experience for the future events.

The support received from the Fakenham Morrisons superstore continues to assist the Gallow Club in promoting these young people, and a full programme of events is in preparation for the coming season.
New youngsters are always welcome to join the group, phone Bryan on 07921 887179 for further information.

15th April 2012
Gallow juniors continue to improve. After entering the Norfolk County senior competitions this year Danny Cawthorne and Curtis Walters, with the support of former world champion Mervyn King’s son Sam, win the County triples semi-final by 25 shots to 9 after 15 ends, earning a finals place against a team from Acle IBC next weekend. This success means a clash of dates as Daniel had already clinched a place on the same day at Chesterton, Cambridge in the National School of Excellence and must withdraw from that tournament. In the normal course of events his place would have been given to the next highest scorer in the County stage, but that would have fallen to Curtis, so he misses out too. This is an unfortunate clash of dates, but successes are not always plain sailing.

Also qualifying for Chesterton but in the younger age group, Gallow player Jake Biggs has had to withdraw because of a broken wrist. Jake has qualified in this event for the last 3 years, and regrets being unable to compete. Taking his place will be Rhys Morgan, also from Gallow, who was the next highest scorer in the younger age group. Rhys has also qualified in previous years.

There is great strength in the Gallow IBC junior section, many progressing to the club men’s teams and succeeding in the Club competitions. Next season, which starts in September, will see further development as there are now EIBA skills awards to test them. Gallow IBC would welcome any young people who wish to take up a new challenge. It’s fun too. Look out for adverts or phone the Fakenham Sports Centre Association for details.
Fakenham Junior Bowls18thFebruary 2012 – Success for West Norfolk’s young bowlers
On Sunday the Norfolk County stage of the English Bowls Youth Development scheme reached the round robin finals. This event is on the Gallow Junior’s regular programme, a tournament in which they have been quite successfull in recent years. This year was no different, with a large contingent qualifying for the day’s competition. In the older age group, both Daniel Cawthorne and Curtis Walters reached the semi-finals, but failed to progress further. Daniel was beaten by Callum Tite of the Hunstanton Club but with the group being won by Rhys Lloyd from North Walsham.

In the younger age group, Jake Biggs won the group final with some fine shots against strong opposition from Adam Martell of the Pentney Club. Third place went to Dean Rudling from Dereham bowls club. Jake will certainly be going to the Regional finals at the Chesterton Club in Cambridge, an acheivment repeating his success in previous years. There is every chance that some of the other semi-finalists will be at Chesterton due to their high overall scores.

November 2011

Fakenham Junior Bowls
Some of the players competing – Left to right – Rhys: Danny: Jack: Curtis: Alex: Adam: Tim: Jake: Sam: Jarod

The new season is in full swing, with competitions taking place at various venues. After winning the Potters Leisure Anglian Region Junior League tournament for the last three years, there was disappointment at a lack of success this year. The teams from Gt Yarmouth, Acle, Suffolk and a mixed team from three different clubs proved too strong and the Gallow competitors could only look on and wish things could have been different. This was followed the next week by losing the National under 25s double rink tournament to Norfolk Bowling Club. The Gallow team is very young, and will be competing in this event long after the strong Norfolk Bowling Club team no longer qualify. Good experience regardless of the result.

On Sunday there was a strong contingent at the Norfolk Bowling Club for the National School of Excellence skills day. This event attracts young players from around Norfolk, usually 50 to 60 entering on one of the two available dates. Ten juniors from the Gallow IBC attended this first of the two heats, and success was there for both Danny Cawthorne and Rhys Morgan, qualifying for the January round robin stage by virtue of their high scores on the day. Perhaps the surprise of the day was the performance of 7 year old Adam Pitkin-Bovington in his first attendance as only this year is he now old enough to enter. He beat several of his much older rivals, almost eclipsing his own brother, which might have resulted in greater conflict away from the rinks. Certainly he is a lad to be watched in the future.

Another heat will be played in four weeks time when the assembled players include two more Gallow juniors having their opportunity to impress. After that, the highest scores on the day, plus an analysis of final scores of all players will determine who else goes forward into the round robin tournament.