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 NOTE :-  NEW - to website  
MATCH REPORTS ARE AVAILABLE 
click on approriate link/box at top of page
(Thanks to our Match Secretary David McCloy)
Overall it was a very good week for the Ards club as they won five matches out of five.

Upcoming fixtures
IBA Intermediate Cup: Musgrave v Ards A
PGL Junior Intermediate Cup Belmont C V Ards B


17th  June 
Both Ards A and Ards B were in cup action this week with the A team playing Musgrave in the Irish Intermediate Cup and the B team playing Belmont C in the NIPGBL Junior Cup. 15th June

 Ards A beat Musgrave on the way to winning the cup last year but little was known of the form of Belmont C other than that they were sitting at the bottom of NIPGBL Division 4.

It became apparent very quickly that the Ards A players were going to struggle on the heavy green but despite this they managed to restrict Musgrave to a 6 shot advantage after the 1st quarter of the game. There was little between any of the rinks and it was just a matter of Ards A trying to adapt to the pace of the green. Over the next five ends Musgrave extended their lead to 11 shots and although Ards A were ahead on only one rink there was still enough ends left for them to be able to turn the match around. The 11th to 15th ends saw Ards A stage a fighting comeback to move ahead by 57 shots to 54. This was due in no small way to the rink of D Bell, T Thompson, R Dunbar and G McKee. Having trailed by 6 shots to 12 after seven ends they won the next eight ends to move ahead of J Dickson by 19 shots to 12. The front end of Bell and Thompson laid the foundations for this especially on the 13th to 15th ends as Mckee's rink picked up scores of 3, 2 and 3. Brown's rink also chipped in with scores of 1, 1, 3 and 4 between the 12th and 15th ends as all Ards A rinks seemed to be getting more consistent weight the longer the match went on. Over the course of the last six ends Ards were always a few shots ahead and were relieved to claim a narrow victory by 84 shots to 77. 
In the quarter final Ards A have a home tie against Curran.

15th June PGBL Junior Cup. - Intermediate Cup B team played Belmont C 
There was little to separate Ards B and Belmont C over the course of the first ten ends with Belmont C just ahead by 37 shots to 34. 
B Gibson's rink was 15 shots down before they picked up a single on the 8th end which they followed up with another single and then 5 shots to trail B Galloway by 8 shots to 15. This comeback eased the pressure on the other three rinks which were all ahead at this point. 
The third quarter of the match saw Belmont C overwhelmed as they were outscored by 41 shots to 10 as Ards B took what looked like a match winning lead of 28 shots.
The Ards B rink of J Poots, H Douglas, G Hollinger and T Thompson picked up a count of 7 shots on the 14th end as they surged ahead by 25 shots to 6. 
Martin and Lynn also looked assured of victory while Gibson was still trailing but at least now had a shot at victory as he had pulled back to within 6 shots of B May.

 What looked like being a comfortable victory ended up a rout as Ards B completely dominated the run in to win by 107 shots to 60.

 Ards B  now face a more formidable test when they play P.S.N.I. , a Division 3 side, in the semi-final which will be hosted by Ewarts.

Division 2: Hilden A v Ards A Tuesday 20th  

FULL MATCH REPORTS click on approriate link/tag at top of page

Start of season match against Cliftonville at home
David Gardner coaching his rink

Cliftonville lads deciding which hand to play as Ards  have two bowls close to the jack

Welcome back Glen

Alan

George 








2017 OUTDOOOR CLUB COMPETITIONS  and INFORMATION 
can be obtained on tag at top of page

PGL 2017 FIXTURES ARE NOW AVAILABLE 
Full list can be found by clicking on the PGL logo - Right column

For individual team fixtures 
 click on the appropriate box at top of page 


Veteran Fixtures available on Veterans page 
or by clicking on photo image of veterans team - Right hand column


 OPENING OF THE GREEN 
 March 2017 
Saturday 25th March 2017
President Cecil observing Patricia delivering the first bowl of the season



A happy Peter Thompson receiving the top prize on the day

Cecil presenting Bruce Martin with his prize

Laurence Loney collecting his runners up prize

Colin Ritchie receiving his prize from Club President Cecil Ralph

Cecil welcoming 'young blood' into the Ards club
Kyle Dunbar - alias 'Young Rosko' 
Good luck and best wishes






















ANNUAL DINNER and PRIZE GIVING 
Friday 14th October 2016
Prizewiners  PHOTOS  on Photo gallery - Bryan's pictures


ARDS BOWLING CLUB PRESENTS DONATION TO MACDERMOTT UNIT, Ulster Hospital
Richard Dickson Club President (and head of entertainment) presenting a cheque for £2500 
to Staff nurses Laura Scott and Mary Williamson from the MacDermott Unit, Ulster Hospital
The money was raised from various charity events held within the Club i.e.Opening Day and Cabaret night £576, The David Smylie Memorial Tournament £240. President's Day and Cabaret night £1386, Francis Mullan Veterans President's day £235
On behalf of Ards Bowling Club Richard would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported the events, the local traders and our sponsors who donated prizes and vouchers 

CLUB  FINALS 

Ladies Pairs
Fran, Ann, Linda and Patricia

Triples
Peter, Davy and Brian

Triples
Jim, Craig and Gareth

Curragh Cup
Jonathan and Davy

Afternoon Cup
Craig and George

Ladies Singles
Linda and Sheena

Carse Cup
Ian and Alan

Veterans Pairs
Bryan, Francis , Robert and Geoerge

Veteran Pairs (Winners)
Bryan and Francis

Veteran Pairs (Runners up)
George and Robert


Club Pairs
Gareth, Francis,Jim and Will

Club Pairs
Jim and Will

Club Pairs
Gareth and Francis

Veterans Singles
Robert and Victor

Black Cup
Alan and Davy (with Richard President)

Jubilee Cup
Alex and Jonathan

VETERANS PRESIDENT'S DAY
WEDNESDAY 31st August

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Saturday 27th August  
 SENIORS WIN THE 
 IBA INTERMEDIATE CUP 2016
I B A Vice President  Derek Forsythe Presenting the Intermediate cup 
to Gareth McKee (Ards Junior Vice President
IBA Intermediate CUP WINNERS 2016
N DORMAN'S RINK WIN        27  -     9
B THOMPSON'S RINK WIN    34  -  13
D GARDINER'S RINK WIN      21  -  14
A ADAIR'S RINK WIN             25  -  12
                                                107  -  48
THE OPPONENTS  and RUNNERS UP - BELMONT B




IBA Intermediate Cup final played at at NICS Bowling Club 
DAVY
NEAL 

JONNY

BILLY 

ALAN

IAN

CRAIG
JONNY (POOTSIE)

PETER

SAM
ROSKO

BRIAN

ALEX

Jim

                                                  
                                                                                                                                    LAST BUT BY NO MEANS LEAST  
                                                                                                          HUGH Caughey

                                                                                                             Sorry Hugh - I missed getting                                                                                                              action shot of you,

                                                                                       apologies Bryan, 


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MIDWEEK TEAM clinch Midweek League Division one title on Wednesday 10th by claiming 7 points at Gilford against Dunbarton.
After a wet day the Dunbarton green proved heavy with the  Ards victory coming in the last end for both Bruce Martin and Craig Robson's rinks to add to Lee Wikinson and Robert Gibson's rinks tally to claim full points.
Overall this was a very tight game

SATURDAY 6TH  AUGUST
PRESIDENT'S  DAY
Club President Richard Dickson with members on his Open Day August 6th 2016






Winners and runners up on President's Day
Rosko accepts the President's winners prize from Richard's wife Ann

Sam Hollinger 
Tommy Greer
Will Smith


Cecil Ralph 
Craig Robson  giving instructions to his rink

Bimbo  (steady as always as lead)

Bruce

Drew

Charlie

Gareth

Jonathan

Robert Gibson

Billy Gibson

Victor

Jonny


Bowlers:  Play Bowls
Bowls truly is the sport for all regardless of age, sex or physical ability. It is a sport that takes just seconds to learn - and the rest of your bowling career to master.
With more than 3,000 clubs across England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland there's bound to be one near to you. And bowls is a relatively cheap game compared to other sports, whether you choose to join a club or 'pay and play' at your local park.
You will find below a basic introduction to the sport, but for more information contact your nearest club - ARDS BOWLING CLUB
Bowls basics
The object of the sport of bowls is essentially simple. It is played on a square of closely cut grass called 'the green', which is divided into playing areas called rinks. The green is surrounded by a small ditch to catch bowls which leave the green, and a bank upon which markers indicate the corners and centre lines of each rink.
Players take turns to deliver their bowls from a mat at one end of the rink towards a small white ball, often referred to as 'the jack' at the other end. Bowls are shaped so that they take a curved path towards the jack. To be successful the bowl must be delivered with the correct weight, along the correct line.

The object is to get one or more of your bowls closer to the jack than those of your opponents on each end - one point is scored for each counting bowl.

There are many different formats to the game, but the most common are singles or in teams of pairs, triples or fours. In singles, the winner is the first to score 21 points. In the other three formats, the winner is the team that scores the most points over a set number of ends.

 THURSDAY NIGHT RINKS UNDER WAY 




A bit of sunshine on the night, however looking at what the players were wearing tells a different story 


 John Gibson braving the elements wearing only his jumper


From memory Laurence ended up wearing his top coat!

George Bennett Jnn. certainly came prepared - 




Davy actually dropped his hood  other ways no one would have known him while his son Andy was coaxed to be in the picture, David Gardner  enjoying the moment!

Who is the warm looking member to the left of the picture - Tommy ???


This picture  shows that despite the cold  that most people  (like Drew and Robert) enjoyed the game   

The man below the beanie is Robert Gibson about to lead his team into battle 

Newcomer Peter Anderton along with David Angus are ready and waiting to play their part

 Neal, Jonny and 'Big' Robert study the head closely enjoying the short glimpse of sun 

Club President Richard leading by example and
showing what he's made of - as for Noel
we hope we don't get the weather he's expecting?

















 A review of Sponsors  is under way, several new sponsor display boards and existing sponsor boards are being displayed  around the green

Enquiries or publicity Contact Drew Melville (Public Relations Officer) 
Sandra Williamson and John McKibben (Doggarts Funeral Directors, Newtownards)
presenting Richard Dickson (Ards B.C. PresIdent) with The Doggarts Cup


Jim Lavery (MD First Choice Uphosltery) presenting the new
First Choice Upholstey Cup to Richard Dickson (Ards B.C. President
Albert bowl photo 1.jpg
A new Cup has been donated by our
generous sponsor and Quality butcher Albert Boal
Patricia  (Manager Specsavers Ards store) presenting Richard Dickson (President) 
with the new SPECSAVERS Cup and advertising board


Congratulations to all the winners and runners up 2015
2015 prizewinners and annual dinner
Take time to browse our photo gallery
  
Photos from Scottish trip and finals day etc on links and photo gallery at top of page

VETERAN'S DAY
Monday31st August 2015
Thirty six veterans,friends and guests enjoyed the glorious day to honour their President (Ronnie McDade) after his successful year in Office 

Midweek League One Champions 2015
MIDWEEK   League Division One CHAMPIONS 
Following on from our Midweek team winning the Midweek Cup in 2014 this year proved another successful season when they went on to clinch the Division One league title by a point and with one game in hand

Ladies Section
The Alma Purdy Memorial Trophy
Winner - Sadie Robson 
The grand total of over £100 was raised on the night and donated to Heart, Chest and Stroke in memory of the late Alma Purdy
Lady members who took part in the Alma Purdy Trophy 2015

 ENTERTAINMENT and DANCING EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT 


 "COME ALONG ON SATURDAY NIGHTS AND ENJOY OUR NEWLY REFURBISHED MAIN HALL AND EXCELLENT CLUB FACILITIES"
 
Enjoy the music and fun for Free!
in the Lounge every Friday evening
A VARIETY OF POPULAR ARTISTS  WEEKLY


The bar in the Lounge


Friendly atmosphere - James our Bar manager


Friendly staff















A very proud Secretary pictured with a selection of players
who contributed to bringing the PGL Midweek Cup to home to Ards 2014