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NEW LOOK International selectors Panel agreed by all four Associations in the IWBA has been formed and they will be responsible for the selection of a new team for 2021. (Only 1 Selector from each association plus Senior & Junior Team Managers and Neil Booth High Performance Manager)
The panel hopes to meet later this year to re .select.
The new Panel for Senior Ladies Internationals as follows:
Valerie Irwin ( NIWBA )
Pat Horner (NIWPGL)
Pat Allen (PTWBA)
Margaret McNevin (LBLI)
Barbara Cameron Senior Team Manager
Mandy Cunningham U25 Team Manager
Neil Booth High Performance Manager.
Total 7 panel.
On behalf LBLI
11th September 2020 – 9am
The British Isles Women’s Bowls Council (BIWBC) has agreed a new-look for its international events to increase awareness of the women’s game in the UK and closer align with the formats at world events.
The cancellation of all international bowls in the UK in 2020 due to Covid-19 presented an opportunity for representatives of England, Ireland, Jersey, Scotland and Wales to undertake a review of the two International Series for women.
A period of consultation with key stakeholders in all five nations had been undertaken and a revamp of the event was widely supported.
The revised format will see the introduction of a ‘Top 10’ style event in 2021 featuring singles, pairs, triples and fours disciplines in place of the more traditional four-rink and six-rink events at junior and senior level respectively.
The new event will mean shorter, faster games with players participating in a range of disciplines that mirror the formats utilised at Commonwealth Games and World Bowls. It will also provide the potential for top players and teams in each discipline to compete directly against each other – an opportunity that does not currently exist in the UK.
Two teams per nation will be eligible to participate in both events, meaning the new-look will continue to provide players access to international experience in line with the current formats.
The new-look will be introduced at the Senior Internationals when England are the hosts at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa, from Sunday 20th to Tuesday 22nd June 2021. The Junior Series will be held on Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th July 2021 at Llandrindod Wells, Wales.
BIWBC representatives will continue to work together to finalise the scheduling for both events and will circulate details once confirmed.
For 2021 only, and due to the Covid-19 enforced cancellation of the Junior Series in 2020, eligibility for the Women’s Junior International Series has been amended by one year to provide an opportunity for players to participate in their final year at that level. All players that were aged 25 and under on 1st April 2020 will therefore be eligible for selection in 2021.
BIWBC Programme of Events 2021
- Senior Championships: Friday 18th & Saturday 19th June (Royal Leamington Spa , England)
- Senior Series: Sunday 20th to Tuesday 22nd June (Royal Leamington Spa, England)
- Junior Series: Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th July (Llandrindod Wells, Wales)
- Junior Championships: Sunday 25th July (Llandrindod Wells, Wales)
The following email was received from the Sports Ireland
Dear Sport Ireland Stakeholder,
Today the Government announced a Framework for Ireland’s transition from a short-term emergency response to a more medium-term approach in relation to Covid 19.
The Framework consists of 5 Levels and includes guidance on sport and physical activity.
Further clarifications will be made later in the week. In the meantime it would be helpful if the sporting sector restrain from making public commentary on the matter.
Any further queries on the matter can be submitted directly to Sport Ireland.
I hope you are keeping well during these challenging times.
I have done the draw for the finals of the singles and pairs with dates and times which I have attached for you to inform your club qualifiers. I have given each club a 1 and 2. I suggest you allocate the number 1 position to the winner of the top half of each competition and number 2 to the bottom half winner.
It is important I am sent the qualifiers from your club as soon as they are known.
At the moment spectators are not permitted at sporting events but hopefully this could change prior to the finals.
I will be sending out a letter to each qualifier through their club closer to the finals informing them of the guidelines they will have to adhere to when playing in the finals.
If you any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
BLI Competition Sec
NOTE : It is the intention of our PRO Sean Keegan to stream 3 matches each day on the BLI Facebook page. For those who do not have access to Facebook the matches will also be streamed to this website. Look out for further details nearer the date.
The following email has been received from Irish Sport.
The Volunteer in Sport Awards are back this year. The deadline for nominations is Friday the 25th September 2020.
The award ceremony is due to take place on the 16th November.
Nominations are open to all members of the public and we are just trying to spread the net as wide as possible in terms of awareness.
We would really appreciate it if you could forward this to your club network and/or share it on your socials.
More information including the application, can be found here http://www.volunteersinsport.com/
The extension of the Kildare lockdown has hampered some clubs in running their competitions to qualify for the finals so I will not being doing the draws based on individuals but on clubs. i.e. North Kildare 1 and North Kildare 2. This will give clubs up until the eve of the competitions (Saturday September 19th) to run their competitions.
I will be doing the draw soon with dates and times of matches so players will know well in advance when they are due to play when they qualify even if that is as late as the day before.
I hope this gives clubs the opportunity to allow all their members participate in the competitions.
Best wishes and Stay Safe
BLI Competition Secretary
Guide to this website
If you are having problems finding your way around this website hopefully the guide below will help you find what you are looking for.
IRISH LAWN BOWLS
Welcome to the official site of the Bowling League of Ireland and the Ladies Bowling League of Ireland.
Irish Lawn Bowls is the combination of the Bowling League of Ireland (BLI) and the Ladies Bowling League of Ireland (LBLI), the governing body for Lawn Bowls in the Republic of Ireland. The game is fast growing with clubs now in the following counties: Cork, Dublin, Kildare, Limerick, Meath, Offaly, Sligo, Waterford, and Wicklow. There are however many other counties where clubs are in the process of being formed.
Lawn bowls is a sport for all ages with competitors aged from under 10 to almost 100 currently playing in BLI/LBLI affiliated clubs.
If you are new to the sport of bowls and want to find out how to play the game have a look at the following link which will help you find out how to play.
Map of Bowling Clubs within the BLI / LBLI
Click on the “view larger map” button at the top right of picture for more details. Note the details are what the individual club has put on Google and may not always be a 100% correct.
A full list of BLI Member clubs together with their website details can be found at
For club addresses and Secretary Details see