Waterloo Bowls results

All the results from the Waterloo Bowls tournament


Defending champion Ellis through by skin of his teeth

Defending champion Gary Ellis got through a nail biting last 32 game at the Waterloo Today. This year the prestigious Crown Green event is being sponsored by the Co-operative Funeralcare and going live on ITV4 from Tomorrow morning. The fate of the games no one player hung in the balance right up to the very last bowl. “He and I are great friends; we go out every Friday together so it’s never easy to play each other. I’m just so glad I managed to get through, I was lucky to win that and he was unlucky to lose it,” said a very relieved Ellis after finishing the game off with a 21.20 score line.

Another man relieved to be through to the live televised stages is Chris “Lucky” Brown but he faces Simon Coupe, one of the favourites to take the title, in the last game of the morning session tomorrow. “I have played Simon loads over the years but he probably has the edge in head to heads. I lost in the final here last year and have had more time on the green this year so I’m going into tomorrow happy and confident. It will also be interesting how players cope facing the TV cameras which is one thing I have been fortunate to get used to over the last couple of years with Potters and Superbowl,” said Brown.

The event continues tomorrow and the finals are on Wednesday. Worth popping down to enjoy the atmosphere or if you can’t make it down to the Waterloo itself watch all the action live on ITV4.

Monday’s Results: Duncan Watkins 19 v 21 Jamie Bramley, John Bradshaw 16 v 21 Gareth Gwilliam, Mark Holden 10 v 21 John Kennish, David Poole 18 v 21 Ross Dunkley, Ian Nicholson 21 v 15 Lea Heaton, Paul Dudley 20 v 21 Gary Ellis (3), Simon Coupe 21 v18 Andy Hodgson, Danny Nixon 17 v 21 Chris Brown, Geoff Boulton 19 v 21 Ant Bracken, Tommy Johnstone 17 v 21 Dave Bradford, Terry Glover 21 v 12 Greg Smith, Adam Jackson 21 v 14 Roger Crowther, Tommy King 15 v 21 Matt Gilmore, Roy Moxham 21 v 16 Dave McDermott, Lee Fletcher 21 v 18 Steve Morrey, Duncan Reeves 13 v 21 Kez Smith.


Ellis crashes and Coupe zooms!

Sunshine, Camera, Action. The sun shone down in Blackpool for the first time Crown Green bowls has been on terrestrial TV in over 25 years. This year’s Waterloo Men’s handicap has been sponsored by the Co-operative funeralcare to get it the vital TV coverage it has been yearning to get for decade’s years.

In the first half of the draw the shock result came when Ian “Nicko” Nicholson beat tournament favourite Gary Ellis in a nail biting game. Nicholson standing at 19.14 and lying two for the game Ellis strikes and manages to take Nicholson’s two bowls off the green to keep him in the game. The score at 19.16 and two bad bowls from Ellis sees the Cumbrian Nicholson through to Wednesday’s quarter finals.

One of the games of the day featured two times Waterloo winner Simon Coupe and the popular Sheffield man Chris “Lucky” Brown. Both well known on the TV screens, from the WBT 2014 Blackpool Superbowl, both keen to lift the Waterloo title this year. A tight game throughout Coupe took a 17.12 lead mid game and playing his favourite length went on to dominate and show why he is favourite on this green by taking the game 21.16 and taking his place in tomorrow’s line up where he faces Ian Nicholson. “A lot of good players still in it and Nico is a very good player so I’m under no illusion that it’s going to be a hard game,” said Coupe. He now become’s favourite to take the title.

The first game on Live TV for 26 years, in the morning, pitted Jamie Bramley against Gareth Gwilliam and who could have written such a perfect script for the first game on. 21.20 the final score line and went right down to the last bowl with Bramley holding the one he needed Gwilliam ran at the bowl and followed it over the green keenly but it was not to be for the Manchester lad Gwilliam and Bramley moves into the quarter finals. Ross Dunkerley made unusually easy work of the Isle of Mans John Kennish in a short game Dunkerley finish it off with a 21.11 score.

The afternoon session started with Anthony Bracken in fine form. One of the true characters of the game Bracken always looked in control and produced the goods for the very vocal audience and took the game 21.16. Then it was time for the up and coming youngster of Crown Green Greg Smith. Lots of folk are naming this young man as the future of the game and on his performance today you can’t say they are wrong. His opponent Adam Jackson never got a look in and only scored one chalk in the game and Smith stepped into the quarter finals with a 21.6 score.

Next game up pitted Cumbrian Roy Moxham against Merseyside’s Matt Gilmore. The game was nip and tuck all the way to 19.19 and Moxham played two good bowls leaving Matt with only a runner to play to keep him in the game. Gilmore misses and Moxham steps foot into the quarter finals.

Final game of the day and Lee Fletcher and Kez Smith set of under the cameras and it was Fletcher who took the final place in the quarter finals with a score of 21.16.

The action continues tomorrow at 10am featuring the quarter finals of the Men’s Championship followed by the Ladies final then back to the Men’s event for the Semi Finals and Final and who will lift the title?

Tuesday’s results at a glance: Jamie Bramley 21 v 20 Gareth Gwilliam, John Kennish 11 v 21 Ross Dunkley, Ian Nicholson 21 v 16 Gary Ellis (3), Simon Coupe 21 v 16 Chris Brown, Ant Bracken 21 v 16 Dave Bradford, Greg Smith 21 v 6 Adam Jackson, Matt Gilmore 19 v 21 Roy Moxham, Lee Fletcher 21 v 16 Kez Smith.nesday


Smith Is Walking On Sunshine

Greg Smith became the Co-operative funeralcare Waterloo Champion 2015 in a very sunny Blackpool today. In the final he faced Ross Dunkley, who had never played in the Waterloo handicap before but has a good track record in the Warwick and Worcester area having won the George Masters back in 2012. Two young men. Dunkley 29, Smith 22. Left hander plays right hander. A battle of Warwick and Worcester. Smith had won the Spring Waterloo in the past and the All England which he won at the tender age of 20 so no stranger to the big days. But this time it was different. This time the TV where here. And what a final we were treated to end for end both Men battled it out, not one getting away from the other at 17.17 we had nail biting ends right to the last and Greg finished the game off and took the biggest title in the game of crown green 21.19.

“Great to win it with my family and so many watching. It’s such a great sport to be part of. I started bowing when I was five and now standing here with the most prestigious trophy in Crown green, well I can’t believe it" said a delighted Greg.The presentation was made by John Taylor representing Co-operative funeralcare and Mark Audin the Tournament Director and Manager of the Waterloo.

Dunkley edged out Ian Nicholson in the first semi final of the afternoon. Nicholson preferring the corners, Dunkley sticking to the shorter marks which have served him well over the last few days. A very good game throughout, in front of packed crowds both at the Waterloo itself and also watching the coverage live on ITV4. Dunkley finished the game off 21.16. Smith, meanwhile, faced Lee Fletcher in the second semi final and all looked tight when the scores peeled at 12.12. But a series of single counts put Left hander Smith into the driving seat and he finished the 21.14 winner.

Earlier on in the day Dunkley kicked the quarter final proceedings off with a brilliant display of bowling to a packed crowd and made short work of Jamie Bramley 21.11. Then Ian Nicholson played the competition favourite Simon Coupe and treated the crowd to a great display of corner bowling to take the favourite out of the event with a 21.16 score. 22 year old Greg Smith made hard work of finishing off his fellow County team mate Anthony Bracken. Smith took a big early lead only to see Bracken pull it all the way back. A bad lead from Bracken let the young Warwick and Worcester played back in and Smith took his place in the Semi finals. Final game of the quarter finals pitted the oldest man in the competition Roy Moxham from Cumbria against a player in his thirties Lee Fletcher and it was Fletcher that took the final semi final spot with a score of 21.17.

Quarter finals: Jamie Bramley 11 v 21 Ross Dunkley, Ian Nicholson 21 v 16 Simon Coupe, Ant Bracken 18 v 21 Greg Smith, Roy Moxham 17 v 21 Lee Fletcher. Semi Finals: Ross Dunkley 21 v 16 Ian Nicholson, Greg Smith 21 v 14 Lee Fletcher. Final: Ross Dunkley 19 v 21 Lee Fletcher.


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