The Merseyside Annual General  Meeting will take place on Monday 13th January 2020 at Mossley Hill Athletic Club, Mossley Hill Road, Liverpool L18 8BX, commencing at  The agenda for the meeting and copies of the BCGBA Notices of Motion will be sent out separately.



A safe guarding course is being held at Heswall RBL at 2p.m. on Sunday 2nd February 2020. The course is directed at Club Safe Guarding Officers but others interested may attend. The cost of the course is £15.00 per person. To book a place on the course please contact the Merseyside Safe Guarding Officer Roy Cooke on 07990764143 or e mail


A Referees Course will be held at Manor Road B.C. Wallasey. It will take place over three sessions on the 22nd and 29th January and 5th February 2020 The examination will be held on the 12th February 2020. All sessions will commence at 1.30pm and last for about 2 hours. The cost of the course will be £10. If you are interested contact John Crowther on 0151 648 7540.

Ted Sullivan

Yesterday we received the very sad news of the death of Ted Sullivan. Ted was a member of the excellent Lever Club on the Wirral and he was huge supporter of the game. Ted served was a long serving committee member for the Bebington League, for the Wirral Association Ted held the positions of Secretary, Chairman and President and for the county itself Ted has served on the committee for many years and was President only a few years ago.

If anything needed to be done to help the sport in Merseyside Ted was more than happy to help. Be it helping out at events, refereeing or driving county players to games Ted was there helping to make sure it went as well as it could. On behalf of the association I would like to pass on my sincere condolences to Ted’s family and friends at this very sad time.

Steve Davies – Chairman


Kevin Kearns was the well-deserved winner of the 2019 Merseyside Merit. Taking the Merit title on Saturday 25th May 2019 at Windle BC, Kevin defeated Dave McDermott 21-12 in the final, after overcoming Mark Myles 21-7 in the semi-final and Cliff Massey 21-17 in the quarter-final. Dave had earlier defeated Jamie Fitzpatrick 21-13 in the quarter-final and Chris Barton 21-18 in the semi-final.

Merseyside Merit 2019 Winner
Kevin Kearns, 2019 Merseyside Merit Winner (Photo credit: Frank Royston)


Please find below Merseyside Club Registration Form CR1/CR2. All clubs in Merseyside must complete their CR1/CR2 forms and return them to the Merseyside County Registrar, Linda Howard, by 01 June 2019. Please note that the CR1/CR2 form below consists of two worksheets, “Club” and “Members”. BOTH sheets must be completed and returned.


Merseyside C.G.B.A are looking for two officers to join their Management Team: a County Safeguarding Officer and a County Development Officer. If you are interested in either of these positions, please contact the Merseyside County Secretary, Pat Crowther, by email to


The 2018 ‘Players of the Season’ for Merseyside C.G.B.A were awarded their trophies last weekend. The Junior Winner Owen Turner, Men’s Winner Danny Barwise, and Ladies Winner Lynsey Gorman are pictured below at New Brighton Cricket and Bowling Club.

2018 Players of the Season
2018 Players of the Season, Owen Turner, Lynsey Gorman and Danny Barwise, presented with their trophies by Paul Saville

Sue Lewis became the 2019 Ladies Veterans Merit champion at Albany Bowling Club on Friday 3rd May 2019. Sue is pictured with Hazel Morgan, who she defeated in the final.

Last 8: Helen Armstrong v Sue Wynne, Moe Anderson v Hazel Morgan, Maureen Percival v Sue Lewis, Joan Salter v Joan Walker, Semi-Finalists: Sue Wynne v Hazel Morgan, Sue Lewis v Joan Salter, Final: Hazel Morgan v Sue Lewis, Winner: Sue Lewis

Sue Lewis Ladies Veterans Champion
Sue Lewis receiving her trophy from Naureen Bunting, pictured with runner-up Hazel Morgan


Message from Roy Cooke, Junior County Team Manager: “I am trying to keep Junior players on Merseyside interested in bowls so have entered a Merseyside Junior Team in the BCGLBA Junior Championships to be held at Owley Wood on Saturday 29th June 2019. This is a one-day competition for teams of 6 players from a squad of 8 with at least 2 girls in the team at all times”. Anyone interested in being considered should contact Roy Cooke on 07990 764 143 or by email to

The cost of BCGBA Membership Card has increased to £12, with the cost of a Replacement Card increasing to £4.  The BCGBA Membership Application Form has been updated to reflect these increases and explains why the BCGBA are collecting data in order to comply with General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).  Please don’t forget that the form must be signed and dated by the applicant before it is sent to our County Registrar, Linda Howard.  Unfortunately, failure to do this will result in the application form being rejected and returned to the applicant, thus causing a delay in the processing of membership numbers. Your co-operation in this matter will be appreciated.

Lynsey Gorman followed in her mother’s footsteps when she was elected as the 2019 BCGBA Ladies President, making her the youngest lady to take up the role. Her mother, Pat Crowther, held the presidency in 1999 and they become the first mother and daughter to both hold high office. Lynsey began her role at the ladies Annual Dinner held last December. Despite having a full-time job as Cancer Manager at Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Lynsey still manages to play regularly for her club, New Brighton Quarry Vikings, in Wirral Bowling leagues and she is a regular in the Wallasey Association Federation side. She is also a regular in the Merseyside Ladies county team and has been since the age of 14. This season should see her make her 100th county appearance. One of the many highlights of her career saw her win the BCG Ladies Champion of Champions in 2017.