FLOWFIT British Senior Merit now on BT Sport

It came as a bit of a surprise that the first of the broadcasts of the BCGBA FLOWFIT British Senior Merit slipped quietly onto the BT Sport channels last week. 

The broadcasts were listed for showing this autumn and to see them broadcast so early, unless of course the end of the summer also went with the end of August, came a something of a surprise to say the least. Hopefully the future programmes will attract a big audience and the BT Sport executives will see crown green bowls as a sport to invest in.

Matt Gilmore - BCGBA FLOWFIT British Senior Champion for 2016
Matt Gilmore – BCGBA FLOWFIT British Senior Champion for 2016

From sports bars of Vilamoura in Portugal, where I was enjoying a splendid holiday, and the rest of the world to the comfy settees in your own very home, and including the various ways of watching on mobile devices, you can sit back and watch one of the best days in the bowls calendar.

The competition was won by Merseyside’s Matt Gilmore who claimed the title on these famous bowling greens in North Wales. Matt was also winner when the competition was last held in Wales and indeed at the same splendid venue.

It would be very wrong not to mention that the production of these programmes would not have been possible without the fantastic support of FLOWFIT, industry leaders in the supply of Hydraulic Components, and the British Crown Green Bowling Association.

In particular Simon Parsonage, of FLOWFIT, and the many BCGBA Officers led by CEO John Crowther and President Peter Higham. Also to thank of course are WCGBA led by Matt Foster and the Officials and Trustees of Llay Miners Welfare Club.

The games filmed during the day were:

First round – Greg Smith v Zach Walker
Second round – Wayne Dews v Nick Jones
Third round (1) – Damian Morrison v Paul Dudley
Third round (2) – Greg Smith v Phil Holdroyd
Qtr final – Andy Moss v Leigh Burdett
Semi-final – Greg Smith v Matt Gilmore
Final – Matt Gilmore v Andy Moss

The broadcast dates released to me so far are:

Crown Green Bowls – Senior Merit ’16 – First Round
02/09/2016 06:00        BT Sport 1
03/09/2016 12:30        BT Sport 3

Crown Green Bowls – Senior Merit ’16 – Second Round
07/09/2016 10:00        BT Sport 2
07/09/2016 15:00        BT Sport 1
08/09/2016 06:00        BT Sport 1
08/09/2016 15:00        BT Sport 3
09/09/2016 05:00        BT Sport 3

Crown Green Bowls – Senior Merit ’16 – Third Round (1)
14/09/2016 13:00        BT Sport 1
15/09/2016 06:00        BT Sport 2
15/09/2016 10:00        BT Sport 2
16/09/2016 08:30        BT Sport 2

Crown Green Bowls – Senior Merit ’16 – Third Round (2)
21/09/2016 10:00        BT Sport 2
21/09/2016 16:30        BT Sport 2
22/09/2016 12:30        BT Sport 1

Crown Green Bowls – Senior Merit ’16 – Quarter Final
28/09/2016 13:30        BT Sport 2
29/09/2016 06:00        BT Sport 2
30/09/2016 12:30        BT Sport 1

The programmes are also on the HD channels provided by BT Sport. Why not join commentators Andy Cairns, Roy Armson and Graham McGarry and enjoy one of the special days in bowls.

Steve Davies

Throughout his bowling career Steve has always supported the admin side of the game. As a club secretary, association secretary, county delegate on the BCGBA (National Governing Body) Management Committee, Merseyside champion in 2002 and Merseyside County President (2014-15) Steve has always been keen to promote the game especially through the broadcast of the game on TV or Internet. Steve set up the LIVE BOWLS YouTube channel and, through the LDBA, runs national competitions. Seeing an avenue to report and promote the game Steve set up the Bowls Observer on-line magazine after consulting with respected figures in the game and journalism.