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Association News
Date: 22nd November 2017
Dear Association Members

As most of you are aware, this year was our 31st year of the Mixed League & Knockout Competition. My congratulations go to you all in managing to, in the most part, play most of your league matches.
My congratulations also go to all the Winners & Runners-up. We have had a good season overall.
However on the down side, Norton BC informed me that they had to withdraw from the League due to not having enough members to ensure they could fulfil their league fixtures. I thank them for making that decision early in the season. I have since been informed by Norton, that they will only be playing friendly matches in the 2018 season due to their low membership. I sincerely hope they will be able to rejoin the league sometime in the near future.  In view of the difficulties it seems that some clubs have had problems in playing rinks. In this respect I am proposing that in the 2018 season, the League should be played as Triples.
However if some of the League Clubs have enough members and are playing each other, then they can play rinks providing they both agree. It would give those clubs, with larger memberships, more chances of their members to play in League matches.  I am mindful that some of the clubs are facing difficult times in attracting new members. It seems that there has been a lowering of bowls club memberships throughout the County and in fact the Country. With that in mind I hope that you will all agree with my proposal for the 2018 season.  In the new year I intend to hold a early AGM at the end of February or the beginning of March - venue/final date to be arranged...  
Please feel free to give me your thoughts on the above between now and the new year.  
I trust you will all have a good Christmas and a Happy New Year.  
Best Regards  
Mike Parsons
Association Secretary
Stevenage & District Mixed Bowls Association
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End of Season Association News                                                      Date: 30th September 2017

The 2017 season is well and truly over and all the ups and down of the season, becoming a distant memory and the what ifs turn into we will do better next year. My thanks go to all clubs and their members for the great spirit the Mixed League and Knockout Competition was played in this year.
It was a great shame that Norton BC had to withdraw this year from the League, I hope that this will come right  next year. I have over this season sensed that several clubs would now  prefer that the league becomes four triples. I am sure that will come up  that the AGM in 2018.
Have a lovely winter lay-off and a good festive season and a good end of year celebration.
2017 Mixed League Champions - St. Ippollitts Bowls Club
The Mixed League Champions this year for the very first time is St.Ippollitts BC with 96 points.
In Second place and this year’s Runners-up are Stevenage Town BC with 88 points.
In Third place are Letchworth GC BC with 82 points.
In Fourth place are Riverain BC with 80 points.
2017 Knockout Competition Winners - Stevenage Town Bowls Club
Our congratulations go to Stevenage Town BC in winning the Knockout Competition final on Tuesday 15th August against Letchworth GC BC by 14 shots 74-50
1. Letchworth GC BC winning 92-37 against Norton BC,
2. Riverain BC winning 76-48 against Knebworth BC,
3. St.Ippollitts BC winning 79-56 against Aston BC7
4. Stevenage Town BC winning 92-48 against Willian BC,
5. Letchworth GC BC winning 68-57 against Holwell BC
6. Stevenage Town BC winning 72-65 against Three Horseshoes BC
7. Datchworth BC winning 66-59 against St.Ippollitts BC
8. Riverain BC winning 90-52 against Howard Garden BC,
9. Letchworth GC BC winning 60-59 against Riverain BC (Semi-Final)
10.Stevenage Town BC winning 90-52 against Datchworth BC(Semi-Final)
11.Stevenage Town BC winning 74-50 against Letchworth GC BC (Final)

Mike Parsons
Association Secretary
Stevenage & District Mixed Bowls Association

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