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St Mary's Platt Short Mat Bowling Club

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Chairman  John Kent  01732 875717

Secretary Derrick Groom  01732 842557

Club Captain  Julia Cooper 01732 883973

 

Committee   Barry Baker, John Rider, Jean Bennett, Jeff Marchant, Meg White

 

 


 

 

 

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Short Mat Bowls is a version of bowls that can be played in any building capable of accommodating a bowling mat that is 6 feet wide and between 40 & 45 feet long.  The game is played using the same bowls that can be used for outdoor lawn bowls or normal full length indoor bowls, but with a heavier jack.  As with any form of bowls it should not be considered as a game only for the elderly as it can, and is, played by all ages from pre-teens upwards.

The St Mary’s Platt club has ‘roll-up’ sessions in the Memorial Hall on Wednesdays from 2 to 4 pm and 8 to 10 pm.  If you would like to give it a try please contact one of the club representatives shown above.  Alternatively just come along to watch on any Wednesday or to one of our home league matches.  Despite the individual and club successes that you can read of elsewhere on this page we all had to start as beginners, and most of us still appear that way at times, so don’t be shy.  Although the bowling season in terms of matches runs from September to April, the club ‘roll-ups’ take place all year round.

 

Club History

The club was formed in September 1994 following a bequest from a local resident for the setting up of a new community activity in the Parish.  A year later a team was entered into the West Kent League which gained both divisional promotion and the winning of the league’s one day tournament in the first season – quite a shock for the other league clubs.  Since then the club has expanded to about forty members with five teams playing in two sections of the West Kent League.

In more recent years four club members have obtained their CountyBadge through various successes in CountyChampionship tournaments.  Two of these play regularly for the Kent ‘A’ team and two for the Kent ‘B’ team.  The club also has three members who are qualified as Umpires by the English Short Mat Bowling Association.

Although the 'A' team has twice come top of division 1 of the West Kent League the most memorable achievment of this team was during the 1999/2000 season when playing in division 2.  The team had sealed top place in the division after only three quarters of the season's matches, having been undefeated at that stage.  The team, however, set themselves a new target of completing the season as undefeated in all fourteen matches.  This created more and more tension as each match was played and won.  The last match arrived with almost unbearable tension but the team achieved their goal of a clean sheet of fourteen wins at an average score of 20 to 9.  

 Club Champions

 

Singles

Winner

Runner-up

1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013

 Barry Baker
Wendy Minchinton
Alwyn Hart
Chris Groom
John Cooper

no competition
no competition
Derek Ford
Barry Baker

no competition
Barry Baker
Derrick Groom
John Rider
John Cooper
Derrick Groom
Peter Cannon
John Rider
Barry Baker

not recorded
not recorded
not recorded
Derrick Groom
not recorded
no competition
no competition
John Rider
Rod Bennett

no competition
John Cooper
Peter Cannon
Derrick Groom
Julia Cooper

Sandra Gill
John Kent
Rod Bennett

     

Pairs

Winners

Runners-up

1995 
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013

 John & Julia Cooper
Derrick & Chris Groom
Derrick & Chris Groom
Ian McCallum & Rod Bennett
Derrick & Chris Groom
Derek & Rosemary Ford

no competition
no competition
no competition
Rod & Jean Bennett
no competition
Barry Baker & Chris Groom
Derrick & Chris Groom
Barry Baker/Derek Kirby
Derrick & Chris Groom
John & Hazel Rider
Sandra Gill & Wendy Minchinton
Derrick & Chris Groom
Barry Baker/Mike V-Burch

 Barry & Ann Baker
not recorded
Barry & Ann Baker
not recorded
not recorded
not recorded
no competition
no competition
no competition
John & Hazel Rider
no competition
Peter & Ann Cannon
Barry Baker & Julia Cooper
John & Hazel Rider
Rod & Jean Bennett

Jean Bennett & John Cooper
John & Hazel Rider
Rod & Dillon Bennett

 

Club Chairmen

 

Tim Hollins
Ian McCallum
John Kent
Barry Baker
Rod Bennett
John Kent

1994~2001
2001~2002
2002~2003
2004~2009
2009~2011
2011~

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