VETERANS


  UP DATE   -  & points of interest

1  The Battle of the sexes ?? -- 
It was agreed at the Ladies AGM to organise a friendly 'pre season match
So once the 2019 season draws nearer it is hoped to negotiate a day/night to suit most members along with the playing format etc.  something different and should prove interesting

2 Best wishes
Best wishes go to Billy Spence for a speedy recovery, keep the chin up Billy from your fellow bowlers

3 What about Ernie 
I finally tracked down Ernie McAvoy and called with him 21st Nov., Ernie is in good health although his eyesigh is failing, however at 92 he was looking great . I always found him to be an interesting character and easy to get along and we shared a lot of memories and at time testing each other's memories from the past. He sends his best wished to his friends at the bowling Club and would welcome friends to call. (I can assure you you will not see the time passing) If you want his details give me a shout. 

4 The N.I.Veterans Bowling League held their AGM in Balmoral B/C on Monday 19th November and Drew and myself attended.
Will keep you updated or ask Drew or myself - Bryan
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 The boys who keep things 'ticking over' 
Secretary Drew Melville             Treasurer Brian Blake

Selectors:- 
Drew Melville,Robert Orme,George Hollinger and George Bennett Senior 

Bryan Lynn
President 2019

I would like to thank the members for electing me as your President for the incoming year. 

I was born and bred in Newtownards and still living in the town, hence it is a great honour to be elected to represent Ards as President of the Veteran's Section 

I've been a playing member of Ards Bowling Club for approximately seven years and I trust that I will do my best to help promote our Bowling club, our Veterans and the game in general both off and on the green.

I have made a lot of friends over the years not only at our Club but also when competing against visting teams in the league and cup competitions.

My best wishes to our members for good health to enjoy your game and wish you every success as we look forward to next season. 



    KNOW YOUR TEAM MATES   
Questionnaires were given to members at theAGM and I have now started to compile pen pictures of our Veterans and trust it creates a bit of interest within the team and our club in general.  Bryan lynn (November 2018) 


Crawford McIvor
Crawford has been a member of Ards B.C. and playing in the Veterans for eight years aprox. He usually plays at the front end (lead or second) in the ourdoors and is also a competitive player on the short mat and had no bowling experience with any other club before joining Ards.

Crawford is a widower and has two children and four grandchildren and was awarded the B.E.M. in the Queens Birthday Honours in 1986. 

His previous sport was fishing and held two all Ireland records for Tope (60lb 12 oz) Spurdog (16lb 4ox) and he made his way into the Guinness book of records for ten years.

For a while Crawford worked at boat and trailer building, and is a well known and respected bird breeder entering and judges many competitions. He has won many awards as a bird breeder with a love for Canaries, and especially his love for breeding and flying his beloved Birminham roller pigeons. While relaxing Crawford like to watch wildlife programmes on television, the last of the Summer wine and Open all hours. Many thanks for your contribution Crawford

 2019    Vice President 
George Bennett (Senior) 
After joining Ards approx. eight years ago George has been a regular 'Lead' in the Veterans Team and made several apperances on our Midweek team. A keen competitor both on the green and on the indoor short mat, not only in the Club but helping run the Indoor Bowling Club in his local Presbyterian Church  George has six grandchildren and lives in the nearby West Winds estate along with his wife Betty. Being in the Merchant Navy in the early part of his life George has travelled numerous parts of the world and can tell many stories of the many ships he served on, his tasks and exploits around the globe and the ports he visited. . After serving eleven years in the Navy George was employed and well known in the local farming community and also helping with landscape gardening, where he still maintains an keen interest in the gardening side of things.  In his early years and coming from a family of a well known boxers, Geroge was a member of the Millisle Boxing Club and was runner up in the all Ireland Bantamweight class. His brother Bertie (with his fancy footwork)was the KO specialist in the area and was known as 'Pocket Marcheiano' although George also claimed many KO's through out his career.
Apart from a keen ineterst in boxing and watching the fights on television he also enoys wildlife programmes.
It is good to see George being elected to serve as Vice President fo 2019 and wish him every success in the future


Francis Mullan  Francis, a past President has been a member of our club for twenty five years (Plus) Playing for the Veterans for over eleven years Francie has obtained many honours at an indvidal level and also with the team. He won the Veterans pairs three time over, once when President and followed it up by winning the pairs title the following year when Vice President (well done Francis, not any can say the same) He was the first winner of the David Smylie Charity trophy. While playing with the team when they won the Stevenson Cup, Hatch Cup, The May trophy and league champions on several occassions. Francie also helps out by playing the occassional Midweek match. During his early days he served in the Merchant Navy travelling around various places in the world then worked in Pritchett Foods before retiring in 2006. Frances is always willing to assist with 'the backroom chores' with the vets. Married to Maureen they have three children and seven grandchildren. When relaxing at home watching Sport and Quiz shows helps pass his time.   

Waring Yorke
Waring has been a member with  our club for over 20 years and during that time when representing the Veterans on the green has helped win several Cup and League honours.    During his working career he was a Foreman fault inspector with W. Ewarts & Blackstaff in the weaving industry with  before spending fifteen years in Donaghadee Carpets before retiring. His pastimes were mostly ballroom dancing when along with his wife enjoyed several dances. When relaxing Waring enjoys detective stories, mysteries and the odd cowboy movie on television, although he still likes to keep a keen eye on Strictly come dancing to remind him of the times he graced the dance floor.
Bryan Lynn

Bryan joined Ards approx. five years ago after gaining experience with Londonderry Park and Pickie B.C.  During that period he gained league honours (L'Derry Pk) & Midweek Cup winners, runners up in Vets pairs (Pickie) Furter success followed with Ards when he won Veterans singles title, Open Pairs and Vets pairs plus Div 5 league promotion, Midweek and Junior Cups wins. Bryan usually plays skip with vets  but willing to play any position and enjoys good comradeship both on and off the green.
 Along with Gareth, Bryan takes a very keen interest in updating the Ards B.C. Website along with the organising his walking club's Blog/website. His interests varies from photography, painting/art work (member of Ards Art Club), hill walking, sequence dancing,  storytelling/yarnspinning, getting out to the odd show, DIY and travelling abroad and spending time with his grandchildren. Bryan is a retired Staff Training Officer, a widower with two children, three grandchildren.

Members/players
Brian Jess 2018 Singles winner 


Secretary Drew Melville



Hugh Kennedy
Davy Kildae

David Angus

Colin Ritchie
 Vice President George Bennett (Senr)

Billy Bowden

Laurence Loney

Peter Anderton

Charie Simmons


Billy Mc Coo

Leslie Quinn


Billy Spence

Jim (Bimbo) Orme

Brian Duncan

Victor Wasson

Hugh Caughey

George Davis

Billy Meharg

George Hollinger 2018 President











Billy Williams

Waring Yorke

Ken Martin


Leslie Quinn


2018 Veterans Pairs Winners 
Robert (Bimbo) Orme and Peter Thompson 

VETERANS PAIRS  
WINNERS 2018
ROBERT ORME / PETER THOMPSON

Ronnie Mc Dade (Past President)



  2018 Veteran's President
  

George Hollinger



  1. Veteran's Day 27th August 2018
   2018 Veteran Club tournaments  

VETERANS PAIRS  
WINNERS
ROBERT ORME / PETER THOMPSON
RUNNERS UP
WALTER MCKEOWN
Singles winner Brian Jess


    2017 Veterans President  

Brian Blake Veteran's President 2018

PRESIDENT'S DAY 2017
Secretary Drew Melville
Treasurer Brian Blake
Selectors Drew Melville & George Hollinger
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Veterans Bowling Section 

Members/players


Drew Melville



Hugh Kennedy
Davy Kildae

David Angus

Colin Ritchie
George Bennett (Senr)

Billy Bowden

Laurence Loney

Peter Anderton

Charie Simmons


Billy Mc Coo

Leslie Quinn


Billy Spence

Jim (Bimbo) Orme

Brian Duncan

Victor Wasson

Hugh Caughey

George Davis

Billy Meharg

George Hollinger 2018 President

Bryan Lynn










Billy Williams

Crawford McIvor
Waring Yorke

Ken Martin


Leslie Quinn

Ronnie Mc Dade (Past President)

PRESIDENT'S DAY 2017       

Billy McCoo - Winner

Will Smith - Runner up (after a play off)

Victor Wasson 3rd place

Gareth McKee winning (non veteran) guest - visitor

Francie Mulllan with his wooden spoon.

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Brian's appreciation to the Ladies behind the scenes:-
 Lee, Nessie and Jill


















THE DAVID SMYLE TROPHY 
 TUESDAY 2nd May 2017
George Hollinger receiving the David Smylie Trophy from President Brian