Division A Update

Updates for Division A teams ….

  • Barley Knockons are moving to the same location as Castaways have moved to – The Cottage Inn, 31 Champford Lane, Wellington, TA21 8BH.
  • Unfortunately Brass Monkeys have had to withdraw from the league.  This will create a bye in Division A.

The fixture files have been updated to reflect these changes.

Division A Teams – Please Note …

…..  that Castaways will no longer be playing at the Barley Mow, Rockwell Green.  Their new alley will be …

The Cottage Inn, 31 Champford Lane, Wellington, TA21 8BH

Fixture files will be reissued during week commencing 20th September 2021.

Also, Globetrotters are not able to offer food at their venue.

2021/22 Season

At last …. we’re almost ready to start another season.

It’s been a long time coming, but preparations are well underway to start the 2021/22 season.  It looks like we’ll be able to run three 12 team divisions and for this season there won’t be a cup competition.

Dates. We’ll start the first half of the season on Wednesday 22nd September 2021.  That means the last games before Christmas will be on Wednesday 8th December 2021, with the second half beginning on Wednesday 12th January 2022 and finishing on Wednesday 30th March 2022.

Which teams play in which divisions?  We know it’ll be impossible to please everyone with the arrangements we make here, but bear in mind that there isn’t a single perfect solution.  What we’ve decided to do is take the last published league tables, list all teams in order from Division A to C, then take the top 12 for Division A, the next 12 for Division B and the remainder for C.

Signing-Up.  We’ll email captains with relevant details.  This will be the usual sign-up form, including details of how to make a bank transfer payment.  We will also have a sign-up night in the Canal Room at The Globe Inn, Sampford Peverell on Wednesday 25th August 2021 between 7pm and 9pm, where we’ll be able to receive completed forms, plus Team and Player registration fees.

Player and Team Fees.  We didn’t incur all the expenses that we would have expected in the last season before the pandemic and for that reason, player fees will be just £3 per person.  The Team registration fee will remain at £15.

Fixture Books.  We won’t be producing a booklet with fixtures like we’ve previously done.  We will be providing a single sheet showing all fixtures and venues which will be supplied to captains and will also be available for download from the website (we did this in the previous season and it proved quite popular as it saves having to lookup teams and venues against numbers).

Team Names and Alleys.  Because a number of teams will be relocating, a change of alley and team name will be allowed without the need for committee approval.

AGM.  We haven’t been able to hold an AGM, where we’d usually elect the committee and approve the accounts, as well as deal with any matters arising.  In these unique circumstances we’ve been as practical as possible in making arrangements that mean we can continue with the league this season.  We will hold an AGM at the end of the season.  In the meantime we will email captains a copy of the league’s accounts and if anyone wants to join the committee, please get in touch.

 

A year ago …..

… today (11th March 2020) was the last time league games were played. Congratulations to all teams who have now gone a whole year unbeaten and commiserations to everyone who is still waiting for a win after such a long time.

The current plan is to get back to playing at the end of the summer, but who knows whether we’ll be allowed inside pubs by then and what restrictions there may or may not be.

In the meantime we’re keeping positive about playing again as soon as we can.

2020/21 Season

We’d hoped to be able to run some kind of mini-league in the new year, but with the current restrictions and not knowing when they’ll end, it’s proved impossible to plan anything.

Hopefully 2021 will bring us the opportunity to get back to playing again and we very much look forward to being able to resume business as usual for the 2021/22 season.

Season’s greetings to everyone from us all at league HQ.

2020/21 Season

We’ve reluctantly had to make the decision to cancel the 2020/21 season.

We know this will be a disappointment to many people, but it had become clear that a lot of skittlers are not keen or able to play at the moment because of concerns around the Covid virus. There are also issues with some venues, specifically around being able to socially distance in small spaces.

We’ll review the situation towards the end of the year to see if we’re able to run a mini-league in early 2021 for any teams wanting to take part.

Update 25th June 2020

With the news that pubs are to reopen from 4th July 2020, we’ve been considering how this affects whether we can finish the 2019/20 season and what plans we can make for the 2020/21 season.

In deciding when we can resume the league we have to consider the following:

  • Can skittles be played in a safe environment, in line with government guidelines.
  • Are pubs and clubs open, willing and able to host skittles matches.
  • Do people feel they want to accept the risks involved in playing skittles with Coronavirus still present in the community?
  • Is it safe for players who fall into the vulnerable category to play skittles.

We’ve noted that one of the specific leisure industry exceptions for being able to reopen on the 4th July are bowling alleys. For this reason alone it would be inappropriate to resume skittles.

Our main concern is always the safety and well-being of skittlers. Clearly it isn’t an appropriate time to resume playing and there is no indication yet as to when might be the right time. For now we’ll keep our options open with regard to the end of the 2019/20 season and the 2020/21 season and we’ll keep in contact with the Tiverton and District (Thursday) league who face the same issues.

Stay safe.

Dean & Paul

Donald Broom

Some sad news to report. Long time skittler and committee member Donald Broom passed away on Thursday 11th June 2020. Don will be very much missed by us all as he was a regular fixture at skittles matches, meetings and events over many, many years. Our thoughts are with Don’s family and friends.