Upper Waveney Mixed Triples League 2019

Following the successful launching of Connaught ‘B’ last season, the Club has again entered two sides in the Upper Waveney League.

The Upper Waveney is the only competition in which the Club plays to the slightly different Federation rules compared with EBA bowls. We travel to clubs in South Norfolk and North Suffolk and have always found the League competitive but very sociable at the same time. The sheer length of the fixture list gives a continuity of play not seen to the same extent in the other leagues in which we play.

Squad lists have been up for a few weeks at time of writing and there is a good mix of established players, experienced players trying the Waveney for the first time and a fair sprinkling of players who took up bowls only last year. We will not finalise the two squads just yet.

Paul McDonald again captains Connaught ‘A ‘in Division 1. With 9 other teams in the division, Connaught ‘A’ will have a hefty programme of 18 matches plus cup matches. Connaught ‘A’ have finished 3rd for the last 4 seasons, always behind Gissing and Diss ‘A’. Gissing and Diss will be very strong as usual and a neutral would not bet on the pecking order being changed, but doubtless Paul will have a view on that. With clubs like" Dickleburgh" also strong in depth. Connaught will find other teams pushing them hard. However, Connaught ‘A’ should have depth and a capacity always to turn out 4 competitive triples. That and availability commitment should ensure a good season.

John Winup again captains Connaught ‘B’ and will be helped this year by Carole Taylor as vice-captain. With 10 teams in the division, Connaught ‘B’ will have 20 league matches to play plus cup matches. Connaught ‘B’ finished next to bottom last year with only Diss ‘B’ behind them. Note: - (Diss 'B' has withdraw from the league for this season). The standard of opposition was quite high – in fact if you take out the top 3 or 4 clubs in Div. 1 and the bottom 2 or 3 in Div. 2 there is little difference between the two divisions. With a remit to encourage the club’s women players and inexperienced players, selection was rotated deliberately. There will be no change from that policy this coming season. In the vernacular “we are not playing for a row of houses” and the aim is playing opportunity and playing improvement. However, we must try to be competitive and committed and not just sociable losers!


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