A Tribute to Frank Stobie

It is with sadness that we have learned the passing of Frank Stobie on 9th January.

A true gentleman who would always greet you with a smile.

We pass on our condolences to Olive and his family.

Click here to read a tribute by Liam O’Rafferty

Irish Open Championships 2021

The following communication from Leisureplex:

Hi Everyone!

It is with regret to inform you all of the Cancellation of the 2021 Irish Open Championships.

We have been holding out cancelling the Irish Open, with the hope of things getting better but with the uncertain times we are all living in, and the uncertainty around travel and all the restrictions that comes with it, we have been left with no choice.

The Irish Open has a massive following of loyal athletes and we can only thank you for your continued support!

We hope to run a local tournament in Dublin the normal week the Irish Open would normally be on, we will keep our local bowlers informed and if travel restrictions are somewhat lifted at that point it may be possible for some of our European Bowlers to join us! Fingers Crossed!

To finish on a positive note, The Irish Open will be back in January 2022!!

January just won’t be the same without you all! We will miss you!

Stay safe everyone!

Sean, Lorraine & Sarah ???

Roll on 2022!!!

ITBA COVID-19 Return To Sport Protocol

The ITBA in conjunction with Sport Ireland and Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport (DTTS) have finalised a protocol for the Return to Bowling.

ITBA COVID-19 Return To Sport Protocol

This document should be reviewed by all ITBA Members and adhered to with regard to all ITBA official sessions whether be Practice, Training or Competition as and when they are organised.

Other documents you will become familiar with when attending ITBA official sessions are as follows. These documents will by provided by your Sub-Committee COVID-19 Officer:

ITBA COVID-19 Registration Form

ITBA COVID-19 Officer Advice

ALSAA Bowl – Return to Bowling

Safe Reopening Plan – League Bowlers – from 06/JUL/2020

From all of us here at ALSAA we are delighted to welcome you back !!

The centre has undergone a major facelift with creating space and easy clean surfaces at the forefront of our thinking, including floor coverings that suppress viruses and lots of space in the bowlers area.

In addition we will have the following protocols in place to make the Bowl as safe as possible for all.

  • Sanitisier stations at entrance and key areas throughout the centre
  • Temperature checks for all staff and customers on arrival
  • Enhanced cleaning of all surfaces and touch points through the day
  • Cleaning of Bowlers area, and ball return after each group
  • Bowlers can use one or two lanes. ( max 4 per pair) for practice and Drop in’s.
  • Please keep any towels, Rosin bags etc. in your own tray on table at rear of lanes.
  • Cleaning of balls during a game with alcohol cleaners is permissible

In line with current Government guidelines please maintain social distancing. If you feel unwell please do not visit the centre. If you become unwell whist here please let us know.

Further guidelines will be issued in relation to the starting of our leagues closer to the time. We do hope you like the new look and can’t wait to see you on the lanes soon.

Sport Ireland COVID-19 Awareness eLearning Course

Please note that the linked COVID-19 Awareness eLearning Course has now been updated to include COVID-19 Officer training. This will be completed by Officers appointed by each Sub-Committee to manage their bowling activities.

With bowling centers reopening over the coming weeks, we are continuing to work with Sport Ireland, the Federation Of Irish Sport and the Centers in planning for a safe return for all our bowlers.

As further details become available we will be providing information here so that all Bowlers, Coaches and Officials are aware of the protocols that must be adhered to. To prepare you for what is coming, please follow this link to a COVID-19 Awareness eLearning Course provided by Sport Ireland.

If you want further information it can be found on the Sport Ireland COVID-19 site.

We look forward to seeing you all back on the lanes in the near future.

In Memory of Stan by John R. Wilson on behalf of the ITBA

I must have known Stan through bowling for at least 30 years, if not more. We first met in Stillorgan Bowl, the date is irrelevant, because a friendship developed as we met and bowled in various competitions, up and down the country. Stan loved his bowling and hated missing any chance to bowl competitively (as we all do). I had the good fortune to have bowled, successfully with Stan, both home and away. We bowled in Hamburg (ESBC) in Florida (Florida International Bowling Tournament), France (the Paris New Year Singles & Doubles) and on the Senior Triple Crown Team in Jersey. We had some great times, made lots of international friends and nearly always came away with medal, trophy or prize.

Stan’s peak in bowling came when he out-bowled everyone in the Final and won the Senior Championships in Coolock (2001). 

My main memories of Stan are:

  • He was always looking for the perfect ball fit for his hand, and kept Barry busy in the Proshop.
  • He would never refuse to bowl in any competition and would bowl as a pacer, if he could not play in the competition.
  • Stan was always in good spirits, loved a bit fun and chat and I’ve never known him to have a bad word to say about anybody.

Stan served on the ITBA Senior Sub-Committee and the Technical Committee for many years. 

Stan was very supportive and gave me some work-choices advice that changed my career and life, for which I never forget.

It is hard to believe your gone Stan. May your memory last a long time.

Passing of Stan Dagg

It is with sadness that to day we learned of the passing or one of our most dedicated bowlers, Stan Dagg.  Stan was a long standing member of the ITBA. 

Our sincerest condolences go out to his family at this difficult time.

“Dagg-Stanley (late of Stillorgan) 17th April 2020. (Peacefully) at St Vincent’s University Hospital. Beloved husband of Joyce and loving dad of Stephen, Lynda & Jenny. Sadly missed by his loving family, sister Norma, daughter-in-law Melissa, sons-in-law Anthony & Rory, grandchildren Robert, Louisa, Miranda, Cassie, Nathan, Conor, Katy, Jessica, Chloe & Finn, extended family and friends. Forever in our hearts.

In accordance with Government guidelines on public gatherings, the funeral will be limited to family members. Those who would have liked to attend the Funeral but due to the current restrictions cannot, please leave a personal message in the Condolences section of rip.ie.”

Rocks Jewellers Singles 2019/20 – Event 7 Results

Not surprisingly a lower turnout (24 bowlers)  than normal in what turned out to be the final event before the National Lockdown.  

Congratulations to the winners Gareth Williams (Scratch Division) and Des Vella (Handicap Division) and all the finalists. 

 Full details from Event 7 will also be available on www.bowlingforall.ie on the Rocks Jewellers Tab/Results

Next Event – All future events are subject to the lifting of national restrictions currently in place to combat the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. We will keep bowlers informed of any changes using WhatsApp and the Web as soon as we have any updates.

Take care and look after yourselves.

Tom