About BSA (Swinton) Short Mat Bowls Club

CLUB PROFILE

If you leave Malton on the B1257 Helmsley road, you will soon pass through the villages of Broughton, Swinton and Amotherby. It is the first letters of these three, (and not a well-known British motor cycle) that Matt Fenwick used to name the club he formed in March 1986. Although a relatively small club, we fielded  two teams in the Scarborough league both of which have a very consistent record. The ‘A’ team has always been good enough to keep up its place in the middle of Division 2 whilst the ‘B’ team regularly props up the others in Division 3! However all the players in both teams thoroughly enjoy their games, and will continue to try to make progress against their fellow league clubs in the coming seasons.

From 2016 the Club will have field both teams in the same division in the New Dales league, So we can expect some friendly rivalry between members when they play each other.

Several members also play regularly for the Ryedale region of the Yorkshire (North) League.

Individual accolades go to Matt & Freda Fenwick who played regularly for the County team in the mid 90’s whilst the late Richard Lund enjoyed a particularly good season in 2004/05 reaching the Semi-Finals of the County Singles and Quarter-Finals of the County Triples with club colleagues Sue Watson and John Coffey. With Sue he was also runner-up in the annual Kirbymisperton Pairs.

Since 1998, the Club has held its own open Triples competition, which was renamed The Richard Lund Memorial Triples. In 2006, we introduced an open Pairs competition whilst in 2008 we took on the job of organising the High Fives from the St. Cuthberts club. In 2016 we took over the running of the County’s Little Cup, This has a unique format of 4 players playing as Singles,Pairs and Triples.

The funding from this has gradually helped us build up a stock of 11 mats. With such assets and a popular capacious venue, the Club is able to play host to the annual County Championships.

In 2018 after much discussion, we decided to move our home Dales League Matches to Ryedale indoor Bowls Club based in Norton.