Southampton & District Women's Bowling Association leagues

The club takes a very active part in supporting and participating in the S&DWBA. Besides having committee members - Chris Robinson is the league secretary and Chris Brett is a former President and now assists the committee - we have had champions in several competitions recently and in 2019 we had two teams in the S&D leagues: rinks A (where we were runners up) and triples A.

Meon Valley were the inaugural winners of the triples league and were champions of the rinks B league in 2015. 

Chris Brett, as the ladies match secretary, liaises with the ladies match sub-committee (elected at the AGM in November) and ensures we fulfil our commitments. All women members of the club may sign up to be considered for selection and indicate their preference for rinks (fours) or triples. In 2018 the triples B team was used as a 'development' squad to introduce players to league play, extend their experience and grow their confidence. Sadly, we are just short of committed players to keep that going in 2019 but hope it will return in 2020.

The entries for the leagues are made by clubs in mid January and the fixtures are published on the S&DWBA website in early February. The programme starts either in late April or early May and runs through to late August. Matches are played on Thursday afternoons mostly starting at 2pm. There may be some adjustments for inclement weather and/or postponements during the season.                                  

The pattern is for two mini teams from each club to play two mini teams against another club. One point is given for a win in each mini team and another two points for an aggregate win. Play is always in whites with club shirts. There will be a captain for each club on the day to ensure all goes smoothly. Meon Valley takes particular care to be sportsmanlike, friendly and hospitable at all times. There is a match fee of £1 to cover the cost of providing refreshments. For our home matches we - and our spectators (who are very welcome) - are fortunate to be cared for off the green by Janet Locke.

The results for all matches in the leagues and the up to date league tables are available after about 9pm on Thursdays on the S&DWBA website under the respective leagues.