Guernsey Press

Immediate future of Bowls Guernsey secured following emergency meeting

Four volunteers have stepped in to save the troubled Bowls Guernsey Association from a seemingly imminent demise.

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Fears had been expressed for the future of outdoor bowls in Guernsey if the association had been forced to fold.

An EGM took place on Monday night as the final call to fill the association's president and secretary roles, which had been left vacant by the sudden resignation of great stalwart Garry Collins.

A failure to fill these roles would have caused the BGA, which governs outdoor bowls in Guernsey, to fold, preventing players from competing at island, national or international level.

The situation even saw Commonwealth silver medallist Lucy Beere express her fears for the future of the outdoor game locally.

But in a meeting that took just 30 minutes, Robin Herbert was appointed as president and Rose Ogier as vice-president, with three people coming forward to share secretarial duties.

Ogier will be doubling up by maintaining the association's website, while Todd Priaulx will be responsible for minute taking and Mick Solway for managing the email account.

Bowls Guernsey treasurer Matt Solway, who chaired the meeting, was rather pleased to see good representation from all three domestic clubs and the appointment of members from each.

'Personally, I am happy the meeting went smoothly and think it’s great that we have added representatives from all three bowls clubs to the committee,' he said.

'I hope this will ensure a good future relationship between the association and the three clubs.

'I thank Garry for previous contributions and hope to welcome him back in the future and note all things done by Garry will not be covered exactly by the recent appointments.

'But I believe we have split the job into more manageable roles, while agreeing the committee can appoint duties like tournament organisers and media reporting as we progress through the season if required.'