Plessey Bowls Finals Day 2020

Martin Butchers receiving the singles trophy from Barry Bridgeman
John and Barbara Herbert receiving the 2020 Covid Pairs League trophy
Nick Hodder and Brian Longden runners up on the Covid League
Martin and Denise Butchers 3rd place in the Covid League
John and Debbie Crews 4th place in the Covid League

Outdoor Bowls – Triples League

Sandown v Shanklin A
Medina A v Shanklin B
Ventnor v Ryde
Plessey v Medina B

Shanklin B v Sandown
Ventnor v Shanklin A
Medina B v Medina A
Plessey v Ryde

Sandown v Ventnor
Shanklin B v Medina B
Shanklin A v Plessey
Medina A v Ryde

Medina B v Sandown
Plessey v Ventnor
Ryde v Shanklin B
Medina A v Shanklin A Start time 10.30am

Sandown v Plessey
Medina B v Ryde
Ventnor v Medina A
Shanklin A v Shanklin B

Ryde v Sandown
Medina A v Plessey
Shanklin A v Medina B
Shanklin B v Ventnor Start time 10.30am

Sandown v Medina A
Ryde v Shanklin A
Plessey v Shanklin B
Medina B v Ventnor.


History of the Outdoor Plessey Club Bowls

The club formed in 1973 and was initially an inter-departmental bowls league for the Plessey Radar Company. They played at the Cowes Bowls club ground. Eddie Scott came to the island to work for Plessey and was a key figure in persuading people to bowl. During this time Norman Rose presented the Rose Bowl, which was first won by Reg and Frank White in 1978. The bowl is still competed for today.

In 1980 things got a bit more serious and a team was entered into the island Saturday league division 2. In this first year they finished 9th winning 9 out of 22 games. In 1981 Plessey won Division 2 after a close struggle with Cowes B. Dave Harding had a great year with the most successful rink in division 2 winning 18 out of 22 games. There was also the first B team completing in the year.

During this period Plessey played at Newport bowls green. There was a desire to get their own green; Plessey offered some ground on Three Gates Road that was marked out before they withdrew the offer. The JS White Sports Ground has a lot of history, hosting Hampshire County Cricket Club for a first class game in 1954. They had two established bowls greens, the first being laid professionally with drainage layers and Cumberland washed turf. The second being sewn by hand by the grounds man Sandy Morrel. In 1965 Elliot Corporation (US) bought JS Whites and asset stripped the old company. They tried to sell the sports ground for a number of years, in which time the ground was locked and was over grown. The Isle of Wight council took over the ground and their current home was founded. Tales followed of Mike Eggleton climbing over the locked gates to have a look, seeing the old bowls club with all the old strings and scoreboards. Apparently Cowes Golf Club got hold of the bowls pavilion following one of their clubhouse fires.

1986 was a great year, the new green was opened, and the Ladies section was formed. This first year saw the green being attacked by cricket balls, one bouncing and hitting Mike Eagleton’s children. Another afternoon three balls came over, one hitting Peter Clayton on the face, hence the need for netting. In 1987 Plessey second team won division 2, winning 22 out of 28 games. Two others competed that year, the first team finishing 7th in division one, and the 3rd sitting 12th in division 2.

The ladies success started in 1996 when they won division 3, and winning division 2 the following year. Since 2004 they have won the division one title. In 2010 the men won the division one title.