Pontyclun Athletic Bowls Club


A.G.M. 2017
Our AGM will be held on 22 November 2017 at 7pm in the main hall.

Nominations for Officers

Members can apply for any of the Officer roles of the club by completing an application form which can be found on the clubs noticeboard or obtained by clicking. committee nomination form.docx

Completed forms need to be received by the secretary, either by post or via email, by the 8th November in order to be considered. 

Motions for the AGM 

Any motions that members would like to be heard at the AGM must be received in writing by the secretary by 8th November. 

End of Season Award evening 11th November 2017 at 7pm

The annual award evening is to be held on the 11 November starting at 7pm. Tickets cost £10 and will include live entertainment from The Remakes and a buffet. Tickets can be obtained from any member of the committee. Please support the club.

Finals Day: from Novice to Club Champion in 2 days!
The clubs finals day was held on a wet and windy Sunday on 10th September in which there were 3 finals held. On the Friday before, the 8th the fist of the finals was held in which Ray Evans defeated Gwylim Ballinger in a close fought Novice final 21-18. However, this was only the first of two finals for both of them. Ray also featured in the championship final on the Sunday in which he defeated Nigel Banfield 21-9. Hence he went from the Novice champion to the club champion in the space of two days. He will go on to represent the club in the 2018 club championships.

Jeff Price played Gwylim in the Handicap final and won out, winning his second trophy in as many seasons.
The pairs competition was won by Mal Berbillion and Gerald Farnham beating Jeff Price and Mick Southgate over 21 ends.

Congratulations to all finalists and especially those that went on to take the trophies. It was good to see some fairly new members having success which just goes to show that everyone should give the competitions a go as you never know what might happen.

Photos from the finals have been loaded onto the photos section

Season Opens 17th and open days on 23rd and 30th of April
The Green opens on 17th April in the afternoon. Please come along and start practicing for the season. You can also start to register your availability on the calendar for matches where all the fixtures for the season, men and women can be found.
We have two open days to encourage new members. They are on the afternoons (2-5pm) of 23 April and 30th April, both Sundays. There will be coaches available and all are welcome young and old, male and female. Please spread the word.
Club internal friendlies
We have a mixed friendly on Friday 21st April for the men and women members. please register your interest if you can play.
We also have an all male friendly on the Saturday 22nd April where you have the chance to show the new club captain of your capabilities. teams will be chosen based on those who register. So get your name down. 
Bowls membership fees due
Please note the membership fees are now due by 30th April. Fees remain £80 for members and £10 for new members. Please see the treasurer with your money as soon as possible.
Membership Fees
Membership fees  for the Athletic club are now overdue. Please pay as soon as possible. Membership fees for the bowls club are due by end of April. Fees remain £80. New members for first year is £10.

Annual General Meeting 24th November

The club's Annual General Meeting will take place on 24th November 2016 at 7pm in the Lounge of the Athletic club.

Nominations for Officers

Members can apply for any of the Officer roles of the club by completing an application form which can be found on the clubs noticeboard or obtained by clicking. committee nomination form.docx 

Completed forms need to be received by the secretary, either by post or via email, by the 10th November in order to be considered. 

Motions for the AGM 

Any motions that members would like to be heard at the AGM must be received in writing by the secretary by 10th November. 

Non Members to Pay for use of green

Following the passing of a motion at the Social and Athletic club AGM this year all non members are to pay £3 to use the green. It is up to members who share the green with non members to collect the payment. A receipt book is available in the garage should it be required.

At the end of the season this money will be paid over to the Athletic club and be used to wards the upkeep of the green 

Success for in the Fours and Pairs finals of the 2016 South Glamorgan Bowls Association competitions

Sunday July 17th proved to be a good date for four members of the Pontyclun Athletic Bowls club in the Finals event of the South Glamorgan Bowls Association competitions, held at the Llanbradach bowls club. Four members of the club qualified to reach the Fours final with two of them also qualifying for the over 60s pairs final. They all started their momentous journey back in May.


The first final commenced in the morning with the four competitors of Allan Hopkins, last seasons club Champion, Gerald Farnham, Welsh Bowls Association Executive Ray Davies, and Alan Malkin. The Pontyclun four and their opponents, Whitchurch Bowls, settled down well in the opening ends and after five ends the score read 3-4. The sixth end saw Pontyclun collect a triple of shots to take the lead 6-4.  With the encounter played in good spirit from both teams and a passion to produce fine bowling, the 13th end saw the scoreboard showing 13 shots to Pontyclun in reply to 8 shots from Whitchurch. With five ends remaining, the opponents desperately worked hard on their performance to reduce their deficit. On the 14th end Ray Davies produced a first class delivery to thwart a head of bowls that was lying four shots to the opponents. Whitchurch were limited to a single from this position and gained a further single on the next end with the score now reading 13-10.  Pontyclun held their composure, collecting a single followed by a double on the penultimate end. The final end saw Pontyclun holding a count of four shots which virtually sealed their goal. However the Whitchurch skip with his last delivery had the last word, producing a drive shot to "kill" the head, requiring the final end to be replayed. Pontyclun secured the title by defending their advantage of shots shrugging off a late challenge from their opponents, gaining a further two shots in the final end. The jubilant Pontyclun four hailed their achievement as a great success, going one better than when it was first played in 2010, where Pontyclun were runners up.

During the afternoon Pairs event with Gerald Farnham leading and Alan Malkin skipping, faced a pair from their neighbouring club, and one of their great rivals, Llantrisant. The Pontyclun pair suffered an early setback on the first two ends conceding a triple and a double. However, the Llantrisant pair failed to add to their tally on the next six ends, with Farnham & Malkin adding 11 shots including a count of five shots on the 5th end. Another count of five shots gained on the 13th end give the Pontyclun pair a comfortable cushion of 10 shots. The 14th and 15th ends brought about a lapse in their performance, with Farnham and Malkin conceding a triple and a count of four shots to give their opponents a last attempt to recover their early gain. The Pontyclun pair however held their nerve and strived to the winning post by obtaining a double and hitting their opponents for six shots with one end remaining. Gerald Farnham in his first season of competing in the County's Competition event was more than delighted in his success and now looks forward along with Alan Hopkins, Ray Davies and Alan Malkin to competing in the National finals staged at the prestigious home of Welsh bowls - the Llandrindod Wells bowls club in August.

Final Scores:

Fours - Pontyclun 18  Whitchurch 10                                                                        Pairs  - Pontyclun 26 Llantrisant 15    

Dates of the National finals

At Llandrindod - Tues August 16th 1st round "Fours" 9.30am  2nd round 2.30pm      Wed Aug 17th 1st round 9.30am  2nd round 2-30pm  

Thurs Aug 18th "Fours" semi final & final       Friday Aug 19th Pairs semi finals & final      Times provisional for Thurs & Friday           


Defeat in the Semi final of the WD Jones cup

Pontyclun unfortunately came up against a very strong side in Ely Valley in the semi final of the WD Jones cup losing both rinks home and away, the format of this competition. However, it was another success in reaching this far in the competition. Here's to further success next season.

Quarterfinalists in the WD Jones Cup!

We are through to the Quarter final of the WD Jones Cup where we will be playing Ynyscynon on a 2 rink home 2 away format. This is due to be played on Wednesday 29 June at 6pm. Please make yourself available online or on the noticeboard at the club. The Taff Ely game that was due to be played that evening will be rearranged.  

Mixed Fortunes in the cups

The club has had mixed fortunes in the cup games so far this season. Despite 2 good wins out of 3 in the Carruthers Cup the first team were not successful in going through to the knockout stages. We fell at the first hurdle in the Presidents cup and we reported earlier that we lost in the final of the Ajax cup.

 However, we are through to the quarterfinals of the WD Jones cup after two successful matches where we are required to play 2 rinks at home and 2 away. Well done to the teams and lets get to the final. See details above for the date of the next round.

Mixed Leekes Cup success

Details to follow

The season is underway

The season has now got underway. Results are now published on the link at the top of the page under results.

AJAX Cup Final defeat.

We have already been in one final this season in which we played a strong team from Ely Valley. Unfortunately it wasn't our day and we had to settle for runners up. Played at the Lllantrisant club we were unable to win any of the 4 rinks, although one, under skip Alan Malkin came close with a score of 17-21. Still it was a good experience for a number of new players who would not have played against a team that was made up of mainly PG1 players.

Open Days

We had two successful open days on 17 and 24 April. Both the men and women's teams benefited from interest on each day and new members have already been signed up. This bodes well for coming season. A huge thanks to all the coaches who were present on the days. All 5, Alan Malkin, Richard Murray, Keith Russell, Gerald Farnham and Barrie Waite offered their services and the feedback was well received. Remember if anyone would like some coaching then please get in touch with them to book some mutual time.

Green open and registering availability

Today, 15 April the green is open for everyone. The first match is a friendly tomorrow against St Albans. Matches come think and fast after that. You can register your interest for playing by going to each calendar entry whilst logged in as a member and just commenting Yes or No depending on your availability. It's important that all members get involved in playing in order that we have a vibrant club and we can fulfil all our fixtures. So do your bit and add your name to each fixture whether you can play or not, help the team selection process and the fixture secretary.
UPDATE 18 February


We will be having an open meeting to discuss the start of the new season etc all members welcome. This has now been confirmed as being on 31 March in the lounge at 7pm.

UPDATE 11 February



If you have done already please pay your membership fee for the Social club. This was due by 14th January.


As you will be aware we have a motion to put to the Athletic AGM and therefore it is important that as many of us as possible attend to vote (you will obviously have to have paid your membership fee!). Watch this space for confirmation of the date in late March/early April.


It is intended to encourage players to practice on Fridays when it is expected the rink markers will also be in place for the home game the following day. We also hope to have at least one of our coaches available should players wish to avail them of their services. 

Message body

2015 season

The Alliance Annual Dinner went off very well, the food being outstanding, and Les Harris is to be congratulated. 

The 2015 Finals Day went very well with some very interesting games taking place. Well done to Mervyn Pearce for getting all the events in this year's Competitions organised on time. A job well done! Please see the Results

Oh and outside of the actual bowls, Alan Malkin put on a wonderful, memorable performance to celebrate his wife, Brenda's 70th birthday. on Friday the 14th.

A wonderful surprise for her, plenty of great food and we were regally entertained by the Abercynon Male Voice Choir. The majority of the Pontyclun Bowlers together with a large support from the Taff Ely Indoor bowlers. A real credit is due to Alan and I'm sure Brenda appreciated it! 


The AGM produced some surprises and good to see some bowlers accepting  responsibility which may have been lacking in recent seasons. Best Wishes to them all, together with our appreciation to last Seasons Officials. For details of the members of the committee see the officials page.

Though not included in the Officials list Mick Southgate has offered himself as Vice Captain of the PG2. Well done Mick, Oh and Mr Harries will continue as Manager, Secretary and Captain of the Alliance team. We trust he will get more support in 2016. My apologies to some omissions from the Officials page but I blame my computer generated lists


Taff -Ely Indoor Bowls 2015

The Taff-Ely Indoor Bowls Centre, in Pontypridd has changed its Telephone number, a number of the Pontyclun bowlers use this facility.

Please note it is currently 01443 491952, 



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