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CLUB RULES (Revised October 2015)



a) Pre-season, Captains will produce team schedules, aiming, as much as is practical, that all playing members have an equal number of opportunities to represent the Club.

b) Representative matches will take precedence over club internal competition matches.

c) Members unable to play during the day will have priority, when teams are selected for weekend and evening matches.

d) Captains will select Cairns Cup teams at the appropriate times.



a) Overall responsibility for running the competitions rests with the Competitions Sub-committee. All queries should be referred to them. They will monitor progress of each competition and ensure that deadlines for each round are met. In some circumstances they may award a ‘walk over’ to ensure smooth running of a competition. In unresolved cases, the Club Chairman will adjudicate. His decision will be final.

b) In those cases where an independent marker is required, it is important for the individual concerned to ensure they are fully familiar with the duties of the role, as set out in the Club’s guidelines for rink discipline.

c) Draws for the following competitions will take place at the Annual General Meeting, prior to which, members should inform the Club Secretary, as to which competitions they wish to enter, by completing the annual questionnaire. Members should bear in mind that all finals will be played on Finals Day. They should have regard to their availability when entering their name, in order to avoid difficulty in accommodating dates within the competition timetable and fixtures schedule. In all singles and pairs competitions, it will be the responsibility of the first drawn member(s) to initiate contact, with the second drawn.

TEMBEY CUP (Singles)

A singles knock-out competition. Each round will be played over 18 ends. An independent marker should be used.

Dabinett Cup (Club singles)

A singles knock-out competition. In each round the winner is the first to 21 shots. An independent marker should be used.

Bernie Osborne Cup (Pairs)

A pairs knock-out competition, each round played over 18 ends. Before the draw, Captains will divide entrants into two groups, according to ability and experience. Pairs will consist of one entrant from each group.

Over 75 Competition

This shall be a knock-out singles competition. Each game will be played for 12 ends, using three woods. It will be for members and associate members, who are aged 75 or over by April 1st that year and is intended to be commenced towards the end of the season. This competition requires at least 8 entrants to proceed in any year. Associate members are required to pay £2.50 to enter.


Triples competition.

Before the draw, Captains will prepare three lists of players, taking into account, individual performances in the previous season, health problems, experience and other relevant factors. Each team will consist of one player from each category.

Members of each team will decide the playing order for each tie. They will also appoint one member to act as ‘contact’ and notify the secretary of their identity within 14 days of the AGM. It will be the responsibility of these contacts, to liaise with each other within their league in order to arrange the matches and book the rinks as soon as possible.



Triples stage 1.

Teams will be divide into two leagues. In each three points will be awarded for a win, one for a draw. This stage must be completed by the date published in the fixtures list. Only in exceptional circumstances and with the consent of the Competitions sub-committee will teams not having completed their schedule be allowed to enter stage two.

Triples stage 2.

For the semi-finals, the top team in league A, will play the runner-up of league B and the top team in league B will play the runner of in league A. The two winning teams will the final on Finals Day.

Triples general.

All ties should consist of 18 ends and be played on the dates and times previously agreed., unless both teams agree to a change. Non-availability of a player, is not an acceptable reason for varying the date as a substitute can be used.

Triples substitutes.

Substitutes must be clearly defined on the scorecard, for the game. Everyone playing in the Triples competition is eligible to act as a substitute, subject to the following guidelines.

a)       Substitutes should be drawn from the same category (1s,2s,or 3s) who play in the other league. In exceptional conditions players from the same league may substitute into the no. 1 position. Again in exceptional conditions it will be possible to play a category 1 player as a no.2 or a category 2 player as a no.3

b)       No-one may substitute more than twice for the same team.

c)       Substitutes may not play as Skips.

d)       Exceptions to these guidelines may only be made with the knowledge and approval of the Competitions sub-committee.


Triples no-show issues.

Should a team member not turn up for a tie, the game should not be re-arranged. After a 30 minute period of grace, play should proceed with the members of the offending team, playing with four woods and members of the non-offending team playing with three woods each.

When the lead of the offending team has the Jack, he will play his first wood and then the lead of the non-offending team will bowl two consecutive woods. Each team will then deliver one wood alternatively as normal. This order of play ensures that the non-offending team will always deliver the last wood at the end. At the end of play, the offending team will deduct 25% of their score (fractions will be rounded up).


Harold Hardy Shield.

At the end of the second round of the Tembey Cup and Dabinett Cup. All members not involved in the later stages of these two competitions may enter this Singles knock-out competition.

The Tie consists of three sets, the winner of the set is the first to reach seven shots. The match is won when one player has won two sets.

To determine sequence of play, players will toss a coin for the first end and then alternate at the start of further sets.

An independent marker should be used.


Whitworth Rose Bowl.

To be played after Finals Day, between the latest winner of the Dabinett Cup and the winner from the previous season. The winner will be the first to 21 shots and an independent marker should be used.



A minimum of four weeks will be allowed for the completion of the first rounds of the Singles and Pairs competitions. A minimum of three weeks will be allowed for subsequent rounds.

Dates for the completion of each round will be published in the fixture list. Any difficulties in meeting these deadlines should be reported to the Competitions sub-committee



All semi-finals should be completed not less than 3 clear days before Finals Day.

On Finals Day there will be two competitions for those who are not finalists in the previously mentioned competitions. Members wishing to take part, should notify the Captains at least three days before Finals Day so that draws may take place prior to the start of the programme. Associate members are welcome to participate in these matches subject to a green fee of £2.50 per competition

Pynches rose bowl.

A two wood singles knock-out competition. First to seven shots will be the winner, in each tie.

Len White Trophy.

A two wood pairs knock-out competition. Fist team to 10 shots will win each tie.



A Walk-over will be allowed, only in Singles and Pairs matches. If a team fails to appear on an agreed date or if the teams fail to agree a date, the Competitions sub-committee should be informed immediately. A ruling should be given within 3 days.


If a game cannot be completed, it should be continued at a later date, by the same teams and the score carried forward. Any failure to follow this procedure will result in both teams scoring zero points for the match



If inclement weather or poor light threaten at the start of the match. Skips may limit the match to 15 ends. This decision must be mutually agreed before play begins, otherwise Rule 6 ( games not completed) applies.

In Singles and Pairs matches, any game may be conceded if the difference in shots is irretrievable.

In all Pairs. Tembey Cup and In the semi-finals and finals of the Triples competition, an extra end should be played if scores are equal at the close of the scheduled game. Skips should toss for the option of taking the Jack.



Completed score cards for all ties in all competitions should be signed by a representative of each side and placed in the box beside the Club noticeboard. The cards should be completed with full names of all players.

Score cards will be collected by someone on behalf of the competition sub-committee and a record kept centrally.



For representative matches, charity games, finals day, Cairns Cup and District competitions, members will be expected to observe a dress code of white and grey, i.e. white above the waist and grey below. Subject to discretion by the Captain of the day and to any general variation to these rules agreed by the Organising Committee, men will be encouraged to wear white polo style shirt with embroidered club logo and either grey long trousers or tailored grey shorts. Ladies have the choice of long trousers, cut-offs or a skirt.



Changes to these rules, other than at a general meeting of the Club, can only be made by the Organising Committee.






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