I am delighted to be able to announce a new event for the 2018 season. For many years a tournament of this nature has been talked about. We are now going to realise those ambitions and create Crown Green Bowls’ version of the Ryder Cup.
The Evans Cup will be a North v South Challenge Team event with the inaugural event in 2018 taking place on Saturday 27th October at Owley Wood B.C in Cheshire. This will be followed with a Charity Sportspersons Dinner in the evening.
The tournament will be held annually and either rotated around the BCGBA Associations or held at an alternate North/South venue.
I am delighted to be joined on the organising committee by some well known people. The North Captains will be Andy Cairns and David Watters. The South Captains will be Anthony Bracken and myself.
Teams will include male, female, juniors and veterans of our sport. There will be 24 players in each team.
The North team will comprise of players from Cumbria, NL&F, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire, Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and Merseyside. The South Team will comprise of players from Staffordshire, W&W, North Midlands, Potteries, Wales, IOM, Derbyshire and Shropshire.
The format will be a combination of singles, open pairs and triples with a unique scoring system created specifically for this tournament.
A sponsorship package is currently being put together. If anyone is interested in finding out more please do not hesitate to contact me.
Funds raised throughout the tournament and during the Sports persons dinner will be for the Mel Evans MBE Foundation. Scientists researching MND will benefit but so will our sport. More information will be available in the New Year and Team Captains will be announcing their team selections during Waterloo Week.
Our sport has never seen an event like this and I am proud we can realise the vision in the name of Mel Evans MBE.