Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Asheville, N.C. June 2, 3, 2012
The very old Irish sport of road bowling is new to the USA. Justin and Jessica Hunter, founders of the Asheville Irish Road Bowling Association www.ashevilleroadbowling.com will host the first annual Southeast Region Open open- competition beginners’ tournament June 2 and 3 for new clubs and individuals from the Southeastern states, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, LA, TN, KY, VA. This will be a meet and greet, roll and stroll good time in Asheville.
New clubs are starting all over the USA and Canada. These start-up groups of friends and families also are invited to participate in the national finals (North American Region Finals) in Morgantown, West Virginia, August 3, 4, 5, 2012. This year beginners’ grades, Novice 3 and 4, have been added to the national finals. New players still learning the game will compete against each other for National Champion and Runner Up trophies in each grade. In Morgantown, learn from experienced road bowlers from Boston, New York and West Virginia who will compete in Junior C, Novice 1 and 2. Winners in these grades will advance to the All Ireland Finals in September.
In Asheville, players will compete as a group Saturday morning to be graded into Novice 3 or Novice 4 based on number of throws over an approximately one mile course. Saturday afternoon singles and doubles matches (“scores”) will be held, with finals Sunday morning in both grades.
Experienced players from West Virginia will be on hand to assist but will not be eligible for the Novice 3 or Novice 4 Finals on Sunday.
This is a chance to get a very old sport rolling in the USA, and where better to begin than on a beautiful mountain road in Asheville, N.C., close by the Biltmore Estate, Grandfather Mountain and many other local attractions. For more info: Justin Hunter 828-333-1561, firstname.lastname@example.org, Jessica Hunter 828-333-1561, email@example.com.
Saturday, April 7, 2012
The first (hopefully annual) Southeastern Region Final will be in Asheville, NC this summer. We are inviting road bowling organizations from all over the Southeast US for friendly (and somewhat informal) matches on the Novice 3 and Novice 4 levels. We currently have participants from Asheville, Charlotte, and Charleston, SC hopefully attending as well as some of our good friends from West Virginia. If you have a club that we failed to invite please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This will be a first time event with the hopes of expanding in the future with a possible rotation of sites. Obviously we are open to ideas but this invitation is the first step!
I am currently working on lodging options so if your organization does have members who would like to attend and compete please give us an estimate. For Asheville locals if you have any connections that could help us out please let us know. We have a few ideas for roads but this is a big area so if you know of an even better road let us know and we'll go throw some bowls to test it out!
More details to follow.
We are ready to head into a new season after a downtime a little longer than expected. So here are a few photos from St. Patrick's Day in Ireland, West Virginia.
We can't wait to see everyone in Asheville this year! A big announcement to follow with another bowling date or two as well!
|I don't care where they live... they're part of the AIRBA|
|Carrie bowled it straight|
|Have to teach the little ones early|
|This is the type of thing you see in WV|
|Thanks for the help Carrie|
|Seriously... slow down|
|Now this is a good looking gang|
|Good looking guys... especially the one representing Asheville|
|Jess always with the good form|