Splits & Pieces defend their title as Westfield Trios Champions

‘Splits and Pieces’, the Taunton based team, entered The Westfield Trios Tenpin final with all to lose as they defended their title as 2018 champions.

A fierce competition in the 2019 final resulted in ‘Splits and Pieces’ extending their rein as Westfield Trios Champions with ‘The Amigos’ from Swindon claiming second place, whilst Birmingham and Coventry based ‘Odd Jobs’ beat Sheffield based ‘Just the Two of Us’ to take the Brenda Moore Memorial Trophy, replacing last year’s winners, ‘Fylde Viscounts’ from Blackpool.

Each year, the British Blind Sport Tenpin Section hosts two national leagues; The Westfield Trios which commences in December and ends in a dramatic final in May and The Primary Club Pairs, which runs from June, concluding in a thrilling finals day in November.

From each league, the top qualifying teams battle for the prestigious trophies in the main finals. The remaining teams are invited to take part in the ‘Best of the Rest’ competition, which runs along-side the main event.

The Westfield Trios Awards were presented by Graham Moore, Chairman Westfield Health:

Winners – Splits and Pieces – Taunton (Kathryn Jelfs-White, Mikey Contreras, Adam White)

Winners – Splits and Pieces – Taunton (Kathryn Jelfs-White, Mikey Contreras, Adam White)

Runners Up – Amigos - Swindon (Shaun Mansbridge, Russell Riggs, Georgia Houghton, and Cliff Moss)

Runners Up – Amigos - Swindon (Shaun Mansbridge, Russell Riggs, Georgia Houghton, and Cliff Moss)

Brenda Moore Trophy Awards – Presented by Angela Bulivant, Westfield Health CSR Executive:

Winners - Odd Jobs – Birmingham (Ian Doherty, Andrew Blatchley)

Winners - Odd Jobs – Birmingham (Ian Doherty, Andrew Blatchley)

Runners up – Just The 2 Of Us – Sheffield (Peter Bartholemew, Jean Linton)

Runners up – Just The 2 Of Us – Sheffield (Peter Bartholemew, Jean Linton)

Tony Clark, The Chairman of the BBS Tenpin Section said:

“I would like to say a big thank you to all at Westfield Health, for their continual support of the British Blind Sport Tenpin Section, this year being the 20th consecutive year of sponsorship. This means a lot to British Blind Sport, and all our Tenpin Members, as without your support, our bowlers would not be able to participate in the Leagues, and then the finals. This sponsorship ensures that the bowling fraternity has something to look forward to each May, and a chance of winning either tournament, with the handicapping system we use, making it a level playing field for bowlers regardless of level of sight. I would also like to give thanks also to Angela Bullivant, Graham Moore and David Capper, for attending our dinner and presenting our awards.”

How does VI Tenpin Bowling work?

Visually impaired tenpin bowling has a few alterations to make it accessible for blind and partially sighted people. However, these adaptations are not extreme and will still allow you to play with your sighted friends too.

- Handicap system provides a fair and equal competition regardless of sight level
- Lane glancers (commonly known as barriers) makes the sport more competitive and enjoyable
- Sighted assistants help with aiming and ensure a safe playing environment

A big problem with playing sport against other teams is travel, but not with tenpin bowling. You can play teams from all around the country without leaving your local tenpin bowling centre, via the British Blind Sport postal leagues. After you have played, simply print off the score sheets and send them to the Fixtures Secretary, and then match results are compiled according to the league schedule.

Click here to find out more about tenpin and the British Blind Sport Tenpin Section.