Birmingham Baker Fives Tournament Report

Sunday 9th March saw the University of Birmingham debut not only their first competition on the BUTBA Tour, but also a new format to the calendar – Baker Fives.

12397179Students and ex-students travelled to Rugby Superbowl to compete in the second tournament of the year in which student and ex-student’s competed against one another. With the addition of Birmingham’s fives competition to the calendar along with the annual fives held in Nottingham at the start of the season, this year’s BUTBA Tour has been all about coming together as a team, and Birmingham are by far one of the best university teams out there to represent a team orientated event. To add a twist to the generic baker format, all teams played five games of five man, followed by five games of baker before qualification.

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BUTBA Heads North… Leeds Met Doubles Report


The most northerly competition on the calendar saw BUTBA members travel to Hollywood Bowl Leeds to compete in the Leeds Doubles, formerly held by the University of Leeds, but taken over this year by Leeds Metropolitan University. On wooden lanes once again, all competitors were hoping for an interesting and close competition.

With the student and ex-student divisions split this time, unlike Coventry Singles, the competition to be at the top was fierce. In a six game qualification round, student teams battled it out to be in the top 8 for handicap pinfall, whilst the ex-students, with a smaller number of entries, bowled for a top 6 spot.

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PBA Patterns make their debut appearance on the BUTBA Tour at Coventry Singles


Coventry Singles, at Tenpin Coventry on Sunday 26th January, saw a difference come to the BUTBA Tour, with tournament organisers Dan Frazer and Rachel Hodds putting down a PBA Shark pattern. Bowlers fought it out in the only combined student and ex-student event this season for a place in either the scratch or handicap sections, with 6 games qualification.

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OOM3 – Loughborough Diamond Sixes Report


Sunday 8th December saw a change in pace for the BUTBA Tour, with members travelling to Ilkeston to play in the newly annual Loughborough University Handicap Diamond Sixes event. In the second competition of the year where students and ex-students alike were competing against one another, and with just 16 team spaces available, competition was lively. All through the competition, the students appeared to dominate, not giving up a top 3 spot for a good few games.

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BUCS Championships – Ones to Watch


With the most popular competition and highlight of the year less than a month away, BUTBA reflects on the performances from last year and this year so far to bring you the bowlers and clubs we feel will be topping the tables this year to get those all important BUCS points for the universities and hopefully being selected for BUCS Team Great Britain…

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Refreshers – Take part in the Tenpin Bowling tour whilst at University

Refreshers! … Refresh your university life with a new experience … Whether you are an avid tenpin bowler already, looking for something to refresh your year at university, looking to form new friendships with some brilliant people, or just joined university and looking for something to kick start your year, joining your universities tenpin bowling … Read moreRefreshers – Take part in the Tenpin Bowling tour whilst at University

Warwick Matchplay Doubles Report

BUTBA Warwick Matchplay Doubles

Stop 3 on the BUTBA calendar saw students and ex-students alike travel to MFA Banbury on Sunday 17th November for the annual Warwick University Matchplay Doubles, formerly held in Nuneaton. The handicap matchplay split the entering teams into six groups of six teams, combining students and ex-students in a five game qualification round. With the 100% handicap ruling, the matchplay doubles promised to be as excitingly close a competition as the Nottingham Trios and Fives had been the month before. Qualification consisted of a five game matchplay within the six groups, with the top two teams automatically qualifying for the second round. These 12 teams were to be joined by the four highest handicap scoring third place teams from the six groups.

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