14:57 - 21st April, 2015
The World Bowls Tour are pleased to announce that they have signed up Eleven Sports & Entertainment as their sole Commercial Partner to assist WBT to grow and develop it’s Sponsorship portfolio and to assist to increase the number of Ranking and non Ranking events both here in the UK and to also assist with current ongoing discussions with other countries to develop Professional Events overseas.
Eleven Sports & Entertainment are a new and visionary sponsorship agency specialising in creating unique brand partnerships through a bespoke and innovative approach, helping rights holders drive revenue, generate interest and deliver greater fan experiences.Recently founded by David Bull and Spencer Hidge. David and Spencer are in an ideal position in assisting the WBT having gained valuable experience in securing high profile commercial partnerships at both agency and rights holder level working on behalf of the world’s largest events and venues across sport, culture, music and entertainment including the likes of the UEFA Champions League, Davis Cup tennis, Six Nations Rugby, the Gadget Show and the Barclaycard Arena. With clients such as Rolex, SEAT, Sky, Adecco, Nike and Coca Cola, David and Spencer have generated over a total of £10m combined in sponsorship revenue throughout their careers.
David Bull, Director for Eleven Sports and Entertainment explains "WBT has a unique position as Bowls is a sport that has tremendous appeal to men and women of all ages, its popularity and international expansion continues to thrive and we at Eleven Sports and Entertainment are extremely excited at the prospect of working with the WBT and developing its sponsorship and commercial opportunities”
Richard Maddieson, CEO for World Bowls Tour added, "The addition of Eleven Sports and Entertainment to the team at WBT is an important part of the strategic development for the Professional Sport and we see this as an exciting move to meet the growing challenges and opportunities at the top level. ”
12:22 - 19th March, 2015
The World Bowls Tour is pleased to announce the appointment of Fozmuz as its exclusive Media advisor. Working in partnership with the WBT, Fozmuz will manage its rights, sales and production strategy with the aim of broadening and developing the media exposure of the WBT’s events, including the World Championships, throughout the UK and the rest of the World. David Murray and Robert Foster founded Fozmuz as a sport business advisory service at the beginning of 2014. Previously, David worked for 25 years in the Sports and Media industry for PWC’s Media Group, Hambros Bank Corporate Finance in Media and Telecoms M&A, and as Head of Rights for BBC Sport. Formally a member of the Eurosport Consortium Executive, Vice President of the European Broadcast Union (EBU) Sports Committee, Chairman of the EBU New Media Sports Group, and member of the EBU Operations Committee (its commercial board). Robert has worked for 25 years in Production, Rights and Archive Management at the BBC, is a former Vice President of the EBU Sports Committee, and sat on both the EBU Production and Major Events Groups. Between them, they have agreed deals with most major sports federation’s agencies, production companies and UK and European broadcasters.
20:02 - 6th March, 2015
The Co-operative Funeralcare Final between Alex Marshall and Nick Brett was filled to the brim in the arena and the audience were treated to a final of quality bowls though both players did have their off moments throughout the 11 end finals. In set one it was soon apparent that Brett, or the Ginger Ninja, as the audience have dubbed him was really and truly on fire and playing some absolutely incredible bowls making Marshall work so hard to stay with him, and Marshall felt the pressure as Brett just did not let him in and Brett stormed the first set 4-12. Into the second and Marshall had regrouped and made Brett fight for each bowl through to the 4th end where it was all squared at 3 all. In ends 5 and 6 Brett took a single and a double to go 3 up on the match and then Marshall stormed right back at him taking two doubles in ends 7 and 8 to go 7-6 up. Brett stole a single in the 9th to go 7 across and a double in end 10 to go two ahead leaving Marshall looking for a three on the final end, being two down Marshall had his last bowl and played an outstanding bowl to split Bretts away to hold the three he required, Brett had his last bowl and had to draw and again Brett was applauded by the audience as he played a draw bowl to rest just inside Marshall’s to go 1 up and it was game set and match to the Ginger Ninja. 4-12, 8-9
21:56 - 5th March, 2015
Blackpool’s Mark Dawes , who yesterday sealed his first ever spot in the World Indoor Top 16 for next season which guarantees him entry to all the World Bowls Tour Televised Ranking events and opens the doors to other events, and had reached the Quarter Finals of the Co-operative Funeralcare to face Nick Brett but in the first set he just could not find the magic against an on fire Brett. Brett only allowed Dawes 1 single in the 2nd end a further double in the 6th to take the first set 10-3. It seemed as if this was deemed to continue into the second set as Dawes was 5-1 down by the fifth end but he suddenly found a magic wand and denied Brett anything further taking a series of 8 shots over the next 4 ends to whip the set away from Brett and go 9-5 up. Into the tie break and it was Dawes who took the first end but this time it was not to be as Brett rose up and put on a class display and denied Dawes anything further to take the next two ends and match 2 sets to 1 with the scoreline 10-3, 5-9, 2-1. After the match Mark Dawes said,” I had achieved the objective of the week which was to ensure I got into the hallowed top 16 for next season where I hope to increase my ranking points to climb higher on the ladder. Although I am disappointed to lose here against Brett in the Quarter Finals - next season will be my big chance for the future and I intend to do all that I can to maximise where I will start from and I am really looking forward to it”
21:51 - 5th March, 2015
First match of the day was between Les Gillett and Simon Skelton, both players needing the win – Skelton to remain in the top 16 and Gillett who needed the win to get into the top 16 – and what a match it was. What we were treated to was a superb game with both players only missing the odd shot. In the first set both players were playing top of form bowls and it was nip and tuck all the way through to finish 10-8 in Gilletts favour. Second set it was similar but with Skelton drawing away from Gillett it looked as if we were in for a tie break, on the last end it was 7-4 up to Skelton with Gillett having last bowl and needing a trail for three on an extremely difficult line – Gillett played it to perfection and took the treble to make the set 7-7 and take the match 10,8 – 7,7 and seal his place into next season’s top 16. This also means that Simon Skelton has dropped out of the top 16 and faces the realms of having to start all over again in qualifiers within the PBA, Skelton has vowed that he will return very shortly.