Bowling Extravaganza

Outdoor Lads win 2019 event

Over 200 bowlers representing 26 LGBT organisations gathered at the Bowlplex at the Marina to compete for this year's trophy, the fourteenth year the event has been organised by BLAGSS. To see the venue exclusively used by local LGBT organisations was a fantastic sight - an ideal time to meet up with old friends and make some new ones.

The event allowed regular bowlers and those who play once a year to come together for a night of fun and team spirit. This year's winners were Outdoor Lads, followed by BLAGSS Bowling and Gay Men's Chorus in third place, The Rainbow Fund, BLAGSS Football and Rainbow Chorus occupied 4th, 5th and 6th place.

At this year's event BLAGSS raised £500 for ALLSORTS, including generous contributions from a raffle in the night with prizes presented from participating teams.

BLAGSS Chair John Moore said "it was a fantastic event, bringing local people together in friendly rivalry. We are delighted to support ALLSORTS to provide sustainable opportunities for young people".

Katie Vincent, Co-Director of ALLSORTS was delighted at the donation and said "ALLSORTS Youth Project listens to, supports & connects young people under 26 who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or unsure (LGBTU) of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.  This donation will make a difference and help us to offer one to one emotional support, training & education, advocacy and support for parents & carers too".


Bowling Extravaganza Rules

Each team has 8 players.  In the event that a team has less than 8 players this is how it will be handled. 

The system for calculating the results for teams with different numbers of players will be as follows: 

At the start of each game the numbers of players are entered into the system by the Bowling Management eg 6, 7 or 8 players. Teams will complete the Team Sheet, using actual names and return to the Organisers Table, before the games begin.  

A team with less than 8 members cannot play additional fictional members to make the numbers up to 8. 

Team scores are calculated as follows to enable scores between teams with a different number of members to be comparable. 

• Team of 8 - total score from 2 games

• Team of 7 - total score from 2 games, divided by 7, then multiplied by 8

• Team of 6 - total score from 2 games, divided by 6, then multiplied by 8

• Teams of less than 6 could play but not count on the final results.

The computerised system will provide the scores of each team member on each lane, which will then have to be added up by BLAGSS officials who will then apply the above calculation. The computer cannot do the maths across the two games.

This system is the one recommended by Bowlplex Management and is widely used at Corporate and Social events such as the BLAGSS event and will be used for this event.