The Tipsters Challenge
A Little Bit of History . . . . .
Back at the start of the 2012 I started to make suggestions as to who would win our various club competitions. I achieved about 40% accuracy. The Competition Secretary really should be able to do better than that I hear you say. In fact lots of club members did say just that! The Tipsters challenge was born out of this friendly banter.
The challenge was opened to all club members. Half of all entry money received would go the winning 'tipster', the other half would be given to support club funds. In that first 2013 season, there could only be one winner - You are correct it was me!
So we moved on to the 2014 challenge. Sadly my ability to see the future totally deserted me and left the title open for another crystal ball gazer to grab. The man who won both major club titles the Championship Singles and the Championship Pairs was John Fairs, and he made himself an incredible treble winner by taking this prestigious title.
At the completion of the 2015 Competition, the final leader board read Alan "I'm back" Messer 34, John "I'm Still Here" Fairs 34, Ann "Watch out next time" Paine 25. Who won the money depended on the tie break, which was who had correctly identified the most champions.
This is believed to be the crystal ball Chris Ide borrowed from Butch to win the now almost World Famous Tipster Award for 2022
Butch Shakespeare romped away with the 'Tipsters' in 2016. John Fairs was second again, and Nick Eager finished in third place. Order was restored in 2017 as Alan Messer sneaked in with the last bowl to be " Tipster Supremo" once again! In 2018 the entry fee and therefore the prize money was increased. This enticed 16 entrants and of those 16 - the man with his finger on the pulse of bowls for the season was Ted Hood. John Schools after being pipped at the post in 2017, stormed the Tipsters Challenge in 2019.The man with the eagle eye and £45 in his pocket in 2021 was once again Butch Shakespeare
In 2022 a certain amount of sanity appears to back in the world - Top of the ladder is once again Alan Messer, with John Schools in hot pursuit. Alas, alack on the final afternoon of competition the world turned upside down - Alan went from first to third, John was the rotation point in second - but the man leaping from third to first was the 2022 Tipster Guru Chris Ide
Alan Messer ( Nearly Ace Tipster)
27/02/22: Forms in preparation for 2022
01/05/22: Forms ready for entering Tipsters 2022
19/06/22: Entry closed
07/07/22: First results coming through
22/07/22: most competitions at the quarter final stages so patterns are beginning to emerge.
03/08/22: A 2 point lead for Alan Messer over John Schools and Chris Ide
09/09/22: Going into the finals weekend it is neck and neck at the top
11/09/22: All the ducks lined up for him and Chris Ide took the prize.