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 Butch Shakespeare borrowed from John to win the now almost World Famous Tipster Award for 2021

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


Alan Messer (Ex Ace Tipster)

To enter the 2022 Tipster Challenge download the entry form and 'crib-sheet'

2022 tipster table

27/02/22: Forms in preparation for 2022

01/05/22: Forms ready for entering Tipsters 2022


Past Winners

2021 Butch Shakespeare
2020 Not Run

2019 John Schools
2018 Ted Hood
2017 Alan Messer
2016 Butch Shakespeare
2015 Alan Messer
2014 John Fairs
2013 Alan Messer