IBA Competitions 2021

IBA Cups and Championships 2021

The IBA have considered all aspects of current NI Executive guidelines and also the COVID considerations in the BLI. It is great we are in a much better position this year thanks to the new vaccines. As a result of this and recent meetings the following have been agreed for this season.


It was decided that the normal IBA Senior, Intermediate and Junior could not be run.

This was due to a number of factors including that at present teams for the BLI could not travel to fulfil cup ties or clubs from NI could not travel south.

However, for this season only, the IBA will run an alternative competition, The ‘IBA Team Championships’.There will be a Senior, Intermediate and Junior competition.

Details of these are shown below:

The rules for the IBA Team Championships will be followed as per Irish Cup rules and General rules with the following variations:

Maximum two teams per club in each competition entered.

          Each Team shall consist of Ten players playing as:

          2 Triples playing 2 bowls each over 18 ends

          2 Pairs playing 3 bowls each over 18 ends

          Total score will decide winner

          Entry fee £5.00 per team.

          Should a club enter two teams in any Team Championship a player may only represent one team.

          STAGE 1 – Ties to be played at Association level down to the last two in each cup. Qualifiers to be notified to the IBA by the 8th August.

          STAGE 2- The Quarter finals (open Draw), Semi-Finals and Finals to be played on dates and venues to be arranged by the IBA.

It has been agreed that post match catering will not be required this year.

IBA Championships 2021

All associations will run off their own championships as COVID guidelines allow.

It is hoped all four associations will be able to run all disciplines.

All association championship winners will be notified to the IBA and if possible IBA Championships will take place on the 3rd and 4th September. It should be noted that winners of Irish Championships this year will unfortunately not qualify for British Isles Championships. The previous winners from 2019 will represent Ireland at the next British Isles Championships.

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