Shock as Copley quits

Peter Copley
Peter Copley

Three key Halifax League officials have stepped down.

President Stephen Helliwell and treasurer Lynn McFarland gave up their posts at last week’s AGM at Kingston BC and were replaced by Richard Pilling and Joan Collins respectively.

Since then general secretary Peter Copley has decided he doesn’t want to continue.

The news came as a shock to the management committee, who met at Greenroyd BC last Sunday morning to formulate the leagues for 2014.

League secretary Malcolm Edmondson said officials would meet again in February to discuss what to do following the departure of Copley.

“We will define what everybody does and it could be I get an assistant,” said Edmondson, who admitted it had been a traumatic last few days.

Helliwell, a well known figure on the bowls scene for many years, will remain on the committee and will continue to supply reports of local competitions to the ‘Courier.’

The AGM was the deadline for applications from teams for 2014.

The only change in the Wednesday League is the quick return of Allan Park B, who withdrew early last year, making 65 teams.

The number of teams in some divisions has changed to create fewer byes.

Last year there were 12 teams in Division One, 11 in the next three sections and 10 in the bottom two.

In 2014 there will be 12 teams in the top two sections, 11 in Division Three and 10 in Divisions Four, Five and Six.

As a result, the Ripponden team which finished third in Division Three and the Akroydon Victoria B team which occupied the same position in Division Four have gone up.

There are three news teams in the veterans league, which will have 65 teams with 12,10, 10,10, 11 and 12 sides in its six divisions.

Newcomers Halifax E, Hipperholme B and Hove Edge D will all start in Division Six and last year’s third-placed finishers Holmfield Parkhave also been promoted to accommodate them.

Fixtures are expected to be released early next month.