Format

  • Teams will be in groups of 6.
  • The top 2 teams from each group will qualify for the Cup Knockout competition.
  • The third and fourth placed teams will qualify for the Plate Knockout.
  • The remaining teams will qualify for the Shield Knockout.
  • Registration is from 9.30am on Saturday.
  • Practice is allowed from 3pm-6pm on Friday and from 8.30am-9.30am on both Saturday and Sunday.
  • Play commences at 10am.

Note: Timings are a guide only and may vary.

Eligibility to enter the Potters Grand Prix is dependent on players staying at Potters Resort and booking a minimum of 2 nights, arriving on Friday 13th July and departing on Sunday 15th July 2018. Longer stays that include this period are acceptable.

All players (and supporters) should book their accommodation direct with Potters Resort as follows:
1. Please call 0333 3207 418 – 9am-9pm Monday to Friday or 9am-6pm Saturday and Sunday.
2. At the beginning of the call please quote “SMPT” to ensure you are booked on the correct break and are recorded as part of this event.
3. A deposit payment of £30 per person is payable to confirm your reservation.

Prize Money

Champions £400
Plus the winners each get a one night stay for 2 at Potters Leisure Resort (courtesy of Potters)
Runner-up £200
Losing semifinalists £100

There are also prizes for the finalists in the Plate and Shield competitions.

* Prize money and format is subject to entries.

Featured Players

Rules: Potters Grand Prix

  • The Dress Code is relaxed, except that footwear must be proprietary bowling shoes or sandals.
  • The number of ends to be played in each game will be 10 ends.
  • 2 bowls per player.
  • 2 dead ends are allowed per team per match; the 3rd and any subsequent dead ends will be 3 shots away and the end will count except for the last end of a match where it will be 3 shots away and the end replayed.
  • Players may visit the head at any time.
  • Players must indicate both verbally and by raising their arm, to notify all players on their mat and those on neighbouring mats, whenever they intend to play a running bowl. This is to ensure everyone’s safety.
  • Players should play in adherence with the SMPT Code of Conduct. Suspected collusion or other unsporting behaviour may result in immediate expulsion from the competition, and may affect acceptance in future SMPT events.
  • Any disputes must be raised with the Competition Organisers at the time. In this, and in all other matters, the Competition Organisers' decision is final and binding.
  • Both teams are responsible for keeping their own scorecards and ensuring that both scorecards are the same.
  • Scorecards must be signed by both teams at the end of a game.
  • Measuring may be done by players, umpires or the Competition Organisers.
  • In the Group Stages 2 points will be awarded for a win and 1 point for a draw.
  • Group positions will be decided by:
    • Points
    • Total shot difference
    • Shots for
    • If all the above are equal a 3 end play-off will determine the positions. See 'Tie-break Rules' below.
  • A team who for whatever reason misses one group game, will still be allowed to continue in the event. The opponents in the missed game will be awarded with the win, 2 points and 1 shot for each of the scheduled number of ends for games at the event e.g. 10 end pairs games would be a 10 v 0 win.
  • A team who for whatever reason misses two or more group games will be withdrawn from the event. All teams in the group will be awarded with the win, 2 points and 1 shot for each of the scheduled number of ends for games at the event e.g. 10 end pairs would be a 10 v 0 win. Any results recorded against the withdrawn team prior to withdrawal will not be counted.
  Tie-break Rules
  • The SMPT’s best of 3 end tie-break will be used in Knockout rounds to decide which team progresses when a game finishes as a draw. It will also be used to determine the positions in a group if teams finish equal on all of the following: points, relative head to head results (results against those tied on the same points), total shot difference and shots for.
  • 1 bowl per player.
  • Toss to start – winner has the choice of taking the jack on 1st & 3rd ends, or 2nd end.
  • Closest bowl to the jack wins the end.
  • First team to win 2 ends wins the match.
  • Touchers are not marked. Any bowl entering the ditch area will be removed.
  • Each team may cause one dead end in the tie-break without penalty; the end to be replayed. A team causing a 2nd dead end will automatically lose that end.
  • A tied end will count as 0.5 ends to each team.
  • If, after 3 ends the score is 1.5 ends each, a one end sudden death play-off will take place. Toss to start.
All rules will be ESMBA, apart from those listed above.
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Useful Information

Venue

Potters Resort (Website)
1 Coast Rd
Hopton
Great Yarmouth
NR31 9BX

Summary of prices

Prices for a 3 night break start from £288 per person (based on 2 people sharing Standard Bungalow accommodation) arriving Friday 13th July and departing Monday 15th July 2018. Bungalow Plus rooms incur a supplement of £5 per person per night. Hotel supplements also apply. Prices for 2 night stays are available on request – simply contact Potters Resort direct by calling 0333 3207 418 – 9am-9pm Monday to Friday or 9am-6pm Saturday and Sunday.

Guests have the opportunity to add Cancellation Protection to their booking at the cost of £5 per person and this covers their balance payment if they have to cancel in view of illness, bereavement and redundancy. The deposit payment of £30 per person is non-refundable in all circumstances.

How to book

Eligibility to enter the Potters Grand Prix is dependent on players staying at Potters Resort and booking a minimum of 2 nights, arriving on Friday 13th July and departing on Sunday 15th July 2018. Longer stays that include this period are acceptable.

All players (and supporters) should book their accommodation direct with Potters Resort as follows:

  1. Please call 0333 3207 418 – 9am-9pm Monday to Friday or 9am-6pm Saturday and Sunday.
  2. At the beginning of the call please quote “SMPT” to ensure you are booked on the correct break and are recorded as part of this event.
  3. A deposit payment of £30 per person is payable to confirm your reservation.

Travelling to Potters Resort from overseas

Flights are generally cheaper when flying into London airports and the nearest ones have been listed below, alongside the approximate distance from Potters Resort. Please note the closest airport is Norwich. There is a limited range of flights available to/from Norwich, however Norwich does have a good connection to Amsterdam so there maybe the option for a connecting flight. Search Sky Scanner for flights. If you select ‘Norwich’ and ‘Add nearby airports’ you will find the best flights at the best rates on that day: www.skyscanner.net Also, there is an option to select ‘Direct flights only’ – it’s always best to search both options as it can sometimes be cheaper to go via Amsterdam!

Norwich – 30 miles (50 mins)

London Stansted – 109 miles (1 hrs & 56 mins)

London Luton – 144 miles (2 hrs & 40 mins)

London Gatwick – 173 miles (2 hrs & 58 mins)

London Heathrow – 166 miles (2 hrs & 49 mins)

Train links are available from London to Norwich and then Norwich to Great Yarmouth or Lowestoft. Both Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft are approximately 5 miles away from Potters Resort.

National Express coaches do not drop off directly at Potters – they drop off at local towns. You would then need to get a local bus or taxi.

Potters Resort are happy to provide you with a price for a taxi or minibus. Contact the team on 0333 3207 418.

Potters Grand Prix: SMPT launches new event in July 2017

We are delighted to confirm that today marks the opening of entries for the Potters Grand Prix, the latest new team event in our 2017 tournament calendar. Following successful events at prestigious venues in Europe including the Belfast Indoor Bowls Club and the Athena Beach Hotel in Cyprus, the International Arena at the Potters Resort in Norfolk, England will host a Short Mat Players Tour event on 15th and 16 July 2017. Replicating the popular format used in the SMPT's World Ranking singles events, the Potters Grand Prix will be a two bowl pairs competition, played throughout the weekend. Drawn into groups of 6, all teams will also be guaranteed a knockout game in either the Cup, Plate or Shield competition and as such will play a minimum of 6 games. The Potters Grand Prix follows April's Welsh Grand Prix 2-Bowl Pairs and Welsh Grand Prix 3-Bowl Pairs, completing this unique Tri-Series in 2017.  Players have the choice of entering one, two or all three events, thereby increasing their chances of winning the fantastic additional prize awarded to the two players who achieve the best aggregate performance over the Tri-Series. SMPT Director Phil Mills explained: “When people think about high profile bowls venues, they think Potters. It is a real privilege for us to work alongside Sallyanne, Greg and the dedicated staff at Potters Resort, as we aim to deliver another top quality short mat bowls experience." Sallyanne Gooch, Potters Resort Group and Commercial Sales Director, added: “Both Greg Harlow and myself are pleased to be working with the team from the Short Mat Players Tour and we look forward to welcoming their event to Potters next July.” The chance to book a great weekend's stay at Potters Resort and play in a top notch SMPT event is a unique opportunity not to be missed! For comprehensive details and to enter this event simply visit our Potters Grand Prix tournament page.

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