The Minnis Trophy is contested annually between the NIPGL and Kenilworth Bowling club, with the match being played alternate years at Kenilworth or the club of the NIPGL President. The history of the trophy is outlined below.
Richard Minnis was a member of Larne Bowling Club, a member of Kenilworth Bowling Club and a former President of the NIPGL. For much of 1942 Richard had feared blindness but thanks to the ophthalmic surgeons his sight was saved and in gratitude he decided he would do something to help those similarly afflicted.
Minnis Trophy and Cigarette Case
Richard came up with the idea of presenting this substantial trophy to be played for by Kenilworth Bowling Club and the NIPGL in the knowledge that his many friends in bowling would perpetuate an annual contribution to a charity in aid of the blind or those threatened with blindness.
End of the Minnis Trophy with an image of Kenilworth Bowling Club
End of Minnis Trophy with an image of Larne Bowling Club
In 2015 it was the turn of Ards Bowling Club, home club of President David McCloy, to host the Minnis trophy match. For some this was a chance to renew friendships for many more it was a chance to meet new friends. The game was played in excellent spirits and the NIPGL won the match. Afterwards players of both sides enjoyed each others company in the bar before an excellent meal provided by Ards Bowling Club.
NIPGL President David accepting the Minnis Trophy
NIPGL and Kenilworth Bowlers at Ards BC in 2015