Tri Nations International Tournament
Aliathon Bowls Club
15th to 18th April 2013
We all eventually arrived in Paphos safe and sound. For some, the trip from Alicante to Gatwick was late making it very tight for the timing of the connection to Paphos. Jackie Breslin lost his luggage, which, fortunately arrived the next day. Not a good start.
On our first day at the Aliathon BC, we were allocated practice sessions. We had a very good workout in the morning and decided to chill out for the afternoon. The bowling surface was very similar to ours in Spain and it didn’t take much time to adjust. After a brief welcoming ceremony by the President of Bowls Cyprus and the Managing Director of the Aliathon Holiday Village, the Tournament commenced.
We arrived for the third day to find that according to the results, we are top in the overall Team Game, Second in the Mens Team and Second in the Ladies. Mary Cockell won the Ladies Singles top place by
1 shot over Jersey.
Playing Jersey we started the day very well and won both the Mens Triples and Pairs. We only won the Triples in the Ladies. After lunch playing the President Select Team, the wheels fell off. We only won 1 game, the Mens Triples. We have one more game tomorrow against the International Cyprus Team. This is a must win to possibly take home a trophy.
Our last day started with great expectations. We were playing Cyprus Internationals and we had to win 3 of the 4 games to win overall. Sadly it wasn’t to be. We won the Ladies Triples and the Mens Pairs. Unfortunately, Jackie Breslin’s rink came up against a very determined Cyprus mens Rink. This was the only game that Jackie with Brian Robertson & Derek Eldon, had lost. We also lost the Ladies Pairs. Well done Cyprus International Team winning all 3 Trophies.
Our Spanish Team did very well over the 4 days. In the Mens Competition, we won the Pairs and Fours with a second place in the overall Team placings. In the Ladies Competition, we won the Singles and the Triples. Overall we won 4 out of eight disciplines. Well done Spain. So near yet so far.
Final placings. Overall Team Trophy
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This was the first time thisTournament has taken place. It has been brilliant and we hope it will keep going in the future. We had a wonderful Gala Dinner. A big thank you Bowls Cyprus for hosting the Tournament. Special thanks to John Godden and his organizing Team for everything. We didn’t have to worry about a thing.
The Aliathon Holiday Village and the Aliathon Bowls Club made us more than welcome, and we thank you all very much for your hospitality and a fantastic 4 days of Bowls.
Photos in the Gallery
Spain v Malaga
2nd & 3rd February 2013
Santa Maria Bowls Club
The Spanish Team had a long tiring trip down to Malaga Province, some longer than others. On the first morning proceedings got underway with a Teams photo call and a small opening ceremony with greetings from John Carr for Malaga and John Muldoon for the Spanish Team. Maria Jose Figueira de la Rosa, represented the Lady Mayor of Marbella, who also gave a welcoming speech to both Teams.
After the welcome was over, Malaga came out fighting and won on all rinks. A wake up call for the Spanish Team. With a very tricky Green like Santa Maria, and very strong winds, more effort could have been made for some practice on the previous afternoon. Some of the Team managed to get there in time for a couple of hours, but, not many. Hindsight is a wonderful thing!!
The competition was fierce and very well fought on both sides for the whole 2 days. Some wonderful bowling from both sides and a few games were won and lost by only 1 shot. We had 1 drawn game. If we had drawn another with 1 more point we would have won on shot difference. That is how close it was. I would like to thank Santa Maria BC, John Carr and the Malaga Provincial Team for a fabulous weekend topped of with a Gala Dinner in the Spanish Team's Hotel. Thanks also to the Umpires and Markers for a job well done. We look forward to continuing this fixture on a Annual basis with the possibility of Malaga coming up to Almeria in 2014.
Written by Pat Metcalfe
More Photos in Gallery
WORLD BOWLS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2012
24th November to 9th December
ADELAIDE SOUTH AUSTRALIA
After a very long exhausting journey we arrived in Adelaide at 9.30am on the 18th November. Most people chilled out and rested for the rest of the day. The following day we were picked up by our host Club Members from Clarence Park Bowls Club, and taken to a Wild Life Conservation Park up in the hills above Adelaide.
On the way back our Hosts had arranged a BBQ lunch and some wine tasting at a Winery. We were then given the chance to get some practice in on the host Club green, but, with full stomachs and a few glasses of wine, there were only a few takers.
We had arranged a practice game against our Hosts the following day as the official practice days at the Tournament venues didn’t start until the 21st. We were well fed and watered afterwards and made very welcome.
Before we went to Adelaide, we ordered Bowls for the use off during the Tournament from Henselite. They were all the same colour, Red with Gold speckles (Spanish Colours) and this was the first time we got to try them out. This is also the first time in the History of the Spanish Squad that the whole Team played with identical Coloured Bowls.
We had 3 scheduled practice days on the Venue Greens before the Tournament commenced.
The pace was very fast and took some getting used to. The wind factor that we had been told about, was never understated. It was there most of the 2 weeks and quite cold at times. It kept the temperatures down but played havoc with the bowls.
The opening Ceremony saw the line up of 27 Countries all in their usual colourful outfits. We were entertained by local Natives who live in the Hills. After all the speeches we had lunch and then it was down to the nitty gritty.
Our Ladies Pair, Lynn Greenland & Maggie Lawley, plus Nick Cole in the Singles, played at 1 venue, and the Ladies Triple, Debbie Colquhoun, Jan Dando & Sheri Fletcher, plus the Men’s Rinks, Paul Brown, Brian Robertson, Graham Cathcart and Bill Pain, played at the other. Unfortunately, during this first week, we had a virus in the Squad which affected 3 of the men. Fred Roberts was the first victim followed by Bill Pain. John Muldoon stepped into Bill's team and in the second game fell victim to the Virus himself. Consequently John could not continue and the Mens Rink had to concede a game to New Zealand. At the end of the first week and 11 rounds, playing 2 & 3 games a day, the Ladies Pairs finished 4th in their Group and the Ladies Triples finished 7th. In the Mens Singles Nick Cole finished 8th and the Mens Rinks finished 8th. All our Teams came up against some very strong opposition in all disciplines and they played their best. Some games were lost by only 1 or 2 shots.
The Ladies Rinks and Singles commenced the 2nd week. Also the Mens Pairs and Triples. After a further 11 rounds, Ladies Rink finished 8th in their Group and Lynn Greenland finished 10th in the Singles. The Mens Pairs finished 10th and the Mens Triples finished 12th.
At the close of the Tournament the Ladies finished 14th overall and the Men finished 20th.
There was no qualifying for the next World Championships for anyone except the Hosts and the overall winners which was Australia. All other Countries now have to qualify in 2015 for the World Champs 2016 in New Zealand.
Well done to the Spanish Team, most of the games were a lot closer than the final scores show.
Report written by Pat Metcalfe
Photos from various Members of the Team.
More photos in the gallery