BOWLS CYPRUS NATIONAL
FINALS A SUCCESS DESPITE WEATHER
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For the first time in 10 years the weather had an effect
on the Bowls Cyprus National finals, held in early May
at the Coral Bay Bowls Club.
Scheduled for two days,
the 13 events are normally competed on time but heavy
rain on the first afternoon and second morning extended
the event over three days.
Despite the weather,
however, some excellent and competitive bowling was
witnessed involving all four clubs in Cyprus. Aliathon
Bowls Club won the most events with eight titles,
followed by Coral Bay Bowls Club with four, Peyia Bowls
Club one and Aphrodite Bowls Club being represented in
three finals but unfortunately coming out as runners-up
in all of them.
The two top awards, the
Menís and Ladies Singles both went to Aliathon players,
Bob Manson beating Loukas Paraskeva (Aphrodite) 21-6
and Diane Roberts dispatching fellow club mate Sol
For Bob it was the second
win in three years while Diane took the trophy for the
second successive year. Both will now represent Cyprus
in the World Champion of Champions tournament next year.
The bowling backgrounds
of these two champions are in stark contrast to one
another. Edinburgh born Bob (63) has been involved with
bowls since the age of nine, encouraged to take up the
sport by his bowling parents while Diane only began
playing 14 years ago, one year after coming to live in
Cyprus from Basingstoke.
In the other singles
matches, involving two bowls, Coral Bay came out victors
in both events - Billy Nicholls having a comfortable win
21-10 over John Woodcock (Aliathon) and Sheila Bowden
narrowly beating Linda Ryan (Aliathon) 21-19 in one of
the best matches of the tournament with the result in
doubt until the final end.
First match on the
schedule saw Peyia BCís Handicap Triples team of George
McGill and Terry and Babs Austin account for Coral Bayís
Tony Edwards, Ronnie McCall and Ray Cutts 17-12.
An in-form Colin Dodd (Aliathon),
partnered by Linda Ryan beat fellow club memberss Sol
Robertson and Richard Norman 28-11 while in the Open
Two-Bowl singles Aliathonís John Woodcock beat fellow
member Irene Owen 16-9.
The afternoon session
involving the Menís Rinks, the Ladies Triples and the
Ladies Pairs had only just got into their stride when
the heavens opened up, putting the green under water and
forcing an abandonment for the day.
While the second morning
was also scrapped because the green was still holding
water, play finally resumed around midday, seeing
Aliathonís Ben Hebdige, Chas Hunt, Michael Jarvis and
Howard Davis overcome Aphroditeís Sid Swan, Danny
McKenzie, Barry Westwood and Loukas Paraskeva 17-12 in
the Menís Rinks, while Peyiaís Val Williamson, Norma
Redfearn and Carol McGrath took Aliathonís Val Mulley,
Diane Roberts and Irene Owen to the last end before
going down 12-13. The third resumed match involved Sol
Robertson and Linda Ryan (Aliathon) beating Coral Bayís
Rita Mulhall and Dorothy Gibbons 26-18 in the Ladies
The final day involved
the Mixed Triples, Menís Pairs and Menís Triples, with
Coral Bay being involved with all three and eventually
running out winners in two of them.
Mervyn Williams, Marjorie
Healey and Ray Cutts beat Sid Swan, Elaine and Paul
Chester (Aphrodite) 17-11 in the Mixed Triples, Dave
Girling and Dave Griffiths had a terrific match with
Aliathonís Ben Hebdige and Malcolm Rowe, eventually
coming out winners 17-15 on the last end and Ray
Henderson, Dave Webb and George Gray going down 11-18 to
Aliathonís Chas Hunt, Michael Jarvis and Howard Davis.
The finals day was put
together by Linda Ryan, the Domestic Match Executive
Officer, while Bowls Cyprus Chairman David Hart acted as
MC. Fran Davis, the Coaches and Umpires EO organised
the markers, Colin Dodd, Pat Ryan and John Gibbons,
along with the umpires Barry Smith, Brian Ricklesford,
George McGill and Rob Archer.
Trophies were presented
at the end of each session by Bowls Cyprus President,
Carol McGrath of the Peyia Bowls Club.
As always with such
events, organisations are grateful to the sponsors who
help fund and provide trophies. Bowls Cyprus therefore
appreciate the assistance given by Trophy Planet (Gents
2-Bowls Singles), 4 x 4 Service Centre (Gents Pairs),
Avalon Europe (Ladies and Gents Triples), Cyprus
Lettings (Ladies 4-Bowl Singles), Finsbury Group (Mixed
Triples) and Savvas Optical (Mixed Pairs and Handicap