HIGH STANDARD AND COMPETITIVE BOWLING AT
BOWLS CYPRUS NATIONAL FINALS
The 11th Bowls Cyprus National Finals, held at the Aphrodite Bowls Club in Erimi over two days in May, produced a high standard of bowling and some excellent competitive events.
Altogether there were 14 titles up for grabs involving 28 teams with the Aliathon Bowls Club being represented in 12 of them, Coral Bay Bowls Club in eight, Aphrodite Bowls Club in seven and Peyia Bowls Club in one.
Top events of the championships were the men’s and ladies four-ball singles with the winners automatically chosen to represent Cyprus at the World Champion of Champions tournament. This year it was held in New Zealand.
The winners, Tony Downs and Hazel Bagshaw, are both members of the Coral Bay Club.
The finals were officially opened by Bowls Cyprus President John Warner (Aliathon) who thanked all the players who had taken part in the earlier rounds which began back in the autumn. He also thanked the members of the Aphrodite Club for their hard work in preparing for the tournament and gave thanks to the umpires and markers.
The first morning saw the Gents Pairs, Gents Triples, Ladies Triples and Ladies Rinks kick-off the tournament.
Scott Ferguson and Colin Hall (Aliathon) began steadily against Allen Harvey and George McGill (Peyia) before pushing forward to run out eventual winners 19-11.
In the Gents Triples, Sid Swan, Ken Taylor and Danny MacKenzie (Aphrodite) fought hard against Howard Davis, Chas Hunt and Tom Owen (Aliathon) but were unable to stay with them and finally went down 10-22.
The Ladies Triples saw a much closer match with the home team of Helen Woolley, Chris Bolton and Jayne Westwood inching ahead to beat Gill Ford, Dorothy Gibbons and Sheila Bowden (Coral Bay) 13-11.
The fourth game on the first morning involved two Aliathon teams in competition in the Ladies Rinks with Fran Davis, Glynis Pauley, Pat Austin and Linda Ryan beating Tina Woodcock, Irene Owen, Val Mulley and Diane Roberts 16-14.
There were three matches in the afternoon, the first involving two teams from the host club. Dave Woolley, Helen Woolley and Brian Rowlands proved too strong for Jimmy Simpson, Angela Douglas and Iver Douglas, winning 22-6.
The Mixed Rinks was a real nail-biter with the scores finishing all square at the conclusion of the 18 ends and an additional end being played. This resulted in Gill Ford, Mel Gladwell, Terry Ford and Dorothy Gibbons (Coral Bay) just edging in front of Mo Turner, Elaine Chester, Paul Chester and Sid Swan (Aphrodite) 16-15.
The final match was the Open Two-Bowl Singles which involved two of the most experienced bowlers on the island. Phil Bowden (Coral Bay) finally got the better of Howard Davis (Aliathon) 15-13.
The final hour of the play was held under distant claps of thunder but luckily the rain only seriously fell for the final few minutes.
The following day, however, saw bright sunshine yet again and another excellent day of bowling took place with three matches in the morning and four in the afternoon.
One of them, the Ladies Two-Bowl Singles, saw an all Aliathon affair with Diane Roberts beating Linda Ryan 19-11 while Val Nicholls and Gill Ford (Coral Bay) got the better of Jayne Westwood and Elaine Chester (Aphrodite) 15-12.
The third match was the Gents Rinks in which Brian Ricklesford, Martin Hill, Malcolm Rowe – playing his final game before returning to the UK – and Ben Hebdige (Aliathon) winning 21-17 over Mel Gladwell, Terry Ford, Dave Webb and George Gray – also returning to the UK – from Coral Bay 21-17.
Gill Ford (Coral Bay), partnering Mel Gladwell, played her fourth game of the tournament and beat husband-and-wife team Babs and Terry Austin (Aliathon) 26-16 in the Mixed Pairs.
The final “group match” of the day was the Mixed Triples which again involved two Aliathon teams. On this occasion, Bob and Kath Manson, along with John Woodcock beat Howard and Fran Davis and Chas Hunt 20-12.
The other two matches, the Gents and Ladies four-bowl singles saw Tony Downs victorious 21-16 over Martin Hill (Aliathon) and Hazel Bagshaw out-bowl fellow club member Sheila Bowden 21-7.
President John Warner presented the trophies after each event and they will be formally handed out – and engraved – at the Bowls Cyprus Presentation Dinner in June.
The National Finals were organised by Domestic Match Secretary Ray Cutts (Coral Bay) with the help of Phil Lodwick (Aliathon).