CYPRUS BOWLERS OFF TO NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA
Six flat green bowlers from Cyprus are undergoing intensive practice in preparation for international competitions in Australia and New Zealand in November and December.
Four of the bowlers – Loukas Paraskeva (Aphrodite BC), Michael Jarvis, Fran Davis and Linda Ryan (all Aliathon BC) - will be travelling to Christchurch, New Zealand where they are playing in the World Championships, while Diane Roberts (Aliathon BC) and Jim Preston (Coral Bay BC) will head to Brisbane, Australia, for the World Champion of Champions competition.
For Loukas, who was born in Cyprus, it will be the eighth time he has represented his country in 11 years of bowling. A former schoolteacher in England and Germany, he will play a minimum of nine matches in the singles and a similar number in the pairs with Michael Jarvis, a bowler of seven years who will be representing his adopted Cyprus for the fifth time.
The two ladies, Fran Davis and Linda Ryan have a wealth of experience between them. Fran has represented Cyprus on six occasions and has been bowling for 16 years, starting at the Maryport Bowling Club in Cumbria, England.
Linda Ryan on the other hand has chalked up 16 appearances for Cyprus and first started bowling in 1982 when living in the Medway Towns in Kent.
Fran is scheduled to play in the singles competition and with Linda in the pairs.
For Diane Roberts and Jim Preston they will be representing Cyprus in the Champion of Champions tournament having been the winners of the Cyprus National singles in 2015. Diane, in fact, also won the competition this year and will be off to Sydney next year as well.
Jim, a former crown green bowler of 35 years standing at Chorley in Lancashire, took up flat green bowling when he came to Cyprus four years ago. He has represented Cyprus in a recent test match against Israel and Jersey. Diane, who has been bowling for 14 years – she started when she came to live in Cyprus – has played in South Africa, Australia and Spain while representing Cyprus.
For the next few weeks, before their departure, they will have plenty of practice under the watchful eye of Bowls Cyprus International Executive Officer, Irene Owen and Head Coach Allen Harvey.