Played over a 2 week period, the 2014 Spanish national tournament lived up to it’s reputation for top quality bowling, suitably promoting the sport of green bowls within the country.
It was exactly 20 years ago when Almeria hosted the very first tournament, whereas this year, it was the turn of Costa Blanca South to host players from 16 clubs, including Tenerife and Almeria.
Early rounds up to the quarter final stage were played at San Miguel, San Luis and Quesada, with the latter club hosting the semis and finals. Because of a drastically reduced number of entrants (301), all rinks and triples matches were played on a round robin basis up to the semis.
The finals featured bowlers from 6 different clubs, throwing up a few surprises along the way!
Both mens and ladies rinks final included teams from San Miguel, but neither quite managed a winners medal. Against a Quesada team of Ronnie Cairns, Jason Prokopowycz, Derek Sale & Fred Roberts, a foursome line up of Noel Verity, Don Whitney, Sam Russell & Chris Collier had to settle for 2nd best.
A Greenlands outfit including Jan Pocock, Sue Johnson & Sheila Stead, were crossing every digit available, as skip Lin Miller delivered the games final wood, earning them a 1 shot victory over shell shocked Pat McEwan, Carol Rudge, Anne Eagle & Mary Dyer.
Tenerife mens trios of Bill Rogerson, Robert and Graham Cathcart performed admirably, but fell just short against an experienced Quesada mens trips team of John Muldoon, Bill Pain & Pete Bonsor. Greenlands were victors over Quesada in the equivalent ladies discipline.
This time, champions S Johnson and L Miller were accompanied by Marilyn Fryatt, as they played well to beat Mel Highland, Peta Rhodes & Lisa Bonsor. Peta and Lisa gained revenge in the ladies pairs, beating Greenlands Jan and Lin by 1 shot. An all Quesada mens pairs final, saw P Bonsor & B Pain beat R Cairns & F Roberts.
Finally, an epic mens single final, resulted in P Bonsor beating Mal Hughes of San Luis, whilst Horadada’s Ann Allen took the ladies single crown, when she beat P Rhodes. Both Pete and Ann will now go on to represent Spain in next years champion of champions final.
The final results were as follows:
Men’s Singles Pete Bonsor – Quesada
Finalist Mal Hughes – San Luis
Ladies Singles Ann Allen – Horadada
Finalist Peta Rhodes – Quesada
Ladies Pairs Peta Rhodes and Lisa Bonsor – Quesada
Finalists Lyn Greenland and Sheila Stead – Greenlands
Men’s Pairs Pete Bonsor and Bill Pain – Quesada
Finalists Fred Roberts and Ronnie Cairns –Quesada
Ladies Triples Sue Johnson, Marilyn Fryatt and Lyn Miller – Greenlands
Finalists Mel Highland, Peta Rhodes and Lisa Bonsor – Quesada
Men’s Triples John Muldoon, Bill Pain and Pete Bonsor – Quesada
Finalists Bill Rogerson, Robert Cathcart and Graham Cathcart – Tenerife
Ladies Fours Jan Pocock, Sue Johnson, Marilyn Fryatt and Lyn Miller – Greenlands
Finalists Pat McEwan, Carol Rudge, Anne Eagle and Mary Dyer – San Miguel
Men’s Fours Ronnie Cairns, Jason Prokopowycz, Derek Sale and Fred Roberts – Quesada
Finalists Noel Verity, Don Whitney, Sam Russell and Chris Collier – San Miguel
The Leader Trophy for Player of the Tournament was awarded to Lyn Miller of Greenlands.
The nationals committee of chairman John Muldoon, and members Bob Donnelly, Deirdre Leeming, plus Veronica & D Sale, have expressed thanks to the following tournament sponsors: Spanish Life Properties SL, CS Bowls, Ibex Insurance, Dales Sports and Winning Express.
They also thanked The Leader Newspaper for producing the excellent event brochure, and for sponsoring the tournaments most valuable player trophy, which was deservedly won by Lin Miller of Greenlands Bowls Club.
Photos Carl Eagle
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