2012 Millennium Open Mixed Triples

The Millennium Trophy has had several changes of format over the years since it’s inauguration in year 2000. It began with ‘Millennium Invitation Rinks’ when three teams of ‘Fours’ were invited from all of our local bowling clubs to play a one day round –robin format competition. In those days clubs were a lot less populated and reasonably easy to implement without upsetting other members who weren’t invited as one of the three teams. Times have also changed in as much local clubs have developed different in house fixtures of their own.

In 2010 we tried playing open triples of any gender, and then in 2011 we tried an in house drawn triples.

This year because of the intense fixture program with the CALB disciplines and not knowing how many members would be available due to Snowbirds returning to UK, we tried a one day Open Mixed Triples a round –robin competition and invited Indalo and Cabrera members to participate on Friday 6th March.

In all probability this will continue as it proved very popular with twenty teams taking part. It was played in two groups playing three games of up to eight ends in a timed fifty-five minute period Points were awarded for winning the game and for each end won.  The winners of group one playing a final against the winners of groups two, with the runners up of both groups playing for third and fourth positions.


The competition began on time with the first of up to eight end games played in glorious sunshine. When after lunch before the last game was played, the competition winners could have been anyone.

The winners were Dave Allen, Ellan and Ben Foster of group one who beat the winners of group two, Tony Millington, Verna Bimpson and Derek Weeks. Unfortunately for Tony’s side that were 6-4 up on the sixth end, fell by the wayside as Dave’s team took five shots on the last two ends.

In the third and fourth playoff Barry and Mia Woods with Brian Firth of Cabrera who looked good throughout the competition, beat the Almeria trio John and Ruth Compton with Les Pratchett.

Prize giving took place on completion of the competition on our new club patio. Our Captain, Jim Pike thanked yours truly for running the competition, Colin Wright for monitoring the results and controlling the competition throughout the day. Also, Sue Mannall who presented the cash prizes to all finalists. Photographs were taken of all winners and will be found with this report on our website www.bowlingalmeria.com

Vic Parsons

ALBC Press Officer and Vice Chairman

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