2011 CALB Men and Ladies Singles and Pairs Finals Report
Played on 16th March at Almeria Bowling Club
On Friday the 16th March the Men and Ladies Singles and Pairs Finals took place at Almeria Bowling Club on their new carpet surface. The qualifying rounds commenced in December 2011 reaching this stage with thirty-five Men’s singles and twenty-seven pairs, together with twenty two Ladies singles and sixteen pairs from Almeria, Indalo and Cabrera Bowling Club’s taking part.
The Men’s Singles featured two experienced players from Indalo B.C. With Alan De-Boer winning against Andy Cooper, who also was a runner up in 2011. Alan was in a mean mood and although Andy played well he was no match for Alan on his day .Both finalists had comfortable wins in the Semi-Finals, Alan against Dave Allen from Almeria and Andy against Colin Thomas of Indalo B.C.
The Ladies Singles Final was an interesting game with Chris Ivin of Cabrera against a fellow club member Julie Preddy. Julie took a very early lead on the fourth end; however Chris then got down to the task and crept up steadily, winning easily.
The ladies Pairs Final were won by the formidable pair from Almeria B.C. Shelagh Allen and Catherine Patrick beating the very competent Indalo pair, Maureen Milson and Ann Reynolds. Shelagh and Catherine started well until the ninth end with the scores at 11-6. Maureen and Ann then took six shots and one shot on the next two ends going into the lead at 13-11. However more pressure was put on to the Indalo by the Almeria pair, giving them a well-deserved victory.
The Men’s Pairs Final was won by, Dennis Stoyles and Dave Schofield of Cabrera beating a strong team from Indalo, Steve Grattage and Kevin Johnson. The bowling quality was excellent and all players performed well. Steve and Kevin lead on the third end but unfortunately for them Dennis and David did not let them get in front again in an exciting battle giving them a well-deserved win.
The prizes and cups for the victors of all disciplines were announced by the Almeria Captain, Jim Pike and presented by Mia Woods from Cabrera. Jim then gave thanks for all those involved in making everything go so well which included the markers, Colin Wright for umpiring the day’s events and for the huge support from all clubs watching these games. It was nice to see that all clubs taking part had at least one winner. This was the third successful year of the CALB and thanks must go to all those working behind the scenes. Brian Saunders who co-ordinates the events, The Chairman David Jenkins and the supporting committee who work very hard to achieve this success.
These competitions are reported and published in the local press with photographs and included in the Almeria B.C. website bowlingalmeria.com. and bowlinginspain.com.
CALB Press Officer