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MAN OF THE MATCH
Paul Brown – Jan Brown – Tony McKenna
Sheila Lucas – Chris Mawson – Maggie Lawley – Mary Cockell
Dennis Reeves – John Pittaway – David Gardiner – Clive English
Viv Erridge – Peter Collins
David Ings – Pauline Bishop – Trevor Neale
Ritva McAuliffe – Jill Nobbs – Felicity Jenkins – Diane Wynne
Louis Symonds – Doug Bacon – Jonathan Barr – Paul Leeder
Sheri Fletcher – Trevor Neale
By Jan Brown
The Costa Blanca North´s premier bowling event bucked the trend this year attracting higher entries than 2013. Spectators were treated to 11 days of superb bowling often under gruelling conditions as unseasonably hot temperatures reached into the mid 30´s. Even though many individuals had to play two matches a day and timings had to be altered on a daily basis to accommodate individuals who were sucessful in several disciplines, the competition ran smoothly thanks to the efforts of Competition Secretary Allan Travers and his wife Judy whose administrative skills were so efficient the results of matches were often posted before the teams had put away their woods!
On the last day supporters turned out in force to add great atmosphere to tension charged finals and spectators saw some close games, as in the case of the Ladies Rinks when Maggie Lawley´s team went into the last end 5 up but found themselves 6 down in the head and with the last bowl of the match Maggie coolly drew third wood to lead her team of Christine Mawson, Sheila Lucas and Mary Cockell to victory against Ritva McAuliffe, Felicity Jenkins, Diane Wynne and Jill Nobbs. The Mens Rinks were also nip and tuck with the winning team of John Pittaway, Dennis Reeves, Dave Gardiner and Clive English just pulling away at the end to beat Jonathan Barr, Doug bacon, Louis Symonds and Paul Leeder. The Mixed Trips team of Jan and Paul Brown and Tony McKenna beat Pauline Bishop, David Ings and Trevor Neale. Trevor Neale also featured in the Mixed Aussie Pairs final losing out with partner Sheri Fletcher to Viv Everidge and Peter Collins. Wendy Symonds lifted the Ladies Singles title in convincing style against Maggie Lawley, whilst the Men´s Singles between Alan Phillips and Tony McKenna proved a crowd pleaser, as first one player then the other took the lead before Tony emerged victorious after 24 ends.
Javea Green offer a free training programme to new bowlers, the sucess of which could be seen as a number of ‘newby’s’ took on some of the top bowlers on the coast. Particular mention was given to the mixed trips team of Joe Schulein, Chris Foreman and Chris Salter who reached the quarter finals beating two very good teams along the way, earning them a special award. The Player of the Tournament was given to another relatively new bowler, Brian Walker who in his first major competition reached the semi finals of the Men´s singles beating two strong opponents on the way before narrowly being beaten by Alan Phillips.
Competition Secretary Allan Travers in his speech prior to the presentations thanked the sponsors Black Tower Talleres, Ginestar (Renault), Hamiltons, Webster Asesores, S.L. and Avalon for their generous and continued support. He Commented “105 people took part in this competition, 124 games were played which amounted to 2,200 ends and an average player would walk approx. 1/2 mile every game.” He also thanked Jan Bigsby and her co-workers in the kitchen and Brian and Matt and their bar staff for keeping everybody well fed and watered.
President Bill Barrie announced that next year he was hoping to attract players from other parts of Spain, Portugal and possibly the British isles to make this 11 day competition a truly International event with increased prize money to tempt bowlers from outside the area to take part.
Everybody present on Finals day were treated to a ploughman´s lunch courtesy of Javea Bowls Club with music supplied by Neil Fagen. A lot of tired but happy bowlers then made their way home for a well earned rest.