Archives for December 2016
THE decision to introduce a new tournament into the Bowls calendar of the British Games Club was fully vindicated by the close and exciting competition it produced.
The Captain’s Handicap saw three bowlers competing off scratch, with other participants given up to eight shots. There were few complaints over the allocated handicaps, which were set by competition secretary Brian Cundall.
Scratch bowler Ken Sheldon ultimately lifted the trophy but not before he found himself scraping through his quarter-final and semi-final matches by the narrowest of margins with single-shot victories on the last of the 14 ends on each occasion.
First-time finalist Ron Vanilla, with a handicap of plus-four, also had to dig deep to battle his way through the early rounds.
THERE was an early start for some, a 9am kick off in fact, for the British Games Club tennis section’s annual Christmas fun day, although one or two did forget to set their alarms and as a consequence had to forfeit their first game.
On another beautiful sunny December day great fun was had as the Reindeer took on the Elves, as is traditional at this time of year.
There was a good turnout of tennis section members, most of whom made the effort turn up in some sort of Christmas attire.
On this occasion the Reindeer team reigned supreme, though it was a close run thing with the final score tallied at 81 to 75.
Then the all-important lunch awaited – a super menu comprising cream of crayfish soup, prawn and avacado cocktail, roast fillet of beer with all the trimmings, followed by mince pie and a glass of port.
Santa paid his annual visit, taking time out from his busy schedule to fly down to Puerto de la Cruz. He really did look quite fetching in his new stockings!
All in all it was great day and all for the princely sum of €25 – where else would you get such good value for money.
THE first staging of a new, mostly mixed-doubles tennis tournament involving the British Games Club and Tony Connolly’s international team kicked off Alvaro’s at 10am under a beautiful Sunday morning sky.
The new tournament replaces on the annual tennis section calendar the match traditionally played against a team from the Dutch Club, which has now disbanded. However, acquaintances were renewed with a number of former Dutch Club players among the ranks of Tony’s international team.
By 11.30am the Games Club found themselves trailing by 15 points and tennis section captain Maxine was concerned that a whitewash was on the cards.
However, the team dug deep and fought hard, so hard in fact that by the end of the last match at 2pm the Games Club had won by 103 to 93 points.
Once the congratulations and commiserations were over with, players and guests sat down together to a throughly-enjoyable chicken curry lunch, prepared and cooked by resident chef Jacabo and served up by Chio and his team.
After the lunch, Games Club president Pam Squires presented a new trophy the teams will compete for to winning captain Maxine. She also presented trophies to the highest-scoring lady, to Moira Aungiers, and to the highest-scoring man, Derek Lamb, both members of the winning team.
MARILYN Bimpson and Ray Blair went into the final of the Pairs Cup, the second major competition in the British Games Club bowls season, looking to defend the title they won last year.
But this time round only one of them would be able to lift the trophy for the second year running because on this occasion they lined up in opposition.
Pairings for the competition are drawn out of the hat and on this occasion Marilyn was paired with Ken Sheldon, while Ray teamed up with Chris Brooke-Watson.
The early rounds of the Pairs Cup are played in group stages, with the top four teams qualifying for the semi-finals.
In keeping with the high standard of bowls set in the season’s first competition, the Duckworth Cup, both finalist pairings had to dig deep to even reach the final, with each of the semi-finals going into the last of the 14 ends all square.
Marilyn and Ken just edged out Chris Baker and Grace Lorimer, while Ray and Chris triumphed over Jim Goodman and Hilary Downing.
The final itself was an equally tense affair, with Marilyn and Ken building an early lead but Ray and Chris constantly chipping away at the deficit.
In the end the early lead proved decisive, with Marilyn and Ken just managing to hold on to complete a 16-13 victory.