By ALAN CLARKE [email protected]
The grand finals of the inter club championships took place at the Alvor club green on Saturday, March 21, in perfect bowling conditions.
The morning saw the finals of the triples, mixed fours and the pairs.
The triples were a close encounter between John and Christina Laskey and Mike Boon who played John Jones, Ayli Tait and Peter Cain, all from the Alvor Club, with the Laskeys and Mike Boon finally narrowly retaining the title they won last year by 17-13.
The pairs was between Alan Clarke and Paul Johnson from Alvor and David Berbridge and Paul Andrews from the Albufeira Club resulting in Alan and Paul winning by 22-13.
The mixed fours was another all Alvor affair between Pat Derouane, Sheila Rapsey, Jack Pendley and Jimmy Jones on the one hand and Terry and Irene Kerr, Bill Seed and Sheila Currall on the other with Jimmy Jones eventually skipping his four to a 17-6 victory.
John Jones returned to the green after a short rest to play the mens singles against John Denn of Alvor and made up for losing the triples by winning in convincing fashion by 21-6. After the lunch break, Christina Laskey took on Catherine Webb in the ladies singles, which proved to be the closest match of the day, Christina retaining her title from last year by the narrow margin of 21-18 after a seesaw match.
The last final was the fours, where Alan Clarke, Jack Pendley, John Jones and Mike Boon (substituting for John Palinski who was unfortunately unable to play due to illness) beat Jimmy Jones, Brian Duffley, Mike Browning and Terry Kerr (Sub for Pauline Wilson) by 25-9 after a close start when the scores were 9-9.
Hearty congratulations to all the winners, especially John Jones, Alan Clarke, Jack Pendley, Christina Laskey and Mike Boon, each of whom won two titles and commiserations to the losing finalists who can take a great deal of pride in reaching the finals of what has become a very competitive and difficult event.
Finally, thanks to Newlyn Developments who have been supportive and interested sponsors and also to Connie and her staff at the Alvor Club for putting the green at our disposal and the excellent catering and general facilities.
We all look forward now to next season when the inter club competitions are due to expand as new clubs join Bowls Algarve and swell the entries for all the competitions, making them even more difficult to win and therefore even more prestigious.