Tuesday, February 26 was the first day of the Inter-Club Semi-Finals. It dawned bright and sunny, with everyone expecting a warm day’s bowling. How wrong we all were. The bowling was excellent, however, the weather deteriorated, the wind began in the morning and blew stronger in the afternoon. More and more layers of clothing arrived for both bowlers and spectators, who all became very cold during the day.
The second day – Wednesday, February 27 – also dawned bright and both bowlers and spectators arrived with more clothing, however, the day was as different again, with warm sunshine and no wind. This time the layers of clothing were being discarded.
The bowling on both days was of the highest standard with many games only being decided on the last bowl of the last end, keeping the many spectators on the edge of their seats. The carpet was in excellent condition and bowled well.
Thanks go to the Umpires and Markers who gave their time, and to Floresta Bowling Club, who hosted the two-day event and provided excellent food and hospitality.
Thursday, February 28 was the last game in the Super 10’s Competition, though, due to a Crown Green Bowling Competition at Alvor (their game is due to take place on Sunday), the table was not available until after going to press. However, this cannot change the top of the table, making Floresta the winning team.
Congratulations to them for winning a third piece of silverware, League A, League B, and Super 10’s.
A proud George Humphreys, owner of Floresta, said: “After a week to remember, Floresta Bowling Club, formerly known as PDF, create club record by winning three major trophies in one season. Floresta have joined Alvor and CPO in having won two major trophies in one year. In addition, Floresta are represented in all eight of the remaining finals of the Inter-Club championships, another first for one of the founder members of Bowls Algarve. A record season never achieved by any club.”
The finals of the Inter-Club Championship are to take place on Wednesday and Thursday, March 13 and 14, and based on the bowling we have so far seen in this competition, it is something not to be missed. It will be a ‘clash of the titans’ on all rinks. They are being held at Valverde Bowls Club and both competitors and spectators are looking forward to two excellent days. Good luck to all the competitors.
By MIRIAM HARE
Photo: Some of the supporters during the competition