Bowls Algarve: summer league season starts

Hello again, now that the visiting teams have left. Some clubs have had more than 10 or 15 since the end of the Winter League. The summer has arrived for Algarve bowlers with the beginning of the Summer League season, however, the weather had other thoughts…

Thursday, May 9 was the start date and dawned dull and overcast. Thick cloud shrouded the day from beginning to end with a small shower in the morning, and the afternoon had the wind to contend with. The bowling was excellent and enjoyed by all, with contrasting results.

The season this year is going to be slightly longer due to an increased number of teams, and the format has changed to accommodate the increase. There is no resting week for the teams, and games are played with some teams playing in the morning and the others playing in the afternoon. There will not be a break in the middle of the season for the trip to Spain this year, but Balaia Dolphins and Albufeira Wildcats will reschedule their match from that week, as Balaia’s home ground can only accommodate four rinks.

Albufeira Wildcats won two points against Alvor Egrets taking eight points; Tavira Tigers won all 10 points against Floresta Squirrels; as did Pedras Panthers winning all 10 points from Floresta Falcons; also, Alvor Kestrels took all 10 points from Balaia Dolphins whilst Valverde Vulcans won six points from Valverde Vikings, who won four points.

In this first week, the Table has three teams at the top, Pedras Panthers, Alvor Kestrels and Tavira Tigers all having ten points each, whilst at the bottom, holding the table up from the bottom, are three other clubs, Balaia Dolphins, Floresta Squirrels and Floresta Foresters, all holding zero points.

The green at Valverde was in beautiful condition and bowled well, a credit to the greenkeeper. A lunchtime meal was provided by the Dom Camillo Restaurant (on site) and many thanks go to the staff there for ensuring everyone was fed and watered (or should that be wined) on time.

Everyone is looking forward to next week’s game at Alvor.