Visiting bowls teams are very welcome indeed!

The bowling season has well and truly started again in the Algarve. Bowls Algarve hopes its members have enjoyed a good summer and are now arriving back to the Algarve refreshed and ready to begin the bowling season. Many of the bowlers that remained in the Algarve continued playing throughout the heat.

Most clubs have been busy since September with visiting teams from the UK, with many clubs not expecting to say goodbye to their last visiting team until well into November. Last year was a bumper year for most clubs, but this year appears to be even better. These visiting teams are very important for most clubs, providing practice for the teams before the season begins, as well as some income, and for the hotels and businesses a late flush of trade. The visiting teams provide both an early (in the case of the Spring teams) and a late season boost for many hotels, restaurants and businesses in general in the Algarve.

Alvor Bowls Club began their season with a “gents versus ladies” match, whilst Valverde Bowling Club began theirs with the Anniversary Pairs match, and Tavira County Bowls Club with no time to breathe due to visiting teams.

Thursday, October 25, is the start date of this year’s Super 10’s Competition. This competition is a “Round Robin” format. Each team consists of a Singles game, a Pairs, a Triples and a Rinks game, making 10 players in total.

Saturday, October 27, is the beginning of the Winter League season. We hope the weather will be kind to us.

Every one of us is looking forward to renewing friendships and a competitive season. Good luck to all teams in all the competitions throughout the coming year.

By MIRIAM HARE