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Bridge Over Troubled Waters

We exist to play lawn bowls and this has been our bridge over the troubled waters of our administration in recent months.  At the end of the winter leagues season we are well pleased and congratulate our Monday team for coming out top of the South Alicante Winter League Voyager Division with a clear lead of 7 points over second placed Quesada Rubies. Next winter the Club Captain, Jim Coughlan anticipates the team can look forward to somewhat stiffer opposition after promotion to the Discovery Division, but reckons the team looks well equipped to take on the challenge.  The Friday team has been less impressive, finishing next to bottom of the Levante Southern League Division A, possibly the premier league in Spain, but may yet escape relegation to Division B by virtue of a clear 20 points margin over bottom of the table Montemar Matadors. At home the in-house Triples League has also come to a close with Mark Bettcher, Jimmy Cochrane and Harold Morris taking the Winners’ Cup ahead of Runners-Up Mike Chambers, Barbara Benton and Harry Male.

A Spanish flavour for the occasion

The Annual Club Championships were concluded at the final’s weekend in March with the presentation of cups and medals at Hacienda last month. Fish and meat paellas at lunch gave a Spanish flavour to an occasion more reminiscent of the green fields of England – or Scotland, or Wales, just to be politically correct!!! Champions in 12 categories were presented with their trophies by new President Jimmy Cochrane who himself qualified for winners’ trophies in three disciplines.

Men’s Singles Champion 2018 Mike Chambers with MBC President Jimmy Cochrane

Men’s Singles Champion Mike Chambers proved he had not lost his touch by this time overcoming last year’s Champion Colin Appleton to win the trophy for a second time from six years ago.

In the Ladies’ Singles discipline Barbara Male became Champion for the first time by likewise defeating last year’s and three times Champion Helen Chambers.

Ladies Singles Champion 2018 Barbara Male with MBC President Jimmy Cochrane

In other categories and for the first time, Tom Percy and Jimmy Cochrane combined to take the Men’s Pairs Trophy and then did the same again in the Men’s Triples with Harold Morris completing the winning trio. Andrew Bunce also appeared on the Honours Board for the first time as Champion in the Handicap Mixed Singles category.

In the imminent weeks during May there are new challenges to be met, with some of our Members competing in this year’s National Championships – as our President says “Upwards and Onward for we are ready!”

At home we will be continuing with our domestic activities from day to day, but especially on the mornings of our recognized Club days, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Anyone interested to take up the sport or to join as an experienced bowler will be welcomed at Hacienda by contacting Jimmy Cochrane on 654 862 272 or Colin Appleton on 634 346 375 or by sending an email to the Secretary at mazarronbowlsclub@outlook.com

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