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Nearly but Not Quite!

Billy Faulkner – Semi Finalist, Spanish Nationals

May brought with it the Spanish National Lawn Bowls Championships, held this year at Emerald Isle Bowls Club in La Zenia. What a story it could have been but not quite! Last year our Brian Robertson emerged as Spanish National Men’s Singles Champion and this year our Billy Faulkner almost made it a double. It was a tough journey for Billy in defeating former Champion and Internationalist Martin Foulcer en-route to the semi-final, but where it became just a hill too far to overcome Paul Parkes of Quesada. What a great effort and congratulations to Billy on a fine achievement.

Spanish Nationals – Dance of the Dervishes or Signal One Shot Down.

In the Men’s Pairs discipline of the Championships, Billy and Brian Robertson aspired to reach the quarterfinals, but were unfortunate to lose their match by the second last bowl of an extra end to decide. Club Captain Jim Coughlan and Doug Macfarlane also went down in the same round after leading by a healthy margin against eventual semi-finalists from San Miguel BC. All things considered, Mazarrón were well represented in the Championships and with new bowlers developing, there is optimism for Billy Faulkner to lead a challenge for even greater honours next year.

The President delivers, the Captain watches, the scoreboard tells a tale.

At home at the beginning of June, the President v Club Captain Match split the membership to lead the respective six teams in the match battle against each other. New members Kerry and Don Henry and returning members Lynne and John Mason made debut appearances in a competitive environment with these ladies able to boast of their contributions to winning teams while the men failed in despair! In the end The Captain’s squad came through to win by 108 shots to 95 thanks critically to the winning contribution from Gillian Morris and Alec Reed over Anne Macfarlane and Colin Appleton and in spite of that, President Jimmy Cochrane and his team triumphed in a direct confrontation over Captain Jim Coughlan’s dejected crew.

Anne Macfarlane’s disappointment in competition was compensated by winning the ‘spider’ scramble before the match, while later everybody renewed old friendships over a hog roast and organiser Colin Appleton assisted the President to present the trophy to the victorious Club Captain.

Our home rink is at Hacienda del Alamo Golf Resort. Anyone interested in having a go at the sport of lawn bowls, or more experienced players looking to join us on a casual or membership basis, will be welcome on one of our Club Days on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Start times have now been brought forward somewhat to 9.30am for 10.00am start to try to finish before the heat of the day reaches its peak.  For directions and further details please contact Colin Appleton on 605 492 937 or Jimmy Cochrane on 653 093 840, or email the Secretary at mazarronbowlsclub@outlook.com

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