Maples too much for Sycamores in Greenland's opener
Costa Blanca South Bowls Roundup – 16 April 18

Country Bowls Club

A fantastic start for Country Bowls Badger’s on Monday, we couldn’t have hoped for better. We played against El Rancho and they were certainly put to the test. Despite fielding two substitutes, Dave Smith & Salma Hempstead, Salma’s first league game (well done) the Badger’s were unstoppable and won 14 to 0.

Congratulations to all the players, a tremendous team effort. The scores are as follows; Rink 1 – B Nokes, D Jiggins & A Bryce. 28 – 6, Rink 2 – L Freeman, G Richardson & G Paylor. 30 – 10, Rink 3 – L Bryce, B Jiggins & G Ponsford. 32 – 9, Rink 4 – S Hempstead, P Emmett & J Mallet. 22 – 16, Rink 5 – N West, R Emmett & P Warrington, Rink 6 – G Eggleton, D Smith & J Hassell. 36 – 8, Total points 14 – 0. Shots 179 – 57

It was a different story though, on our first away trip in the VCL on Friday against Greenlands. Brenda Jiggins and Geoff Paylor won the men’s and ladies singles while Gary Ponsford and Linda Freeman held a strong lead right through to the last three ends in the pairs but Greenlands came in strong at the end for a win.

Lynne Bryce, Derek Jiggins and Pat and Ray Emmett in the rinks were jousting for lead all the way through but Greenlands took the spoils for another win. Graham Richardson, John Mallet and Andy Bryce in the triples had a hard game and were overcome by the home team in a deserved win on the day. While the total shots were close, the overall went to Greenlands with a final score of 8 – 4 .

For more information on Country Bowls Club please visit our website Ring 966 19 1552 or 868 18 3703

Emerald Isle Bowls Club with Elwyn Morris

The Dukes kicked off their season with a fine 10-2, aggregate 96-65, win over Quesada Lions  in the VCL league. Winners were C Lindgren  21-12, A M Stevenson 21-17, M Whitelock M Stacey 18-10, C Thomas S Westall M Odell 25-14

The Earls travelled to San Miguel Marshalls and they had a fine win 8-4 aggregate of 97-74, winners were P Heaney 21-13, C Alying L Fisher D Close 17-11, G Dyer B Smith S Watson A Burns 24-13

The Emerald Isle played the Highjackers on Tuesday and the visitors recorded their first win for a year by 4 rinks to 3. Bob captain of HJs, played his first game for a long while so well done to everyone always a good game against great opponents

On Sat the Les McCracken Trophy was played for with seven visiting clubs playing against seven, E I rinks. The winners of the trophy were Vistabella with M Foulcher M Regan C Thorpe G Thorpe. Colin Lindgren skipped the highest EI rink on the day, with M Riley G Dyer D Close. Well done to Tony Capewell and Dave Jones for organising it all and Geoff Farrington for giving his time to umpire the competition, and of course thanks to all the clubs that entered hope to see you all next year

Sunday saw the Gosforth Empire bowls club make their Annual pilgrimage to the Isle and the home side came out on top 4-1 on rinks aggregate 86-60, we look forward to their next visit

Monday brought San Luis Wellingtons to the Isle and they left as 10-4 aggregate of 92-121, winning EI trips were M Riley J Pooley J Mulloy 22-12, D Jones C Warner J Rimmer 16-13

Wed brought San Miguel Sheriffs to the Isle against the Dukes and the visitors took the spoils with a 3-9 aggregate 70-91. The winners for EI were A M Stevenson 21-16 and J Pooley S Wetsall M Odell got a 13-13 draw

The Vulcans played Horadada Hawks and lost 4-10. The Earls travelled to Quesada Tigers in the VCL and went down 10-2 aggregate of 71-92. The winners were, pairs S Kavanagh B Kavanagh 23-12

The Earls played at home on Friday against Quesada Cheetahs in the VCL league game and they had a good 10-2 aggregate 125-50 win. Winners S Kavanagh 21-3  C Warner 21-14, C Ayling R Adams A Burns 36-7, S Adams B Taylor S Watson J Mullarkey  33-6

El Rancho Bowls Club.

Our 1st Harrier League match of the season, on Monday, was a little bit of a disaster as far as the score went; Country Bowls took all the points and deserved them. We were outplayed, but we did have a good time, which is the main thing.

On Wednesday our VCL team were at home to La Siesta and had a splendid match, taking all the points with the home advantage. Makes you glow a little, doesn’t it? Ladies singles: Sheila Cox 21-10. Gents singles: David Whitworth 21-11. Pairs: Sheila Cooper and Carolyn Harris 22-15. Trips: June Whitworth, Diane Yates and Jane Hamill 34-15. Rinks: Brian Taylor, Bob Easthope, Mike Cox and Stew Hamill 18-13. 

For membership details contact Brian Taylor on 965 07 7093 or  at or Carolyn Harris on 966774316 or at

Horadada Bowls Club by Irene Graham

On Saturday 7th April Horadada were represented in the Les McCracken tournament at Emerald Isle. This is an invitation event where 7 different Clubs provide a rink to play against each of 7 rinks from Emerald Isle. Each game was over 4 ends with 2 points going to each winner and 1 point for a draw. Our rink of Linda Hier, John Jukes, Jeff Hier and Barry Evans finished a very credible 2nd on 10 points having won 4, drawn 2 and lost only 1. This was only 1 point behind the winners Vistabella.

Because of our better shot difference things could have been even better had the opposition skip not drawn shot with the very last wood of the last end of the last game thus giving us only a draw. Still that’s bowls!

On Monday we played the first of the Hurricane Division matches at home against Emerald Isle Vulcans.  After a very hard fought match, during which, on the majority of rinks, fortunes swung back and forth, we managed to win on four rinks gaining 10 points to Emerald Isle’s 4.  The results were as follows: Pat Patton, Wayne Jackson and Brian Patton 15 – 12, Margaret Odell, Linda Heir and Terry Hucknall 13 – 10, Jeff Heir, Fred Trigwell and Barry Evans 23 – 9, David Miles, Roy Thomson and John Bailey 22 – 19. The overall shots were 99 – 88 so congratulations to every member of the team, and let’s hope we can emulate last season and win this division as well!!

Wednesday’s match was the VCL League at home to San Miguel Deputies. There was some great bowling from both sides, and it could have gone either way, but the turning point was the fours getting 5 shots on the last end, and the trips winning by three shots on the last end which gave us the overall shots and 8 points to San Miguel’s 4.  The results of our winning rinks were as follows:

Gents Singles –  John Jukes 21 – 11, Triples – Carol Linehan, Jack Linehan and Barry Evans 15 – 12

Rinks – George Burrage, Roy Thomson, Bryan Eatough and Terry Hucknall 23 – 16. The overall shots were 77 – 74.

Once again congratulations to all our players and thanks to Fred Trigwell and Alan Miller for marking duties.

On Saturday 14th April 4 of our players are representing Wales in the 4 Nations competition to be held at Monte Mar. We wish them all good luck and good bowling.

Horadada offers a warm welcome to new or experienced bowlers, and provides the necessary equipment.  Our roll-up days for this friendly club are Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday mornings.  Please contact Fred Trigwell on 659 139 129 for more information.

SAN LUIS BOWLS CLUB with Sheila Cammack

On Saturday 7th we held our annual Presentation Dinner at Casa Ventura. For those who had won, or were finalists, in the club championships the presentation of awards was a bonus. For everyone else there was an enjoyable evening with a tasty meal, good company and lively entertainment for those who were energetic enough to get up and dance!

We hope that our winning club representatives all have the same success in the Champion of Champions Tournament hosted by San Luis (first 3 days) & Quesada (all 7 days) from 16th to 22nd April. Good luck to everyone; here’s to good weather and excellent bowling.

South Alicante Summer League: Monday 9th April SL Wellingtons away v EI Victors, had a good first result 10-4, 121shots-92. Winners: Helen Hammond, Ray Pollock, Scott Malden 31-13, Steve Simmons, Sabrina & Russell Marks 27-10, Irene Everett, Bob White, Vic Slater 18-13, Shirley Verity, Jo & Julian Pering 20-18. SL Hercules BYE.

Wednesday 11th VCL: SL Falcons away v Vistabella Saxons, had a good result; 8-4, shots 91-71. Winners: Singles – Kath Reid 21-11, Pairs – Steve Simmons & Russ Marks 21-16, Rinks – Helen Hammond, Pam Lockett, June & Keith Jones 22-9. SL Hawks BYE.

Friday 13th VCL: SL Hawks were badly mauled at home by the Quesada Tigers. Fortunately Ros Holmes took charge of her singles match, picking up 3 shots on the last end (not needing her last bowl) to win 21-16. Sally Cordell & Les Bedford just lost by 2 shots after a really close battle in the pairs. Points 2-10, shots 65-100.

Information:  or contact June Jones, Club Captain: 691 903 773.

Vistabella Bowls With Lynne Bishop.

Congratulations to Martin Foulcer, Mike Regan, Gary & Carol Thorpe for winning the Les McCracken tournament last weekend at the Emerald Isle.

SAL Summer Enterprise league saw our Greenways team go down six wins to two against the Christians at San Miguel. It was the first game for our new squad so things will get better…

The two winning teams were Mike Irwin, Martin Foulcer & Eric Bishop 30-11 and Lin Watkins, Bill Corbishley & Peter Whitehall 20-13. Shots, VB 94(4) – 118(10) S.M.

VCL. Hard games this week with both the Vikings and the Saxons playing very strong sides. The Saxons at home against San Luis managed two wins from the Men’s Singles Martin Foulcer 21-15 and the Triples Neil Burrows, Stuart Allman & Brian Dunn 14-12. Shots, VB 71(4) – 91(8) SL.

The Vikings still shell shocked from their big defeat at San Luis last week suffered the same fate at Quesada this week. Nil wins again but that didn’t reflect on how well the team played, Men’s Singles and the Triples only lost on the very last end and the rinks team led the way until the last couple of ends…should have been six points but was not to be! Shots, VB 84(0) – 108(12) Q.

A short break now while the Champion of Champions are being played, good luck to all our representatives.