Cabrera Lawn Bowling club held its most prestigious competition in its calendar, the Cabrera Avalon Invitation, on 14th and 15th November.

Reg Birmingham, Shelagh Allen, Kim White (Avalon) and Mary and Tony Mullen
Reg Birmingham, Shelagh Allen, Kim White (Avalon) and Mary and Tony Mullen

The competition was sponsored by Avalon Funeral Plans who donated 200€ to the prize fund and also presented to the club a beautiful trophy in honour of the competition. Invitations were sent out to all clubs in the Andalusian and Benidorm areas in July as only 32 teams would be allowed to enter so it was on a first come first served basis. We had a tremendous response with 26 teams of four people, two men and two ladies, entering. The competition was marked on shot difference and the team with the best shot difference won the competition.

On the first day there was a rinks discipline over 18 ends followed after lunch by a mixed pairs again over 18 ends which were then followed by another mixed pairs.

Day two was started by an 18 end triples followed by an 18 end singles. The person who hadn’t played in the triples played in the singles. The competition was rounded off by a 9 ends rink.

There were several very good wins in particular one team on the very first game has a shot difference of plus 32.

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There was, however, only one team in the whole competition who won every game and were the eventual winners with a shot difference of plus 92. They were Tony and Mary Mullen, Shelagh Allen and Reg Birmingham who were representing Almeria Bowling Club. Many congratulations. In second place with a shot difference of plus 56 were Graham and Cath Patrick, Viv Sykes and Colin Wright again from Almeria Bowling Club. Well done. In third place with a shot difference of plus 41 were John and Sue Sephton, Peter Sands and Sylvia Byrne from Cabrera Lawn Bowling Club and in fourth place with a shot difference of plus 31 were Jackie Mayhew, John Beaumont, Tony Bird and Barbra Moyniham again from Cabrera LBC.

The trophy was presented to the winning team by Kim White from Avalon and the whole weekend was a fantastic success. Many thanks to so many people who made this competition possible in particular Ali from El Sitio in Los Gallardos for the catering and Avalon for their support.

The competition is being run again next year and hopefully will be as successful as this year.