CHRISTMAS BOWL 2020
The Christmas Bowl 2020 took place on 22nd December under a clear blue sky Thirty bowlers took part, each playing two short games of triples. In third place were Eddie Vine, Bob Ferguson and Harry Garcia. The runners-up were Phil Hunter, Christine Martin and Nick Gooch. The winners were Alec Earnshaw, Elizabeth Harris and Geoff Wright.
The winning team
POPPY DAY COMPETITION
Our annual competition held in aid of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal took place on Wednesday 11th November. A total of 370,69€ was raised comprising 271€ from entry fees and green fees which, as usual, the Management of Pedras da Rainha generously donated, 30,42€ from the sale of poppies and 69,26€ in loose change which one of Graham Hewitt's neighbours kindly donated.
The Club now has two magnificent trophies which were crafted by talented members; the Poppy Shield which was made by Gavin Alderman and a new addition, a beautifully carved poppy which Bob Bennie has made.
The winners were Robbie Hubbard, John Metherell and Bob Bennie who beat their opposition by twenty shots.
PEDRAS SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP
- THE LEN MATTHEWS MEMORIAL TROPHY
The late Len Matthews was the first member of Pedras LBC and the trophy that bears his name is presented to the winner of the annual singles championship. The competition is normally held around the date of his birthday in June but had to be postponed this year due to the pandemic.
The 2020 competition was finally held in October and was blessed with a week of fine weather. Twenty-four bowlers started the competition on Monday 12th and with the second round and semi-finals two days later. The two finalists, Keith Boak and Russ Malin played the final on the afternoon of Friday 16th.
Keith took a single on the first end but then Russ gradually pulled away to lead seven-one. It was then Keith's turn to put a run together as he notched up fifteen shots without reply. Russ staged a late comeback to get within five shots but it was Keith's day and he wrapped it all up on the twentieth end. Congratulations to both bowlers for their efforts all week but there had to be a winner and so:
THE 2020 CHAMPION IS KEITH BOAK
In addition to getting to hold the magnificent trophy for a few moments, Keith was also presented with a memento. Christine Worrall had kindly donated some of her late father Tommy Tappenden's bowls trophies which she suggested be given to winners of the competition.
The photographs below show Russ (left) congratulating Keith on his victory and, further down, both players in action and Keith receiving the trophy from Club Captain John London.