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Malaga Champion of Champions Competition

March 2018 - Santa Maria BC

Report by Garry & Jenny Aldridge, photo editing  by Amber Dineen & John Carr. 

The Champion of Champions competition was at Santa Maria Bowls Club to find the Malaga Province Lady and Gents Champions. Nine men and seven ladies battled against each other trying to reach 21 shots first. Most games were closely contested and twenty two games were won by only one shot. Jeff Rowe from La Posada was extremely unlucky and failed to win on three occasions by one shot but  Dave Wilson from Mijas and Pauline Ball from Don Pablo won two games each by just one shot.

The potential champions were never clear until the last day when Bill Davies from Benavista, Dave Wilson from Mijas and Garry Aldridge from Santa Maria had to secure victories. Garry beat Graham Jarrett from Lauro in the morning and Dave Wilson in the afternoon to be crowned the menís champion of champions.

Val Thornton from Mijas had to beat Hazel Guttridge from Benavista in the morning  to be in contention for the title against Joyce Whitt from Santa Maria, who had won all her games. In the last game Joyce went ahead by 14 shots to 4 but then Val scored on the next six ends to level the game. Tense play continued up to 19 -19, then Val secured 2 shots to win 21 Ė 19 and take the ladies title.

The spectators enjoyed fantastic bowling and good weather, apart from the wind, and Ron Jones, the Malaga Province Delgado, thanked everyone for attending, Susan Walker and her team for organising, all the markers and umpires who did a fantastic job and then he presented every player with their medal and a gold medal and the trophy to the Ladies Champion Val Thornton and to Garry Aldridge the Menís Champion.

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 Participants: Hazel Guttridge, Bill Davies, Joyce Whitt, Geoff Edginton,  Gill Quigley, Dave Wilson,Graham Jarrett,  June Baldry, Fred Stevenson, Pauline Ball, Jeff Rowe, Mercedes Neilson, Juan Abeal & Gary Kelly.

Lady's & Men's Champion of Champions.

Photo L to R: Val Thornton & Garry Aldridge.

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