DAY SEVEN – Sunday, 6 December

 After six days of intense competition, Sunday, 6 December, was a welcome rest day for competitors in the Atlantic Bowls Championships at the Athena Beach Hotel in Cyprus. Some practiced hard on the greens in preparation for their assault on the singles and fours events, which get underway tomorrow, on Monday, 7 December. Others indulged themselves poolside at the Hotel, took time out to go shopping in Paphos, or ventured into the hinterland to explore the delights of Aphrodite’s island.

 The writer headed north, and visited the Baths of Aphrodite, where he was not allowed to dip his toe in the waters, which were probably too cold anyway. He devoured a tasty seafood salad and downed a pint of Keo (the local beer) at Latsi, a fishing port near Polis, where he was thrilled to spot this beautiful kingfisher at work in Latsi harbour.

kingfisher

The players from eighteen countries will be fishing for titles today.

Happy hunting to the Big Fish and the minnows.

THE STORY SO FAR…

The first week of the Atlantic Bowls Championships produced some surprise results along the way, but normal service was resumed by Finals Day, with Ireland winning two titles, and Scotland and South Africa one apiece.

But titles were not the only things on the minds of the competitors and their team managers.

“That’s what we came for,” they said with a relieved sigh after finishing in the top five of their respective groups – because achieving that goal was enough to guarantee their country a place in that event at World Bowls in Christchurch in 2016. These are the countries who made it, and are looking forward to their New Zealand adventure: –

 

Section 1         Section 2                Section 1         Section 2

MEN’S PAIRS                                  MEN’S TRIPLES

Scotland                 Ireland                   England                  Scotland

Spain                      Jersey                     Ireland                   Spain

England                  Israel                      Wales                     Jersey

South Africa          Wales                     South Africa          Namibia

Cyprus                    Guernsey               Zimbabwe              Guernsey

 

WOMEN’S PAIRS                          WOMEN’S TRIPLES

Scotland                 South Africa          Scotland                 England

Cyprus                    Wales                     Wales                     South Africa

England                  Jersey                     Namibia                  Ireland

Netherlands          Ireland                   Spain                      Zimbabwe

Israel                      Spain                      Jersey                     Cyprus

 

THE MEDALS – AND MEDALLISTS – (SO FAR) – CONGRATULATIONS TO…

MEN’S PAIRS

GOLD – Gary Kelly & Ian McClure (Ireland)

SILVER – Paul Foster, MBE & Alex Marshall, MBE (Scotland)

BRONZE – Daniel Alonim & Zvika Hadar (Israel)

BRONZE – Louis Ridout & Graham Shadwell (England)

MEN’S TRIPLES

GOLD – Stewart Anderson, Darren Burnett, Neil Speirs (Scotland)

SILVER – Paul Taylor, Steve Harris, Robert Weale (Wales)

BRONZE – Aaron Tennant, Neil Mulholland, Marty McHugh (Ireland)

BRONZE – Andy Knapper, Jamie Walker, Rob Newman (England)

WOMEN’S PAIRS

GOLD – Nici Neal & Colleen Piketh (South Africa)

SILVER – Fran Davis & Linda Ryan (Cyprus)

BRONZE – Rebecca Wigfield & Wendy King (England)

BRONZE – Rebecca Craig & Claire Johnston (Scotland)

WOMEN’S TRIPLES

GOLD – Erin Smith, Bernie O’Neil, Sandra Bailie (Ireland)

SILVER – Jamie-Lea Winch, Sophie Tolchard, Ellen Falkner (England)

BRONZE – Lorraine Malloy, Stacey McDougall, Lorna Smith (Scotlaand)

BRONZE – Sylvia Burns, Anneke Snyman, Susan Nel (South Africa)

 

LIVE STREAMING

 

Don’t forget you can watch the action from the Athena Beach Hotel

as it is streamed live by Mel Evans and Lynn Pratchett on a daily basis.

 

Live streaming of the event is available at

http://livebowls.eventpages.org/watch-live.html

 

Tomorrow’s live streaming schedule

Monday 7th December

0830hrs -Men’s Fours – SCOTLAND v JERSEY

1130hrs – Men’s Singles – ISRAEL v PORTUGAL

1430hrs – Women’s Singles – CYPRUS v NAMIBIA

1730hrs – Women’s Fours – IRELAND v SCOTLAND

NOTE – all times are local (Cyprus) times

 

ROUND-UP & RESULTS SERVICE PROVIDED BY DAVID RHYS JONES ON BEHALF OF WORLD BOWLS