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Test Series
CYPRUS, ISRAEL, ISLE OF MANN & JERSEY
Venue ALIATHON BOWLING CLUB
MARCH 2017

Overall Team Winners - Cyprus
Overall Gents Winners - Israel
Overall Ladies Winners - Jersey

For the second successive year Cyprus bowlers have successfully won a three day test series, beating Israel, Jersey and the Isle Man. The match was played at the Aliathon Bowls Club and watched by a good crowd in pleasant weather conditions.

Representing Cyprus in the men’s team were Bob Manson, Michael Jarvis, Howard Davis, Terry Austin (Aliathon) and Loukas Paraskeva (Aphrodite). The ladies’ team was represented by Fran Davis, Linda Ryan, Babs Austin and Diane Roberts (Aliathon) and Norma Redfearn (Peyia). During the match Diane Roberts was taken ill after playing one match and substitute Hazel Bagshaw (Coral Bay) replaced her.

The result did, however, remain in doubt until the last session on the third day. Bob Manson and Fran Davis kept their nerve and came up trumps in their singles matches, Bob winning 21-7 again his Israel professional opponent and Fran successfully beating her Jersey opponent 21-15 to give them an unassailable lead.

NEW ZEALAND AND AUSTRALIA Nov & Dec 2016

 

Six flat green bowlers from Cyprus are undergoing intensive practice in preparation for international competitions in Australia and New Zealand in November and December.

Four of the bowlers – Loukas Paraskeva (Aphrodite BC), Michael Jarvis, Fran Davis and Linda Ryan (all Aliathon BC) - will be travelling to Christchurch, New Zealand where they are playing in the World Championships, while Diane Roberts (Aliathon BC) and Jim Preston (Coral Bay BC) will head to Brisbane, Australia, for the World Champion of Champions competition.

For Loukas, who was born in Cyprus, it will be the eighth time he has represented his country in 11 years of bowling. A former schoolteacher in England and Germany, he will play a minimum of nine matches in the singles and a similar number in the pairs with Michael Jarvis, a bowler of seven years who will be representing his adopted Cyprus for the fifth time.

The two ladies, Fran Davis and Linda Ryan have a wealth of experience between them. Fran has represented Cyprus on six occasions and has been bowling for 16 years, starting at the Maryport Bowling Club in Cumbria, England.

Linda Ryan on the other hand has chalked up 16 appearances for Cyprus and first started bowling in 1982 when living in the Medway Towns in Kent.

Fran is scheduled to play in the singles competition and with Linda in the pairs.

For Diane Roberts and Jim Preston they will be representing Cyprus in the Champion of Champions tournament having been the winners of the Cyprus National singles in 2015. Diane, in fact, also won the competition this year and will be off to Sydney next year as well.

Jim, a former crown green bowler of 35 years standing at Chorley in Lancashire, took up flat green bowling when he came to Cyprus four years ago. He has represented Cyprus in a recent test match against Israel and Jersey. Diane, who has been bowling for 14 years – she started when she came to live in Cyprus – has played in South Africa, Australia and Spain while representing Cyprus.

For the next few weeks, before their departure, they will have plenty of practice under the watchful eye of Bowls Cyprus International Executive Officer, Irene Owen and Head Coach Allen Harvey.

Test Series
CYPRUS, ISRAEL & JERSEY
Venue ALIATHON BOWLING CLUB
MARCH 2016

Overall Team Winners - Cyprus
Overall Gents Winners - Israel
Overall Ladies Winners - Cyprus

A team of Cyprus lawn green bowlers have successfully beaten Israel, Jersey and a Cyprus 2 team in a three-day test match at the Aliathon Bowling Club.

Each team played a singles, pairs, triples and rink (fours) against each other, with the Cyprus ladies squad coming out on top of their section with 11 wins, one draw and no losses.  The men’s squad managed six wins and six losses and was second in their group to Israel.

Altogether, however, combining their efforts, they scored an impressive 43 points and a shot difference of plus 117, narrowly beating a strong Israel team by one point to take the top prize.

A Cyprus 2 team, put together at short notice following the withdrawal of Spain, came a creditable third with 22 points, the men winning six and losing six and the ladies winning three, losing eight and drawing one. Jersey was fourth with 12 points.

Outstanding performances were put in by Di Roberts (Aliathon BC) who was successful in her three singles matches and Linda Ryan and Fran Davies (Aliathon BC) who also registered a 100 per cent success.

The pair’s players are becoming a force to be reckoned with, having recently won a silver medal at the World Atlantic Championships, held in Cyprus recently.

The event was put together by the Bowls Cyprus International Executive Officer, Irene Owen, who said: “The event went well and there was some excellent bowling to be seen.  It was played in a competitive, yet friendly way and we look forward to arranging further events in the future”.       

Bowlers representing Cyprus were: Di Roberts, Linda Ryan, Fran Davis, Babs Austin, Bob Manson, Malcolm Rowe, Colin Dodd and Howard Davis (Aliathon BC) and Hazel Bagshaw and David Griffiths (Coral Bay BC), while those in the Cyprus 2 squad were: Dorothy Gibbons, Rita Mulhall, Sheila Bowden, Jim Preston, Ray Henderson, Phil Bowden (Coral Bay BC), Mo Turner (Aphrodite BC), Michael Jarvis and Terry Austin (Aliathon BC) and Carol McGrath (Peyia BC).

Next on the Bowls Cyprus International agenda is the World Champion of Champions tournament in Australia, when Cyprus will be represented by Jim Preston (Coral Bay BC) and Di Roberts (Aliathon BC) and a week later, at the end of November, when a men’s and ladies teams will be selected shortly for the World Championships in New Zealand.


Atlantic Championships 2015
Hazel Bagshaw (res)   Diane Roberts   Fran Davis   Christine Lacy   Linda Ryan   Babs Austin
Michael Jarvis   Malcolm Rowe   Loukas Paraskeva David Griffiths   Bob Manson   Howard Davis (res)



 

European Championships - Israel October 2015
Malcolm Rowe, Linda Ryan, Fran Davis, Michael Jarvis



 

Test Series
CYPRUS, ISRAEL, JERSEY & SPAIN
Venue ALIATHON BOWLING CLUB
MARCH 2015

Overall Team Winners - Israel
Overall Gents Winners - Jersey
Overall Ladies Winners - Israel

Cyprus Ladies finished first in the triples
and singles and second in the pairs



Champion of Champions,  Cyprus 2012

The competition took place during the 21st – 27th October within the grounds of the Athena Beach and Athena Royal Hotels in Pafos and a total of fifty one Gents and Ladies National Champions from 30 countries descended on Pafos to take part in this prestigious tournament.

The opening ceremony was held in the grounds of the Athena Beach Hotel on the afternoon of Sunday 21st October. With the green surrounds adorned with the national flags, and the competitors resplendent in their National team shirts, Mr Georgios Andreou on behalf of Constantinou Bros Hotels welcomed the representatives from World Bowls Ltd and the competitors to Cyprus and wished them all a successful week.

The competition itself kicked off at 0900hrs on Monday 22nd with the competitors split into two Ladies and two Gents sections. The sectional play, which consisted of the best of two nine end sets, was completed on Friday morning with play offs taking place on the Friday afternoon, clearing the way for the semi finals and the finals to take place on Saturday 27th.

The first Ladies semi-final was contested by Sandra Keith from New Zealand and Carmen Spiteri from Malta with Sandra winning the two sets necessary to proceed to the Ladies final. The second Ladies semi pitted Caroline Taylor from Wales against Jane Rigby from Zimbabwe, with Jane securing two sets tobook her place in the Ladies Final.

The first of the Gents semis saw David Bolt from England up against Hizlee Abdul Rais from Malaysia with Hizlee going forward to the final by winning the first two sets. In the second semi Stanley Lai from Hong Kong China played Peter Hodson from New Zealand and secured his final place with an impressive two sets win.

Promptly at 1pm on the Saturday afternoon, in front of just over 250 spectators, the Ladies final began at a blistering pace with Sandra Keith racing to an 8 shot lead after two ends. Jane valiantly tried to get into the game in that first set but the task was too much. The second set was a much tighter affair but ultimately Sandra, as the stronger player, secured the second set, and thoroughly deserved her victory.

The Gents final, an all Asian affair, kicked off at 3pm, and as expected was a very close fought contest. During the tussle, both Hizlee and Stanley traded quality bowl after quality bowl, but in the end Hizlee was the more consistent and accurate of the two and richly warranted his two sets victory.

The medal ceremony followed the Finals and John McArdle, President of World Bowls Ltd presented the Bronze, Silver and Gold medals, and Mr Andreas Constantinou, Executive President of Constantinou Bros Hotels, presented the Champion of Champions Trophies to the Ladies winner Sandra Keith, and to the Gents winner, Hizlee Adbul Rais.

On the evening of the 27th a Gala Dinner for the participants, officials and guests was held. World Bowls Ltd made a presentation of a commemorative plaque to all the players and tokens of appreciation to a number of people who had contributed to the success of the tournament. Many of the players paid tribute to the excellent bowling facilities and were very complimentary regarding the organisation of the event. The evening was summed up by one commentator as “an excellent conclusion to a superb tournament.”
 

Portugal - November 2011

The Cyprus team consisted of:

Players:                      Dorothy Gibbons (Aliathon), Marjorie Healey (Coral Bay),
        Loukas Paraskeva (Aphrodite), Malcolm Rowe (Aphrodite)

Team Manager:         Rod Healey

Gen Assistant:          Maureen Rowe

Logistics:                   John Gibbons

There were 16 Nations teams taking part in the competition, and for the first time, teams representing Turkey, Switzerland and Germany. The competition consisted of Ladies Pairs, Gent’s Pairs and Mixed Rinks disciplines. Games consisted of the best of 2 sets, and on several days, players had to play 3 matches with little or no break between. Our players stood up to the physical side of this very well.

Overall the Cyprus team finished 10th out of the 16 Nations that entered which was a very creditable performance.

Atlantic Championship - October, 2011.

Athena Beach Hotel, Cyprus

The Atlantic Championships was the biggest tournament to be held on these shores pitting the Cyprus team against the very best bowlers in the world. The months of training were now history and it was time to see whether the Cyprus team was ready for the challenge posed by some of the best teams in the lawn bowls world.

Cyprus was represented in the Championships by:

Players:                   
Fran Davis, Gill Ford, Chris Lacy, Irene Owen and Tina Woodcock
Alistair Colliar, George Gray, Allen Harvey, Loukas Paraskeva and John Woodcock.

Reserves:                
Marjorie Healey and Jeff Little.

Team Manager:      
Rod Healey.

Assistant Coach:    
Ann Holborn.

The opening ceremony was a very colourful affair with each country’s team resplendent in their team colours and displaying their national flags. The Cyprus team were resplendent in their green and white shirts, which had been sponsored by de Vere Partners of Cyprus.

After two weeks of intense competition this was the tournament that gave Cyprus its first Bronze medal in international competition. Allen Harvey, Alistair Colliar and Loukas Paraskeva earned their medals and plaudits, but everyone in the squad shared in the advancement of the Cyprus team. When the Cyprus Gent’s Triples team collected their bronze medals, everyone was proud to see the Cyprus flag raised alongside the likes of England, Scotland and South Africa.

The World Bowls Atlantic Championships 2011 will live long in the memory of everyone involved in the superb Cyprus performance, both at the playing, coaching and managerial levels, and there is little doubt that the visiting players found the Cyprus hosts and the first class bowling facilities to be a resounding success.