THE semi-finals and final of the Costa del Sol Lawn Bowls League President’s cup were held at Lauro Golf.
The semi-finalists were :-
Benalmadena Joe Stamper, John Sullivan, Jim Neilson & Juan Abel
La Posada Allen Gateshill, Nick Cummins, Roy Davies & Kathy Hogg
Mijas Frank Ball, Mike Glithero, Chris Ryecroft & Pauline Ball
Santa Maria Chris Hussey, Dale Tomlin, John Bell & Jenny Aldridge
Teams from La Posada and Santa Maria, were paired against their more experienced counterparts. Nerves certainly got the better of Allen’s Four who were 14-0 down to the Mijas quartet after 4 ends. They did settle but were always up against it and finally lost 30-6.
In comparison Chris Hussey’s Team got off to a great start against the favourites and led 5-1. Unfortunately for them, once the dust settled, the vastly experienced Joe and John started to dictate the game and they ran out winners by 26-7.
In the final there was a 22-11 victory for Joe, John, Jim and Juan, new names on the trophy with Juan being the first Spaniard to win the event.
On a hot and sunny afternoon, a large crowd gathered at Santa Maria to watch the League Cup Final.
Benalmadena was seeking to win the event for a third successive season, and to achieve the coveted League & League Cup double.
The Match did not disappoint as five of the six rinks were very closely contested with three of them going to Benalmadena with a shot difference of +4.
What killed it for Mijas was the superb performance by the President’s Fours Winners. Joe, John & Jim were in awesome form and, from being 16-0 up at five ends, went on to rack up a 36-6 victory to give the Holders an overall 116-82 win.
Commemorative Prizes were presented to both Teams by David Parnell of the Sports Shop.