St John's (Meads) Bowling Club
St John’s (Meads) Bowling Club goes to Portugal
The club paid a third visit to Portugal at the beginning of October this year and whilst in our previous visits we stayed in Montegordo near the Spanish border this time we were in the up market resort of Vilamoura. The tour was superbly organised by a specialist company Bowling Abroad and we had the services of their local representative and bowls addict Geoff who looked after the 18 bowlers and three supporters like a mother hen. The location of some of the four clubs we played were often very rural and the different surfaces varying from spongey grass to carpet (as in indoor bowls) made playing the local teams well used to the greens a bit of a challenge which we didn’t live up to being used to the outdoor green at Helen Garden!
Great fun, and some super bowling, was experienced by all who took part. Fortunately the lack of wins did not reflect the bowling or the fun! We met some very stiff opposition from the clubs we visited. However, being runners up in a match played in the sunshine with some lovely people did not seem like a loss at all! Out hosts could not have been nicer or more hospitable especially as all the clubs provided snack lunches and had well stocked bars!
During our week long trip we were allowed two days off. The most adventurous of the group decided to take a ride on a Dotto Train which started from outside our hotel. They had the mistaken view that they would be taken around the local sights of interest. These appeared to be along avenues of villas that none of us could afford , the sides of numerous golf courses and a couple of upmarket hotels. As the train ran mostly on cobbled roads it was a very rough ride in more ways than one. The same group progressed to a luxury yacht for the morning on another free day where they were lucky enough to see the fantastic coastline and caves culminating in the sighting of numerous pods of dolphins! Such graceful creatures. Two different adventures but both such good fun.
Other members of the tour took the opportunity to explore the local surroundings and partake in the local hospitality.
The week was completed with prize presentations for team members. Everyone on the tour had a great time and resolved to repeat the experience another year!
Our Ladies scored a hotshot in the last end of the Ladies Town Fours competition on Tuesday 23rd July in the preliminary heat.
The team was:
Mandy Dow was skip, Hazel Bodfish was No 1, Barbara Robinson was No 2, and Ann Holland No 3.
They received their certificates and hotshot badges at the mixed pairs day.