Winners: Alistair Munn, Christine McNeela and Alec Earnshaw













This year's match was postponed from Friday 24th January until the following Friday due to adverse weather conditions.  Under the captaincies of Ian West (England) and David Reilly (Scotland & ROW) twenty-four bowlers on each side played in eight games of triples.  It had been agreed that the match would not be decided on rinks won - just as well as it was four each - but on shot difference.  The result was a very narrow win for England.


After the match, there was a lunch of haggis, neeps and tatties.  Thanks to Alistair and Moira Munn for donating the hapggis and to everybody else who helped with the match arrangements and cooking and serving the lunch.






Thea Tushuizen and Robbie Hubbard representing The Netherlands and Ireland respectively get ready to take on England.








More photographs on the Pedras Gallery page.




Thirteen pairs started the tournament in January and were divided into two pools.  Following the league section in which each pair played all the others in their respective polls, the final was between the two pool winners with Peter and Elizabeth Harris edging a close match against Alistair and Moira Munn..


Pairs and Fixtures
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Thirty bowlers took part in the Christmas Fun Day Competition held on Friday 13th December and despite the date, everything ran smoothly, even if the rules did take some explaining!  Fivr members gained the maximum points, so shots scored decided the outcome with John London the winner on fifty while Jim Bateman, on forty-three, was the runner-up.  The coveted wooden spoon went, after a close battle, to Jimmy Dunne.







John London receives his winner's prize.











Assorted revellers









The twelve entrants had been reduced to two when Lorna Bateman and Ian West took to the green to contest the final on 3rd December.  Lorna got away to the better start but Ian gradually overhauled her and was leading 16-6 before Lorna staged a comeback to reduce the deficit to four shots.  However, Ian was then able to get going again and ran out the winner by 21-13.



POPPY DAY - 2019


Our annual event in aid of the RBL Poppy Appeal took place on Monday 11th November raising more than 300€.  Forty-two bowlers, in teams of three, played three matches of seven ends each. Jimmy Dunne, Stewart Littlefair and Peter Ralph emerged the winners on twenty-nine points followed by Jim Bateman, Myra Humpleby and Jo Tighe on twenty-five.  Both teams were presented with commemorative mugs and the winners also received a bottle of wine each.  The coveted wooden spoon went to Mal Foster, Peter Harris and Eddie Reid.


Stewart Littlefair, Jimmy Dunne and Peter Ralph with the shield







The runners-up; Myra Humpleby, Jim Bateman and Jo Tighe














Proud winners of the wooden spoon; Peter Harris, Eddie Reid and Mal Foster









This year’s Hallowe'en Tournament held on the 31st comprised 36 bowlers taking part in four teams suitably named Ghouls, Ghosts, Vampires and Zombies.  Many members entered into the spirit of the theme turning up in fancy dress.


After the first round the two winning teams Vampires and Ghosts played the final, with Ghouls and Zombies in a play off for 3rd and 4th.  Vampires emerged as the victors - it must have been all that blood they were extracting!  Prizes were awarded to the 9 winning players who were Lorna, Eddie R, John M, Dave A, Robbie, Carol W, Alistair, Christine M and Jo.








More photographs in the Pedras Gallery





On Monday 24th June, twenty-four bowlers gathered at the Club to contest its annual four-wood singles competition for the Lenny Matthews Trophy.  All the early rounds consisted of nine-end games.  The morning matches saw half of the entrants eliminated and a further round, in the afternoon, reduced those left to four.


The next morning, two semi-finals were played with Jim Bateman beating Geoff Wright and Geoff Worrall winning against Lorna Bateman.


After lunch the final was played in the more traditional format with the first player to twenty-one points taking the title.  After a fluctuating game, Geoff Worrall beat Jim Bateman by twenty-three points to twelve over twenty ends.


At the presentation, Geoff Worrall explained, for those who did not already know, that the late Lenny Matthews had been the first member of the Club.  He had been a lovely man and Geoff was delighted to win the trophy which honoured him.




Geoff Worrall receives the trophy from Club Chairman and match marker Peter Harris.


More photographs can be found on the Pedras Gallery page.










On Good Friday morning, thirty-six bowlers took part in the annual Easter competition.  Teams of triples each played three six-end games and the winners were John London, Derek McLaughlan and Julie McBride.  Runners-up were Geoff Worrall, Keith Hewett and Brenda Kugl.








The winners with the trophy










On 24th March Pedras LBC celebrated the tenth anniversay of the first roll-up on the green with a competition followed by lunch.


The winners were Jim Bateman, Lesley MacNish and Thea Tushuizen.  Unfortunately Thea could not stay for the trophy presentation as she had to dash off to collect another trophy elsewhere so her place was taken by the erstwhile Manger of Pedras da Rainha, Daniel Vicente.


The coveted wooden spoon was won by Archie MacNish, Mary Mullane and Ian Drennan.  Your reporter wonders if Lesley will ever let Archie forget who owns the bragging rights!






Twelve lady bowlers contested a triples tournament on 1st March.  The winners were Elizabeth Harris, Bernie Byrne and Lorna Bateman.








Forty-two bowlers, drawn into teams of trips each played three games of six ends.


At the end of play, the result was close with a couple of teams having won all their matches.  However, the winners on twenty-five points were Dave Austin, Bernie Byrne and Christine Worrall.


Three points behind were another three teams, all with twenty-two points and, on countback, it was Jim Bateman, Elizabeth Harris and Geoff Parker who took the runners-up spot.


The coveted wooden spoon went to Elspeth Hodgetts, Alistair Munn and Audrey Parker.


Thanks to Elspeth Hodgetts for the photographs.





Ready for the off














Bernie's all heart!






































The Winners







The Runners-up








Wooden Spoon




Our annual international match took place on Friday 25th January in glorious weather.  The green was crowded with players many of whom turned up ion appropriate dress.  After a close match with an equal number of rinks won by both sides the result was decided on shot difference which favoured England.  Haggis, tatties and neeps were served following the match.






The Captains





The Dutch Contingent




The Club's Christmas bowling morning took place on Tuesday 11th December.  Many bowlers chose to ignore the strictures on correct attire outlined in the Members' Guide and dressed seasonally.  Father and Mrs Christmas were pictured outside the clubhouse and, at least, a couple of the elves were in attendance.  Sadly the grass on the green was too short to allow any grazing for the reindeer who were conspicuous by their absence.


Before the bowling began, bowlers posed with the new bench which commemorates John Shaw.  It will be a constant reminder of our late friend and fellow member.


After the morning's bowling Brian Holt emerged as the winner with Alan Hodgetts as runner-up and Lorna Bateman in third place.




Thirty-six bowlers gathered on the morning of Sunday 11th November 2018 for the Club's annual Poppy Day Competition.  Each team of three players played three seven end matches with each player taking it in turn to play in each position.  The weather treated us kindly with the promised rain staying away.  At the end of play the winners were Lorna Bateman, Bill MacLachlan and Russ Malin.  Despite his eyes being closed during the presentation ceremony, Bill MacLachlan firmly denied accusations of being asleep and assured our reporter that he was just resting after such unaccustomed exertion.  With entry fees, most unreasonable player fines levied by the organisers and the usual green fees donated by the Management, a total of 290€ was raised for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.


The following message has been received from Bill Bullock, Poppy Organiser - East Algarve, Royal British Legion:


Hi Peter


I would just like to thank you and your club for your contribution to the Poppy Appeal again this year.  The tin contained €130.97 and your wonderful collection of €290 made a total of €420.97.  The generosity of your club always exceeds our expectations and I would be grateful if you would pass on our thanks to your members.  The final total for the Eastern Algarve exceeds €4,400 this year and that does not include the collection at Faro Airport.


Many thanks again for your contribution








Matches began Monday 18th June with the final played on the 19th June. 


After 77 ends in total over the 2 days, congratulations go to the 2018 champion


Eddie Vine

2018 Finalists: Eddy Vine and Richard Walker. After a hard fought game, Eddie Vine was the eventual winner by 21-14

Lorna Bateman, committee member, presents the Lenny Matthews Trophy 2018 to Eddy Vine.