‘Real spirit of bowl­ing’ comes alive in ‘north-south’ tour­na­ment

Cyprus Today - - SPORT - By KEREM HASAN

A BOWLS tour­na­ment based on the “north-south di­vide” was played at the Olive Press Flat Green Bowl­ing club in Lapta.

The teams did not re­flect the Cyprus di­vide, how­ever, but that of the UK — with bowlers orig­i­nat­ing from north of Coven­try in the green-shirted north team and those be­low that city in the white-shirted south team.

Af­ter some 30 games over four days, the south team emerged as cham­pi­ons, with or­gan­iser and co-owner of the club Mar­tin Monks-Ap­ple­ton telling Cyprus To­day: “It was a fan­tas­tic turnout of 60 play­ers and there was an even divi­sion be­tween the north and south teams which made our lives much eas­ier.

“In the end, the south team de­served to win, with a fi­nal score of 18-12. The tour­na­ment proved so suc­cess­ful that we are now con­tem­plat­ing mak­ing it an an­nual event and will seek spon­sor­ship for it next year.

“There was good qual­ity bowl­ing from both teams. Of 30 games played, 11 went to the fi­nal [“end”], with 10 of them won by the south and one by the north team.

“This first tour­na­ment of its kind was very suc­cess­ful and dis­played the real spirit of bowl­ing.”

The win­ning team cel­e­brate

From left, north team cap­tain Kurt Duffield, Mar­tin MonksAp­ple­ton and south team cap­tain Tony Bridge EX­CLU­SIVE

Mar­tin Monks-Ap­ple­ton lists the over­all scores for the four-day matchPho­tos: Brian Joyce

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