Balaia Bowls Club News and Events

Practice roll-ups. All Welcome

Every Tuesday and Friday at 1000am - Please try to arrive by 0945 as it will be first come, first served. Late arrivals have no guarantee of a game!

EVENING SESSION - We are pleased to announce that we are starting an evening roll up commencing Tuesday 27th June .
Hopefully we can make it weekly ongoing throughout the summer months but is dependent on your support. It will hopefully be a more pleasant temperature to play in.
Please be there at 5.45 ready for 6pm start This is in addition to and does not replace the Tuesday and Friday morning roll ups

Fee 10 Euros for visitors includes hire of bowls. Bar adjacent!

Session lasts about two hours - no roll-up when touring sides are here, check here for the complete list of Touring team visits.
Members and visitors especially please note. Growing numbers mean we are often full for 'roll-ups'.  Do arrive in good time.

The last few months news and events will be on this page. To avoid it becoming unwieldy, older news will be bumped down onto additional pages via links at the bottom of this page

24 HOUR SPONSORED BOWLS MARATHON SATURDAY 16th AND SUNDAY 17th SEPTEMBER

Club members will be taking part in a 24 hour bowls marathon starting at 2pm (1400hrs) on Saturday 16th and ending at 2pm (1400hrs) Saturday 17th.
Floodlights are being supplied by the Bombeiros (local Volunteer Fire Brigade) for the night sessions.
The goal is that sponsorship of the club as a whole to complete the course will raise as much as we can for the Bombeiros.
 A sponsor form can be downloaded and printed here - will open in a new window or tab. Please complete it so even if you are not playing you can still help raise some money.
Please come along if you are visiting, say hello and make a donation! Any queries to Alison Wooding or Richard King - contact information here.




BALAIA BOWLS CLUB AND ALBUFEIRA BOMBEIROS 16th MAY 2017

The club passed a donation of €1100 towards new uniforms for our local volunteer firemen, who then tried their hands!
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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2017


This will be on Tuesday 19th September after roll-up ie 1230

Full details will be circulated to all members in due course and will be shown here.



BALAIA V BOVINGDON BC TUESDAY 25 APRIL

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BALAIA V HIGH WYCOMBE BC WEDNESDAY 26 APRIL

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BALAIA V BOGNOR REGIS BC SATURDAY 22 APRIL - CLICK TO SEE LARGER SIZE

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Some video of the morning game from a French visitor and Facebook user here. If not on Facebook yourself,
ignore the pop-ups inciting you to join and just click the arrow on the picture.



BALAIA V KATHLEEN WALKER TOUR SIDE SUNDAY 23 APRIL  CLICK TO SEE LARGER SIZE

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BALAIA V GOSPORT BC MONDAY 18th APRIL

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Easter Sunday Charity Challenges

We had 20 contestants plus 20 for Sunday lunch. Thanks to all who came to take part.

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First challenge – bowling then casting jack

Second challenge  - bowling around an obstacle

Final challenge – left handed bowling

Winner of Spider – Tony Dean

Winner of challenges Alan Betts, Sally Roberts & Ann Heley.
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EASTER SUNDAY CHALLENGE

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Saturday April 1st Crown Green Bowling Fun Morning

From Captain Jill -

I would like to thank all that turned out last Saturday for our April Fools fun day - an excellent day was had by all, and I would like to pass on my sincere thanks to Peter for organising everything. The final went to the wire between Janice M (formally Vilamoura), Roy and Gerald, where all three only needed one point to take the trophy. Pressure got to all of them but easy come, easy go, Gerald won through to take the spoils after completing 25 ends. Congratulations and well done Gerald!!

Thursday 6th April - visit to Nova Cortica cork factory near São Bras de Alportel.

A group of around 20 members enjoyed a visit to a cork factory. I thought a  cork was, well, a cork! But not so.

Words and pictures - https://cubsur51.wordpress.com/2017/04/09/visit-to-a-cork-factory/

CERTIFICATE OF THANKS PRESENTED TO CLUB AT THE 40th ANNIVERSARY PARADE OF THE LOCAL VOLUNTEER FIRE BRIGADE - CLICK OR TAP TO SEE FULL SIZED.

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LEAGUE PRESENTATION NIGHT 2017 - PLUS PICTURES OF OUR SUCCESSFUL LADIES PAIRS TAKEN LATER - HERE

BALAIA V EAST BERGHOLT 22 MARCH 2017 - the rain held off just long enough!


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INTERCLUB FINALS - BALAIA LADIES PAIRS VICTORIOUS!!

From our Club Captain :

You're all aware that Balaia had two teams through to the Bowls Algarve Interclub Finals.  A first ever for the club and I am so proud of you all that we got this far.

The triples match took place on Tuesday with Peter King, Jan and Jean against a strong team from Alvor.  Balaia took them to the wire and forced a sudden death play off, which was a great achievement in itself, but narrowly missed walking away with the silverware.  However, it was a brilliant match to watch and I'm sure an agonising one to play, but well done to you all.

The Ladies Pairs was played on Wednesday, with Lynn and Jan against Rene and Evelyn from Albufeira Cats.  Again this was a brilliant match, with fantastic Bowls being played by both teams.  This time Balaia walked away with the spoils, and this is our first of, hopefully many more to come, Bowls silverware now that we've shown what we're made of.
I have to admit we deserved to win!!  Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.

Well done to all involved, I'm very proud of you, and a big thank you to our members who went along to support them.


PICTURES - SOME PICTURES FROM THE TWO FINALS MATCHES

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Thanks to Guy for these. I have them all at a larger size.
If you want one, please email the picture number (eg 18 of 29) to thomasallen@sapo.pt and I will send it. Please put 'bowls' in the title or subject.
Thanks.

MORE PICTURES

PODS V WHALERS FINAL WINTER LEAGUE MATCH OF THE SEASON

Picture gallery here




BALAIA V CREDITON BOWLS CLUB FRIDAY 10th MARCH - click to see full size.
Some more I took here - camera conked out later!


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BALAIA V SIMMO'S BOWLS TOUR MONDAY 13th March - click to see full size


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Memorial Day Wednesday 8th March for absent friends and in aid of the local volunteer Fire Brigade.

 
From our chairman "Thank you to all the participants today from across the Algarve – we had a fun day in glorious sunshine.

Thank you to Peter Moss & Julie for donating the lovely trophies & prizes and a big thank you goes to Maria for giving us courtesy of the green.

Game winners were Roy, Terry & June from CPO whilst Peter Moss & Peter & Jean King from Balaia were runners up.

Winner of the main prize donated by Private Fund Management was George Humphries from Floresta.
 
I am delighted to announce that we raised €400 for the Albufeira Bombeiros." Some pictures here!


Whalers v Pods triples Semi Final 22nd February

Good game! The Whalers triple (left) won 23 - 9. More pictures here, will open in a new window.

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SUNDAY FUNDAY 12th FEBRUARY

Luckily, the deluges of Saturday were replaced by fairly civilised weather on Sunday, although most members were still well wrapped up against a cold wind.  Red and white outfit was the order of the day
Peter and Miriam Hare kindly sent in a set of pictures which you can see here.  As you can see some of the bowling was a bit wild.  Not really, the bowlers were having to use their left hands!!!!!!!!  AAAHHH
 
Then it was a case of sending the woods first and trying to put the jack in the woods most beneficial to your team.  Also taking the jack away and replacing it with a coin, so having to bowl to the coin, (If you could see it!!!).


HOTSHOTS!

Lynn and Janet below left, with their certificate gained when scoring a maximum 8 in one end of a pairs match in November.
On the right, what you receive for being a hot shot - click both pictures to see larger size.

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MEMBERS LIFESAVER TRAINING 1st FEBRUARY
The local Bombeiros (Fire Brigade) offered members a session of basic life-saving techniques.
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