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PRESS OFFICER - Jacquie Roberts


The Club´s Press Officer is Jacquie Roberts and can be contacted on email : moc.liamg|1cbb.sserp#moc.liamg|1cbb.sserp .

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IRISH SQUAD VISIT TO BBC - 22nd, 23rd and 24th October 2019

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Yesterday, the 26th of June, was the North/South finals of the Valencian Champions League (VCL) competition.

Mutual ground was at Montemar Bowls Club with BBC winners of the North versus San Louis winners from the South. The games consisted of Mens singles, Ladies Singles, Pairs, Triples and Rinks.

Both the ladies and mens singles were down to the wire and very exciting to watch. Mary Cockell and Greg Sperring for the BBC, had superb games but lost their respective games by only a couple of shots. BBC had to rely on the other games to win overall. There were Comprehensive wins by Jeff Richards who skipped the rinks with Brian Doggett, Trefor Evans and Gail Chick, Alex Fisher for the triples with Bob Cockell and lead Linda Richards equalled the score. The result depended on the pairs games which was still being played after all the other teams had finished. What a game, our pairs duo of Carol and Dudley Davies went into the last end with score even on both sides.. Dudley drew into the head twice only to have his shot wood taken out, with his last wood he drew on top of the jack and although the opposition skip bowled a superb bowl the winner stayed where it was giving the BBC the Championship.



Benitachell Bowls Club has successfully seen off all the Northern Bowls Clubs to win the Northern Valencian Champions League. Play off against the South will take place at Mont y Mar Bowls Club on the 26th June.

Wednesday afternoon, 5th June, saw the final game take place at the BBC v El Cid Bowls Club. The games consist of a Rinks game, a Triples game, a Pairs game and a Ladies singles and a Gents singles. BBC required three points to win and it was a nail biting competition right down to the wire. BBC Ladies singles was won by Mary Cockell v Betty Anderson with only two shots difference in the game, this awarded two points to BBC. The BBC also won the Rinks game with Captain Jeff Richards, Brian Doggett, Trefor Evans and Gail Chick gaining another two points, their score gave enough of a shot difference to gain the extra two points. The final result was six points to each club.

This is the second Northern Championship that the club has won this year, having already won the L.L.B (Levante Lawn Bowls) North/South League Championship earlier in the year. Congratulations to one and all.

Front Row:
Greg Sperring, Bob Cockell, Linda Richards, Mary Cockell, Gail Chick and Carol Davies.
Back Row:
Captain Jeff Richards, Trefor Evans, Alex Fisher, (Marker for the Singles) Mick Adams, Brian Doggett and Dudley Davies.




Photo of winners Gail Chick, Greg Sperring and Vicky from Clinica Dental Puchol

Clinica Dental Puchol sponsored Fred Harris, Ten End, Mixed Pairs competition at Benitachell Bowls Club, which was hotly contested by 24 teams from various clubs around the Costa Blanca.

After three days of excellent bowling, and, with a few unexpected twists on the way, Friday afternoon saw the four group winners Angie and Dave Bouttell, Feli Croft and Terry Corner, Carol and Dudley Davies and Gail Chick and Greg Sperring contest the Semi-Finals.

In on-off showery conditions the Final was then played between Dudley and Carol Davies and Greg Sperring and Gail Chick.

The spectators were treated to a final worth waiting for as Dudley and Carol got off to what seemed to be an unassailable lead at 9 - 0. This was a game of two halves, Gail and Greg pulled back to 9 - 5 with one end to go. With some great Bowls from Gail and Greg on the last end they got the four shots needed for a draw and took the match to an extra end.

Carol and Dudley must have thought they had the match won when holding match lie with Greg having only one bowl left, but a brilliant drawing bowl by Greg saw Gail and Greg win the best final this competition has ever seen.

In a packed clubhouse, Vicky from Clinica Dental Puchol made the presentations of prizes to all the winners, joining every-one for Tapas and drinks after. An excellent three days of bowling which even the weather on Friday could not dampen.



From Left to Right:
Chris Salter, Jean McLaughlin. Dudley Davies, Carol Davies, Greg Sperring and Gail Chick.

This past week the club has welcomed bowlers, from several different bowls clubs, who have taken part in the yearly competition. It should have started on Monday 22nd April until the 29th April, but, due to the rain, which we all endured, and a flooded green the competition was delayed for a day.

Tuesday the sun shone and for the rest of the week the weather did not let anyone down. Sunday saw the finals taking place and the games were very close.

The winners of the rinks final from Benitachell Bowls Club were Skip Dudley Davis, Greg Sperring, Gail Chick and Carol Davies and the runners up were Derek Eldon, Lynne Eldon from Javea Green, Maggie Lawley BBC, and Yvonne Briden El Cid.

The mixed pairs final was won by Jean McLaughlin and Chris Salter of Javea Green, with the runners up of Alex Fisher and Yvonne Browne from the BBC.

The Ladies Singles was won by Gail Chick BBC, and the runner up Betty Anderson (last years winner) from El Cid.

The Mens Singles was won by Dudley Davies BBC and the runner up Derek Eldon Javea Green.

A big thank you must go to Ernie Pope and the club committee for the excellent organisation The Umpires and Markers. Graham Spurrier our hard working green keeper and last but not least the catering staff. All of these people deserve a big vote of thanks.


2019 Test Series in Cyprus saw Bowlers from Spain, Israel, Jersey and the Isle of Man competing against each other.

After a great week of Bowls in glorious sunshine saw Spain finish in first place for the Men with the ladies missing by one shot. The combined results giving the overall win to Spain. Cyprus came second.

Congratulations must go to Greg Sperring of the Benitachell Bowls Club who won two gold medals.




For the 10th year running BBC Lions secured the Northern League Championship. Seven months of league bowling ended at Montemar on the 1st April.

It was a fantastic final game of bowls which went right down to the wire, the very last bowl could have gone either way, but, in a nerve racking last end our BBC LIONS team made it with a result of 3 winning rinks against 2 winning rinks from VISTA BELLA LANZADORES.

All 5 teams played well with all players contributing but when it came to the tough finish praise must go to the very experienced lady skips of Maggie Lawley & Jacquie Roberts for pulling off fantastic shots with their final 3 bowls.

The cup for the Winners was presented to the Lions Captain Dave Roberts – a job well done.



The Benitachell Bowls Club Lions final game of the Northern League took place on Monday 18th March at home to Javea Green Quartz. BBC required 4 points to secure the championship against the BBC Tigers who were chasing them. A hard fought game ensued against our old rivals. The Lions won on two rinks with an excellent score giving themselves the extra points to carry the game to 6 - 4.

Not to be outdone the BBC Tigers in the Northern League took 2nd place to the Lions. The winners of the Challenger League were the BBC Jaguars who set the pace from the start of the season. Lions Challengers team took 2nd place.
This is a superb achievement from the Benitachell Club Bowlers.

On the 1st April at Montemar the play off against the Southern League Winners, Vista Bella Lanzadores will take place. The Title of Levante Lawn Bowls Champions will go to the winners.



On Tuesday afternoon 12th March, a sunny but rather blustery day, Richard Chamberlain, Vice-Captain of Benitachell Bowls Club welcomed Chatham Civil Service Touring Team.

This was the 5th year we had the pleasure of their company, Captained by Derreck Sherress in his familiar Captains hat, Gold braid and all. The guests enjoyed lunch and then prepared themselves to do battle.

Despite the wind, bowling on all rinks was to a high standard, BBC managed to win on six rinks and Chatham on one rink, the shot difference being 156 - 101.

However more importantly, at the end of the game everyone adjourned into the Club House to enjoy a drink, the raffle and lots of chatter. We very much look forward to a return visit in the coming years.



On September 22nd Saturday, at 15.00 hrs, Benitachell Bowls Club members all came together to play in the Tri-Cats Competition. When new members join the club they are placed in the following teams, Lions, Tigers and Jaguars and these teams a very competitive and play in the Northern League, (the Lions have won the Northern League nine times), so this competition against each other is hard fought and thoroughly enjoyed.

The event was started with a ‘Spider’, which was won by Jennifer Nesteroff a Tiger and was awarded the first two points. For the uninitiated, a penny is placed on the Jack, all the bowlers spread round the green and all bowl on the whistle, the nearest bowl to the penny wins. Teams then had four ends of fun bowling with a great deal of barracking from the oppositions, with cries of unfair and cheating, these of course were completely unfounded. Although it must be said that the adjudicator and scorer were both Lions!!. Four ends of normal bowling followed up by a meal on tables that each team had decorated in their colours, they hoped for more points to help their score, their efforts were so good that all teams were awarded the same points.

The evening started with putting (golf), photo quizzes, dominoes, peg holding and music quizzes. The culmination of the evening saw the Lions in yellow presented with the Tri-Cats trophy as the overall champions, closely followed by the Jaguars in red and the Tigers in blue. A great day and a good start to the annual bowling season.


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The BBC 2018 Masters Competition took place over four days from 3rd September to 6th September. In extreme heat and humidity, 70 bowlers from bowling clubs around the Northern Costa Blanca (Javea Green, El Cid, Bonalba), provided some excellent bowling.

The competition comprised four bowling disciplines, namely Rinks, Triples, Pairs and Singles. The photograph shows the overall winning team of Rod Warnes, Lynda Warnes, Mick Adams, Linda Richards, and Jeff Richards all from BBC, together with Izzy Hardy from one of the sponsors, Telitec.

Winners of the individual disciplines were: Rinks - Tony Hesketh-Field, Clive English, Chris Evans and David Browne, Triples - Rod Warnes, Linda Richards and Jeff Richards, Pairs - Jack Wardrop and Dee Hamilton, Singles - Alan Phillips.

BBC thanks Telitec, Ginestar (Renault) and Direkt Optik for sponsoring the competition and all the bowlers who took part.




This last weekend (July 1st) one of our Spanish International Bowlers, Gail Chick, was in the Squad playing at Javea Green against a Northern Select Team. Benitachell had several bowlers in the select side and, despite the heat, enjoyed some very good bowling.

Greg Sperring, also from the BBC, was also invited to play for Spain as a ‘trialist’ and will hopefully be able to wear his own Spanish shirt soon.

Spain is competing in the Ten Nation Test Match in Wales shortly, so require plenty of competitive practice and the BBC wish them every success.


Benitachell Bowls Club saw a full compliment of bowlers on the 20th June take part in an all day competition in memory of Eddie Ansell. Eddie, nicknamed ‘Steady Eddie’ came to Spain in 1988 and together with a group of friends helped form the Bowls Club. For years he took care of the beginner bowlers, was Captain of the Club, performed in the Christmas pantomimes and won many of the competition trophies.

Sylvia (Eddie’s wife) and her family were there to watch what was a really competitive day, starting with ladies teams v ladies, mens teams v men, with a break from the proceedings for lunch, which was thoroughly enjoyed by all the participants and then the final games. A change was made and the teams were graded in order of success and it was Ladies v Men.

The winning team for the ladies were Helen Baxter, Sheila Fairbairn and Jinty Chamberlain, who lost out to the winning men's team, overall winners of the day. The photograph shows Sylvia Ansell presenting the trophy and wine to the men´s team, who were, (left to right) Richard Chamberlain, Rob Hawker and Jeff Richards.


PETER COLLINS 4-2-2 COMPETITION - June 15th and 16th 2018

On the 15/16th of June, a competition took place at Benitachell Bowls Club in memory of Peter Collins, a member of long standing and a perfect bowler and gentleman. The competition was sponsored by Maria Morawiec of Dragon Insurance, the daughter of Peter who along with Valerie, Peter’s wife, was there to present the trophy for the winners and wine and glasses for the runners up.

There were 64 members of the BBC, who signed up to take part, and the format of the competition was teams of four people playing two rinks games and four pairs games over the period of two days.


Some superb bowling took place in very warm conditions and the final outcome was the team of, (stood from right to left) Trevor Neale, Brian Fenton, Carol Davies, and David Browne. The runners-up were (Top left) Chris Barnsby,
(below left to right) Greg Sperring, Mal Chamberlain and Rob Hawker.


EL CID AUSSIE PAIRS BOWLING COMPETITION - June 11th, 12th and 13th 2018

Benitachell Bowling Club were well represented at the El Cid Bowling Club, three day Aussie Pairs competition, held on the 11/12 and 13th of this month. This is an excellent discipline with members from the following Bowls Club. Horadado and Bonalba (the members of these clubs staying in hotels for the three days), Benitachell, Javea Green, and of course El Cid. As always an excellently run competition sponsored by Homes Espana. Thanks to Stuart Beattie, Paul Truncheon and the Umpire Tony Carol, and the committee of El Cid. The catering provided by Sara Hamer and her team was super during the whole competition.

The final saw two of the Benitachell members competing against each other with their partners coming from Javea Green. An excellent game played in extremely hot weather.

The left shows Trevor Evans, BBC, with Velia Woods JG, who were the runners up and the winners were Derek Eldon JG, with Greg Sperring BBC to the right of the picture. Home Espana representative Andrew in the centre.

After the presentation of monetary prizes had taken place El Cid catering provided Tapas for all.


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