Lerwick bowlers Angie Knight and Davie Hunter have enjoyed more success on the Costa Del Sol in Spain, where they now live, by winning both the Bena Vista Classic Pairs Championship and the Francisco Camero Trophy.
The Bena Vista competition, held at the beginning of November, saw a good entry of 40 pairs. In the quarter-finals Angie and Davie were against Manuel Bautista and Dave Townsend, both teams being from the Superbowl.
The Shetland pair were trailing 20-2 after nine ends and Davie was of a mind to throw in the hat but Angie insisted, when all the odds were against them, to continue to the bitter end. Her insistence paid off and miraculously they turned the tables to win by one shot, 21-20. It was a great result and credit is due to Davie for listening.
Angie and Davie played Betty and Don Braidwood in the semi-final and although their opponents staged a strong comeback in the last seven ends the Shetland pair held on to win 18-17.
In the other semi-final Aussie King and Sandy Guthrie defeated Wendy Pemberton and Mal-colm Greenwood 17-11.
Things were all set up now for a local derby between Superbowl and Bena Vista teams in the final. Although Aussie and Sandy did not disgrace themselves, the more consistent Angie and Davie outperformed them to win 20-10.
At the end of November Angie and Davie entered the inaugural Francisco Camero Trophy, held at the Benalmadena Bowls Club. The competition included teams from Australia and La Mata Bowls Club in Mojacar, supported by teams from the Costa del Sol.
Each team played a minimum of two games with the first round losers playing in the plate competition, and all games were played over 18 ends. With summer-like weather prevailing over the first three days, the high quality of bowling on a near perfect artificial surface exceeded all expectations.
In the semi-finals Angie and Davie beat Rob and Geraldine Robinson from Mijas while Mike Deteridge and Diane Johnson from Superbowl were beaten by Benalmadena pair Brian Todd and Mary Hilton.
Angie and Davie bowled very well in a rain-affected final to lead 14-5 after 11 ends. Brian and Mary fought back, winning four of the last seven ends, but the Shetland pair triuphed 18-15.
Clive Montaut of Benalmadena Bowls Club thanked the sponsors Francisco Camero for their invaluable assistance in making the tournament such a noteworthy event. He also thanked all the participating players, the umpires, grounds manager and the team of helpers in the clubhouse.
The prizes were presented by the sponsors Señor Francisco Camero and his son Salvador. Winning skip Davie expressed his thanks to the sponsors for their generosity and to Benalmadena Bowls Club for the excellent handling of the tournament.