Pattaya Sports Club lawn bowls players win International Bowls tournament.

Pattaya Sports Club lawn bowls players win International Bowls tournament.

Three players from the Pattaya Sports Club lawn bowls team recently competed and won in a major International tournament at Crusaders Club in Clark, Philippines.

The three players were  Peter Barnes (skip). Greg Monkman and John Underwood who all represent Pattaya Sports Club in the PSC bowls league, played under the name Soi Dogs, the name of the bar at home club The Retreat Lawn Bowls Club.

The tournament was a triples competition, and featured teams from USA,New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand and Philippines. Among the players competing was the current ladies World singles champion Tayla Bruce from NZ, and Selina Goddard, the pairs silver medallist, as well as Barrie Lester an Australian team member and commonwealth games medallist. The Malaysian and Philippines teams were teams selected from the National squads. 

The tournament started badly for the PSC team, losing 9 shots on the first 2 ends to a Philippine men’s team. That match ended in a 15-11 loss. From that moment, the team went through the remainder of the tournament unbeaten. This included a day 1 qualifying for either the main competition  or the plate competition. Both Thail teams qualified for the main competition. The other team being a team from The Retreat Lawn Bowls club in Pattaya, which included club owner Colin Brocklehurst and also Australian Alan Austin, plus a Philippine National lady player.

Day 2 was qualifying for the last 8, and the PSC team made it with a last end victory over the Malaysian No.1 team. Unfortunately The Retreat team were eliminated.

On Day 3, the PSC boys beat a team from Hong Kong, and then a notable victory over the ladies Philippine team who had eliminated the two NZ World medallists in the semis.

In the final, played against a Thai player from RBSC, plus Errol and Issy Johnson, a very close encounter early was rapidly turned into a comfortable victory, by some great bowling from skip Peter Barnes, ably supported by Greg and John. The final score was 21-7. 

A great after party was put on by the hosting  Crusaders club, featuring live music and professional dancers.