Underdogs take cup in bowls contest

South Western Times

A clutch win has finally put Bethanie Esprit on the scoreboard against arch rivals Bethanie Fields in the one day Village Cup competition.

Having lost in the first two pursuits for the Challenge Cup trophy, the underdogs finally tasted success on their home turf. Esprit’s resident lawn bowlers managed to bounce back after losing the first three games, winning five games in a row to take the cup by just four shots overall.

Four teams of four from each village participated, with the underdogs having 20 players to select from compared to Fields’ 40-strong contingent.

Esprit team captain Paddy Papalia said the cup would have pride of place in the clubroom until the teams meet again in December.

“We will place it in the entrance of the clubhouse so everyone can see it,” he said.

“In the last game my team and my mate’s team played and we needed to win by a combined 10 shots to win and we ended up with 14 overall,” he said.

Mr Papalia said despite some banter on the green, the competition was “played in good spirit”.

“It was a great day – everybody enjoyed it and we all kicked on after the game,” he said.

“We kind of have a go at each other as we are going along but at the end of the day it’s all good fun.”

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