Malaga Province Representative Team
The Malaga Province Representative Team , colloquially known as Team Malaga, is the equivalent of a UK County side. Spain is split into Autonomous regions, which in turn are split into Provinces. The region of Andalucía plays bowls in 3 of its Provinces - Almeria, Huelva and Malaga.
Trials for the squad for the coming season took place at Lauro Golf Bowls Club over two days - 30th & 31st October. With so many very good players putting themselves forward the selectors knew they would have a tough time choosing the first squad - 12 men and 12 women for the match against Spain in January - and Team Manager Paul Hughes was quick to reassure everyone that even if they did not make the initial squad of 12, there would be plenty of other opportunities in 2020 with a total of 4 matches to be played, all of the others involving much larger teams. The squad would be well utilised throughout the coming year and he hoped those not in that first pick would rally round and support the squad for the rest of the season.
As players left at the end of the two days there was a real sense of team spirit and Paul Hughes hopes to keep that going with additional Team days over the coming months.
The calendar for the Malaga Province Representative Team this year looks like this:
- Wednesday 30th October 2019- Trials Day
- Thursday 31st October 2019 - Trials Day
- TBA November 2019 - Practice Day
- Saturday 11th January 2020 - Practice Day - Mijas BC
- Wednesday 22nd January 2020 - Practice Day - Mijas BC
- Friday 24th January 2020 - Practice Afternoon - Indalo BC
- Saturday 25th January 2020 - Match v Spain
- Sunday 26th January 2020 - Match v Spain
- TBA February 2020 - Practice Day
- Sunday 22nd March 2020 - Match v England Presidents Tour - CANCELLED due to Corona Virus
- Saturday 28th March 2020 - III ANDALUSIAN INTERPROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP - CANCELLED due to Corona Virus
- Sunday 29th March 2020 - III ANDALUSIAN INTER-PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP - CANCELLED due to Corona Virus
- Monday October 26th 2020 - III ANDALUSIAN INTERPROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP - CANCELLED due to Corona Virus
- Tuesday October 27th 2020 - III ANDALUSIAN INTERPROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP - CANCELLED due to Corona Virus
The Almeria Province Team Manager has asked that an additional match be arranged for the coming year, as his side are thoroughly enjoying the competetive matches. It has been agreed to play home and away fixtures each year, starting in 2020. The date of the Home fixture will be announced once it has been confirmed.
In addition we have begun talks at Regional Federation level to try to arrange matches against the Alicante Provincial teams from Valencia. Both Almeria and ourselves are keen to add this fixture in the future.