Champion of Champions Men’s Lawn Bowls Philippines
Photo courtesy Martyn Willes
Champion of Champions Men’s Lawn Bowls Team Philippines Wins Bronze! bringing their 5-year total to 100 international medals in lawn bowls championships – the most of any Philippine Olympic Squad. Congratulations to Emman Portacio.
The 2009 Champion of Champions Lawn Bowls Competition, took place in Ayr, Scotland, and featured only Emman Portacio (playing here in the red shirt) from the Philippines’ Olympic Squad. Nomad Sports Club members and Etihad Airways sponsored Emman’s airfares and accommodation. The two-week-long Champion of Champions Lawn Bowls competition is held every year at different venues around the World.
The Philippine Lawn Bowls Team will be in action again in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 8th August for the Asia Pacific Championship, although Emman will be taking a well earned rest.
When not representing the Philippines overseas in lawn bowls competition, Emman is normally found playing at the Nomad Sports Club. At the Nomad Sports Club he balances his passion for playing lawn bowls with his desire to make the Nomad’s lawn bowls green the best in the Philippines.
It is said that King Henry VIII was responsible for establishing the credibility of the sport of lawn bowls, with balls that are not quite symmetrical . . . some have suggested that it was contemplation on the non-symmetrical lawn bowls that caused the King to divine a similar lack of symmetry in the persona of the Roman Catholic Church of the day, and enabled him to define the Church of England as its replacement. King Henry VIII did not, however, come close to setting foot anywhere near the three places where it is possible to play traditional lawn bowls in the Philippines. You can play traditional lawn bowls on bowling greens at: Nomad Sports Club, Merville, Paranaque; Hidden Vale Sports and Country Club, Angeles City, Pampanga; and, the Coconut Grove Resort, San Fernando, La Union.
In addition to the traditional lawn bowls greens in the Philippines, there are a growing number of places to play bowls indoors on artificial surfaces. The artificial surfaces expand the scope of the game and turn otherwise underutilized spaces into productive games areas for all ages. For example, you could take a flat roof top, a function room or, even a hallway: unroll the artificial grass mat and start playing.
And now a piece of trivia for the followers of Olympic sports: before this Champion of Champions Lawn Bowls competition in Scotland the Philippine Lawn Bowls Team had won 99 gold, silver and bronze medals in international competition during the past five years – more than any other Philippine Team. So, with Emman’s win at the Champion of Champions Lawn Bowls Competition, the team have brought home their 100th international medal since their acceptance into the world lawn bowls association in 2002. Support the Philippine Lawn Bowls team – they consistently bring home the medals.