Posts Tagged ‘sports’


Rainy days here in Albufeira

In Albufeira,Sports - football,Sports - football, soccer on February 27, 2018 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

After two or three weeks of fairly good weather, it’s back to February here with grey skies, heavy rain showers and strong winds. Another week or so of this weather is likely.

Tomorrow, Wednesday 28th, sees the start of the annual Women’s International Football (soccer to US readers) Tournament held here in the Algarve. The ladies might not appreciate the rain, wind and mud but we shall have the opportunity to see some of the world’s best women’s teams including Canada, China, Japan and Sweden. And it’s all free.

First game for me is here in Albufeira tomorrow afternoon, when South Korea take on Russia. I shall try to get s few pictures.


Visit to Estombar 25th November 2017

In Albufeira,soccer,Sports - football, soccer on November 26, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

A short trip by train to the town of Estombar to watch an Algarve League football match between Carvoeiro United and Albufeira’s team Imortal. A nice afternoon out, particularly as Imortal won the game 4-0. Also, now that I am past the magic age, I can go half price on the trains. The 34 minute trip cost me just €1,50 each way!

Match report and some pictures of the game for any sports fans at – scroll down the page please.

Meanwhile, some trip pictures, just for a bit of practice with my new camera really. It has a million functions, most of which I have no idea of!


Albufeira – Ferreiras Railway Station



Estombar – Lagoa Railway Station


The small town of Estombar with its distinctive water tower

Something we don’t want to see around here but it was obviously a controlled fire! This is just by the large Slide ‘n’ Splash amusement park, which is now closed for the winter.


A part of the town near the school has strange little metal statues. These are just two.


Estombar statues

Some goalmouth action from the game. The Imortal goalkeeper, in blue, was rarely troubled and what he had to do, he did competently. Defenders are in red shirts.

They have conceded only two goals in their last six games, but all but one of those were against teams below them in the table.


Imortal’s fourth, scored with his head by number 22, captain Pedro Rodrigues.



Pink Ball cricket anyone

In sports cricket on June 27, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

All top level cricket in England this week is being played under experimental conditions using a ‘high-viz’ pink and playing hours of 1400 – 2100 (in theory, anyway!) with floodlights used as required.

Even using my basic camera, this picture shows the pink ball as being faintly luminous. Kent’s batsman Daniel Bell-Drummond plays a curious one-handed shot in an innnings of 84 runs of Kent’s fairly miserable total of 180.


At one point early on, Kent lost three wickets for no runs scored in ten minutes. Those of you that know cricket will appreciate that being 6 for 3 after about 5 overs is not good!

Reports have it that the experimental pink ball lost its colour rapidly and became softer. Some even said it was getting bigger! The ball is intended to be equally visible under natural and artificial light, thus allowing play to continue in most conditions where current rules may not allow it.


Typical summer day England

In Pictures from England,sports cricket on June 27, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

Arrived Sunday for a fortnight’s stay. It had just stopped raining. Yesterday (Monday) was a reasonable day watching cricket at the Trent Bridge ground in Nottingham (picture below) but today has dawned grey and damp. Forecast is for showers turning to longer periods of rain, possibly thundery later. The chance of any cricketing activity today seems slim.


Outrageously good weather in Tunbridge Wells

In Pictures from England,sports cricket on May 26, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , ,

We were dreading the move of the annual cricket event back to the end of May but fears today were unfounded. First day, sun beating down from clear blue sky and 28ºC

Scene shortly before 4pm. Beer was being consumed in very large quantities.

The scene is the Neville Cricket Ground in Tunbridge Wells, home of Tunbridge Wells Cricket Club and the venue for the match Kent CC v Sussex CC


Albufeira Walking Football Tournament 2017

In Albufeira,Sports - football,Sports - football, soccer on March 21, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: ,

The second annual Albufeira Walking Football tournament took place on Monday 20th March at the Campo Palmeiras, adjacent to the Albufeira Municipal stadium. I was one of the referees.

Twelve teams took part in the all day event, across three pitches. Teams included several from the UK, some from the Algarve region (mostly ex-pats) and there was a team from the ‘Silver Coast’area of Portugal up near Peniche.

A good day was had by all. The event was won by a local team, SOS, based in Olhão, who beat Wigan Walkers in the final, which went to a penalty shootout after a 0-0 draw.

For those that don’t know, walking football has really taken off within the past couple of years. Superficially, it resembles five a side or seven a side football but there are two very important criteria – (1) you have to be 50 years or over and (2) it is WALKING and not running. For a referee it is very hard to spot running, especially if it is behind you. Sneaky ones, some of them. It is moving quickly towards being a completely non-contact sport, which will make it more appealing to some, less appealing to others.

If you are thinking about coming here, the weather means that most games can be played outdoors on synthetic grass pitches. This website will give you information about walking football around the Algarve.

The British equivalent website is

A folder of the pictures I took on the day when not officiating can be seen at!Am0w7qp9HCpqgr06-OyoZ673q3F66Q

PS All links will open in a new window.


Very good weather coming to an end?

In Albufeira,Sports general on March 13, 2017 by cubsur51 Tagged: , , ,

We have had several days of very good weather, daytime temperature reached 26ºC on Saturday, way above average for the time of year. Our visitors from Crediton Bowls Club on Friday enjoyed a similar day .

Today is a little cooler at only 15.6ºC at 1135am (about average for the time of year) and there is rain coming for tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday.