Hi, Not sure if this is the right forum but I'll try. Does anyone know much about Moraira and would you recommend it to a single guy for a spring break. Not interested in restaurants, just bars, walking and a beach (possibly)! Been looking on booking.com and they have few vacancies left 1 a couple of Kms south of the port the other possibly 5 mins walk from the port. Any advice would be most welcome. Also could try Oliva, would that suit me better? Thanks in advance, eaglet
Sign up for the weekly newsletter here! Like us on Facebook - Club Deportivo Torrevieja, Follow us on Twitter @cdtorrevieja_en and check out our club shop at www.tiendaoficialcdtorrevieja.tictail.com CD Torrevieja 2 -1 UD Beniganim Having previously criticised Torrevieja’s inabilty to defend set-pieces, it is only fair to give them fair praise when two attacking free-kicks lead to the winning goals. Headers in each half, the first from the outstanding Quintero and the second from the impressive Javi Selvas saw CD Torrevieja lead Beniganim 2-0 before former Torrevieja striker Koeman pulled one back for the visitors. For the high-noon showdown Pedreno was forced into changes once again. With Carrasco suspended following his two-yellows-make-a-red at Torre Levante and Oscar nursing an injured wrist, Martin and Miguel were handed starts. Adrian Banderas was also recalled to the starting line-up in place of Luis Carlos. Neither side really got to grips with the game in the first half. It was a scrappy affair which Beniganim were probably edging until Brani was fouled wide on the right. The diminutive Ruben Suarez delivered a left-footed cross to the near post and Quintero rose highest to head Torrevieja into the lead. It was the only moment of quality in the opening period. Torrevieja came out of the blocks much quicker in the second half, and again it was a set-piece from the right hand side that led to their second goal. Again it was Ruben Suarez with the delivery, this time sending the ball deeper to the far post. Javi Selvas lept above his man to send the ball looping over Vaello for 2-0. The game should have been comfortable from this moment, but Beniganim raised their tempo. Just after an hour they got their reward, and a lifeline. Koeman arrived unmarked at the far post for a simple tap-in to give the visitors a lot of hope. Beniganim took control of the game from this moment, but were unable to force Miguel Serna into any form of save. Torrevieja defended in numbers to collect a valuable three points. Ironically, the side has played much better in recent weeks and not won but this should not be cause for too much concern. The next few games for CD Torrevieja look like games that could give their season a momentum boost. Next week is a trip to Bunol, who sit one place below them in the table. The next “home” game is against Paterna on the 22nd at 1700h. The game will take place at the Nelson Mandela Stadium, next door to the Vicente Garcia due to the pitch being resurfaced. Paterna are also struggling, as are Recambios who Torrevieja end November against. With the potential for nine points in the next three games, Torrevieja could head towards Christmas in a much stronger position than they currently sit, so optimism has to be high. Goals: Quintero, Javi Selvas MOM: Quintero
Like us on Facebook - Club Deportivo Torrevieja, Follow us on Twitter @cdtorrevieja_en and check out our club shop at www.tiendaoficialcdtorrevieja.tictail.com CD Torrevieja 0 - 1 CD Castellon As tempting as it was to roll out the same match report as last week, writer’s honesty got the better of me. The facts, however, are identical even if the result was different. CD Torrevieja outplayed CD Castellon for the entire match and once again their inability to turn endeavour, possession and even the occasional chance into goals came back to bite them on the proverbial losing bottom. Pedreno feels as if he is getting closer to a preferred eleven, and who can blame him after 11 fixtures. That is likely to change next weekend at Levante, with Rafa Gomez unlikely to remain a substitute for much longer and the talent of Ruben Suarez craved by everyone. Pedreno made just the one change from the draw with Elche, the tall, elegant Javi Selvas handed a debut alongside Jorge at the back. Quintero, following his man of the match display a week ago, remained in the defensive midfield berth. The first half, to the untrained eye, looked like a spell of Torrevieja dominance and many felt they were unlucky to be behind at the interval. However, Castellon were executing a clear game plan. Their back four was dropping to a certain point and inviting Torrevieja to find a way in behind them, which they were unable to do. Each Torrevieja half chance was a shot that had defenders in front of the ball, showing that for all their neat and tidy possession they were not hurting their opponents. Juanma had is obligatory cut inside and shoot moment, but his shot from distance was palmed away to safety. Once in a while Castellon decided to venture forwards, attempting to hit Torrevieja on the break. They only needed to do this twice in the first period to get what they came for. The first quick counter ended with Selvas making a fine block on the goal-line with Oscar beaten, the second led to the eventual winning goal. Luis Carlos was caught up field supporting an attack which broke down. Mareyna drifted into the hole created and went up against Jorge one on one. A fortunate bounce of the ball took him round the Torrevieja captain and he drilled the ball into the far right hand corner of the goal. With just moments until half time it was a killer blow. Rafa Gomez was introduced for Brani at half time, the young Croat unable to influence the game. The second half was a mirror image of the first, Torrevieja again invited to take the game to Castellon and again unable to break down a stubborn, well drilled back line. Half chances came and went, with nothing clear cut. With about fifteen minutes to go, having spent a large portion of the game hitting long high balls in the direction of the diminutive Cesar and Carrasco, Pedreno ordered Jorge up front to lead the line. It was refreshing to see that the “stick the centre half up top” tactic was alive and well in the lower divisions in Spain. However, this signalled the end of any long, high balls into the front line, meaning Jorge was left to wonder why he had moved forward. Torrevieja had two minor penalty appeals, the kind that would have left you furious if they had been given against you and bar a Javi Selvas header from a corner that went wide by millimetres the men in white never truly looked like finding the equalising goal. The defeat leaves Torrevieja in 14th place and next week they travel to CF Levante, currently sitting in 4th. Ten points from eleven games with ten goals scored tells it’s own story.
Like us on Facebook - Club Deportivo Torrevieja, Follow us on Twitter @cdtorrevieja_en and check out our club shop at www.tiendaoficialcdtorrevieja.tictail.com Elche Escape as Torrevieja Dominate Elche Ilicitano 1 - 1 CD Torrevieja Sometimes you wonder how you failed to win, sometimes you are relieved not to have lost. This was most certainly a case of the former as CD Torrevieja were thwarted in their quest for back-to-back victories for the first time this season. The pre-match talk was based around Torrevieja’s dip into the transfer market. Pedreno has been gifted the signings of former Levante star Ruben Suarez, ex-Castellon defender Javi Selvas and last season’s Torrevieja Golden Boot winner, Rafa Gomez. This, in turn, meant players leaving and Juanfran, Eddy, Ricardo Cavas and David Rives were all released. With Selvas and Suarez in the stands watching the game, Rafa Gomez lined up as substitute as Pedreno unusually made just the two changes from the 2-0 victory over Orihuela. With Martin once again injured, Matej returned to the starting eleven as Jorge’s partner in central defence. This saw, surprisingly, Quintero move into midfield for the first time this season. Brani was rewarded for his wonder goal and took the place of Adrian on the wing. Torrevieja set their stall out early, playing a very solid, deep and compact 4141 when Elche had the ball. With the ball, Juanma and Brani were given license to break forward and support Cesar where possible, with Carrasco and Sanchez doing their best to support. An intriguing battle appeared to be on the cards. Throughout pre-season I lamented Torrevieja’s inability to defend set-pieces, and once again the issue reared it’s ugly head. An Elche corner, swung in from the left was headed home at the far post by Nuha, completely unchallenged. The Elche number nine has a reputation as a target man, due to his height and strength, so for him to be left all alone in the box was a total mystery. However, this did not lead to Torrevieja disappearing into their collective shells. Straight from kick off Cesar had a half chance saved. Minutes later Brani blazed over when it looked easier to score. Elche were on the back foot and it seemed only a matter of time before Torrevieja’s clever attacking led to an equaliser. Sure enough it came, but in the most direct fashion. Matej sent a long clearance forward and Elche froze. Suddenly Cesar was clean through on goal with the goalkeeper electing to stay on his line when, in all honesty, he could have taken five steps twoards the ball and ended the move. Cesar calmly ran on and slotted the ball into the corner. It was no more than Torrevieja deserved, despite the game still being only midway through the first half. Minutes later Juanma cut in from the right and saw his left foot shot hit the post. The first half ended level at 1-1. Torrevieja dominated the second forty five minutes. Early in the half Luis Carlos, overlapping from his left back position, crossed to the far post where Cesar was unable to make a good enough contact to score. Brani, full of confidence, set off on another mazy dribble, beating five or six players with some dazzling footwork before seeing his shot beaten away. Quintero had a fine chance saved, then Cesar hit the post with a clever back heel from a corner. Elche were, in boxing parlance, on the ropes and hoping for the bell to ring. Eventually the referee spared them, and the game ended as a draw. There were far more positives in this game for CD Torrevieja than the negative of the goal they conceded. Quintero was man of the match in the midfield, Jorge was again dominant at centre back. Cesar, who’s position in the side must already be under threat with Rafa Gomez returning, was busy in attack and it is difficult to guess who will make way for Suarez and Selvas. Still, the point moves Torrevieja up the table once again to 13th, above their next opponents Castellon on goal difference. The Castellon game is on Sunday 25th and is an early kick off, different to what was advertised last week, at 1200h. The Torrevieja President, Vicente Boix, has elected to make the game a special event with the official unveiling of the new signings and there will be free paella offered to all spectators immediately after the final whistle. My advice would be to get along to Estadio Vicente Garcia next Sunday and see what promises to be an excellent game of football and then get a free lunch for your trouble. Keep an eye out for updates on Facebook and follow @cdtorrevieja_en on Twitter.
I thought I will share my experience of bringing a shotgun while on holiday in Spain for clay pigeon shooting. I came in May and shot at Elche with Ronnie and Harry. I used thier shotguns for the shoot they are a couple of really nice gentlemen. So this time I decided to bring my own Shotgun. I was a bit apprehensive but with a bit of encouragement from Ronnie in Spain and my friend Stuart in England I applied for the EFP and got it. I booked the gun with easyjet as Firearm baggage not cheap, £60 for the pleasure. The experience of bringing the gun was as smooth as anything I could have dreamt of. Told the lady at the Easyjet check-in desk that I was carrying a firearm, she called her colleague who turned up 2-3 minutes later with a form she filled in with the gun serial number etc. She gave me one copy, put one copy in the guncase and took the third copy and accompanied me to the outsize baggage area where they scanned the case and a porter came along after a about 5 minutes she got him to sign the copy she and he trooped off with my gun and the paper work. When I arrived at Alicante, I went through the Customs sliding doors to the Guardia office. There was an officer waiting there with my shotgun case. I opened the gun case he checked the gun Serial number, asked me how long I intended to stay, I told him just over two weeks, he said he will put 3 weeks on the licence and he stamped and signed it. That was it, I picked up the gun and left. If anyone is coming to Alicante area and wants to go Clay pigen shooting I recommend you get in touch with Ronnie or Harry. Ronnie know the area pretty well has been living in Spain for 25 odd years and is most helpful. I hope this information is of use. Bal
Help please! We have just arranged with another couple who are friends of ours here to have a long weekend in mid-April somewhere along the river Ebro, so that us boys can do a bit of fishing and the girls can chat/shop/talk/relax/chat some more/talk a bit/discuss stuff/oh, and probably chat a bit. We're both simply occasional fishermen, NOT pros, and so want wide, easy, slow moving waters! We'll be driving up in our car on Friday 17th April, staying there Fri, Sat and Sun nights, and coming back on the Monday We're looking to rent either a two-bedroom flat, or maybe have two rooms in a small & cheap hostal (remember a Spanish hostal is simply a small hotel, it's not what's meant by "hostal" in the UK), in a village or town (not out in the country) somewhere along the western part of the river Ebro, but not right on the coast where it flows into the Med. Needs to be located either right on the river or within maybe 1km of it. It's perhaps a long shot, but does anyone know of particularly good fishing areas on that river, and/or could recommend any flats for rent or good hostals somewhere along the western part of the river Ebro please? Many thanks in advance for any information....
The trophies for the winning boats in the Sailing Association Mar Menor’s Spring 2014 Handicap Series were presented during the clubs September meeting. The scoring is the ‘low points’ system where, in each race the winner is awarded 0.75 of a point, second 2 points, third 3 points etc. There were 16 races in the series with the best 12 results for each boat counting for the series places. First the Hartley 12.2 with 30.75 points including seven wins in the series Second the Sailfish 18, Mistral with 42.72 points including one win and three seconds Third the Laser 2000, Shoestring Tres with 44.75 points also including one win and three seconds The crews vary throughout the series and Vernon O’Byrne, Shoestring Tres, Julian Perring, Mistral and Tug Wilson, Hartley 12.2, collected the trophies on behalf of everybody who contributed to each boats score. The Autumn Series has now started and races take place from the CTD Infanta Christina sports centre on the beach at Los Najeros, starting at 10am alternate Sundays from September 7th. Guests welcome. For more information visit the web site at www.sailingmarmenor.com
Wednesday 7th September offered blue sky and sea but unfortunately no wind when the competitors arrived for the first race day of the Sailing Association Mar Menor’s Autumn 2014 Series. But by 11.30am a light breeze had materialised and the race started with 9 boats. The five dinghies were away first in a 7 knot breeze but, 5 minutes later when the 4 bigger boats started; it had dropped to 4 knots which gave the dinghies a distinct advantage. All finished their four laps in less than 2 hours against the over 2 hours for all the bigger boats. As these are handicap races the result on corrected time was 1st the Faversham 14 of David / Louise Belcher, a great win for a relatively inexperienced couple. 2nd the Sailfish 18 of Bob Miles / Carol Sibson and 3rd the Laser 2000 of Brian Murray / Pete Caldwell. The wind had increased to 10-12 knots when the second race started at 3pm for the 5 dinghies and 3 larger boats, enabling them all to complete four laps in less than 75 minutes. The two Sailfish 18’s crossed the line just 2 seconds apart which had the makings of an exciting tussle, within the race, between these identical boats. Unfortunately Sirocco, sailed by Rob Hudson suffered a broken rudder after about 10 minutes and was forced to retire. The results on corrected time were 1st the Laser 2000 of Tug Wilson / Vernon O’Byrne; 2nd the Gamba of John Down / Laurence Carter and 3rd the Laser 2000 of Brian Murray / Pat Fleck. The next race day is September 21st and the monthly SAMM meeting is on October 8th both at the Spanish sports academy CTD Infanta Christina on the beach front at Los Najeros, near Los Alcazares. New competitors and members welcome.