2023/24 Open Pennant Season Underway

The 2023/24 Open Pennant season has started with Tuross Head Bowling Club having two sides in the state-wide competition that starts with local clubs playing against one another to determine who advances to Zone and State finals.  Tuross has entered a Grade 5 and a Grade 7 side.  Due to the fall in the number of teams nominated both Grades will be playing in combined grade competitions.  The Grade 5 is playing in a combined 3/4/5 competition while the Grade 7 is in a combined 6/7 event.

In these combined competitions the teams in the higher grade must finish in front of the lower graded teams if they are to progress to the next level of the competition.

The competition started last Saturday, February 10,  with the Grade 5 side travelling to Tomakin to do battle with their Grade 4 side.  Unfortunately, the weather was unkind and the match was played in annoying drizzly rain.  Despite this the full allotment of 63 ends were played with Tomakin recording a convincing 67 to 38 shot win!

The Tuross team of Doreen Monks, Noel Downie, Irene Macdonald and John Monks had a very close game. The Tuross team started well and in a very tight battle they held a 10 – 5 lead after 12 ends.  Tomakin had a couple of very productive ends that saw them take the lead for the first time in the game at 16 – 13 after 18 ends.  Tuross won the next two ends to see the sides at 16 all with one end to play.  Tomakin was able to secure a 19 – 16 win by scoring 3 shots on the last end!  The Tuross team had won 13 of the 21 ends but they allowed their opponents to record 2 ends of 4 shots and another 2 ends with 3 shots that proved the difference.

The other two games in the contest were dominated by the Tomakin teams.  In both they established early leads and were able to hold of the attempts from the Tuross teams to make an impact in the games.  By winning all three rinks Tomakin were awarded a ten points to nil victory!

The next round is scheduled for Saturday February 24 with the Tuross Grade 5 side hosting Malua Bay 4.  The Tuross Grade 7 side travel to Tomakin to play their first game of the year against their Grade 6 side.  Tuross Grade 7 had a bye in round 1.

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