Men’s Bowls Update September 2022

There has not been a bowls report for some weeks due to a combination of the publicity officer being on holidays and a very quiet time in competition activity.  In the interim the early rounds of the Mixed Pairs Championship have been completed with one semi-final and the final to be played.  In the last week the newly introduced four division Men’s State Pennant has commenced and the first round of the Minor Singles has been played.

Mixed Pairs

In Round One of the Mixed Pairs Doreen and John Monks had a good win over Alan McLeod and Lorraine Bird.  After a tight struggle, Sue and John Fahey managed to get the better of Mick and Di Challice.  Peter and Irene Macdonald held off a late challenge from Rita and Noel Downie to win their clash.

Defending Champions – Denise and Bruce Lidbury had a real scare in their second round match with Jonathon Green and Rose Farrington.  They started well and looked ‘home and hosed’ when they lead 19 – 10 after 15 ends. Green and Farrington forced them to battle hard when they won the next 4 ends to narrow the score to 20 – 16 with one end to play.  The Lidbury’s managed to win this end to take the match 21 – 16.

After a slow start, Carol and Doug Williams dominated the second half of their game with Doreen and John Monks.  The Monks’s ked 9 -2 after 9 ends before the Williams’s turned the game on its head.  They won seven of the next eight ends and picked up 20 shots  to establish a lead of 26 – 10!  They ended up winning 29 – 14.

Sue and John Fahey proved too strong for Fran O’Connell and Marcel Kors.  After a very even start O’Connell and Kors had a slender 8 -7 lead after 8 ends before the Fahey’s pulled away to win 19 – 13.

Peter and Irene Macdonald had the perfect start in their game with Dagmar Voges and John Wagstaff.  They won the first 7 ends to set up a 13 – 0 advantage.  Voges and Wagstaff then had their turn to dominate the scoreboard.  Just as they looked like making a ‘real game of it’ they stumbled at the 14th end dropping six shots to give the Macdonald’s the ascendancy again and a lead of 20 – 8.  Despite having the better of the final 7 ends, Voges and Wagstaff could not bridge the gap with the Macdonald’s earning a place in the semi-finals with a 27 – 20 victory.

In the semi-final completed the Lidburys played the Macdonalds.  The Lidbury’s dominated this game from the start and had a strong 24 – 13 win.  They now await the game between the Williams and Faheys to see whether they can add to their very impressive record in this event.

Men’s Pennant
With the amalgamation of the Women’s and Men’s Bowling Associations, one of the many changes has been the introduction of a new Men’s Pennant played in four divisions to be played in the new time of August to October.  Tuross has entered a side in Division 3 and is playing in a multi-division competition against sides in the ‘old’ Central South Coast.  Unfortunately, only 4 of the 9 clubs in the area entered sides.

In Round 1 of the competition played on September 10 Tuross suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Tomakin losing all three rinks to go down 10 – 0.  However, they fared much better in Round 2 outclassing the Malua Bay Division 4 team to record a strong 10 – 0 victory.

President Col Fletcher Playing Pennants against Malua Bay

Minor Pairs
Three very good games were played in round 1 of the Minor Pairs.  Chris Coddington and Johnathon Green had a real battle royal to determine a winner!  After an even start Coddington was ahead 6 – 5 after 6 ends before he went on a scoring spree.  He won the next 8 ends to set up a commanding 20 – 5 advantage.  Green showed his usual grit and slowly fought his way back into the game.  By the 21st end he had cut the score to 20 – 19 and it was anyone’s game to win.  Coddington scored 3 on the next end but Green again fought back and the players were even at 23 all after 25 ends. Under enormous pressure Coddington was able to pick up another 3 shots on the next end to close the match out at 26 – 23!

Mick Challice knew he had his work cut out when he drew the evergreen 90 year old Lou Kozlik in his game.  It was Kozlik who started the better and after 10 hard fought ends he had a 9 – 4 lead.  Slowly, Challice took control and after another 11 ends he lead 21 – 12.  Kozlik had the better of play in the next few ends and closed the score to 23 – 20 until on the 31st end Challice was able to score the shots he needed to win 25 – 20.

Two of our newer members, Rob Payne and Michael Yannopoulos played their first Championship with the club.  Yannopoulos had a 9 – 8 lead after 8 ends before Payne won a series of close ends.  He moved to a 21 – 9 lead and while it took some time he was able to record the win 25 – 14.

Mick Challice Playing Lou Kozlik in the Minor Pairs

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