Open Gender Pennants Results

Tuross Head Bowling Club have continued to struggle in the 2023/24 Open Gender Pennant recording just one win between both sides after four Rounds.

In Round 3 The Grade 5 side was well beaten by Narooma 5 that saw them lose all rinks and go down 90 shots to 46 on the ‘big board’.  This loss virtually ended any hopes they had of taking out the Grade 5 title in the combined three, four and five competition.

The Grade 7 side travelled to Braidwood and were pleased to see the greens playing very well.  However, very strong, gusty winds made the conditions challenging.  The team of Des Jackson, Dagmar Voges, Margaret Downey and Ray Downey played well on their rink and managed to have a 19 all draw.  Unfortunately, both of the other rinks struggled and Braidwood won 65 shots to 44.

In Round 4 the Grade 5 side played Bodalla 5 in the ‘local derby’ with Bodalla continuing their run of good wins and revenging the twin losses from the previous season. Rose Farrington, Noel Downie, Irene Macdonald and Bruce Lidbury were well in their match when they were 10 all after 12 ends.  They then dropped 6 shots on the next end.  They fought back from this disappointment to be just 2 shots behind – 17-19 – after 19 ends.  The Bodalla side was able to hold on to win 21 – 17.

Good wins on both of the other rinks gave Bodalla a strong victory 79 shots to 49.  This gave them a 10 – 0 win.

There was some joy for the local bowlers when the Grade 7 side recorded an excellent win against the strong Bermagui Grade 6 side.  The win was built on an excellent match by Mick Challice, John Wagstaff, Graeme Garner and Allan Etheredge.  They started well when they picked up 5 shots on the 4th end and followed it with a 7 shot haul on the next end.  After 6 ends they led 16 – 1!  Shots became harder to score from then on but a strong finish from the locals saw them chalk up a 31 – 11 win!

Rita Downie, Dagmar Voges, Margaret Downey and Ray Downey had a scratchy start but by the 13th end had drawn level at 11 all.  The lead then fluctuated in a game were Dagmar Voges played extremely well.  Going into the last end Bermagui led 19 – 17 but Tuross was able to snatch the second draw in two weeks finishing 19 all.

Ray Brown, Lorraine Wake, Di Challice and Lorraine Bird staged a major fightback on their rink.  Down 12 – 3 after 8 ends they gradually narrowed the gap.  Consecutive ends with scores of 4 saw them take the lead at 17 – 13 after 16 ends.  Bermagui won the next 3 ends to regain the lead at 20 – 17 with two ends to play.  Tuross had another great end picking up 5 shots on the 20th end to go into the last end leading 22 – 20.  Bermagui was able to score the 3 shots needed on the last end to take the game 23 – 22!

Overall, Tuross won the game by 72 shots to 53 and with the win, draw and loss on the rinks giving them 8.5 points to Bermagui’s 1.5!  It was a pleasing result for Tuross as in the Grade 7 competition last year – that Bermagui won overall – Tuross lost both times they played by a single shot!

In round 5 the Grade 5 travel to Dalmeny while the Grade 7 travel to Moruya.  After this week there is a three week break for the State Championships and Easter.

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