A sunny Saturday morning with a moderate breeze had all excited to get the 2014 Major-Minor Pairs Championship underway, like clockwork as the games commenced the forecast weather front began to close in as the icy westerly wind increased. In spite of the cool conditions, all competitors gave their staunch best in their battle with the wind and their opponent alike. A
handful of social bowlers enjoyed a friendly roll and provided moral support. Thankfully all games had concluded and all players had retreated to the clubhouse, prior to the icy rain which swept across the green. Results of all completed round one matches;
Game 1 – R Solway & G Tearle versus I Abberley & E Lee. Team Lee began well, however this was a closer match than expected, with Team Tearle rallying and managing to get their nose in front briefly before Team Lee composed, going on to win 24-22.
Game 2 – S Hollington & J Edwards versus G Thurston & P Smith. This was a great game to watch, with the score even, or either side within a shot for the majority of the match. At the 18th end it was Team Edwards who prevailed through securing the crucial final few ends. With the
final score no indication of the tight contest, Team Edwards victorious 26-12
Game 3 – M Stevens & G Hulbert versus B Walsh & B Gould. What promised as an exciting matchup on paper, unfortunately did not eventuate. Team Gould adapted to the conditions first, opening an early five shot lead before Team Hulbert troubled the scorecard. Despite all their efforts it was just not Team Hulbert’s day, restricted to just 4 ends in the conditions and with Team Gould too consistent to reign in. Team Gould secured a comfortable 29-8 win.
Game 4 – J Newbold & G Trautsch versus M Fernie & N Miller. After a fairly even start this game was looking to be a good battle worthy of a grandstand finish. However, it was Team Miller conceding a juicy 5 shots to Team Trautsch on the 12th end proved to be the turning point. Team Trautsch taking charge, going on to win 27-10.
Game 5 – D Goodger & B Madge versus T Wright (( T Smith. It was Team Smith’s jump out of the starting blocks which proved decisive in this tightly contested encounter. From the 6th end there was never more than 2 shots difference on the scoreboard. Despite levelling it up at
11shots apiece on the 13th, Team Madge could not find a way to the lead. Ahead a single shot going into the final end Team Smith displayed nerves of steel and in a nail biting finish held on to win 19-17.
At the completion of play and after seeking refuge from the wind and rain, Saturday prize winners were announced as))
1st S Hollington & J Edwards
2nd B Walsh & ‘Dooley’
3rd J Newbold & G Trautsch
A remarkably warm Wednesday afternoon considering the recent spate of weather, had a healthy 32 social bowlers enjoying a roll-up on the greens. Following games, prize winners were drawn as follows:
1st S Hollington & J Edwards
2nd B Watson, M Rosina & I Abberley
3rd T Wright, N Miller & A Lattanzio
Rink 3 had an opportunity to take away the $150 Jackpot on offer with Angelo Lattanzio taking a turn on the wheel. Despite parochial encouragement from the crowd urging him on, Angelo was not successful in snaring the prize. Better luck next time Angelo. Next week, the Jackpot increases to $170.
On the Notice Boards
2014 Club Major/Minor Pairs Championship – Draw, Round 2 on/by 19th July 2014.
Scheduled Bowls this coming week
Wednesday 16th July, Jackpot Social at 1:00pm
Saturday 19th July, Championship & Social at 1:00pm