Unpredictable was all that could be said of the weather this week as it managed to cause disruption to bowls action on each alternate day. Fortunately, Sunday morning the semi-finals of the Major Singles Championship were able to be completed with Tom Giddings and Tim McCormack now set to contest the final. The story of the semi final matches is as follows;
Game 1 – For the second year in a row, Tom Giddings and Alby Barker faced off for a place in the final. Always set to be a great encounter between two old foes, both masters of the draw shot this match did not disappoint. Remarkable displays of drawing shot in amongst some very tight heads, had this match seesawing as neither could manage to break free. With scores 13 apiece after 13, it was Tom who next got his nose in front and slowly clawed a handy 5 shot lead. Try as he might, Alby only managed to close within 3 before Tom skipped away going on to win 34 to 23 and progress to the final for the third year in a row.
Game 2 – Had young Tim McCormack taking on the young at heart and crafty fox, Tom Smith. As expected this contest started fairly evenly, with both competitors conceding multiple shots early as they sought to find the measure of each other and the fairly slow heavy green. It was Tim who settled into a rhythm first winning 15 of the first 20 ends to establish a healthy 24 to 11 shot lead. As the sun broke cover and the pace of the green improved, Tom found his measure and mounted a determined fight back and managed to claw his way back to only trail 27 to 24 after 29 ends. Unfortunately for Tom, Tim found composure and wrestled back control to close out the match 31 to 24 and book his place in the final.
Due to the unpleasant weather the scheduled Saturday District pennants competition round 8 matches for both grades were deemed a wash out, to be played at a later date.
Friday Ex-Servos hosted the inaugural Nowra-Bomaderry RSL Bowls, ANZAC Bowls day. After a few overnight showers, it was very pleasing to have the predicted wet weather hold off and allow the event to proceed in fine conditions. In excess of 30 current and former service personnel made their way onto the greens for a fantastic day of camaraderie, with plenty of storytelling and of course some bowls being the order of the day. The day commenced with a
morning game of Triples before a light lunch. Following lunch a second game of Triples was held before participants took leave to the BBQ area, where they enjoyed a mighty feast and shared many a yarn over a beverage or two. From all reports those in attendance thoroughly enjoyed the day and look forward to next year, which is sure to be bigger and better. A big thank you must go to all organisers, RSL Zone 20 committee and the Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemen’s club for making the day a resounding success.
Last Wednesday saw 26 social players make their way onto the greens for a pleasant afternoon of bowls. Following all games, prize winners were drawn as follows:
1st M Rosina, A Leach & J Black
2nd R Solway & A Rose
3rd M Stevens & G Hulbert
Rink 3 was given the opportunity to secure the $90 Jackpot on offer. It was Max Stevens who had a turn at mastering the jackpot wheel. In spite of his best effort Max was not successful this time round, ensuring a $110 Jackpot will be on offer next week.
As we approach Easter, we wish all members and the wider bowls community a very happy Easter and for those that may be travelling a safe journey.
On the Notice Boards
2014 Club Major Singles Championship Draw– Final to be completed on/by 10th May
2014 Club Major Pairs Championship Nominations– Entries close, 16th April
Scheduled Bowls this coming week
Wednesday 16th April, Jackpot Social at 1:00pm
Saturday 19th April, Social at 1:00pm
Next District Pennants is Rd 9, Saturday 26th April
Grade 4 away to Greenwell Point
Grade 6A away to Culburra