Bathurst City Men’s Bowls
by Jim Grives
Wednesday, October 26: On the warmest Spring day this year.Twenty-two bowlers formed One game of social triples and four games of social pairs.
Game 1: On the 13th end, Skip Tony Copeland, John McDonagh and Jim Goodfellow scored One shot to level the scores at 13 shots all with Skip Arthur Williams Bob Foster and John Allbutt, who were just down 17-20 with one end to play. Then team Williams, scored four shots were successful 21-20 over Team Copeland.
Game 2: This game appears to have been played in two sections, as Skip Brian Burke and Bob Henry were "Leading and Dealing ", 21-4 after the 11th end over Skip Ian Hurford and Kevin Miller, who scored 15 shots to five shots, but still went down to Brian and Bob, 26-19.
Game 3: In a similar type of game, Skip Jeff Larsen and Russell Robbins led 19-8 after the 14th end against Skip. Barry McPherson and Hamish McKay, who finished the best scoring 14 shots to two shots to win this great game 22-21 over Jeff and Russell.
Game 4: On the sixth end, Skip Ted Summerfield and Pat Duff scored five shots to level the scores at eight shots all with Skip john Archer and Grahame Spurway, who just led 15-14 after the 15th end, finally winning 22-14 over Ted and Pat.
Game 5: By combining very well, Skip Ray Noonan and Allan Clark (Majellan ) led ten shots to nil after the fifth end over Skip Ken and John Fulton, who were just down 14-15 after the 18th end,but "Shorty" and Allan won the last three ends to win 19-14 over Ken and John. The ring-in prize was won by Ian Hurford.
Friday, October 28: "President Pot ".
Game 1: By beginning very well, Skip Ray Noonan and Ian Hurford led 8-2 after the fifth end over Skip Mick Foxall, a visitor from Leeton and with Grahame Spurway, scored two shots to level the scores at 13 shots all after the 12th end,they then scored ten shots to three shots to win, 23-16 over "Shorty and Ian.
Game 2: On the eighth end, Skip John Martin and Paul Rodenhuis scored one shot to level the scores at eight shots all with Skip Jack Smith and Russell Robbins, who combined magnificently, winning the next ten consecutive ends to be successful 30-8 over John and Paul.
Game 3: After the 11th end, Skip Ray Dixon,a visitor from Ungarie and Garry Hotham were leading 13 shots to five shots against Skip John Archer and Paul Reece. Then by scoring eight shots to four shots, Ray and Garry were victorious 21-9 over John and Paul.
Game 4: In the" Match of the Day", our Birthday boy Skip Gary Ellis and Arch Ledger scored three shots on the 11th end to level the scores at 11 shots all with Skip Garry Connors and Kevin Miller. On the 17th end,Gary and Arch scored two shots to level the scores at 16 shots all. By scoring one shot they defeated Garry and Kevin, 17-16 in a great game of Lawn Bowls. The ring-in winner was Arch Ledger.
Saturday, October 29: On a great Spring afternoon, thirty-six bowlers nominated to play Lawn bowls at the City Club 4's Semi- finals.
Game 1: By combining magnificently, Skip Ian Schofield, John Archer, Garry Hotham and John Fulton led 11 shots to nil, after the sixth end over Skip Phill Gray, John Finlay, Ray Noonan and Denis Oxley, who were just down 16-18 after the 18th end, but team Schofield then showed their " Class" as they scored nine shots to be successful over Team Gray, 27-16.
Game 2: The "Dads Army" team of Skip Bob Heffernan, Jim Grives, Ken Fulton and Arthur Williams, Combined brilliantly to lead 15 shots to six shots after the 11th end against last years Club Champions, Skip Ross James Geoff Thorne, Bryan Bromfield and Bob Lindsay, who won the next eight consecutive ends to lead for their first time,17-15. Team James finally winning 19-16, over Team Heffernan, who nearly caused the "Upset of the Year." The final will be played on November 26, between Team Schofield and Team James.
Monday, October 31
Game 1: In this game of Social pairs, Skip Barry McPherson and Brian Burke combined extremely well, as they led ten shots to One shot after the fifth end,then were leading 21-3 after the 11th end over Skip Bob Heffernan and Grahame Spurway. The two old Railway footballers, then also combined very well as Bob and Grahame scored 14 shots to four shots,but still went down to Barry and Brian 25-17.
Game 2: Beginning well, Skip Allan Clark (Majellan ), Hamish McKay and John McDonagh were leading 13 -4, they then led 19 shots to 12 shots after the 19th end against Skip Jim Grives, Ian Hurford and Bob Henry, who scored a great six shots to be just down 18-19, Team Grives scored one shot to level the scores at 19 shots all and on the 22nd end scored two shots to be successful over Team Clark, 21-19. Luckily, both teams shared the Jackpot prize of $ 200.The winning margin was two shots. The Jackpot prize for next Monday will be $68.
Majellan Bowling Club
By Bob the Bowler
Social Bowls: The Majellan Tuesday Social Bowls competition was again well supported this week with four rinks in action.
Daily rink winners were Tony Hogan and Ron McGarry 27-12 over Terry Burke and Greg Quartly-Scott with the Hogan team scoring a four and one to lead 5-1 after just three ends.
By the ninth end their lead was 14-1 when the Burke team scored a five to give some respectability to their score.
The Burke team continued to press but still trailed 15-9 going into the 14th end when the Hogan team took control of the match.
With a six end run, which delivered 12 unanswered points, the Hogan team simply powered away from the Burke team and won at a canter by 15 shots.
An even bigger result was in store for Paul Kennedy, Adam Lavelle and Bob Bembrick with a 40-8 win over Peter Zylstra, Pat Cummings and Ian Dews.
The Zylstra team scored two in the first end but didn’t see the score card again until the tenth end with a three, by which time the Kennedy team had shot to a 17-2 lead and there was more pain to come.
With a run of 10 end wins from the 11th to the 20th, the Kennedy team scored 23 unanswered points and in a very sporting gesture, left the last end for the Zylstra team to score just their third end win of the match.
Alan Clark, Barry O’Keefe and Jim Clark scored a comfortable 25-14 win over Frank Farrell, Barry O’Keefe and John Banning, with the Clark team taking control from the blocks.
The Clark team were leading 11-0 going into the seventh end when the Farrell team scored their first points, but with 15 of the 25 ends going the way of the Clarke team the result was inevitable.
Scoring a four in the second end and a five in the 21st end, the Clarke team applied additional pressure when required to take the match at a trot.
In the final match up, Kevin Howard, Garry Ellis and Gus Thurgood scored a 27-17 win over Terry Clark, Bruce Parr and Barry Quigley after taking the lead from the gate and from there were never headed.
The Howard team were 8-3 in front after the sixth end and led 12-8 going into the 12th end.
They built their lead to 20-12 going into the 19th end when out of the blue, the Clark team scored a five to get within three shots of the lead.
The Howard team response was a six in the final end to ensure they finished with a comfortable result.
Scores for Saturday’s Social Competition were more competitive than Tuesday’s with the Alan Clark, Peter Zylstra and Tony Press win of 27-16 over Paul Kennedy, Mick Redfern and Ken Hartwig delivering the biggest margin of the day at 11.
Scores were even after just two ends however, by the 14th end, the Clark team lead was 22-4 as they reached the end of a six end winning streak that netted them 15 unanswered points to put the game beyond reach for the Kennedy team.
Despite the Kennedy team scoring their own mini run of wins late in the match with two fours and a three, it was all over.
Alan North, Bruce Parr and Kevin Howard collected an eight point win of 24-16 against the Darrel Bellamy, Ian Dews and Terry Clark combination, after the Bellamy team scored first points and led by one shot going into the seventh end.
From here however, the North team dominated the card and led for the remainder of the match winning 12 of the 21 total ends played.
Keith Hurley and Gus Thurgood scored a 17-13 win over Tony Hogan and Kerry Connors, with the match balanced until the eighth end when the Hurley team broke away.
By the end of the 14th end the Hurley team lead was 12-8 and steady bowls maintained the margin right through to the finish line.
The Final of the 2016 Minor Pairs competition was played on Saturday with Mick Simmons and Barry Quigley scoring a 21-19 win over Darryl Whitton and Scott Chapman, after the Whitton team scored a five to get the game off to an impressive start.
Going into the eighth end, the Whitton team lead was 12-2 and they looked well in control but a three for the Simmons team gave them some hope.
But it wasn’t until the 12th end that the Simmons team really found their rhythm with a six end run netting them 12 shots to finally take charge of the match and by the 17th end, they led by 18-14.
The Whitton team responded with a one then four to regain the lead momentarily by one shot, but they couldn’t hold on and lost the final two ends and the match by three shots.
Another 2016 Major/Minor Pairs Championship match was played on Sunday with Frank Farrell and Peter Drew victorious 26-16 over Ian Dews and Terry Clark, after jumping from the blocks with a three and two to take the early lead and once they had it, they never let go.
By the end of the 12th end the Farrell team led 15-4 and by the 20th by 26-14, helped along by an 11 shot winning run from the 16th to the 19th ends.
Twilight bowls will be back on the greens at Majellan this Friday, November 4 with opportunities for everyone to give the game of bowls a go.
Bowlers should check the notice board as nominations are being called for a host of competitions coming up including nominations for play in the various categories for the 2017 Club Championship Competitions.
Well that’s it for another busy week readers, see you next time and as Dr Seuss says “Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”