By the Bowling Shark (after two weeks of R and R in Bali)
Firstly, thanks to the Bowling Shark's assistant who kept up the standards of writing over the last two weeks.
With some great attendance in association with some great weather, it only took a cold snap to see the numbers reduce on Saturday with only the brave having a go. This is how the week rolled:
Tuesday, August 27 Social Games
Rink two: Gus Thurgood, Bruce Gresser and Peter Naylor came out of the gates at full speed with a ten-point lead by the fourth end against Terry Clark, Gary Cameron and Joe Rice. The momentum continued for Team Naylor who took an eight-point win 29-21.
Rink three: Jim Clark and Alan Clark had a very close match against John Bosson and Ken Hartwig with the lead changing twice throughout the match Team Hartwig held on for the last four ends to take the win 19-18.
Rink four: Dick Graham, Steve Calligan and Tony Hogan showed Tom Beck, Troy Swadling and Tim Pickstone how the game is played. Team Pickstone was completely out played from the start and struggled to gain winning ends, only winning seven of the 21 ends. Team Hogan's precision prevailed with a 29-9 win.
Rink five: Ray Minogue, rod Luck and Noel Witney looked set for a huge win however, Peter Williams, Mick Burke and Nev Kable made a late come back from the 15th end after being 26-9 down. Team Witney just held on in the end to take the win 29-20.
Rink six: Terry Chifley, George Ballard and John Davis fought out a battle against Robert Stakenburg, Kevin Howard and Ray Nealy. With the scores level on the sixth (six all) and not much between the teams it took the last two ends of the match for Team Nealy to take the win 23-21.
Saturday, August 31 Social Games (unless indicated)
Rink two: Phillip Legall (swing bowler), John Banning and Lotsy Kosta never look to be in the running against Phillip Legall, Max Elms and Tony Hogan who cruised to victory with some impressive end wins to take the match 28-16.
Rink three: Ted Crouch, Ted Parker and Alan North began the match all guns blazing against Robert Stakenburg, Gus Thurgood and David Josh. Team North kept up the momentum through out the match to take an easy win 32-12.
Rink four: Men's Restricted Triples: Terry James, George Ballard and Kevin Howard fell short to John Bosson, Greg Quartly-Scott and Alan Clark who had control from the opening end. Team Clark scored impressively on the 14th and 18th ends with five point ends to take the win 26-15.
Rink five: Tim Pickstone and Ken Hartwig did it easy over Trevor Sharpham and John Croaker. With the scores level on the fifth (four all) and again on the 11th (nine all) Team Hartwig opened the scoring gates and cruised to victory 23-14.
Rink six: Peter Zylstra and John Hobson battled it out with Ray Minogue and Ron McGarry in a closely fought match. With the scores level on the 18th (13 all) the match was anyone's to win and as there can only be one winner it was Team Hobson who came up trumps with a 16-14 win.
Sunday, September 1
Rink three: Suzie and Mick found it hard to gain the points required to defeat Betsy and Noel who proved more dominate in the scoring, with an easy win 25-10.
Rink four: Jill, Marg and Merle were outdone in everyway by George, Jocelyn and Tim who picked up valuable points on the winning ends with consistent three and four point wins on six out of 16 ends, to take the match 30-8.
Tuesday, September 3
Rink one: Peter Zylstra and Terry Burke were outplayed by Ted Parker and Gordon Death who won the first ten of 11 ends to be 18-1 in front. Team Burke tried to fight back but ran out of steam to be defeated 28-18 in the end.
Rink two: George Ballard, Frank Farrell and Paul Francis had a fight on their hands against Gus Thurgood, Bruce Gresser and Ken Hartwig. In the opening ten ends the match was anyone's and with the scores level on the 16th (11 all) and again on the 21st (15 all) it took the extra end to find a winner and Team Francis came in at the end to win 16-15.
Rink three: Tony Hogan (swing bowler), John Bosson and Peter Naylor were upset by Tony Hogan, Tim Pickstone and John Hobson in the end. With a closely fought match and the scores level on the 13th (16 all) and again on the 18th (20 all) it looked like Team Naylor were set for victory with a three-point lead going into the last end, but Team Hobson came in for the upset 24-23.
Rink four: Peter Williams, John Banning and John Davis were way too good for Robert Stakenburg, Jim Clark and Alan Clark. Team Davis dominated from the start and never look threatened and took an easy win 32-15.
Rink five: Tom Beck, Rod Luck and Noel Witney looked the goods against Dick Graham, Ray Minogue and Ray Neely. Team Witney taking a dominating lead by the 13th (14-7) and never looked to be headed by Team Neely and took the win 22-15.
Rink six: Gordon Holland, Dave Josh and Nev Kable were outclassed by Mick Burke, Kevin Howard and Garry Cameron.
In the early parts of the game Team Kable looked to settle in for a victory but Team Cameron weren't having anything of it and came back to level the match on the 15th (17 all). Team Cameron takes the win 30-20.
Saturday, September 7
Rink three: Greg Quartly-Scott, George Ballard and Ron McGarry looked set for a huge win against Max Elms, Ray Minogue and Alan Clark.
With a handy lead of 11 by the 12th end Team McGarry allowed Team Clark back in the game on the 13th with a seven-point win to bring the scores to 15-11. Team McGarry were lucky in the end to hold the lead and take the win 19-12.
Rink four: Hugh Brennan and Dave Josh were taught the lesson of the day by Ken Hartwig and Noel Witney. With Team Witney opening the scoring with an 8-0 start by the fifth. Team Josh never looked in the match with only single figures in the end. Team Witney taking the win 28-7.
This wraps the week that was, so be kind to each other, see you on the green (Yes they are turning green) and Stay Frosty.
By Sarge and the crew
Wednesday saw two games triples one game of pairs with the following results
Ian Cunningham and Ian Schofield 21 defeated Barry McPherson and John Finlay 19.
John and Barry had the best of the start and led 8-1 after seven ends. The two Ians fought back to trail by only three after 14 ends. They continued the good form and won five of the last seven ends to record a good win. Ends went team Finlay 11-10
Joey Young, Bob Lindsay defeated Jack Smith Geoff Thorne 14
Scores were level 7-7 after seven ends. 9-9 after ten, 12-12 after 15 ends and 13-13 after 17 ends. Joe and Bob won three of the last four ends to claim a good win in a close game.
Ends to Jack and Geoff 11-10.
Tony Copeland and Gary Hotham 33 defeated Kevin Miller and Mick Sewell 18.
Gary and Tony won four of the first seven ends and led 9-6. They continued on their merry way scoring 19 shots to one over the next seven ends to lead 28-7. Mick and Kevin won three of the last seven ends scoring 11 shots to five.
Ends to Tony and Gary 13-7 when game was called.
Robert Thompson and Jeff Larson and Ray Noonan defeated Ron Hollebone, John Martin and Nev Townsend.
The Townsend trio led narrowly 6-5 after seven ends. Noonan trio fought back and led 12-11 after 14 ends. They then consolidated by winning five of the last seven ends to record a good win. Ends to team Noonan 13-8
Arch Ledger, Bob foster Phillip Murray 24 defeated Robert Miskell, Hamish Mackay and Pat Duff 22.
Team Duff won four of the first seven ends to lead 8-6 after seven ends. Team Murray won five of the next seven ends to lead 14-12 after 14 ends. Scores were levelled 16-16 after 16 ends but six shots to team Murry on the 17th end set them up for victory.
Ends to the victors 11-10
Friday Saw one game of pairs
Kevin Miller and Jack Smith 24 defeated John Martin and Ray Noonan 11.
Kevin and Jack won the start and led 9-2 after six ends and coasted to victory with Jack in super touch. Ray and John got out of the shame file on the 16th end game when the game was called.
Ends went to Kevin and Jack 9-7
Saturday saw 14 hardy souls play one game of triples and two games of pairs in the freezing conditions.
Phillip Murray and Ray Noonan 23 defeated Paul Reece and Mick Sewell 12.
Scores where level 5-5 after seven ends. Ray and Phillip led narrowly 13-11 after 14 ends.
They then won seven consecutive ends allowing Paul and Mick a consociation 1 shot on the final end to record a comfortable victory.
Ends to Noonan and Murray. Congratulations Shorty for finally working out who is "Us" and who is "Them" on the scorecard...
Arch Ledger and Alex Birkens 23 defeated Bruce Rich and Ian Schofield 22.
Bruce and Ian led 13-4 after seven ends and 16-11 after 14 ends and 18-15 after 17 ends. A five and three to Arch and Alex gave then the led 23-18 on the 19th end. Ian and Bruce and Ian won the last two ends but ended one shot short.
Ends to winners 11-10
Brody Carter, Ron Hollebone and Ross James 27 defeated Dan Carter, Gary Hotham and Bobby Lindsay five.
Team James led all the way in this game 11-0 after six ends, 21-2 after 12 ends and 27-5 when game was called after the 18th end. Ends 14-4 to the winners.
Ross and James had to call off his couching class on Thursday but he gave everyone who was watching a lessons on Saturday. Well bowled Roscoe.
Saturday Morning saw our development squad members team up with members of our men's and woman bowling club and played four games of pairs. The wind was howling across the green.
Kane Butler and Mick Sewell six defeated father and son combination Eamon and Peter Wibberley two.
Five shots on the first two ends set Kane and Mick up for victory ends to the winner 3-2. Kane and Eamon bowled awesome. Mick was deadly.
Abby Bromfield and Paul Rodenhuis nine defeated Koby Collins and Dan Carter one.
Abby and Paul led 2-1 after three ends. Then team won the next five ends to cruise to victory. Well played Koby and Abby. Thank you very much Paul and Dan.
Ends to the winners 7-1.
Tom Rodenhuis and Ross James ten defeated Brody Carter and Gary Hotham nine. Scores where level 3-3 after four ends and 5-5 after seven ends 9-9 after 11 ends.
Tom and Ross scored a shot on the 12th end to claim victory. Great bowls in a hard game Brody and Tom. Onya Ross and Gary.
Karli Butler and Judy Rodenhuis eight defeated Clara Bromfield and Annette Meyers six. Scores were level 4-4 after five ends and 6-6 after nine ends. Karli and Judy scored two shots on the tenth end to claim victory. Tight game and great bowls Karli and Clara. Thank you very much for your support of the juniors Judy and Annette.
Ends where 5-5
Well done everyone a great morning.
Saturday is the final of the club fours Championship at 1pm.
The Bathurst city ladies enjoyed a game of social bowls on Tuesday. It was a very close game with the new ladies playing very well. The Consistency competition starts on Tuesday, September 24.
There will be a team travelling to Lithgow Workies for their birthday celebration. Good bowling and good health.
As this is my last column I would like to thank my crew, the Wibberley Family, who made sure this column got to the Advocate on time; to Western Advocate Team thanks for your support and co-operation.
See you on the greens and at the members draw $260 up for grabs 5:30 pm Friday.
Stay united - unity is strength