A TREMENDOUS Saturday was had by all as 42 members took to the greens as the Club Pairs Championships got into full swing.
Some outstanding games were witnessed with some interesting results eventuating.
TONY Stokes and Ray Fitzalan teamed up against Alby Homer and Ronnie Hollebone, starting off strongly to lead 12-4.
A late comeback by Alby and Ronnie was not enough, with Tony and Ray running out 26-17 victors.
In a tussle that could have gone either way, Geoff Thorne and Ross James won the last four ends to 17-13 to defeat Bobby Bourke and Luke Dobbie.
Shorty Noonan and Paul Reece jumped out of the blocks to lead Mick Sewell and Kevin Miller 8-0 after four ends. Mick and Kevin got themselves back into the match with a couple of big ends, eventually running out 23-20 victors.
Richard Simpson and John Fulton just couldn't find a way into the match against Ian Schofield and Garry Hotham, who ran out comfortable winners 29-8.
The very strong teamings of Alex Birkens and John Finlay plus Phil Gray and John Archer faced off in an enthralling match up. Phil and John gave a powerful performance and were generally in control all game, earning a 20-11 victory.
IAN Shaw teamed up with Nifty Townsend to take on the experienced duo of Barry McPherson and Denis (A grader) Oxley.
After losing the first end, Nev and Ian won the next six to lead 17-2. Despite a run of four ends from Barry and Dennis, the lead proved insurmountable, Ian and Nev earning a 31-17 victory.
With scores tied up at 5-all, 6-all and 7-all, it took a strong finish for Anthony Morrissey and Jack Smith to triumph over Bob Foster and Norm Hayes to the tune of 17-12.
A four on the 6th and 7th ends gave Mick and Susie Simmons the lead over Ian Cunnyngham and Jim Grives, one that they didn't relinquish, running out 33-15 victors.
It was a family affair when Paul Rodenhuis teamed up with grandson Tom to match their wits against Bruce Rich and Arch Ledger.
After a bright start, Paul and Tom had to fight off a determined period from Bruce and Arch, who took the lead on the 13th end. Trailing 13-17, the family duo won six of the last seven ends to earn a 20-17 victory.
Next week's championships will see Fitzalan/Stokes versus James/Thorne (the winner to play Miller/Sewell on Sunday), Hotham/Schofield versus Archer/Gray, Morrissey/Smith versus Simmons/Simmons, Rodenhuis/Rodenhuis versus Shaw/Townsend.
Wednesday social results
ON a glorious Bathurst winter's afternoon, 28 bowlers took part in a great afternoon of social bowls.
Game one: After a flying start Allan Clark and Arch Ledger finally succumbed to the pressure from Mick Sewell and Kevin Miller, who recorded a 21-13 victory.
Game two: In a high-quality game, John Archer and Garry Hotham scored a 20-12 win over talented duo Alex Birkens and John Finlay.
Game three: Geoff Thorne and John Martin were just too consistent for Ross James and Robert Thompson, running out comfortable winners 21-9.
Game four: In the match of the day, Alby Homer and Paul Rodenhuis survived a late challenge from Jack Smith and Joe Young, winning 17-16.
Game five: Down 13-15 after 14 ends, Dennis Harvey and Susie Simmons won three of the last four ends to score a 18-16 victory over Shorty Noonan and Phil Murray.
Game six: Ron Cambey and Bob Foster made a break on the 6th end with a five from which they were never headed against Pat Duff and Jeff Larsen. Scores 18-13.
Saturday social results
DENNIS Harvey, Pat Duff and Ian Shaw had a great battle with Denis Oxley, Barry McPherson and Daryl Geale. Leading 19-11 after 13 ends, team Harvey survived losing five of the last six ends to win 20-17.
After a slow start, Ron Cambey and Phil Murray scored a seven on the 7th end to finally gain the lead over Joe Young and Arthur Williams. A steady finish gave team Cambey a 26-15 win.
Members are reminded that our annual general meeting will be held this Saturday, August 1, beginning at 11am.
Until next week good bowling.
TUESDAY saw 22 players take to the green.
Game one: Peter Ryan, Jim Clark and Gordon Holland took control early in their match against Terry Chifley, Mick Burke and Gary Cameron.
Holland won all but four of the first 16 ends to have a big lead, 28-6.
Cameron found some form at the back end of the match to win the last five ends, with the final score 28-15 to Holland.
Game two: Ron Hogan, Ray Minogue and Noel Whitney were also dominant in their match with Terry Clark, Bob Jenkins and Gordon Death.
Whitney was in the box seat, leading 13-0 after six ends, and although Death came back over the middle part of the game, Whitney won the majority of the final ends to record a comfortable win 28-14.
Game three: Chris Woodyatt, Des Sanders and Kevin Howard scored a come from behind win in their match with Tom Beck, Dick Graham and Alan Clark.
Scores were even over the first half, with Clark a narrow leader 8-7.
They pushed the lead out to 14-7 after 16, but Howard was not done, and won the last five ends, including a four and three, to take a close win 17-14.
Game four: This was a dominant performance with Peter Zylstra and Peter Drew far too good for John Bosson and Ron McGarry.
McGarry was in the game after nine ends, only trailing by two, but Drew totally dominated all but two of the remaining ends to score a big win 33-9.
RAIN interrupted play on Saturday and made it difficult for all players to produce their best.
Game one: Ray Minogue and Peter Naylor only played 13 ends in their match against Ted Parker and Mick McDonald, but were in control when play stopped.
It was an even contest over 10 ends, with scores level at 9-all.
Naylor then won eight shots over the next three ends to have a convincing lead 17-9 when they came off.
Game two: Kerry Connors and Tiger Smith got off to a strong start in their win over Terry James and David Josh, leading 6-0 after three ends.
Josh then found their form, fighting back to lead 9-8 after 11 ends. Smith then put the pressure on by winning the next five ends to set up a comfortable 22-11 victory.
Game three: This was a close triples game between Des Sanders, Max Elms and Tim Pickstone up against Mick Cook, Peter Zylstra and Noel Whitney.
In a tight scoring game, Pickstone had a slender lead at the halfway point, but three shots to Whitney on end 15 got them to within two.
Scores were level at 15-all after 19 ends, but Pickstone finished the better over the last two ends to hold on for an 18-15 win.
Game four: Up until the last few ends, it was another close contest between Terry Clark, Garth Robinson and Alan Clark against Chris Woodyatt, Ron Hogan and Ken Hartwig.
Clark led 6-5 after seven ends, but Hartwig then won the next five ends to set up a 12-6 lead.
Not to be outdone, Clark came back, scoring seven shots to again lead 13-12. However, this was as good as it got for Clark, with Hartwig winning all the remaining ends to win 22-13.
There was one semi-final played in the B Singles, with Scott Chapmen taking the match against Ron McGarry 31-22.
After 15 ends scores were level at 9-all in a tight contest. McGarry then pushed out to a 15-10 lead before conceding four shots on ends 20 and 23.
This was all Chapman needed to take control and dominate the final ends to score a comfortable win. He will play Greg Quarterly-Scott in the final this Saturday.
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Major Pairs first round match will be played on Saturday with Kerry Connors and Tiger Smith to play John Crocker and Lotzi Koszta.
The winners will play Peter Naylor and Mick McDonald on Sunday.
Other matches being played on Sunday are David Josh and Peter Drew versus Hugh Brennan and Tim Pickstone, Ron McGarry and Noel Witney versus Paul Francis and Craig Townsend, Rhys Harvey and Craig Bush versus Scott Chapman and Glen Urza.
Just a reminder that entries are now being taken for the Club Triples, which closes on August 15. The nomination sheet is on the notice board.
There was no mixed bowls last Sunday due to the weather, but hopefully they will again be on at 1pm Sunday.
Please call the club on 6331 5459 by 12.30pm to put your name down.
THE Bowls NSW Board has resolved to reduce all annual fixed fee amounts for member clubs and affiliated sub-clubs by a base amount of 25 percent.
Prior to COVID-19 shutting down clubs and the association, it had been resolved that there would be no fee increase for 2020/21 annual fees.
As such, the 25 percent reduction will be based on the club's 2019/20 annual fee amount and will apply for the 12-month period starting from March 2020 up to February 2021 so that all clubs will receive the discount.
This represents an amount of over $560,000 in fee relief being provided to clubs, and a significant amount of revenue which the association will forgo in the 20/21 financial year.
Some of this loss will be offset by the cancellation of several events and the receipt of Government stimulus grants.
To provide additional time for clubs to be able to pay their annual fee to Bowls NSW, clubs with financial year ending March 2020 through to August 2020 will have up to September 2020 to pay their annual fee.
It is hoped that this reduction will go some way to alleviating financial stress.