DESPITE the great rain leading to the cancellation of Wednesday bowls, it's been a great week at Bathurst City.
Father's Day bowls on Tuesday attracted 28 bowlers and a cracking day on Saturday saw 40 enthusiastic members take to our greens.
THE semi-finals of the major-minor championships were the highlight of Saturday and saw two quite dominant performances by the respective winners.
Game one: A five on the fourth end saw Anthony Morrissey and Alex Birkens take a 6-4 lead against Ian Shaw and Phil Gray.
Winning eight of the next nine ends gave Shaw and Gray a commanding 18-8 lead, the pair then withstood a determined opposition to claim a 26-16 victory.
Game two: In the second semi-final Jim Grives and Jack Smith jumped out to an early lead against Arthur Williams and Bob Lindsay.
Williams and Lindsay then won five of the next six ends, including a great seven, to establish a five-shot lead, and thoughts of a marvellous victory.
Grives and Smith had other ideas scoring 26 shots over the last 11 ends, including a seven and two fives, to score a dominant 34-16 win.
Next week's final will see Ian Shaw and Phil Gray up against Jim Grives and Jack Smith.
Nominations for the club fours will close next Saturday with club triples closing the following week, so members are encouraged to get their teams together.
Tuesday Father's Day bowls
A BIG thank you to our female bowlers for organising a great day of bowls which was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Game one: In a tight game Judy and Paul Rodenhuis plus Pat Duff led Maureen Josh, Rhonda Henry and Ray Noonan 6-5 after seven ends before team Noonan won five consecutive ends to run out 11-8 victors.
Game two: Very little separated Annette Myers and Ian Schofield against Susie and Mick Simmons for the entire game before Annette and Ian scored a decisive four on the last end to earn a 15-9 win,
Game three: In another great game, Bob Foster, Sue Mertons and Jack Smith won the last two ends to escape with a 16-14 victory against Lyn Selwood, Joe Young and Denis Oxley.
Game four: Cherie Sommerfield plus Marg and Kevin Miller faced off against Bob Heffernan, Lorna Hayes and Norm Hayes in their Tuesday game. Team Miller led all game, albeit not by much, before running out 12-9 winners.
Game five: In a classic match Judie Martello, Annette McPherson and Jim Grives scored a last end three to draw their game against Gayle Hansen, Lola Noonan and Ron Cambey, 15-all.
Saturday social bowls
Game one: Bob Heffernan, Daryl Geale and Paul Reece got off to a flier, leading 11-0 after four ends against Barry McPherson, Bruce Rich and Mick Sewell.
Team Sewell fought back to tie it all up at 15-all on the 15th end before team Reece regained their composure to score a 26-18 win.
Game two: Kevin Miller and Buddy Simpson combined brilliantly to score a comprehensive victory against the talented duo of Ray Fitzalan and John Archer, winning 19-7. Apparently Buddy just loves his new bowls!
Game three: In a game that was competitive early on, John Fulton and Garry Hotham turned on a bowling lesson against Arch Ledger and Bryan Bromfield, scoring a resounding 28-12 victory.
Game four: After a dominant first half by Mick Simmons and Ross James, they were able to hang on to their 21-9 lead against Neville Townsend and Geoff Thorne to score a 31-16 victory.
Game five: Bob Foster and Dennis Harvey were just too consistent for Joe Young and Ian Schofield in their clash, recording a solid 21-13 victory.
Game six: John McDonagh, Norm Hayes and Pat Duff led from post to post in their game against Ron Hollebone, Brian Burke and Ray Noonan, running out 21-15 victors.
Game seven: Our promising junior Kristian Geale teamed up with Ron Cambey to take on Phil Murray and Susie Simmons. In a great game Kristian and Ron won the last three ends to earn a 18-17 win.
DESPITE winning six of the 10 ends Nolan Stafford and Ross just couldn't hold off the determined Kristian Geale and Mick, who scored a decisive four on the seventh end, and a 9-7 victory
A great morning was had by all as we welcomed 60 students from Assumption School. There were a lot of giggles and stray bowls, but the Bathurst City team of Paul and Judy Rodenhuis, Mick Sewell and Ross James were much impressed by some of the skills on display.
TRIPLES championship matches were on display over the weekend and on Saturday, two matches were played.
Game one: Kerry Connors, Peter Naylor and Mick McDonald took on Greg Quartly-Scott. Ted Parker and Allan Clark in a quarter-final, and this was an even contest over nine ends, with McDonald holding a narrow two-shot advantage.
McDonald then took control of the match by winning the next five ends, and although the Clark team finished strongly, they could not close the gap and the match went to McDonald 22-17.
Game two: In the first semi-final, John Crocker, Rhys Harvey and Craig Bush survived a strong finish by Ron McGarry, Ken Hartwig and Tim Pickstone to take the win 18-15.
Scores were level at 7-all after 10 ends, but Bush then won four of the next five ends to have an eight-shot advantage. Pickstone came back to win all but one of the remaining ends, but fell just short in the end.
Game three: The McDonald team backed up on Sunday to play their semi-final against Paul Francis, Tiger Smith and Craig Townsend.
On paper, this appeared to be two evenly matched sides contesting this game, and so it was in the end.
The McDonald team played near perfect bowls to shoot out to a 21-0 lead after six ends and many thought the game was over.
Townsend began their comeback by scoring five on the next end, and went on to win nine of the next 12 ends to get within four shots of McDonald with two ends to play. In a tense finish, McDonald kept their nerve to take both ends and win a high quality and enthralling match 30-23.
Tuesday social bowls
TWENTY-three players took to the green in four games of triples.
Game one: In a close match throughout, Chris Woodyatt, Garry Cameron and Phil Burgess had the closest of wins over Ian Warren, Rod Luck and Gordon Holland. Scores were level at end 17 and with Holland scoring a three on the next end, they had the advantage. Burgess came home to win the last three ends to score a one shot victory 19-18.
Game two: Keith Pender, Nev Kable and Noel Whitney were in total control in their match against Ron Hogan, Ron McGarry and Peter Drew, leading 20-6 after 14 ends. Drew got back into the match by winning 12 shots over three ends, including an eight, to get within two. Whitney had the best of the remaining ends to take the win 25-19.
Game three: Despite dropping the first end, Mick Burke, John Bosson and Tim Pickstone won the next three and were never headed again in their game with Terry Chifley, Jim Clark and Peter Zylstra. Eight shots over two ends gave them a 15-3 advantage after nine ends, and they maintained this lead to win the match 24-13.
Game four: Des Sanders played swinger with Peter Ryan and Allan Clark against Kevin Howard and Gordon Death. Death was down early but came back to win six of eight ends to take the lead.
Trailing by four with five ends remaining, Clark finished strongly, winning seven shots over the next four ends. Despite dropping the last end, Clark held on to take the win 18-17.
Game one: Ray Minogue and Trevor Sharpham were too strong for Roger Cooper and Terry Burke in their pairs game, despite scores being level after eight ends. Sharpham then won the next seven ends to go out to a 20-6 lead, and although Burke doubled their score over the remaining ends, it was a comfortable win to Sharpham, 23-12.
Game two: This was an even contest between Des Sanders and Lotsa Koszta up against Chris Woodyatt and Noel Whitney. Scores were level after 10, and again at 15 ends. Whitney drew ahead after winning the next two ends, but Koszta came back to get within one with the last end to come. Whitney scored a vital one on the final end to win the match 22-20.
Game three: Ron Hogan was swinger in this game with Chris Moore and Peter Zylstra playing Phil Burgess and Max Elms. Elms looked to have control in this match, leading 11-0 after four ends. Zylstra then found their line and length and drew level after 16 ends at 18-all. Zylstra kept their momentum going and won all remaining ends and took the win 26-18.
Sunday social bowls
IT was a great roll up of 20 players and two games of pairs and two games of triples were played.
Des Sanders and Noel Whitney had a 21-all draw with George Ballard and Allan Clark; Ted Parker and Jocelyn Ballard had a big win over Liz Draper and Mel Parker 20-7; Betsy Thornberry, Trevor Sharpham and Peter Drew were too strong for Marlene Naylor, Sue Murray and Chris Moore 22-10; and in the final game, there was also a draw -13-all- between Phil Murray, Nareen Moore and Ron McGarry playing Leonie McGarry, Phil Burgess and Pauline Clark.
This Saturday will see the final of the Men's Triples Championship and on Sunday the first round of the major/minors will be played. The first round draw for Sunday is Des Sanders/ Craig Bush versus Ted Parker/Tiger Smith; Trevor Sharpham/Glen Urza versus John Bosson/Allan Clark; Hugh Brennan/Lotsa Koszta versus Kevin Howard/Tim Pickstone; Ron McGarry/Peter Dew versus Scott Chapman/ Noel Whitney.
The nomination sheets are on the notice board for the mixed pairs and mixed fours, which are the next events on the calendar.
There is a mixed gala day on Monday, October 5, with single entries being accepted. The nomination sheet is also on the notice board.
The Annual General Meeting will be held at the club at 11am on Sunday, October 25. Please come along and support your club.