Zone 4 Championships
Men's Senior Pairs
Bathurst City was represented by three teams in the rounds played at City. Phil Gray and John Archer won their first round against John Mobbs and P. Ryan, with a score of 22-14. Alex Birkens and Alby Homer defeated Alan Clarke and Ken Sampson by 21-12. John Finlay and Bob Lindsay went down 27-18 to Rod Atchison and Martin Byrnes. Ray Fitzalan and Kevin Miller went down to Ray Warren and Stephen Leslie from Lithgow Workies 22-21. In the semi-finals, Phil Gray and John Archer had a win over Rod Atchison and Martin Byrnes. They then met Ray Warren and Stephen Leslie in the final, which they won, 27-15. Congratulations to Phil and John. They now travel to Mudgee next Saturday to meet Bernie Didusko and Bob Hamilton in the Zone Final.
Mick and Susie Simmons won against Mick Sewell and Ron Cambey at Lithgow Workies. The carpet green was very fast and drew a wide line, which was different from what the Bathurst bowlers were used to. Mick and Susie then won their semi-final against Wang to play the second Wang team in the final. Against a very strong pair, they were down early but fought back to be holding shot in the last end. Unfortunately, it wasn't to be, and they lost by two shots, 26-24.
Wednesday 28th April
Game 1, rink 8: Jim Grives and Barry McPherson faced Ron Cambey and Ian Cunningham. Ron and Ian led early, 5-1, but Jim and Barry caught up three ends later. Again, Ron and Ian took the lead, but yet again, Jim and Barry caught up to be 9-all in the 14th end. Winning a 'five' put Ron and Ian well in front but yet again, Jim and Barry won four ends to pass them, finishing 19-16.
Game 2, rink 9: Bob Lindsay and Paul Rodenhuis combined well to defeat Norm Hayes and Kevin Miller, despite Norm's accuracy of plucking the jack or Paul's bowl out of the head. Norm and Kevin fired first with four shots after two ends. Bob and Paul dropped only one end of the next nine to lead 12-5. Norm and Ian got a bit closer at 13-10 but stayed behind at the end, 17-13.
Game 3, rink 10. A massive lead for Trevor Kellock and John Fulton had Geoff Thorne and Bob Foster struggling at 17-4 after eight ends. Although Geoff and Bob scored seven shots over the next six ends, a 'five' for Trevor and John had them leading 25-8. The closing four ends showed Geoff and Bob scoring 6,1,1,5 to finish 28-24.
Game 4, rink 11. New member Wayne Bensley led for Skip Denis Oxley with Second Pat Duff. They met Allan Clark with Ken Fulton and Margie Miller. Although the score was 5-all after seven ends, Allan and his team steadily moved ahead, dropping only two ends in the last ten to win the game 27-10.
Game 5, rink 12. John Finlay and Arthur Williams had a win over Ray Noonan and Phil Murray. While equal at 5-all, then 6-all in the ninth end, John and Arthur skipped ahead to lead 21-11 in the eighteenth end, Ray and Phil came within four shots by the end, with the score 21-17.
Saturday 1st May
Games were played on Green #4 because of the Zone Pairs being played on Green #1.
Game 1, rink 16. Nev Townsend and Phil Murray played a game of Three-bowl Pairs over 25 ends against Paul Reece and Bruce Rich. Paul and Bruce were well away, having ten shots to one after eight ends. After 13 ends, this lead had stretched to 18-5. Nev and Phil put their heads down and fired off fifteen shots in the next six ends, thus leading 20-18. After 21 ends, it was all-square on 20-shots all. A 'five' in the 24th end was decisive in gaining Nev and Phil the win, 26-24.
Game 2, rink 17 had Jim Grives, Annette and Barry McPherson lined up against Paul Rodenhuis, Arch Ledger and Grant Brunton. With Annette bowling particularly well, her team was well in front 15-3 after nine ends. A couple of fours for Paul's team had the deficit only four shots, 15-11. From there on, Jim and his team of McPhersons conceded only two ends to win 29-15.
Game 3, rink 18. A close game between Ray Noonan with Ian Shaw against Garry Hotham and Chris Stafford resulted in a margin of one. Well, at least that's what the card said but as I wrote this game up, I realised that Shorty had robbed himself and failed to add a point to his score. Or was it Garry? Handwriting experts have been called in.
On to the game ... Ray and Ian held the lead until the ninth end when Garry and Chris passed them with the score 9-7. Shorty and Ian held the lead again until the 17th end when Garry and Chris equalised the (corrected) score at 15-all. From there, it was Garry and Chris in front, but Ray and Ian equalised in the last two ends with the (correct) score 18-all. A Draw!
Game 4, rink 19. A rarely seen margin of 35 was the result of the game between Geoff Thorne and John McDonagh against Ian Schofield and Trevor Kellock. Scoey and Trevor scored their single, sole point in the fifth end, while Geoff and John scored at will in the rest. To their credit, Scoey and Trevor did not throw in the towel but soldiered on for 20 ends.
By The Bowling Shark
With many members out and about this week competing in the Zone 4 Open Men's Pairs, and other Zone 4 competition games, the numbers were down at the club this week.
Tuesday 27 April 2021 - Social Bowls
Rink 2: George Ballard, John Bosson and Gordon Death were behind from the start against Terry Clark, Gary Cameron and Jim Clark. However, Team Death levelled the scores on the 7th (7 all) there looked to be some hope for the team. But Team Clark poured on the points and took an easy win 30-16.
Rink 3: Glen Miller, Peter Ryan and Tim Pickstone were behind by 6 points by the 5th end against Paul Rodenhuis, Keith Pender and Allan Clark. Team Pickstone levelled the match on the 10th (8 all) and Team Clark returned to level the match again on the 16th (15 all). So, from there, it was anyone's match with Team Pickstone taking a narrow win 20-18.
Rink 4: Ian Warren and John Davis were in front early against Greg Hallett and Noel Witney. But Team Witney were not going to back down from the challenge, with a change in the lead on the 6th and from there were never threatened, winning 21-17.
Rink 5: Paul Jenkins, John Banning and Ron McGarry had the first 5 ends sown up with a 5-1 lead against Terry Chifley, Brian Hope and Kevin Miller. But on the 7th Team Miller scored 6 and took the lead (12-5) and from there dominated the score board to take the win 21-13.
Rink 6: Mick Burke and Dave Josh from the 2nd end lead the match against Dick Graham and Phil Burgess. Until Team Burgess levelled the match on the 18th (16 all). Team Josh fought back and took the win 19-16.
Saturday, May 1 - Social Bowls
Rink 2: Jim Clark, Keith Pender and Phil Burgess were 6-13 down by the 10th against Terry Clark, Ron Hogan and John Banning. Team Banning had the game in the bag by the 20th end (24-20) but Team Burgess picked up 5 on the last to sneak the win 25-24.
Rink 3: Max Elms and John Hobson were 10-0 down by the 6th against Ian Warren and Mick McDonald. From here it only took some precious play for Team Hobson to come from a deficit to win 21-19.
Zone 4 Open Men's Pairs - Lithgow City Bowling Club
Rink 4: Paul Francis and Lotzi Koszta were 5 nil up by the 4th end against G.Pitt and K.Clarke. But from there, Team Clarke proved unstoppable, with a barrage of point scoring from the 5th end onwards. Team Clarke proved too good, 32-12.
Rink 5: With a battle against two Majellan Pairs, Hugh Brennan and Ron McGarry took on Trevor Sharpham and Dave Josh. Team McGarry stormed out of the gate with a 11-1 lead by the 5th and never lost the lead but Team Josh came within 1 point on the 19th. Team McGarry had a good win 21-17.
Rink 4: Hugh Brennan and Ron McGarry had no answer against Justin Pitt and Sam Cook (from Gulgong, and last year's winners). With Team Cook in a comprehensive lead by the 6th end (16-0), Team McGarry had no answers or luck for that matter to even look like having a contest. Team Cook were leading 29-3 by the 16th and in an act of competition, Team McGarry picked up 6 on the 17th to call it quits 29-9.
Sunday, May 2
With a visit from Mudgee Bowling Club to Majellan, the following 6 rinks of play were had along with some great food and support from members of Majellan to fly the flag high in the spirit of friendly competition.
Rink 1: Ron Hollibone, Liz Draper and Des Sanders versed Anne Pickstone, Tony and Ron (Team Mudgee) in what ended in a very close match. But early in the game, Team Sanders were up 14-1 by the 5th. Team Mudgee fought back and just fell short in the end 25-24.
Rink 2: Ron Miller, Ron McGarry and Merl Stephens versed Wally, Brian and Garvin (Team Mudgee). With the early lead going Team Stephen's way Team Mudgee kicked into gear to and were too good in the end 20-12.
Rink 3: Dawn Howarth, Garth Robinson and Phil Burgess versed Joe, Tim Pickstone and Kim (Team Mudgee). With Team Mudgee in the box seat 14-8 by the 11th, Team Burgess had to come back and in the end the scores were level on the last 16 all to end the match in a draw.
Rink 4: Gary Café, Andrew Field and Sue Murray versed Mick, Bruce and Paul (Team Mudgee). Team Mudgee had the lead from the 2nd end and never lost it and never looked threatened to take a comfortable win 19-10.
Rink 5: Dick Graham, Terry James and Noel Witney had a close game against Team Mudgee's Lenny, Eddie and Steve. Team Mudgee levelled the match on the 12th (12 all) and Team Witney again levelled the match on the 14th (14 all). With the second last end also drawn (16 all) Team Mudgee came up Trumps 17-16.
Rink 6: Joanne Café, Betsy Thornberry and Allan Clark versed Team Mudgee's Pat, Sean and Tom. With a low scoring match, Team Mudgee were just in front by the 13th 10-8. Team Clark fought back and levelled the match on the second last end (11 all) and scored the winning point to take the win 12-11.
This wraps up the week at the Majellan, so until next week, be kind to each other, see you on the green and Stay Frosty.