First of all I would like to say how pleased I am that the Champion Post has come through the last frustrating four months or so and is back bringing us up to date with local news and views.
It is also great to be back playing organised bowls no more closed greens or occasional roll ups and seeing the Club functioning again (even with some changed conditions).
Major Singles: After months of delays the final rounds of the Major Singles have been played over the last couple of weeks.
On Saturday, June 27 the first Semi-Final was played and Brett Baldy Frame had a convincing win against Martin Tighe to be first into the Final.
Last Saturday, July 11 the second Semi-Final was played with Col Hayward up against Tom Casey.
Col got the better start, winning the first two ends to lead 4-0 but after six ends Tom had taken the lead 6-5.
Scores remained fairly even but Tom gradually built a lead and after twenty-five ends the difference was only five shots with Tom in front 23-18.
Over the next three ends Tom scored seven shots to lead 30-18 but it took another three ends for him to score the important last shot to go into the final with a 31-21 victory.
We are looking forward to a great Final to be played on Saturday July 25.
Major Pairs and Minor Singles
Draws for these Championships have been made and action gets under way next Saturday.
Thursday, July 9: On our second week back, twenty-two bowlers took to the green to play four games of Pairs and one game of Triples with a couple of close scores and some not so close.
In a very close game Rob Irving and Ian Simpson came up against Wally Grant and Alan Affleck.
Rob and Ian scored a single shot on the first end but Wally and Alan came back to win the next two ends and lead 5-1.
By the start of the twelfth end the lead had been extended to twelve shots (18-6) and then Wally and Alan found form and, with the help of a four shot win on the thirteenth end, gradually got back into the game.
With three ends to play Rob and Ian had the lead 19-14 and though Wally and Alan won the last three ends they fell one shot short and Rob and Ian claimed the win, 19-18.
In another close game, Martin Tighe and Mal Porter took on Rob Tinker and Col Miller. Honours were shared on the first six ends with scores tied up at five all.
On the eighth end Rob and Col scored six shots to open up a 12- 5 lead but on the next end Martin and Mal recovered to score four shots and stay in the game.
With the score at 18-16 and only three ends to play Rob and Col looked likely winners but Martin and Mal scored four shots to take out the match 20-18.
Other match results were: John Ward and Ron Hornery 25 Graham Barby and John Carr 13. Arthur Corbett and Ray Jones, quite a few Col Hayward and John Dunn, not enough. Steve Ryan, his young nephew Nicholas and Graham Dixon 31 Col Mudie, Bob Freeman and John Watson/George Bradley 19
The Lucky Rink was No. 10 but unfortunately for young Nick (who was man of the match) the $160 prize was not won.
Saturday, March 7: On a day that looked like it was going to be very wet only four players turned out to share the green with the Major Singles Semi-Finalists.
A very brave John Ward and Peter McPhee were too good for an equally brave Rob Irving and John Carr. The final score was 23-16.
General: As I mentioned earlier the Club is up and running again (with some changed conditions) and we would to see you there for a quite drink and a chat.
The new opening time is 3pm but the beer is still as cold and the Staff just as friendly. Friday night is back in full swing with the early meat tray draw at about 6.45pm and the main raffle starting at about 8pm.
Look forward to seeing you all soon.