Parkes Bowling and Sports Club a hive of activity for championships

The bowling club greens at the Parkes Bowling and Sports Club (PBSC) have been very busy in the last few weeks with the hectic activity beginning with the Ladies 2 day Minnie Riordan memorial tournament.

This was followed last week with the ladies regional finals over four days, and finally last weekend a section of the Men's Zone 4 seniors singles for bowlers 60 years of age and over. Nine of the 16 bowlers were from our club, but unfortunately none moved past the quarter final stage on Saturday afternoon.

On Sunday morning in one semi-final, Parkes Railway Digger's player Greg Howlett was defeated by Grenfell bowler Steve Galvin 31-16. In the other semi, Orange City bowler Bob Hamilton was the winner against his opponent, Peter Mead from Grenfell.

On Sunday afternoon the final was played with Bob Hamilton coming out on top in a nail biter against Steve Galvin to win by 1 shot. All the best to Bob in the state qualifying finals at Cowra bowling club next weekend.

Club Championship news

In amongst the events already mentioned, a few club championship games have been completed

Major Pairs

Steve Turner (pictured) and Wilbur Harris, who on paper would have been the favourites, came up against the determined pairing of Steve Ryan and Bruce Orr. In a game that was evenly matched all the way through to the end, Team Orr kept Team Harris honest. On the 14th end, Team Orr were leading by four shots but Team Harris came back to be leading by two on the penultimate end. They were unable to draw a shot to match team Orr, who on the last end scored a 3 to win by one shot: 20-19.

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In a reversal of fortunes four days later, Team Orr played against the duo of John Carr and Col Mudie to contest their next round of major pairs. Team Mudie raced off to an unsurmountable 18-4 lead on the 11th end. Team Orr then scored 10 shots in the next three ends; lost the 15th end by one shot then scored on the remaining six ends to record a respectable loss to Team Mudie, who won 24 shots to 21 after 21 ends.

Tom Furey and Dave Johnson played another game of pairs against the aforementioned duo of John Carr and Col Mudie. Team Johnson's dominance throughout the game was obvious winning seven out of the first eight ends and going on from there to record a 29-10 win.

On Tuesday, Guy Ellery and Gary McPhee contested a major pair's game against the Zone 4 State Open Pairs qualifiers Brett (Baldy) Frame and Mick Went.

Team McPhee got off to a great start, leading 16-8 on the 11th end after scoring a 6 on the 7th end. Team Went, as expected, started coming alive and by the 19th end, Team McPhee, although leading by one shot, were beginning to feel the pressure being exerted with Baldy playing great lead bowls ably assisted by Mick. On the 20th end the scores were 19-all with Team Went having the mat. Baldy played good lead bowls but Guy was not to be out done when he moved the jack out into an open area with his bowl. Gary dead drew the jack with his 3rd bowl and Mick could not convert. Team McPhee won 20-19 after 21 ends.

Major Triples

On Sunday, the trio of Greg Townsend, Mark Dwyer and Mick Went did battle against the team of Graeme Barby, Steve Ryan and Joe Davies.

Team Davies got out of the barrier well and held a commanding 15-8 lead after 14 ends of the required 25 ends. From this point, Team Went started out on a scoring spree from the 15th end on, winning 10 ends straight and scoring at will with a 4 shot and two 3's in the mix. It was all over by the 24th end with Team Went winning, with a convincing 26 shots to Team Davies 15 shots.

All players are reminded to have your club championship games arranged as soon as possible to alleviate any backlogs in the bowls programme.

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