Tea Gardens Men’s Bowling Club
A REALLY packed agenda today, only having the one green in play, with the usual Wednesday Gala bowls being played early to make way for the first game of the 2017 Newcastle District Mid-week Pennant matches to follow.
No one could complain too much about the fine and mild playing conditions, with the possible exception of the Grade 4 Pennant players who had to contend with a blustery North-Easterly sea breeze, springing up just before play commenced, making their playing conditions difficult.
Player numbers were down as many were committed to the Grade 4 Pennant side.
Nonetheless, 32 bowlers competed in the Fours format with 20 points being awarded for a win and one point for each end won.
The winners for the day were Brian McPhee, Doug Andrews, Col Amos and Ron Green.
They were followed by Paul Goodwin, Henry Dallas, new member, Bill Bridges and Garry Melrose.
In the Grade 4 Mid-week Pennant Game, Tea Gardens took on a side from the Carrington Bowling Club at home.
It was a great opening game with Tea Gardens winning two out of the three matches.
Greg Pearson’s team, after a slow start, eventually clicked into gear and won comprehensively 34-14.
The Danny Johnson team, in contrast, revelled in the conditions and raced away leading 15-1 in the early stages. It was not until the 14th end that Carrington made an emphatic comeback winning 7 out of the last 8 ends.
Tea Gardens had enough points to see them home winners 26-23.
In the remaining game the “sleepy time down south syndrome” also hit the Mark Hair team.
They led comfortably at the 13th end 13-6 but really capitulated on the 20th end dropping a 6 to see Carrington take the lead for the first time in the match.
Carrington won the last end to win the match 20-17.
The final score saw the Tea Gardens side taking the match 77-57.
Next week the Tea Gardens mid-week side traveled to North Lambton to play at the Water Board Bowling Club.
There was no Fabulous Friday Open Pairs played today as
Our only green was in use hosting a final of a Newcastle District ladies bowls completion.
Friday bowls will resume next Friday 3 March.
The quarter-finals of the Club Minor Pairs Singles was played today with Peter Gurney accounting for Bill Heylbut, 31-15.
In a very tight game, up and coming Ken Devlin, in his first ever Club singles tournament, managed a close win over veteran, Max Stephens 31-27.
Two-time Club Minor Singles finalist, Doug Naylor, eliminated Noel Jackson from the contest, 31-15.
Another rising star, Luke Gliwa, pulled off an upset when he defeated Ross Barry, 31-19.
Well done Luke!
In Sunday Bowls today, players enjoyed the cooler, overcast conditions.
The winners were Dot Montgomery and Col Saillard.
In the semi-finals of the Club Minor Singles Championship played today, Doug Naylor surged into another final with a brilliant display of draw bowling. He halted Luke Gliwa’s chances with a resounding win, 31-10.
In the remaining game it took the man with the “deft touch” Peter Gurney 37 ends to stave-off a determined challenge from Ken Devlin. This was a high quality game that was thoroughly enjoyed by the large gallery in attendance.
Peter eventually won 31-24. Great game gentlemen!
It will be an all Palm Lake final next Sunday when residents Peter Gurney, finalist last year, and Doug Naylor compete for the trophy.
In other news:
There has been a large contingent of Tea Gardens bowlers competing in a variety of Newcastle District events in recent days.
The most successful were the Pairs team of Richard Lee and Sean Mearrick.
They won their opening games in the District Pairs but then ran into some Zone and State top guns.
They accounted themselves well.
The first round of the Saturday Pennant competition starts this coming weekend with Grade 3 playing at home against Cardiff, Grade 5 away at Lemon Tree Passage and Grade 6 playing at Hamilton.
Go the Dolphins!
By The JAFFA