Festive Bowls for Tea Gardens Men’s Bowlers FEATURED Sport by Dave Brazier - December 10, 2014 One of the highlights of the Tea Gardens Bowling Club Calendar has to be the Annual Presentation Night. This is the night when the men and women of our Club get together with all the dignitaries from the Newcastle District Bowling Association. They come to present all the trophies won by combatants during the year and to pay homage to those whose outstanding achievements in bowls are recognised. There was a record participation this year with over 100 members attending. December 3: A capacity field of 52 players attended the popular Wednesday Nominated Triples Competition. As the grass green has been taken out of service for its annual makeover, the field was accommodated on 10 rinks on the “Daryl Martin Green”. It was a bit of a squeeze and with some minor inconvenience, everyone had a great time. The winners on the day with two wins and a mammoth score of +46 were John Slater, Frank Zumbo and John Yabsley. Frank is on another pilgrimage from Coonamble and is always welcome at our Club. Runners-up were the team of Lance Atkins, Graham Kelly and Bob Foster with a score of +36. (Gee we are going to miss Bob!) The “Lucky” third, were Barry Drayton, Sean Merrick and Ron Webster. December 5: The Friday Jackpot Pairs saw 14 players participating necessitating two rinks of pairs and one rink of triples. The runaway winners were John Moore and Bob Weir with a great score of +19. They finished ahead of Ross Barry and Merv Mills with +10 points. The Jackpot was not won. December 6: It was “fun and frolic” time for the Sunday Introduction to Bowls participants. The green was packed with 42 players and the surface looked like someone had spilt a box of M&M’s. Players entered into the spirit of the occasion dressing in all manner of festive dress. After the game the players joined with others with 70 attending an amazing Christmas lunch. After a random draw, the winners were Dennis Wilberforce, Ron Conaghan, and Olive McKeown. The “Lucky Losers” were Bruce Everitt, Dot Monty and Warren Nicholls. Sunday bowls will recess until 11th January, 2015. The organisers, Robyn, Ron, Danny and Sue, wish all bowlers a Happy Christmas and a fabulous New Year.