Tea Gardens Men’s Bowling Club
The weather was hot and humid today with 36 players competing in the Wednesday Gala day.
Play reverted to two games of 12 end Triples as the Mighty Dolphins Grade 4 side played away at Carrington.
The winners were decided by 20 points for a win plus ends won.
Two teams scored 53 points and the winners were decided on a countback.
The team of Dennis Wilberforce, Tom Short and Dennis Ashbridge won the money just edging out Lance Atkins, Bruce Everitt and Pip Sullivan.
Next week will revert to one game of 18 ends commencing at the earlier time of 9.00 for 9.30 start.
The Mighty Dolphins Mid–week Pennant Grade 4 side played away at Carrington this week.
After trouncing Carrington at home in the first round, they found the conditions reversed playing at Carrington.
It would be true to say that they had a rough time.
The “green”, I use the term loosely, was more in keeping with a grazing sheep and was so slow that players delivering a bowl found it more likely to end closer to them than at the jack end.
Finesse, touch and bias went out the window and was replaced with brute strength more reminiscent of ten-pin bowling or a game of cricket.
Two teams went close to skittling all the “pins”.
The Danny Johnson four lost by 4 shots 18-22 and the “Houdini Four” remain unbeaten, plugging away to achieve a 19-19 draw.
The Mark Hair team were never in the game going down 11-34.
Carrington won the match 75-48. Ouch!
The 4’s can look forward to a “proper” game of bowls next week when they play the Water Board BC at home.
No Fabulous Friday Open Pairs this week.
The game was washed-out.
Play will resume next Friday, weather permitting.
Round 5 of the Saturday Pennant competition was played today with mixed results.
The Mighty Dolphins Grade 3 side continued on their unbeaten way with a great win, 77-53, over Boolaroo BC at home.
The Steve Pell team made a wonderful comeback, after trailing 14-23 at the 18th end, by pulling off an amazing 7 at the 19th, (they missed an 8 pin by a centimetre!), and drawing the 23-23 with one end to play.
They were holding three in the head with only the opposing skip to play his last bowl.
He pulled off a fine conversion and won the game for Boolaroo 24-23. Great game!
There were no similar dramas in the remaining games with the Sean Mearrick Four outplaying their opponents winning 28-19 and the Richard Lee team never headed winning 26-10 in a clinical display of precision bowling. Well done!
The Grade 5 side played away at Soldiers Point this week whilst the Grade 6 side also played away at the “graveyard” otherwise known as Tomago.
Soldiers Point made it a clean sweep winning the match 74-42.
There were two close games with the Danny Johnson team going down 17-23 and the Merv Mills four losing by 4, 16-20
In the remaining game Tea Gardens was completely out bowled losing 9-31.
There was better news from Grade 6 who had to tough it out at the now infamous Tomago green.
How this “green” manages to get passed each year by the NDBA defies all reason.
Grade 6 managed to avoid the numerous bare patches and “pot-holes” to record a two shot win 56-54.
The Doug Naylor team managed to win in a close one, 18-17.
The Max Stephens four found some level ground and piled on the points to win 22-12.
The remaining team succumbed to local knowledge and went down 16-25.
Well done the “Sixes”.
Congratulations to the Sunday Bowlers for turning out on a really dull day.
I am pleased to announce that Sunday Bowls is under new management due to the good grace of David Williams, Beverly Thrift and Ray Prigg.
I feel sure that now the Sunday bowlers have some consistency in their organisation their numbers will improve.
The quarter finals of the Club Pairs Championship were played today.
The pairing of Greg Peason and John Parkinson, (substituting for Scott Beaumont), defeated John Younghusband and Ian Baker 21-10.
Jeff Baker and Mark Hair,(substituting for Steve Pell), won a really close encounter with Daryl Martin and Col Amos. They won 25-24.
The pair of Ross Barry and Merv Mills ran away with their game against Tom Parkinson and Bill Thrift 30-7.
In the remaining game Col Farrugia and Brian Emmett held their opponents, Steve Jones and Paul Syron, to 14-14 at the 14th end but eventually went down 24-16 in the fading light. A real ‘gutsy’ effort!
The semi-finals will be held next Sunday with Scott Beaumont and Greg Pearson playing Steve Jones and Paul Syron and Jeff baker and Steve Pell taking on Ross Barry and Merv Mills.
A date for the final is yet to be announced.
By The JAFFA