Popular Club member Lawrie Riley has had more success in the District Minor Singles. Not long before winning the Club Title he had won his way into the final of the South Coast District
Minor Singles. The final was played in very difficult windy conditions, on a super quick green at Bodalla. He played Glen Wales from St Georges Basin. In a very tight struggle both players were able to master the conditions. There was very little between the two players until Riley managed to grab the upper hand at the key moment of the game. He secured a hard fought win 31 – 27!! Well done Lawrie!
The Mixed Pairs Championship continued with three of the four semi finalists decided. In the closest of the matches Fran O’Connell and Marcel Kors had a real battle with Chris Roxby and Stan Peck. Roxby and Peck had a great start when they picked up 5 shots on the second end. They consolidated on this position with another four shots on the 9th end to move to a 15 – 8 lead. However, O’Connell and Kors plugged away and cut the lead to just 2 shots at 15 – 13 before they dropped another 5 shots to again slip behind 21 – 13. From this point O’Connell and Kors fought back again and with one end to play the scores were locked at 21 all. They maintained the momentum to win 22 – 21!
Peter Davies and Gail Page played Rita and Noel Downie in a game of three parts. In the first part Davies and Page set up a good lead of 8 – 2 before the Downies fought back to grab the lead for the first time in the game at 10 – 9 after 12 ends. The game then moved into a third part where Davies and Page dominated winning 7 of the next 8 ends to take the match 22 – 11.
In the third game Sharron Perry and Joel Hilliard played Margaret and Ray Downey in a low scoring affair. Perry and Hilliard slowly build a lead based on some outstanding bowls from Hilliard who handled the tricky conditions very well. On several occasions he was able to play crucial shots that proved the difference in the game. After 14 ends they had a 15 – 5 lead and, despite a determined effort from the Downeys to reduce the margin, they were able to run out winners 17 – 12.
One semi-final will be between O’Connell and Kors and Davies and Page. The second will be between Perry and Hilliard and a deferred game between Bruce and Denise Lidbury and Cheryl McRae and Lawrie Riley.