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Doreen and John Monks New Mixed Pairs Champions

By |2020-10-18T22:02:43+11:00October 18th, 2020|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The 2020 Mixed Championship has decided with some great games played throughout the final series.

The quarterfinals started with a high standard, low scoring match between John and Sue Fahey and Doreen and John Monks. John Monks showed all of his skills in a match winning performance. On several ends the Faheys looked to have the advantage only for Monks to play the winning bowl. The Monks led early but by the 13th end the scores were locked at 9 all. The lead changed over the next 7 ends but after the regulation 21st end the scores were locked at 14 all. On the extra end the Faheys again looked the likely winners until John Monks once again played the key bowl! The Monks won 15 – 14.

Diane and Colin Fletcher played Michael and Di Challice in their quarter final. They had to fightback from a slow start. After 9 ends the Challices had a 10 – -3 advantage. The 10th end turned the game when the Fletchers picked up 6 shots. With the confidence they gained from this the Fletchers pushed on to a 20 – 12 lead after 19 ends. The Challices showed some fight at the end of the game but they could not bridge the gap. The Fletchers won 20 – 16.

Sue Hutcheson and Ivan Balentovic continued their good form with a very impressive upset victory over Gail Page (subbing for Rita Downie) and Noel Downie. Hutcheson and Balentovic controlled the game from the outset and never allowed their more experienced opponents to grab the upper hand. Both Hutcheson and Balentovic played some fantastic bowls. They held off a late flurry to win 22 – 16. Peter and Irene Macdonald proved too strong for Karen and Alan Skelton in the last quarter final winning 25 – 12.

The Fletchers played the Macdonalds in one semi-final. The Macdonalds had the better of the first half of the game despite dropping ‘a 5’ on the 6th end. After 11 ends they lead 16 – 12. The Fletchers then gained the momentum they needed. They won the next 5 ends to be ahead 22 – 16 after 16 ends. They were able to defend their lead as the Macdonalds won 4 of the remaining 5 ends. However, the Fletchers were able to limit the number of shots they conceded on these ends and won 23 – 21. In the other semi-final the Monks ended the great run Hutcheson and Balentovic had in the Championship. In this game Doreen Monks demonstrated that she has really mastered the use of the bowling arm with an outstanding display of lead bowling. She was able to control the game and they moved into the final on the back of a dominant 29 – 9 victory.

The final between the Monks and the Fletchers was a clash between a pair with years of experience and a pair relatively new to the game. Continuing their outstanding form, the Monks had a flying start and quickly raced to a 17 – 1 lead after 7 ends. To their credit the Fletchers never stopped trying and won half of the remaining ends but they were never in the position to narrow the gap. The Monks were deserved winners of the title. They combined beautifully throughout the Championship.

While well beaten in the Final, the Fletchers also deserve to be congratulated on the way they played. They had a couple of very impressive wins and showed how much their bowls have improved in the short period they have been playing! An interesting side note is that Diane’s sister Denise Lidbury, had played in the final of this event in the last nine years with a great record. She was the winner 7 times, the last 4 playing with husband Bruce!

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Round One of Mixed Pairs Completed

By |2020-10-04T10:20:10+11:00October 4th, 2020|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The 2020 Mixed Pairs Championship has started with the first round of matches completed. Although played over 21 ends in many matches the result is determined by one or two ends. This was certainly the case in a high quality encounter between Sue and John Fahey and Alan McLeod and Rose Farrington. The Fahey’s started well with the fourth end being one of two key ends. They picked up 5 shots to open up a 7 – 2 lead. They scored another 5 shots on the 9th end to open up a 14 -5 advantage. McLeod and Farrington won their share of the remaining ends but they could not manage to close the margin. The Fahey’s moved into the next round with a 24 – 15 victory.

Ivan Balentovic teamed with first time competitive bowler Sue Hutcheson to score a good win over last year’s runners up Fran O’Connell and Marcel Kors. After 10 ends Hutcheson and Balentovic had a big lead at 17 – 8. O’Connell and Kors then fought back and reduced the margin to 3 shots at 18 – 15. In a very competitive portion of the game the teams traded ends and by the 18th end they were still separated by just 3 shots at 22 – 19. Hutcheson and Balentovic then consolidated their position by taking out the last three ends to win 29 – 19.

Peter and Irene Macdonald had to work hard against Jonathan Green and Lorraine Wake to progress to the next round. The Macdonald’s dominated the first half of a low scoring game to move to a 14 – 3 lead after 10 ends. Green and Wake fought back strongly to be just 2 shots behind at 14 – 12 after 15 ends. Irene Macdonald played the crucial shot of the game on the 18th end. Green and Wake were holding several shots but Irene was able to claim the end with her last bowl. The Macdonald’s then moved on to win 22 – 13.

Di and Michael Challice and Doreen and John Monks proved to be too strong on the day for their opponents. Both teams dominated their matches. The Challice’s defeated Lorraine Johnston and Doug Williams while the Monks’ relished the condition of the green to record a convincing win over Cheryl McRae and Brian Currie.

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Hilliard Completes Championship Haul with Win in the Fours!

By |2020-09-28T07:06:55+10:00September 28th, 2020|Categories: Men's Bowls|

Joel Hilliard and Peter Davies have continued their domination of the Club Championships at Tuross Head when they combined with Michael Challice and Marcel Kors to win the Fours Championship. For Hilliard the win means he has won all four of the Major Championships – Singles, Pairs, Triples and the Fours. Davies has joined him in winning the Pairs, Triples and Fours. However, they did not win the Fours without a hell of a scare and a remarkable come from behind win over Bruce Magilton, Jonathan Green, Ivan Balentovic and Lawrie Riley.

Both teams won their way into the final with close wins in the semi-finals. Hilliard’s side was pressed all the way by Des Jackson, Alan McLeod, Ray Downey and John Monks. Hiiliard held a slender 16 – 14 lead with three ends to play. Those ends were very tightly contested but Hilliard was able to win all three to grab a 20 – 14 victory.

Riley had a very exciting win over Len Downie, Col Fletcher, Peter Macdonald and Noel Downie. They lead the game for most of the match until Downie hit the front 19 – 18 on the 18th end. With one end to play the sides were locked at 20 all. Riley’s side was able to prevail on the last end to win 22 – 20.

The final was a cracking match with Riley’s quartet defying their under-dog status to have the best of the first half of the match. With all four players contributing to their success they won 9 of the first 13 ends to set up a 21 – 9 lead. Gradually Hilliard’s side chiselled away at the deficit as they won the next six ends, each by a single shot. With just two ends to play Riley was still in front at 21 – 15 and was hoping that their efforts to restrict their opponents to single shots would be enough for a win. However, on the 20th end Hilliard’s team all played great shots to enable them to collect six shots and draw level at 21 all. The Championship came down to a one end shoot out! Hilliard was able to maintain the momentum and his side won the end and the title. On this end they scored five more shots with the final score of 26 – 21 not reflecting the true nature of the game.

It was great comeback by the winners – they won last 8 ends – and demonstrated that champions are never out of a game. Congratulations to them. It has been a wonderful year for Hilliard and Davies. We wish them well as they represent the Club in the up-coming Champion of Champions events. Special congratulations to their opponents for a valiant effort. Two of their players – Bruce Magilton and Jonathan Green – are in their first season of competitive bowls. They were very well lead by Skip Lawrie Riley and Ivan Balentovic was a major force in both the semi and final. We will be hearing more of their success in the future.

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Peter Macdonald Wins Minor Singles Championship

By |2020-09-21T09:12:53+10:00September 21st, 2020|Categories: Men's Bowls|

Peter Macdonald is the 2020 Minor Singles Champion at Tuross Head Bowling Club. He was playing in his third final of this event – he had also been a losing semi-finalist on two other occasions! He played Brian Currie, who is only in his second season of competitive bowling, with the difference in experience proving to be a telling factor. The early ends were very tightly contested but Macdonald was able to gain an 12 – 3 advantage before Currie fought back to 12 – 8. The next end proved critical as Macdonald hit back with the maximum four shots and regained his lead of eight shots at 16 – 8. Currie seemed to lose his confidence at this stage as Macdonald won the next six ends to move to 26 – 9. He ended up winning 31 – 9.

Macdonald was in great touch on the day and continually put pressure on Currie. While Currie seemed to hold his nerve he just could not get the break he needed to change the momentum of the game. Macdonald is a very worthy Champion. Currie deserves congratulations for making his way to the final and he will benefit from the experience.

The fourth semi-finalist in the Fours Championship has also been decided following a very close match between Des Jackson, Alan McLeod, Ray Downey and John Monks and Brian Currie, Ben Hewison, John Fahey and Doug Williams. Williams’ side had the better of the early ends of a low scoring game. They lead 9 – 4 after 9 ends. But by the 14th end Monks had drawn level at 11 all. Williams hit back to be in a strong position at 17 – 12 after 18 ends. The next end swung the match. Monks’ quartet were able to pick up 6 shots and move to the lead at 18 – 17. They consolidated on the next end and were able to defend on the last end to grab the win 19 – 18. The key to the win was the play of John Monks who played several key bowls to either grab the shot or to reduce the number of shots his opponents could score.

The semi-finals and finals of the Fours Championship will be played next weekend.

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Minor Singles Semi Finals and Fun Day

By |2020-09-13T21:30:45+10:00September 13th, 2020|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The finalists in the 2020 Minor Singles Championship have been decided following two excellent semi-finals. In a repeat of their epic clash in the 2019 semis of this event, Pater Macdonald and Marcel Kors battled it out over 41 ends to the delight of the spectators who were present. Kors continued his great form and had the best of the first half of the game. He was able to build up a good lead and by the 23rd end he held a 22 – 9 advantage. However, this score did not reflect the closeness of the play. Almost every end was tightly contested with only one score of 3. Macdonald seemed to be favouring his ‘dog inflected’ injured hip.

Gradually the momentum in the game started to change. Macdonald chipped away at the margin and by the 33rd end he had narrowed the deficit to just 3 shots at 25 – 22. On the next end Kors scored 3 shots to move in reach of victory at 28 – 22 only to see Macdonald again surge. By the 38th end the scores were locked at 28 all and the excitement and tension increased. Kors moved to a 30 – 28 lead on the next end. Holding his nerve and form Macdonald played very well in the next two ends to claim a sensational win 31 – 30. This was a wonderful come from behind victory and reversed the 2019 result. Kors was disappointed but very gracious in defeat.

Macdonald’s opponent in the final will be Brian Currie who demonstrated his growing confidence to hold off a gallant effort by Jonathan Green. Currie started well and quickly moved to a 11 – 4 lead. Green competed well but struggled to score multiple shots. Currie was able to continue his domination of the match and he ran out winner 31 – 20.

The Tuross Club held a special ‘Fun Day’ on Sunday 13th of September in an effort to provide our members with some relief from the difficult times we are experiencing. It was wonderful to see 55 players on the greens! Even though it was all about enjoyment the best performing side on the day was recognised. The winners were Tracey Stewart, Di Challice and Marcel Kors – some consolation for Marcel following his loss in the Minor Singles semi-final. Almost 70 members shared in a fantastic BBQ lunch – enjoyed while following the social distancing rules! Well done to the team who put it all together!

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Minor Singles Championship Action

By |2020-09-07T09:25:22+10:00September 7th, 2020|Categories: Men's Bowls|

Preliminary matches in the 2020 Minor Singles Championship have been played and the semi-finalists determined. 2019 runner up Marcel Kors has stormed into the final four with two very convincing wins. He was in fine touch accounting for Ray Downey 31 – 14 and Col Fletcher 31 – 9. Perennial ‘bridesmaid’ in this event, Peter Macdonald, has also made the semis again with two contrasting wins. He proved too experienced for Warren Hodder with a 31 – 16 win but had a real battle in his game with new bowler, Bruce Magilton. Macdonald started well but found Magilton very competitive. Magilton never managed to hit the front but twice he levelled the score only to see Macdonald consolidate. In the end Macdonald won a very tough battle 31 – 24.

In his 89th year, Lou Kozlik, showed his determination in recording a good win but he lost his second match. He fought back from a slow start against Alan Skelton where he trailed 12 – 4 and 17 – 10 before surging to take out the clash 31 – 20. His game with Brian Currie followed a similar pattern. Currie started well and was in command at 11 – 4 before Kozlik won 6 ends in a row to take the lead 12 – 11. Currie then regrouped and dominated the rest of the game to win 31 – 17.

The final semi-finalist is newcomer Jonothan Green who demonstrated the benefit of his dedication to practise when he came from behind to outlast Michael Challice. Challice quickly found his groove and lead 11 – 4 before Green settled into the match. The rest of the game was a very close battle. Green slowly caught up and after 18 ends hit the front at 18 – 17. The players then traded the lead several times and at 25 all an exciting finish was ensured. At this stage Green was able to play his best bowls. He won 3 of the last 4 ends to record an excellent 31 – 26 victory.

Kors plays Macdonald in one semi while Currie and Green will do battle for the other position in the final.

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Triples Championship Decided

By |2020-08-30T13:47:28+10:00August 30th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Joel Hilliard and Peter Davies have continued their domination of the 2020 Championships when they teamed with Michael Challice to win the Triples title. In one semi-final Des Jackson, Col Fletcher and Lawrie Riley combined well to defeat Ivan Balentovic, Jon Green and Peter Macdonald. In the other, Challice, Davies and Hilliard proved too strong for Doug Williams, Alan McLeod and John Monks.

The final was played in perfect conditions with the green playing exceptionally well. The first half of the game was extremely close. After 13 ends the score was locked at 8 all. On ten of these ends the sides were separated by a single shot. On several ends Riley played outstanding shots to keep his team in the game. The game continued in the same vein for the next 7 ends but Hilliard’s side started to gain the upper hand. In these ends Challice, in particular, played some very telling bowls to put the pressure on the opposition. By the 20th end Hillard had set up a 16 – 10 advantage.

The 21st end was crucial – Hilliard managed to score four shots to extend the lead. Despite Riley quickly replying with 3 shots on the next end his team could not consolidate. Hilliard was able to win the last three ends to claim the match 26 – 13. In the end it was the experience of the Champions that made the difference. Peter Davies played well all match with his consistency proving the difference between the teams. Jackson, Fletcher and Riley were far from disgraced in a very entertaining tussle. Well done to the Champions!

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Davies and Hilliard Retain Pairs Title

By |2020-08-23T08:23:14+10:00August 23rd, 2020|Categories: Men's Bowls|

Peter Davies and Joel Hilliard have won their second consecutive Major Pairs Championship in a final that was surrounded with drama. The recent wet weather has played havoc with the bowling program and the Final of the Major Pairs had to be suspended twice. Then, when it was fine enough to play, the weather was cold and very blustery! Added to this the skip of one of the sides, John Monks, was forced to withdraw due to ill health! This meant that Noel Downie was forced to play skip and Des Jackson came in as a substitute.

The game itself had its own drama! Davies and Hilliard held the upper hand for most of the game but were forced to withstand ‘one hell of’ a fightback to claim the title! On the back of a master class in lead bowling from Davies, the defending champions were able to gradually build a lead in a very tightly contested match. The first 12 ends were decided by either 1 or 2 shots but Hilliard and Davies won 10 of the ends to set up a 15 – 3 advantage. When they moved to a 22 – 6 lead after 16 ends the game looked all but over.

Then the drama started! Jackson and Downie picked up 13 shots, including two scores of 5, to move to within 3 shots of the leaders at 19 -22 with just one end to play. Could it happen!! As the last end unfolded, Jackson and Downie held the advantage. As he prepared to bowl his last bowl, Downie was holding two shots needing one more to force another end or two to win. He took a calculated gamble to go for the win. Unfortunately for him he disturbed the head with the jack moving to give Davies and Hilliard 3 shots and a 25 – 19 victory!

The brave souls who stayed for the finish were treated to some great suspense. On balance Davies and Hilliard had the better of the match but Jackson and Downie really showed their fighting spirit to almost snatch the most unlikely of victories! Called in at the last minute, Jackson played very well. Congratulations to the Champions!

Two matches have also been decided in the Triples. In another incredible finish Des Jackson, Col Fletcher and Lawrie Riley won the last three ends to grab a 21 – 20 win over Len Downie, Noel Downie and Marcel Kors. Kors’ side lead the whole game but every time they looked like moving to an unbeatable position, Riley was able to narrow the gap. After 19 of 25 ends, Kors was in front 19 -12. By the 22nd end the lead was cut to 20 – 15. Riley scored 2 shots on each of the last three ends to snatch victory – the first time in the whole game that his team was in front!!

The other game was not as close. Doug Williams, Alan McLeod and John Monks dominated the first half of their match with Brian Currie, Alan Skelton and Allan Etheredge. By the 11th end they lead 26 – 1. Etheredge’s side fought back but could not bridge the gap. The final score was 33 – 10.

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Major Pairs Finalists Decided

By |2020-08-02T14:56:52+10:00August 2nd, 2020|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The finalists in the 2020 Major Pairs Championship have been decided with the match to be a replay of the 2019 final! Noel Downie and John Monks will try to stop Peter Davies and Joel Hilliard from winning consecutive Championships when they play on Saturday. The teams won their way into the final in contrasting semi-finals. Downie and Monks had a very tight battle against Peter Macdonald and Ray Downey while Davies and Hilliard had a big win in their clash with Alan McLeod and Col Fletcher.

Macdonald and Downey held the advantage for a large portion of their match with Downie and Monks. In a tight tussle the scores remained close until Macdonald and Downey grabbed the biggest lead of the day. On the back of fantastic lead bowls from Macdonald, they moved to a 17 – 9 lead after 13 ends. The next end proved crucial. Downie and Monks were able to pick up 5 shots. Not only did they close the margin but they had a big boost in their confidence. Downie, in particular, really hit his straps. He controlled the next few ends with his very skilful draw bowling. They hit the lead for the first time in the game on the 17th end. They went on to win a very good game 22 – 20.

Davies and Hilliard were locked in a close tussle with McLeod and Fletcher until they picked up the maximum 8 shots on the 7th end. The score blew out to a 17 – 6 margin. They then consolidated their lead before they picked up another 8 shots on the 13 end to move to a 32 – 10 lead. To their credit, McLeod and Fletcher did not give in and where able to win 4 of the next 6 ends. However, the margin was just too big. The two big scores ended being the difference between the teams. Davies and McLeod moved into the final with a 36 – 17 victory.

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Major Pairs Quarter Finals

By |2020-07-26T10:37:08+10:00July 26th, 2020|Categories: Men's Bowls|

Defending Champions, Peter Davies and Joel Hilliard showed ominous signs of their intent with a commanding performance in the quarter finals of the 2020 Major Pairs Championship. They were challenged in the early ends by Lou Kozlik and Stan Peck with the scores locked at 8 all after 8 ends. The Champions then motored ahead winning all but two of the remaining ends. When they agreed to finish before the full 21 ends Davies and Hilliard were ahead 36 – 14.

The 2019 runners up, Noel Downie and John Monks, were as equally as impressive when they built on a great start to dominant Brian Currie and Alan Skelton. Downie and Monks scored 12 shots in the first 3 ends and they were ahead 19 – 3 after 10 ends. Currie and Skelton could not reproduce the form they showed in their first round victory. The final score was 33 – 6.

The other two quarter finals were much tighter affairs. Alan McLeod and Col Fletcher managed to hang in to record somewhat of an upset victory over Jim Macklan and Bruce Lidbury. McLeod and Fletcher started well and set up a 8 – 2 advantage after 7 ends before Macklan and Lidbury fought back. They struck back to hit the lead, for what turned out to be the only time in the match, at 9 – 8 after 10 ends. McLeod and Fletcher then won the next two ends by 4 shots each to quickly retake the lead. The remainder of the game was a very tight affair with Macklan and Lidbury chiselling away at the deficit. With one end to play they trailed by just one shot at 20 -19. They then seemed to hold the advantage on the last end and looked like they would snatch a come from behind victory. However, with the last bowl of the game, Fletcher coolly drew the shot to claim a 21 – 19 win and a place in the semi-finals. They will play Davies and Hilliard.

The final game between Michael Challice and Marcel Kors and Peter Macdonald and Ray Downey was a game of two halves that ended up needing an extra end to determine a winner. Macdonald and Downey had the better of the first half of the game and had a good lead at 17 – 8 after 11 ends. At this point the momentum changed. Challice and Kors gradually closed the gap. With Kors, in particular, playing some critical bowls they levelled the score at 19 all with just two ends to play. The sides then shared the last two ends each scoring one shot to see the scores locked at 20 all. Another end was required! Neither side was able to dominate the end and Kors had the opportunity to snatch victory with his last bowl. Unfortunately for him his bowl ran agonisingly just through the head meaning Macdonald and Downey won 21 – 20 and booked a place in the final four where they will play Downie and Monks.

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