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John Monks Wins Second Consistency Championship

By | 2018-11-20T13:28:35+00:00 November 20th, 2018|Categories: Men's Bowls|

John Monks has won the Consistency Singles Championship for the second year in a row following the playing of the final matches in the competition.

Monks’ opponent in the semi-finals was determined when Alan Skelton had a good victory over Des Jackson. This game was close over the early ends until Skelton was able to pull away as he excelled on his favoured long ends. Jackson battled hard but Skelton was too strong on the day and won 150 – 120.

In their semi-final, Monks was under pressure early as Skelton had a great start and established a good lead of 41 – 17. Monks steadied and gradually narrowed the margin and by the 14th end he had levelled the score at 70 all. The match then became a real arm wrestle. Monks had a slight lead but could not pull away from the tenacious Skelton. After 28 ends the scores were 143 to 137. Monks was able to claim victory when he took out the next end.

The other semi-final was even closer as Lawrie Riley and Stan Peck had a battle ‘royale’. For the first half of the game the players were hard to separate. The scores were locked together several times in the first 14 ends. Riley then had a dominant spell where he built a lead of 107 to 93 after 20 ends. Peck then had his turn and by the 27th end he grabbed a narrow 136 – 134 lead. Despite Riley drawing level again on the next end, Peck did enough to make his way into another final with a hard fought 152 – 148 victory.

The final between Monks and Peck had a number of side stories. Monks was striving to retain the title as well as gain revenge after Peck had staged a marvellous fightback to grab the 2018 Major Singles title in the final also against Monks. Further, in the long history of playing one another Monks had never beaten Peck in a singles match.

It was to be Monks’ day. He played well from the start and by 11 ends he had a very handy lead of 71 – 39. He was able to continually put Peck under pressure and as a result Peck found it difficult to narrow the lead. Every time Peck seemed to be gaining some momentum Monks was able to reassert his dominance. In the end Monks had a very convincing win of 158 to 102.

The win was well deserved as Monks played excellent bowls throughout the game. Well done to both players, not only for their efforts in this event but for their play throughout the Championship season. Peck won the Major Singles ( against Monks); Monks won the Minor Singles and they teamed with Alan McLeod to win the Triples.

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Consistency Singles

By | 2018-11-11T21:59:42+00:00 November 11th, 2018|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The final Championship for the year is underway with round 1 and 2 matches in the Consistency Singles completed. The scoring in this form of the game is different with points being allocated to the four closest bowls – 4 for the closest, 3 for second, 2 for third and 1 for fourth. With 10 points available each end, the winner is first to 150. After the jack is rolled it is placed on a ‘washer’ and is replaced on the washer if it is moved by a bowl. The game is about consistently drawing to the jack.

Stan Peck continued his excellent form with a good win over Michael Atkinson in Round 1. Lawrie Riley and Doug Williams had a very close battle until the last few ends when Riley pulled away to win 153 – 127. Joel Hilliard was too experienced for Marcel Kors.

In the closest Round 1 game Peter Bird needed an extra end to claim victory over Ray Downey. This game was close throughout. Nearing the end the players where locked on 145 all. On the 30th end Downey seemed to have the edge until Bird was able to push his bowl into the head to even the end at 5 all. The players were locked on 150 all and needed an extra end. On this end Bird was able to grab a 6 -4 result to take out the match.

Stuart Graham and Ron Cox also had a very close tussle. Cox managed to hold the advantage for most of the game but Graham managed to win the crucial last ends to give him a 154 – 136 victory.

In the second round Peter Bird had another very close encounter with Lawrie Riley. Riley kept his head in front for much of the match but Bird was always in touch. He gradually narrowed the gap and on the second last end he levelled at 145 all. Riley held his nerve and had three excellent bowls on the last end that enabled him to win 151 to 149.

Riley’s opponent in the semi-finals will be the irrepressible Stan Peck who had another impressive victory. This time he accounted for Stuart Graham with another masterly display of draw bowling winning 154 to 116.

John Monks and Joel Hilliard also had a tight game. Monks started slowly but by the 10th end he had hit the front. He gradually built up a good lead. Hilliard remained in the fight and with a late charge he was only 8 points behind with two ends to play. Monks had the better of the 29th end and this gave him a 151 – 139 victory.

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Denise Lidbury Selected for NSW Country

By | 2018-10-30T08:39:14+00:00 October 30th, 2018|Categories: Women's Bowls|

Denise Lidbury is off to Soldiers Point this weekend, 3rd and 4th November to play in the NSW State Annual Bowls fixture of Country versus City. There are twenty bowlers chosen for each side. Four members play in the under 25’s and eight in both the Open and Seniors.
Denise has been a member of Tuross Head Country Club Women’s Bowling Club since 1990. In that time she has won many club titles as well as District. She has participated regularly in Regional and State events.

In 2018 she was a member of the Tuross Head Pennant 1 side who played at the Entrance in August in the State playoffs.

She also played in the pairs, triples and fours competitions at the State level at Taren Point in September. The selectors certainly had an eye for excellence in choosing Denise to be part of the Country Seniors side. She, along with Emma Petit from Merimbula are the only two representatives from the south of New South Wales.

Tuross Head Country Club is extremely proud of Denise’s efforts and wish her well in this highly contested event.

We hope Country will be able to defend the title they won in 2017.

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Handicap Pairs Decided

By | 2018-10-28T15:13:17+00:00 October 28th, 2018|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The 2018 Handicap Pairs Championship has been played and the new Champions determined.

Ken Drew and Doug Williams had a very close win over Jim Madden and Joel Hilliard in the only round 1 game, winning 24 -23. In the second round Drew and Williams were too good for Des Jackson and Patrick Sager winning comfortably 23 – 11.

Noel Downie and Julian Penny started their campaign with a strong showing against Brian Currie and Jim Howden. Ivan Balentovic and John Fahey had a good win over Alf Winch and Stan Peck and Col Fletcher and Alan McLeod held off a strong finish by Mick Challice and Jim Macklan to sneak into the semis with a 18 -17 win.

Both semi finals were close matches. Balentovic and Fahey had to give Fletcher and McLeod 13 shots start! The match looked all over when McLeod lead 30 – 10 after 12 ends. However Fahey fought back and with two ends to play trailed by only 3 shots at 31 – 28. McLeod managed to win the last two ends to win 33 – 28!

In the other semi final Penny and Downie looked home when they dominated the middle ends to set up a 21 – 15 advantage over Drew and Williams. Drew and Williams won the last three ends but fell one shot short going down 21 – 20.

The final was a great game. Penny and Downie had to give Fletcher and Mcleod a six shot start and looked in all sorts of trouble when they were behind 15 – 1 after 9 ends. Then the momentum changed. Downie won six ends in a row and raced to a 18 – 15 lead. McLeod fought back and with just two ends to play led 23 – 19.

Downie was able to win the last two ends and picked up four shots to force the game into an extra end. McLeod seemed to have control of the end holding shots with Downie to bowl the last end. With little option Downie played a strong bowl into the head and, with a little help, he was able to pick up the jack and three shots to triumph 26 -23!! It was a very entertaining match!

Congratulations to Penny and Downie on their win.

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Bruce and Denise Lidbury Retain Mixed Pairs Championship

By | 2018-09-27T15:04:17+00:00 September 23rd, 2018|Categories: Men's Bowls|

Bruce and Denise Lidbury have retained the Mixed Pairs Championship after a hard fought victory in the final against Rita and Noel Downie. The Lidburys won their way into final after a convincing win in the semi finals against Lorraine Wake and Allan Etheredge. Wake and Etheredge had a day to forget and could not get into the match after starting slowly.

The final was a much closer affair until a decisive period of play saw the Champions pull away. The Downie’s had the better of the early ends that were very tight. They had a 6 -2 lead after six ends before Bruce and Denise drew level at 9 all on the eleventh end. The tight tussle continued with the score 11 all after fourteen ends.

The Lidburys then won four consecutive ends in period that determined the result. They picked up 11 unanswered shots in this period to make it very hard for the Downies. The Downies won the next two ends but the single shots did not close the gap enough to give them a chance. The final score of 22 – 13 did not reflect the closeness of the battle. It did, however, demonstrate the ability of Bruce and Denise to produce the important shots when it mattered most.

Congratulations to both teams on an excellent display of championship bowls. Well done to Bruce and Denise on retaining their title!!

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Mixed Pairs Semi Finalists Decided

By | 2018-09-09T12:00:01+00:00 September 9th, 2018|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The semi -finalists in the mixed pairs have been decided after the final two quarter finals were played on Saturday. The interesting point about both of these games is that they featured two of our newest women bowlers playing in their first competitive matches. Despite being on the losing sides both ladies, Cheryl McCrae and Di Challis, played very well.

Sharron Perry and Joel Hilliard proved to be too experienced for Cheryl McCrae and Lawrie Riley. Perry and Hilliard had to hold off a good finish from McCrae and Riley. The key was they were able to restrict the number of shots McCrae and Riley were able to score on the ends that they won.

After 12 ends the other game between Lorraine Wake and Allan Etheredge and Di Challis and Stuart Graham was locked at 12 all and could have gone either way. However, again it was experience that was the difference with Wake and Etheredge slowly pulling away to earn a spot in the semis!

The semi finalists will provide some great bowls as Wake and Etheredge and Perry and Hilliard will join Rita and Noel Downie and Denise and Bruce Lidbury in the battle for the title!

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2018 Classic Pairs

By | 2018-09-09T11:55:52+00:00 September 9th, 2018|Categories: Men's Bowls|

Despite the threat of rain the Men’s Classic Pairs was completed without any disruption. Unfortunately, the little rain that we did have overnight on a couple of the days affected the way the greens played. In the end it was the same for all teams who had a big three days playing six matches of 21 ends!

Two teams managed to win all of their games and took the main shares of the $3500 prize money! Dave Caldwell and Don Cooper from Moruya had a great tournament winning with six wins and a total margin of plus 98 shots. They have been great supporters of this event for many years and it is the first time they have come out on top.

Jason Hossack (Bombala) teamed with Malua Bay’s Steve Maher to take out second place with six wins and plus 55. Tim Kovacs (Moruya) and Tony Giannasca (Malua Bay) were third with five wins and plus 54.

Peter Hattam (Narooma) and Doug Ebsworth (Malua Bay) recovered from a disaster in the second round to grab fourth place with five wins and plus 36. The final place getters were Callala Beach players Paul Kennedy and Anthony Fisher who managed to hang on to fifth place despite having a draw in the last game. They ended with four wins, a draw and a margin of plus 45.

Jeff Rankin (Moruya) and Nick King (Lake Conjola) had two very close losses to push them out of the place getters but they managed to have the best last game score to go home with some reward!!

A big thanks to Club Tuross and all of the staff for their support of the tournament!

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2018 Minor Singles

By | 2018-07-15T20:27:58+00:00 July 15th, 2018|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The finalists for this year’s Minor Singles have been decided with the completion of all of the preliminary matches. In the only first round match Peter Macdonald was forced to come from behind after Alan Skelton raced to a good start. Macdonald slowly found his groove and won 31 – 22.

Macdonald had another tight match in his quarter final with Lawrie Riley. The result was not determined until the final few ends with Macdonald winning 31 – 24. Col Fletcher and Mick Atkinson had an extremely tight battle in their game that lasted for 38 ends. They traded ends with low scores before Atkinson played some key bowls at the end to win 31 – 21.

Julian Penny had too much experience for Des Jackson in their clash. He patiently plugged away and was rewarded with a 31 – 19 win. John Monks had a good win against Andrew Farrington.

The two semi-finals resulted in relatively convincing wins to Macdonald and Monks. Macdonald had a great start in his clash with Atkinson and was never really troubled in his 31 – 12 victory. Although the final score was convincing, Monks had to work hard to get over the top of Penny. After a close early battle Monks pulled away to win 31 -15.

It now promises to be an interesting final with both players hoping to go one better than their last appearance in a singles final. Monks was recently runner up in the 2018 Major Singles while Macdonald was the runner up in the 2017 Minor Singles final.

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Lakeside Triples 2018

By | 2018-07-14T15:06:59+00:00 July 14th, 2018|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The Annual Lakeside Triples turned out to be another excellent tournament. The two day event attracted 26 teams who competed for over $4000 in prize money. Though cool, the calm sunny weather made for excellent playing conditions.

The teams played seven games of ten ends over the two days. The evenness of the contest meant that no team won all seven games. In fact 15 teams had at least 1 draw. This meant that the final placings were not determined until the last games were completed.

The combined team of Keith Pickett (Narooma) Jeff Rankin (Moruya) and Nick King (Lake Conjola) edged out Dave Johnson, Dave Carter (both Moruya) and Jason Hossack (Bodalla) for top place by three shots after both teams finished with six wins. King’s team had a margin of plus 29 while Hossack finished on plus 26.

The Moruya team of Don Cooper, Chris Pollack and Shane Quinlivan finished third with 5 wins and draw and the best margin of all 26 teams of plus 41. Two other teams also had 5 wins and a draw. Coming in fourth was the Canberran team of Rod Tonkin, Alan Monfries and Ian Whybrow with a plus 27.

The Malua Bay Team of Laurie Fayle, Tony Gianniascia and Doug Ebsworth finished with plus 12. Though they lost only one game they had a draw and three wins with a margin of 1!! With one game to play they were in first place but they stumbled at the last hurdle and were forced back to fifth!

The final money winner in sixth place was the best placed local team of Stan Peck, Michael Kennedy and Alan Etheredge who had 5 wins and a margin of plus 22.

A big thanks to all of the sponsors who made the Tournament possible with their generous donations especially the local companies Cyclonic Roof Restorations, Eurobodalla Fire Service and Club Tuross.

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Noel Downie and Joel Hilliard win the Major Pairs

By | 2018-06-21T16:18:26+00:00 June 21st, 2018|Categories: Men's Bowls|

Noel Downie and Joel Hilliard are the 2018 Major Pairs Champions. They won the title with a strong second half of the final against Colin Fletcher and Alan McLeod.

Downie and McLeod started the final strongly racing to a 7 – 1 lead after just 4 ends before Fletcher and McLeod settled their nerves and got into the match. By the 9th end Fletcher and McLeod had snatched the lead at 10 – 9. The game had become a very tight battle with McLeod, in particular, playing some excellent bowls.

Downie and Hilliard, the favoured duo, then clicked into action and gradually secured their victory. After 13 ends they were again in the lead at 13 – 12. Over the next four ends they pulled away picking up 10 shots to move to a matching winning 23 – 12 advantage. Both Downie and Hilliard showed their class with outstanding bowls in this period. Their ability to control the head proved the difference.

While the final score was a convincing 24 – 14 win to Downie and Hilliard, the game was a tense battle. Fletcher and McLeod proved to be the ‘dark horses’ of the competition and were in no way disgraced in the final. Congratulations to Downie and Hilliard who were deserved winners and had to survive a couple of tight battles on their route to the final. They will now represent Tuross in the District Champion of Champions competition.

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