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Bowls Return with Major Singles Semi Finals

By |2020-06-28T14:21:17+10:00June 28th, 2020|Categories: Men's Bowls|

Tuross Head Bowling Club’s defending Club Champion, Noel Downie, has won the right to defend his title with a strong semi final victory as bowling slowly returns after the three month enforced closure.

In the first competition bowls since the middle of March, the semi finals in the Major Singles Championship have been played. Downie battled with the rapidly improving Mick Challice for a place in the final. The first ten ends were very competitive with Challice just in front at 7 – 6. Downie then took control of the match and gradually pulled away. Challice was not having the best of ‘the rub of the green’ as he battled to stay in the game. He found Downie’s consistency very difficult to counter. In the finish Downie won 31 – 15 with the score not a real indication of the closeness of the game.

The other semi between Marcel Kors and Joel Hilliard followed a similar pattern. Kors held the upper hand over the first half of the game and was looking in a strong position when he led 15 – 9. At this stage Hilliard grabbed the initiative and won 7 of the next 8 ends to open up a 24 – 16 lead. He stayed in control to run out a convincing 31 – 17 winner. While he started well, Kors could not reproduce the form he had displayed before the long break.

The final will be a ‘battle for the ages’ with almost a 50 year age gap between the combatants. The very mature, skilled Downie will need to be at his best to win back to back titles with a victory over the very talented Hilliard. The final will be played on Saturday July 4.

The return to bowls will move to a new stage from July 1. At this point local Clubs are still waiting on guidance from Bowls NSW as to the conditions that will apply in this next stage. Until that is known there will be single entry pairs on Wednesday and nominated pairs on Fridays.

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Singles Semi – Finalist Determined

By |2020-03-16T09:16:16+11:00March 16th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

It has been another busy week for Tuross bowlers with further play in the Club’s Major Singles Championship and the completion of Round 4 of the State Pennants. It was a successful round of Pennant play with both sides recording victories. The Grade 5 side travelled to Moruya and had a very tight game. In the finish Tuross won two of the three rinks and scrapped home overall by 61 shots to 57 as Moruya almost snatched victory with a very strong finish. Tuross scored 9 points to Moruya’s 1.

The Grade 6 side were at home to Narooma and chalked up their first win of the year. Alan Skelton, Di Challice, Ben Hewison and Carol Williams led the way with a convincing 28 – 8 win on their rink. Allan Etheredge’s team finished strongly to grab a 29 – 20 win. Ray Downey’s side faltered after a fast start to go down 32 – 24. Tuross won overall by 81 shots to 60 giving them 9 points to Narooma’s 1.

Next week the Grade 5 side are home to Malua Bay while the Grade 6 side travels to Malua Bay.

The final matches of round 1 and the quarter finals of the major singles championship have now been completed. Peter Macdonald dominated the early stages of his round 1 clash with Bruce Lidbury and led 16 – 7 before Lidbury stormed back into the match. After 24 ends Lidbury grabbed the lead at 22 – 21. The players then traded the lead until they reached 25 all. Lidbury then pulled away to win an excellent game 31 – 25.

Michael Atkinson proved too good for an out of sorts Alan Skelton and won their game 31 – 12.

The quarter final matches produced some exciting games with two of our newer players forcing their way into the semi-finals. Defending Champion, Noel Downie, kept his title hopes alive with a classy 31 – 13 win over Michael Atkinson. Joel Hilliard had the better of Alan McLeod for most of their game but had a fright win McLeod closed to within two shots at 18 – 16. Hilliard was able to steady and he pulled away to win 31 – 20.

Marcel Kors and Peter Davies had a great battle in a high quality match. Kors started well and moved to a 15 – 6 advantage before Davies slowly pegged him back. Shots were at a premium with most ends resulting in a 1 or 2 shot result. Davies narrowed the deficit to 15 – 17 but Kors wasn’t to be denied and he slowly but surely made his way into the semi- finals with a 31 – 18 victory.

Mick Challice was as equally impressive in his game with Bruce Lidbury. This game followed a similar pattern with Challice starting well and setting up a 16 – 8 lead before Lidbury slowly clawed his way back into the match. It was anyone’s game when Challice’s lead was cut back to 20 – 19. Like Kors, Challice steadied and claimed an excellent 31 – 23 win.

Kors and Challice are two of our newer bowlers and it is great to see them make their way into the semi-finals of the premier championship event. Kors will play Hilliard while Challice takes on Downie.

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2020 Championship Program Starts

By |2020-03-09T09:27:31+11:00March 9th, 2020|Categories: Men's Bowls|

Play in the 2020 Championships has started with five round one matches in the Major Singles completed. The third round of the Pennant season has also been played with mixed results for the Tuross sides.

In Pennants the Grade 5 side returned to the winners list after a very closely fought battle with Dalmeny at home. Despite losing two of the three rinks, Tuross managed an overall win on the back of an excellent performance from the team of Ivan Balentovic, Mick Atkinson, Peter Davies and Noel Downie. They had a convincing 28 – 12 win on their rink. While the other two rinks went down 15 – 19 and 19 – 24, Tuross won overall by 62 shots to 55 shots. This meant that they received 8 points to Dalmeny’s 2.

The Grade 6 side suffered their second consecutive big loss when they travelled to Tomakin. Tomakin had big wins on two rinks to rack up a 79 shots to 35 shots margin. The one highlight for Tuross was a hard fought win by the team of Alan Skelton, Lou Kozlik, Stan Peck and Carol Williams. They held on to win 20 – 19 despite losing the last 3 ends. Tomakin took the points to the tune of 9 – 1. Next week the Grade 5 side travels to Moruya while the Grade 6 side hosts Narooma.

There was some great bowls played in the Major Singles. Joel Hilliard and Lawrie Riley had a great tussle. Riley held a slender 11 – 10 lead before Hilliard pulled away to a 20 – 11 advantage. While Riley was able to keep his hopes alive Hilliard kept his nose in front. The game was well and truly alive when Riley managed to reduce the margin to just 4 shots at 29 – 25. Hilliard then played the shot of the match to grab a 31 – 25 victory.

Brian Currie and Mick Challice also had long, close battle. Currie looked well placed when he established a 16 – 7 advantage. However, Challice found his range and within six ends the scores were level at 17 all. The scores remained close and after 27 ends Challice led 23 – 21. Challice then dominated by winning the next six ends to take the match 31 – 21.

While the three remaining matches did not finish with close score lines, all the players involved played some excellent bowls. Defending Champion, Noel Downie, found Lou Kozlik a tough nut with Kozlik leading after 12 ends. From this point Downie pulled away to win 31 – 11. Peter Davies has been in great recent form and he showed his consistency in accounting for note singles player Stan Peck 31 – 10. Alan Mcleod showed a welcome return to form with a 31 – 11 win over Len Downie. This score line does not reflect the closeness of the game. Downie often dominated an end only to see McLeod take the spoils with one excellent bowl. Three games in round one remain to be played.

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Tough Pennant Day For The Tuross Sides

By |2020-03-01T08:04:36+11:00March 1st, 2020|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The second round of the 2020 Pennant season has proven to be a disappointing one for the Tuross Head Club with both sides well beaten in their matches. The Grade 5 side travelled to Malua Bay and suffered their biggest defeat for some time. All three rinks were outplayed by the hosts. Malua Bay won 42 of the 63 ends to give them a 74 shots to 38 shots victory. As a result they won 10 points to nil.

For the Tuross side Joel Hilliard’s rink lost their first game in two years going down 28 – 14. Carol Williams was competitive for the first half of the game but went from 10 all after 12 ends to a final score of 12 – 26. Noel Downie’s team was also competitive for most of the match but ended up on the wrong side of the scorecard going down 12 – 20.

The Grade 6 side played at home against a very strong Braidwood outfit and found the going very tough. Braidwood started strongly and held a comfortable advantage throughout the game. The one bright note for the locals was the effort of the team of Len Downie, Chris Codington, Brian Currie and Doug Williams. They looked like they were in for a very long afternoon when they were down 1 – 11 after 9 ends. They staged a great comeback and grabbed the lead at 15 – 13 with one end to play. They then looked to have the game well in hand before the Braidwood skip played a great shot to kill the end with his last bowl. Braidwood then managed to pick up two shots on the replay of the end to level the scores at 15 all!

The other two Tuross rinks struggled. After holding a slender 10 – 9 lead after 11 ends, Ray Downey’s team lost their way and went down 13 – 24. Stan Peck’s side found the aggressive play by their opponents difficult to counter and lost 13 – 28.

Braidwood chalked up a total of 67 shots to Tuross’s 41 to win the match by 9.5 points to 0.5.

Next week the Grade 5 side are at home to Dalmeny while the Grade 6 side travels to Tomakin.

On the local scene the 2020 Championships will start next Sunday with the first round of the Major Singles to be played. The draw has been posted on the board and circulated to all members.

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2020 Pennant Season Underway

By |2020-02-23T13:40:06+11:00February 23rd, 2020|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The 2020 Pennant season has started with a historic twist to the competition. The competition is now ‘open’ meaning that all eligible men and women can play in the competition. To be eligible a person needs to be registered with Bowls NSW. Many of the Clubs in our competition district have had women register so they can play with the men.

Tuross has two sides entered in the competition – a Grade 5 side and a Grade 6 side. The Grade 6 side is a promotion from recent seasons after winning Grade 7 last year. In Round One the Grade 5 side was at home to Moruya and the Grade 6 side travelled to Dalmeny.

The Grade 5 clash turned out to be a real nail biter! Very little separated the two sides throughout until Tuross pulled ahead to lead by 11 shots on the ‘master board’ with just a combined 9 ends to play. However, Moruya dominated these ends and picked up 15 shots to the host’s 4 to see the match end up a tie at 56 shots each. Tuross won two of the three rinks to have a narrow 5.5 to 4.5 overall win.

For Tuross Joel Hilliard won 19 – 14; Noel Downie won 22 – 17 and Gail Page went down 15 – 25.

In the Grade 6 match Dalmeny started the better and quickly opened up a big lead on the master board. However, the Tuross teams gradually made their way into the game and the scores were 39 all after a combined 48 ends. At this stage Dalmeny regrouped and they were able to pull away to record a 52 to 43 shot victory. Tuross managed to win one rink meaning that the final result was a 9 points to 1 win to the home side.

For Tuross Ray Downey’s team managed a 18 – 12 win while Doug Williams’ team lost 15 – 18 and Stan Peck’s foursome went down 22 – 10.

Next week the Grade 5 side travels to Malua Bay while the Grade 6 side will host Braidwood.

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Tuross bunnies hop to Sydney for Summer League final

By |2020-02-21T12:10:02+11:00February 21st, 2020|Categories: Women's Bowls|

Tuross Bunnies hop to Sydney for finals of Summer League
You might have thought that these three ladies, the “ Tuross Bunnies” were mixed up about the date for Easter in 2020, but not so. They recently played in the new Womens Bowls NSW competition called “The Summer League.” It was introduced in 2019 to encourage good competition for players, especially working women who can only play in “out of hours “ eg evenings or the weekend.
However several teams, from the Far South Coast District who play regularly and just love their bowls, entered this competition which ran from October to December. Teams from Malua Bay, Bermagui, Tomakin and two Tuross sides battled it out to make it to the finals.
The “Tuross Bunnies”namely Irene Macdonald, Doreen Monks and Fran O’Connell were victorious and will now play off at Blacktown Workers Club on Saturday 29th February and Sunday, 1st March.
The team makeup could only have one Grade 1 player, in this case, Irene and two other players of varying ability in order to give a fairer chance to newer players to compete in this initiative.
The game is a two bowls triples format, played over 15 ends, which should be a fast and very exciting game.
We wish our ladies much success playing at the State level against teams from all around the State. So hop to it Bunnies and fill your baskets with the trophies, but more importantly have fun!

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Combined Bowls Presentation Day November 19 2019

By |2019-11-24T21:05:39+11:00November 24th, 2019|Categories: Men's Bowls|

Tuross Head bowlers joined together to celebrate their champions for 2019 at the Annual Combined Presentation Day. The winners of all championships held by both the Women’s and the Men’s Clubs were presented with their prizes.

Noel Downie was the stand out on the day, winning all but one of the events he was eligible to play in. To add to his success, in the one he didn’t win, he was the runner up! Downie won the Major Singles, Consistency Singles, teamed with Joel Hilliard and Peter Davies to win the Triples and won the Fours with Davies, Hilliard and Jim Macklan. He and John Monks were the runners up in the Major Pairs, won by Davies and Hilliard.

The Minor Singles was won by Lawrie Riley who went on to win this event at the Zone level.

Denise Lidbury continued her reign as the Women’s champion taking out the Major Singles. She was also successful in taking out both the Major Pairs and the Mixed Pairs. She won the Major Pairs with Sue Fahey while she teamed with husband Bruce to win the Mixed Pairs for the fourth year in a row!

Irene Macdonald won the Minor Singles with Rose Farrington taking out the Consistency Singles. The Triples was won by Carol Williams, Rita Downie and Di Challice.

The Women also made some very special presentations. Doreen Monks was recognised for her ten years of umpiring at both Club and District level. She received a special certificate from Women’s Bowls NSW. Denise Lidbury was also recognised by Women’s Bowls NSW for her 30 years of continuous membership.

Pam Mazzucchelli was presented with a special present in thanks for her 17 years of service on the Women’s Bowls Committee. Pam served the Club in a variety of positions with several years as Secretary and several as President.

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2019 Five A Side Results

By |2019-11-16T12:22:49+11:00November 16th, 2019|Categories: Men's Bowls|

Twelve teams competed in a very competitive Five A Side tournament held over two days on November 13 and 14. Each side played a total of 12 games that covered singles, pairs, triples and fours. Each format of the sport was played three times over the two days. The sides were competing for a total prize pool of $2500.

The ultimate winners were the Malua Bay side of Bess and Alan Holloway, Julie Lewis, Tim Kovacs and Tony Melrose. They won all but one of their games. The tightness of the contests is shown that they won seven of their games by a margin of 4 shots or less! Their total shots margin was plus 49. They had a clear margin over the other place getters. In second with eight wins and a draw, were another Malua Bay side of Margaret Bridges, Sonia Frey, Murray O’Bryan, Tony Giannasca and Doug Ebsworth. They scored 17 points with a margin of plus 60 shots.

Third and fourth were very close with two teams ending with 16 points after recording eight wins. The Ulladulla side of Jo and Rob Cattley, Roz and Col Jamieson and Jeanne Thompson took third place with the better margin of plus 62 shots. They relegated the Tuross team of Rita and Noel Downie, Marg Downey, Joel Hilliard and Stan Peck to fourth. They scored 16 points with a margin of plus 54 shots.

A Dalmeny/Narooma team of Jan and Bruce Rapkins, Jenny and Bob Coulson and Barry Lymbery won the prize for the best Day one result from sides who finished outside the top four. The Malua Bay side of Sally and Kaine Malone, Lisa Grice, Dave Dudman and John Lipton had the best Day 2 result and shared in the prize money.

A big thanks to everyone who assisted in the running of the tournament especially the staff of Club Tuross – the greenkeepers, bar staff and administration who were very supportive.

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Downies Make Lightning Singles a Family Affair

By |2019-10-26T17:37:32+11:00October 26th, 2019|Categories: Men's Bowls|

Over the last two weeks bowlers from Tuross Head played for the Barry Sloane Lightning Singles Memorial Trophy. This is a special event played in sets. Each game is played over two sets of five ends with a one end tie breaker if needed. In the preliminary rounds the players are placed in groups of three and play a round robin. The player with a bye in each round acts as the marker. After the round robin section the top eight players qualified for a knockout section to determine the winner.

The top eight were Peter Macdonald, Noel Downie, Ivan Balentovic, Alan McLeod, Peter Davies, Rita Downie, Lou Kozlik and Paul Douglas. A blind draw was held to determine the order of the draw. In the quarter finals Alan McLeod had the only two set to nil win when he downed Ivan Balentovic. The other three quarter finals required tie breakers to determine the winners. Paul Douglas edged out Lou Kozlik, Noel Downie had a narrow win over Peter Macdonald and Rita Downie ousted Peter Davies.

Both of the semi finals were decided in tie breakers with the victors coming back after losing the first set. Rita Downie continued her great form with a convincing second set and tie breaker win over Paul Douglas. Noel Downie had a great match with Alan Mcleod. In the tie breaker it looked like McLeod would progress until Downie played a great last bowl to grab a place in the final.

The final ended as a family affair!! Rita and Noel Downie won their way into the final with determined play in their final matches. In very trying windy conditions, that deteriorated as the day went on, Noel proved too consistent and ran out the winner two sets to nil. He now adds the Barry Sloane Memorial Trophy to his haul of victories for 2019!

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2019 Consistency Singles Championship

By |2019-10-09T14:54:02+11:00October 9th, 2019|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The 2019 Consistency Singles has been decided. In early rounds Noel Downie defeated Lawrie Riley and Bruce Lidbury defeated Paul Douglas. In the quarter finals Peter Macdonald had to fight hard to get the better of Bruce Lidbury. Noel Downie had a good win over Stan Peck and Michael Challice defeated Mick Atkinson. Lou Kozlik received a forfeit.

In this format of the game points are awarded for the four closest bowls to the jack each end. The jack remains in the same position throughout the end. Ten points are allocated to each end with the winner the first to 150. In one semi final Noel Downie proved too classy for Lou Kozlik winning 156 to 74.

The other semi-final between Michael Challice and Peter Macdonald was a much tighter affair. Challice started well but found Macdonald hard to shake off. By the 10th end Macdonald had grabbed a slender lead and the scores were close for the next few ends. Challice then made the crucial move in the match. He dominated the next 6 ends to establish a good lead. In the end he won 152 to 118 being rewarded for playing excellent draw bowls.

The final provided to be a very tight affair between Noel Downie and Michael Challice. Despite the gulf in experience between the players there was very little in the match. After 11 ends the scores were locked at 55 all. The players traded the lead several times over the next 11 ends with Challice holding a narrow 107 to 103 lead after 22 ends. At this stage Downie seemed to gain the upper hand but Challice fought back to be just two points behind at 124 to 126 after 26 ends. Downie was then able to close out the match 150 – 130 by dominating the last three ends.

The victory ended a great Championship year for Downie that has seen him win the Major Singles, the Triples and the Fours as well as this event. He was the runner up in the Major Pairs! Challice’s effort in this match, his first ever Championship Final, indicates that he will be a real force in the future. Well done to both players.

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