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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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2019 Classic Pairs Tournament

By |2019-09-05T15:31:57+11:00September 5th, 2019|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The 2019 Classic Pairs Tournament was held at Tuross from September 3 to September 5. Teams travelled from as far away as Sale to play in the tournament. Five games of pairs were played over the three days with some excellent bowls played. The final results were not determined until the last game was complete. In fact, in the last round both of the leading sides lost their games. This meant that sides that had lost a game earlier in the tournament where able to grab the top three places and the lion’s share of the $3,300 in the prize pool.

Steve Maher and Tim Kovacs (Malua Bay) came first with 4 wins and a shots margin of plus 52. Paul Van der heuvel (Bodalla) and Keith Pickett (Narooma) finished second with 4 wins and plus 27. Chris Pollock and Shane Quinlivan(Moruya) finished strongly, defeating the previously undefeated side, to take out third place with 4 wins and plus 22. Sale visitors, Ray Kennedy and Stephen Chalmer, stumbled at the last hurdle and had to be content with fourth place with 4 wins and plus 8. The final place went to Don Cooper (Moruya) and Dave Caldwell (Huskisson) with 3 wins and a draw. Moruya’s Peter Jeffs and Jeff Rankin took the money for the best win on the last day.

A big thanks to all of the sponsors and volunteers who contributed to the success of the Tournament. A special thanks to all of the people at Club Tuross – the greenkeepers, the kitchen, the bar staff and the General manager Stephen Hodge – for all of their support. A special thanks to the members of both the Men’s and Women’s Bowling Clubs for their invaluable support with umpiring, setting up in the morning, organising morning tea and lunches, selling raffle tickets and donating raffle prizes.

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Lidburys Win Fourth Consecutive Mixed Pairs Championship

By |2019-08-24T17:11:21+11:00August 24th, 2019|Categories: Men's Bowls|

Bruce and Denise Lidbury continued their dominance of the Tuross Head Mixed Pairs Championship taking out their fourth consecutive final! In the final they played Fran O’Connell and Marcel Kors who went into the match full of confidence on the back of a couple of excellent wins while the Lidbury’s had not been at their best.

The early ends of the game proved a struggle for all four players as they found the conditions tricky. A combination of a swirling wind and a green that had been affected by rare overnight frost, made it very hard for the players to adjust. However, the pattern for the game was established in this period with Bruce Lidbury quickly into his stride and he was able to continually put pressure on his opponents.

By the 10th end the Lidbury’s had established a good 12 – 4 lead. Unfortunately, O’Connell and Kors could not reproduce their form of the previous matches. They were a little off the mark and found that even good shots did not reap the rewards they were hoping for. As always, Denise Lidbury played a couple of crucial bowls when they were needed. On the 11th end she played one where she trailed the jack to turn a 2 shot deficit into 3 shots for her team. Another 4 shots on the 13th end virtually sealed the win when the margin stretched to 19 – 4. O’Connell and Kors plugged away but it was not their day. The final score saw the Lidburys win b 26 – 8.

The win is a credit to both Bruce and Denise who consistently play well and combine well together. In this particular game Bruce was the chief destroyer. He put on a master class of lead bowling and always had bowls in the head. Well done to O’Connell and Kors who had a great Championship but just found the final hurdle to tough!

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Mixed Pairs Finalist Decided

By |2019-08-18T12:53:27+11:00August 18th, 2019|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The finalists for the 2019 Mixed Pairs Championship have been decided with the completion of the quarter finals and semi finals. In the remaining quarter final Bruce and Denise Lidbury had a great tussle with Cheryl McRae and Lawrie Riley. Nothing separated the teams after 11 ends with the scores tied at 9 all. The Lidbury’s then grabbed the lead picking up a brace of threes to move to 15 – 9. McRae and Riley fought back and the score was 15 – 14 after 16 ends. The Lidbury’s then made the crucial break picking up 5 shots on the next two ends to increase their lead to 20 – 15 with just 3 ends to play. They held on to win a very competitive game 22 – 16.

In their semi-final the Lidburys started quickly in their game against Sharron Perry and Joel Hilliard. They scored 5 shots on the first end and followed it with 6 shots on the fifth end. By the tenth end they had a match winning 19 – 3 lead. As expected Perry and Hilliard fought back winning 6 of the next 7 ends to narrow the lead to 20 – 12. However, they could not maintain the momentum and the Lidbury’s pulled away to win 27 – 12. They are now in the final and with a chance to defend their Championship.

The second semi-final proved to be a very exciting match between Peter Davies and Gail Page and Fran O’Connell and Marcel Kors. O’Connell and Kors were both in top form as they led from the second end. They maintained the lead for most of the match and looked in a winning position when they scored 5 shots on the 16th end to move to 23 – 12. Using all of their experience and skill, Davies and Page fought back strongly. By the 19th end they had clawed back to 23 – 18. Then on the second last end they managed to score an incredible 7 shots to grab the lead for the first time since the very first end! Not to be outdone O’Connell and Kors struck back on the last end and scored the two shots needed to force the game into an extra end. In fact, it looked as if they might have had the three shots to win but were denied by a great bowl from Page.

On the deciding end Davies and Page had the better of the early bowls. O’Connell played a good bowl to cut the score back to one shot. Kors then played a very risky ‘on shot’ and was rewarded when he disturbed the head and was able to grab the shot for his team. Page then regained the lead with her next bowl but had to watch as Kors played another wonderful bowl that finished very close to the jack. Page was unable to match this bowl and the score finished 26 – 25 in favour of O’Connell and Kors. They now have the challenge of playing the Lidbury’s in the final but have shown they have what it takes to win tough games!

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Another Win To Lawrie Riley and Mixed Pairs Results

By |2019-08-12T10:19:38+11:00August 12th, 2019|Categories: Men's Bowls|

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.

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Mixed Pairs Underway

By |2019-08-04T13:26:59+11:00August 4th, 2019|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The 2019 Mixed Pairs Championship has started with round 1 matches completed. Defending Champions – Bruce and Denise Lidbury – had to fight hard to overcome Rose Farrington and Allan Etheredge. Farrington and Etheredge started well but found the consistency from the Lidburys difficult to counter. The Lidburys set up a good lead but Farrington and Etheredge fought back to see the final score 19 – 14 in favour of the defending Champions.

Last year’s runners up – Rita and Noel Downie – also survived the first round but not before holding off a strong finish from Di and Col Fletcher. The Downies had the better of the early ends but the scores were kept close when the Fletchers managed to score 5 shots on the 7th end. At this stage the score was 8 – 7 to the Downies. They then extended their lead to 18 – 9 before the Fletchers fought back. The Downies held on to win 20 – 16.

In the closest match of the round, between Michael and Di Challice and Margaret and Ray Downey, an extra end was needed to determine a winner. The Challices had the better of the early exchanges and moved to a 11 – 6 lead after 10 ends. The momentum then swung to the Downeys who won 6 of the next 8 ends to set up a good 19 – 13 lead. The game then took a twist when the Challices scored 6 shots on the 18th end to draw level at 19 all! The teams then shared the last two ends to see the score at 21 all with an extra end needed to determine the winner. The Downeys prevailed to grab the narrowest of wins at 22 – 21!

In the final game Chris Roxby and Stan Peck had a good win over Ian Wratten and Carol Williams. Their win was based on an excellent start that saw them race to a 14 – 1 lead after 7 ends and then 17 – 4 after 11 ends. Wratten and Williams did fare better from this point but the lead was too big and Roxby and Peck ran out winners by 23 to 13.

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Minor Singles Championship Finalised

By |2019-07-21T20:22:29+11:00July 21st, 2019|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The Minor Singles has been decided after the playing of the quarter finals, semi-finals and final. The pick of the quarter finals was a 35 end tussle between Lawrie Riley and Ray Downey. Riley led early but Downey gradually played himself into the match and the two players went shot for shot. Riley was rewarded for his greater consistency and ended up winning 31 – 27. Marcel Kors seemed to have his match with Alan Skelton well in hand at 20 – 5 before Skelton showed his mettle to chip away at the margin. However, the lead was too big and Kors won 31 – 18.

Michael Challice started well against Peter Macdonald but found that Macdonald managed the very tricky conditions better than he did. Des Jackson played Lou Kozlik and held the upper hand for most the match. Kozlik never gave up but Jackson won 31 – 16.

In the semi-finals Riley continued his great form and proved too experienced and consistent for Jackson recording a big win. The second semi was a real nail biter between Kors and Macdonald. Kors jumped to a 9 – 2 lead before the momentum swung to Macdonald who moved to a 13 – 10 advantage. The lead then changed between the players until they reached 23 all. Macdonald then played some great bowls to grab a 29 – 24 lead before Kors held his nerve to fightback and grab the last three ends to win 31 – 29.

The final between Lawrie Riley and Marcel Kors was another long, closely fought battle with 37 ends needed to determine a winner. As in his semi-final, Kors had the better of the early ends and moved to a 16 – 7 advantage. Riley then started to close the gap and by the 22nd end had drawn level at 19 all. In the next phase of the game Kors held a slender lead until Riley finally grabbed the lead at 25 – 24 after 32 ends. He then moved to 28 – 25 before Kors again move ahead 29 – 28. The Championship was decided on the next end when Riley picked up 3 shots to win 31 – 29! Well done to both players for the way they played throughout the Championship and for the spirit in which the tough final was played! Congratulations to the Champion – Lawrie Riley!

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