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More Pennant Success for Tuross Head!!

By |2019-04-15T10:23:49+10:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The Tuross Head Grade 7 side has advanced to the next stage of the State Pennants competition after recording two wins on the weekend.

On Saturday they hosted Moruya and held the upper hand throughout. Ronnie Richardson’s team again led the way with a comfortable 24 – 16 victory. The interesting challenge for them was that played against 3 players rather than 4 – not as easy as it seemed!

Ray Downey’s team had to recover from a mid-game slump when they feel behind 10 – 4 after 8 ends. They won eight of the last ten ends to record a 23 – 16 win.

Allan Etheredge’s team led for most of their match and looked home when they had a 19 – 15 advantage with just two ends to play. To their credit the Moruya side were able to score the 5 shots they needed to win 20 – 19.

Overall Tuross won 66 shots to 52 and picked up a 9 points to 1 win. This meant that they had to play a washed out match at Tomakin on Sunday needing to win to progress.

Tuross had a great start and were well ahead on all three rinks and the master-board from the start. After 36 ends they lead 40 shots to 20. Then the Tomakin teams started to turn the game around. They gradually narrowed the difference.

As the three games moved into their final ends the scores became very close. Tuross maintained their lead on two of the rinks but on the third the Tomakin side had a real surge. Allan Etheredge had a 11 – 4 lead after 12 ends but then lost the next seven ends to slip behind 11 – 19. This changed the complexion of the match. Ray Downey’s side finished first with a 24 – 20 win. Ronnie Richardson finished next with a 19 – 13 win.

The difference on the ‘ big board’ was just 2 shots with the last rink having two ends to play. In very tense conditions Etheredge managed to grab a single shot on each of these ends to give Tuross a narrow 56 – 52 win. They won 9 points to 1 to put them at the top of the table.

Both of these games were played with great support from other members of both the THMBC and the THWBC. There is no doubt that this added to the excitement – both of the opposing Clubs commented on the tremendous support we received!!

Both Tuross sides will now progress to the next stage of the competition to be played on May 18 and 19.

In a further match in the Major Pairs, Peter Davies and Joel Hilliard had a hard fought win over Brian Currie and Stuart Graham.

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Pennant Success – Round 9 Results

By |2019-04-07T20:30:53+10:00April 7th, 2019|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The Tuross Head Grade 5 Pennant side has confirmed its position at the top of the table with another good win over Dalmeny in the last round of the competition. The team of Alan Skelton (subbing for Noel Downie), Alan McLeod, Peter Davies and Joel Hilliard preserved their unbeaten status with a strong 25 – 14 victory. They started well and were never headed.

John Monks’ team also had a good win based on a very good start. They led 12 – 3 after 7 ends and were able to close out the game 24 – 15 winners. John Fahey’s side had the opposite experience. They had a very slow start and were never able to recover. They lost 23 – 13.

Overall Tuross won by 62 shots to 52 shots collecting 9 points to 1. They completed the season 20 points clear of their rivals and now await to see who they will play in the zone play- offs.

The Grade 7 side also had a good win downing Malua Bay 64 shots to 56 shots. However, Malua Bay won 2 of the rinks meaning that Tuross won 8 points to 2. The win was based on a powerful performance by Brian Currie, Stuart Graham, Ben Hewison and Ronnie Richardson. They won 28 – 10. Ray Downey’s team had a very tight game but went down 20 – 19. Allan Etheredge’s team started well but struggled in the middle ends and lost 26 – 17.

Final positions in Grade 7 have not been determined as there is one more round to be played and some washed out matches. The results in these matches will determine the grade winner with Tuross, Malua Bay and Tomakin all with realistic chances.

In Club Championship news, matches in the Major Pairs have started. The finalists in the Major Singles, Noel Downie and John Monks, have joined forces in the pairs. They opened their campaign with a powerful performance against Col Fletcher and Alan McLeod. Downie and Monks were in great form against very gallant opponents. Fletcher and McLeod played plenty of good bowls but they had no answer to the quality play of Downie and Monks who won 35 – 13.

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Noel Downie Wins the 2019 Major Singles Championship

By |2019-04-05T10:49:08+10:00March 31st, 2019|Categories: Men's Bowls|

Noel Downie is once again the Tuross Head Men’s Bowling Club’s Singles Champion – his first title since winning in consecutive years in 2008 and 2009. He had a good win over his long-time rival, John Monks. For the second year in a row Monks has finished as runner up in the Club’s premier championship.

The two semi-finals were exciting spectacles. Downie played Lawrie Riley in a game that was gripping until the end. After Downie made a bright start, Riley pegged him back and the two went neck and neck. After the scores were tied 12 all the lead changed five times until Riley pulled away to lead 27 – 21 and then 29 – 24. The crucial play came on the next end. With just his last bowl to play Downie looked down and out before he played a great bowl to grab an important shot. From this point he was able to control the play and he made the final with a determined 31 – 29 victory.

Monks played Stuart Graham and seemed well on track for a comfortable victory when he led 23 – 12. However, he then became becalmed. Graham plugged away and gradually decreased the margin. In this period of play Monks was able to make the task difficult for Graham by restricting him to a single shot per end. Over 10 ends the gap closed to 25 – 19 and looked far from over. Then suddenly Monks had a second ‘wind’. He was able to pick up the first ‘4’ of the match and then followed it with another 2 shots to close the game out 31 – 19.

The final was played in ideal conditions. The early ends were tight with both players in good form. Gradually, Downie grabbed the upper hand. In fact, he was only behind once in the match. Monks had grabbed a narrow 9 – 8 advantage before Downie started to dominant. He was playing beautifully and it was this, rather than poor play from Monks, that highlighted the game. Several times he was able to play outstanding bowls to steal the advantage from Monks. Downie won 31 – 19 but it took him 30 ends to close the game out. The majority of ends were tight with only 1 or 2 shots being scored.

It was a fitting final with a high standard of play from both players. Congratulations to the 2019 Club Champion – Noel Downie!!

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Pennant Round 7 and Major Singles Results

By |2019-03-24T20:18:43+10:00March 24th, 2019|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The Tuross Head Grade 5 Pennant side has maintained its position at the top of the competition table following a near miss against Moruya at Moruya. With just two ends to be played Moruya had a 51 – 45 lead on the master board with two of the three games completed.

John Fahey’s team paid for a very slow start. After 10 ends they trailed 14 – 2, but despite a better second half of the game, they could not bridge the gap. They lost 18 -13. John Monks fared better but stumbled at the back end of the game. His side led 17 – 13 after 16 ends only to be ‘pipped at the post’ going down 19 – 18.

The real action happened on the third rink with Alan McLeod, Noel Downie, Peter Davies and Joel Hilliard involved in a very tight match. With just two ends to go the scores were locked at 14 all. All of the pressure was on the Tuross side that needed to win by at least 7 shots to grab victory. On the 20th end they managed to score 5 shots that meant they needed at least 2 shots on the last end. They proved the difference when they grabbed a critical 3 shots on the last end to give Tuross a remarkable overall win of 53 to 51.

As result Tuross scored an important 8 – 2 win to keep their healthy margin with just two more rounds to be played.

The Grade 7 side kept their hopes alive with an important away win against Bodalla, the competition front runners. Des Jackson, Doug Williams, Lawrie Riley and Ray Downey led the way with a very strong 31 – 11 win. They dominated the match and won 17 of the 21 ends. They coped well with a couple of ‘hiccups’ where they dropped a ‘four’ and a ‘five’.

Allan Etheredge played some very crucial bowls as he steered his side to a very good 21 – 17 win. They established a strong position at 20 – 9 after 14 ends but had to hold off a fast finishing Bodalla side to win 21 – 17.

The third game was tight throughout with the lead fluctuating. The Tuross side of Brian Currie, Alan Skelton, Stuart Graham and Ronnie Richardson had a narrow 19 – 18 advantage after 18 ends and were striving to get the very important 10th point. To their credit the Bodalla side had other ideas and finished strongly to grab a 25 – 19 win.

Tuross won overall 71 – 53 and collected 9 points to Bodalla’s 1. Though still behind Bodalla, Tuross has a game in hand due to a washed out game. The season is far from over!!

The semi-finalists for the Major Singles Championship have been decided following four exciting, high quality quarter finals. John Monks and Joel Hilliard had a great battle before Hilliard pulled away and looked the likely winner. He led 29 – 22 before Monks stormed back into the game. Monks was able to prevail 31 – 30.

Ben Hewison had his nose ahead for most of his game with Noel Downie. He led 21 – 16 and then 25 – 19 but Downie always seemed to have the answer. Downie hit the lead for the first time of the game when he moved to 27 – 25 only to see Hewison strike back to make it 27 all. Downie then won the next two ends to run out a 31 – 27 winner.

Stuart Graham and Peter Davies had a very similar game. The lead fluctuated in a very tight battle – in fact the lead changed six times before Davies looked to have made a game winning break to lead 28 – 21. Graham then staged a great finish to win the next 7 ends to move into the semi-finals with a 31 to 28 win.

Lawrie Riley won the fourth semi-final berth when he outlasted Lou Kozlik. After moving to a 19 – 9 lead Riley was challenged by Kozlik who narrowed the lead to just 3 shots at 22 – 19. Riley then rallied to take the match 31 – 23.

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Pennant Results and Major Singles

By |2019-03-18T09:54:36+10:00March 18th, 2019|Categories: Men's Bowls|

Pennant Results Round 6

The Tuross Head Grade 5 side has consolidated its position at the top of the table following a very good Round 6 win over Dalmeny. This was a good response after a very close loss to Malua Bay in Round 5. In the Round 5 match the final scores ended up tied at 53 all but Malua Bay won 5.5 points to 4.5 points after winning two of the three rinks.

In Round 6 Tuross, with a very vocal home crowd, had an excellent start and moved to a commanding lead on the back of strong performances by the teams skipped by John Fahey and Joel Hilliard. However, both of these rinks had to hold off fighting comebacks by their Dalmeny opponents.

Hilliard, spearheaded by excellent lead bowls from Alan McLeod, looked well in charge at 21 – 11 before Peter Drake and Ashley Shoemark inspired a Dalmeny effort that reduced the final margin to 21 – 16 in favour of Tuross.

Fahey’s rink followed the same pattern. After being down 11 – 8 after 11 ends Fahey picked up 10 shots in three ends to race to an 18 – 11 advantage. The final ends were very closely fought and Dalmeny was able to narrow the final margin to just 3 shots at 22 – 19.

The real excitement came on the third rink. John Monks had the better of the early ends and looked comfortable at 12 – 5 after 10 ends. But the Dalmeny players skipped by Barry Lymbery had other ideas. By the 17th end they had hit the front 18 -14. With rain threatening, Tuross hit back to grab a 20 – 18 lead with two ends to play. A short sharp shower changed the condition of the green as the teams battled for the crucial final point. Dalmeny won the 20th end to trail by just a shot. When the skips went to play their final bowls on the 21st end Dalmeny had several shots. Then the ‘bowls god’ intervened. Firstly, Monks had a favourable deflection to cut Dalmeny to one shot. In an effort to move this bowl, Lymbery was unlucky when he moved the jack to a Tuross bowl. This gave Monks a 21 – 19 victory.

Tuross won overall 64 shots to 54 and grabbed a crucial 10 – 0 win.

Unfortunately, the Grade 7 side had their match at Tomakin washed out before a bowl could be played!

Major Singles

Rounds 1 and 2 of the Major Singles Championships have been completed. Bruce Lidbury defeated Alan Skelton 31 – 16 and Peter Davies defeated Doug Williams 31 – 14 in the two Round 1 games.

There where some very good, close matches in the Round 2 clashes. Joel Hilliard just managed to hold off a very fast finishing Peter Macdonald to win 31 – 28. Stuart Graham needed all of his experience to get the better of Col Fletcher 31 – 25. New member Jonathon Green had a very tough struggle with Lou Kozlik before going down 31 – 23.

John Monks seemed to have his game against Julian Penny in hand but Penny kept on hanging in and forced Monks to take 33 ends to win 31 – 22. Peter Davies needed all of his skill to get the better of Brian Currie who played very well.

Noel Downie and Bruce Lidbury had a very tight struggle for 17 ends before Downie pulled away to win 31 – 15 after trailing 14 – 11. Defending Champion Stan Peck was no match for Ben Hewison who had an impressive win. Lawrie Riley grabbed the last place in the quarter finals with a good win over Michael Atkinson.

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Pennant Round 3 and District Triples

By |2019-02-25T10:51:11+10:00February 25th, 2019|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The Grade 5 Pennant side continued on their winning way with another good performance in very tricky, windy conditions at Dalmeny. Once again the victory was based on an excellent performance from Joel Hilliard’s team of Stan Peck, Noel Downie and Peter Davies. They had the better of their match running out convincing winners 32 – 10.

Ivan Balentovic, Peter Bird, Bruce Taylor and John Monks had a very exciting tussle on their rink. Down early they fought back in the middle rinks to grab the lead. Their opposition staged their own comeback and regained the lead 20 – 19 with an end to play. Good bowls from Balentovic and Bird set the platform on this last end and they were able to pick up the two shots necessary to win 21 – 20.

John Fahey’s team also had a close battle in a match were the fortunes fluctuated. The lead changed several times with neither side in control. The Dalmeny team gained the advantage in the last few ends to claim victory 21 – 16.

Tuross are now unbeaten after the first round of matches. They won this encounter by 69 shots to 50 picking 9 points to 1. Next week they are at home to Moruya.

The Grade 7 had a bye and will travel To Malua Bay next week.

Two teams from Tuross competed in the Southern Division of the District President’s Reserve Triples. Julian Penny, Lawrie Riley and Stuart Graham went down in the semi final to the eventual winners. They all played well but went down 25 – 20.

Jim Macklan, Peter Davies and Joel Hilliard went one step further. They had a good win their semi final but struggled to manage the very quick Bodalla green in the final. They had a very slow start but managed to work their way into the match. After 18 of the 25 ends they trailed by just 19 – 16. The final ends were very exciting but in the end they had to play some very low percentage shots trying to make up the deficit. The final score of 31 – 20 did not reflect the closeness of the game!

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2019 Fours Championships

By |2019-02-17T20:34:22+10:00February 17th, 2019|Categories: Men's Bowls|

Tuross Head made use of the general bye in Pennants on February 16 and 17 to play our 2019 Fours Championship. Although the entries were a little disappointing the event resulted in some tightly contested matches. In the only quarter final Stan Peck, Alan McLeod, Ray Downey and John Fahey had a very tight tussle with Des Jackson, Col Fletcher, Lawrie Riley and Stuart Graham.

Graham had the better start and managed to hold the lead for the first ten ends. Fahey gradually edged in front but the result was not decided until the very last end. Based on excellent display of lead bowling from Stan Peck, Fahey managed to clinch a 17 – 15 victory.

Fahey’s team had to back up in the afternoon in a semi final against Ben Hewison, Brian Currie, Ken Drew and Doug Williams. This was another very close affair with the lead changing several times. Fahey seemed to be gaining the upper hand when he moved to a 17 – 14 lead after 14 ends. The game was then turned on its head as a dominant performance from lead, Ben Hewison, put relentless pressure on Fahey’s side. Williams won 6 of the last 7 ends to move into the final with a well earned 25 – 18 win.

The other semi final was not as close. The very strong side of Jim Macklan, Noel Downie, Peter Davies and Joel Hilliard had too much class for Lou Kozlik, Alan Skelton, Alf Winch and Patrick Sager. Sager’s team held their own for the first part of the game and trailed by just one short at 9 – 8 after 9 ends. However, class and experience came to the fore with Hilliard’s team winning all by one of the remaining ends to win convincingly 29 – 9.

The Final between Hilliard’s highly rated side and the determined four skipped by Williams had an extra twist when Williams had to find a sub for Hewison who played so well in the semi. The task looked even more daunting after 3 ends when Hilliard raced to a 7 – 0 lead. However, Williams’ side, with Ian Wratten (subbing for Hewison) at the forefront, never gave up. All four players contributed to a fighting team effort.

Hilliard’s four managed to stay in front but were never totally in control. After 14 ends, although ahead 19 – 8, they could not take victory for granted. In fact, Williams piled on the pressure to narrow the score to 20 – 15 after 19 ends. Hilliard added another shot to go into the last end 6 shots in front. The game had one final turn on the last end when a courageous bowl from Drew opened the head up to give his side a change of a remarkable win. Hilliard was able to hold on when he restricted Williams to 2 shots. The final score was 21 – 17.

Congratulations to the winners – Jim Macklan, Noel Downie, Peter Davies and Joel Hilliard – who become our first 2019 Champions!! The runners up – Ian Wratten, Brian Currie, Ken Drew and Doug Williams – also need to be recognised for the way they pushed the champions all the way!!

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Pennants Round 2 Results

By |2019-02-10T14:38:20+10:00February 10th, 2019|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The Tuross teams had mixed fortunes in Saturday’s second round of the 2019 Pennant Season. Both sides played at home with the Grade 5 side grabbing a thrilling last end victory over Malua Bay while the Grade 7 side managed to win two of the three rinks but lost overall to Bodalla.

In the Grade 5 match Malua Bay seemed to have all ten points in the bag, ahead on all rinks and leading on the ‘main board’ by 52 shots to 40 with just three ends to be played on each rink. In a rousing finish Tuross was able to score 16 shots while Malua Bay could only manage 1 to give the home side a 56 – 53 win.

Down 17 – 9 with three ends to play, Balentovic, Bird, Taylor and Monks finished strongly to finish just one shot behind – 17 -16. The 7 shots they collected proved critical in the big picture.

John Fahey’s four were down 15 -12 after 18 ends but hit the lead 16 -12 with an end to play. On the last end they looked in big trouble before Fahey was able to play a great bowl to secure an important 17 – 15 win.

With just the last end to be played on Joel Hilliard’s rink the overall score was locked at 53 all! Hilliard was down 21 – 20 and had to win the end to register a win for the side – 2 or more shots would also secure his team a win. With players from all teams watching the Tuross players were able to dominate the end. They picked up 3 shots to win their rink 23 – 21 and give their side an important overall win.

Tuross won the tie 9 points to 1.

The Grade 7 side looked headed for a very big defeat when they trailed 42 – 23 after 36 ends and 51 – 29 after 45 ends. Though failing to bridge the gap, they were able to cut it back significantly and grab an extra point as Allan Etheredge’s team staged a remarkable comeback.

After a very slow start they were 19 – 4 after 4 ends. Over the next four ends they picked up 11 shots to give themselves a chance at 19 – 15 down. Bodalla steadied to go into the last end leading 20 – 18. The local players held their nerve and played some of their best bowls to grab 4 shots to win 22 – 20.

Ray Downey’s four had a dream start picking up 10 shots on the first two ends before their Bodalla opponents settled in to the conditions. The match then became very tight with Bodalla chipping away at the lead. After 10 ends they had drawn within one shot at 11 – 10 before the locals kicked away again to be ahead 19 -11 after 16 ends. They held on to win 21 – 15.

Stuart Graham’s team found their opponents too good on the day. They held their own earlier but were gradually outplayed to go down 29 – 9.

Bodalla won overall by 64 shots to 52. Etheredge’s comeback allowed the locals to reduce the margin to just 12 shots and salvage an important second point from the match.

Next week there is a general bye in Pennants allowing Tuross to play their Fours Championship. Games will be played on Saturday and Sunday – the draw is on the Board and has been circulated.

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2019 Pennant Season Underway

By |2019-02-03T10:01:30+10:00February 3rd, 2019|Categories: Men's Bowls|

Both Tuross Pennant teams started the 2019 season on a winning note recording good wins in the first round of the competition. The Grade 5 side travelled to Moruya and chalked up a 9 – 1 victory. The Grade 7 side had a win over Tomakin at home by the same score.

In Moruya, Joel Hilliard started the year in the way he played in 2018 leading his team to a thumping 30 – 4 victory. He teamed with Peter Davies, Noel Downie and Alan McLeod to dominate the game winning 18 of the 21 ends. This 26 shot win was the backbone of the overall win.

John Monks and Bruce Taylor had a welcome return, after a year out, to combine with Ivan Balentovic and Peter Bird to win their rink 21 – 19. They held off a fightback from their opponents after setting up a good lead.

Unfortunately, John Fahey’s team stumbled in the middle of their match and could not recover after dropping 9 shots in four ends. They went down 13 – 19.

Overall Tuross had a very good win of 64 shots to 42.

While the end result in the Grade 7 clash was the same (9 – 1), the contest was a much tighter affair that was not decided until the very last bowl was delivered. In the end Tuross won the encounter 49 shots to 48.

Mirroring the Grade 5 results the 7s had one very good win, a close win and a convincing loss. Allan Etheredge skipped the team of Michael Atkinson, Col Fletcher and Patrick Sager to a very good 22 – 8 win. They held the upper hand throughout.

The side of Des Jackson, Doug Williams, Lawrie Riley and Ray Downey (skip) survived a real fright in a game that they led for all but one end. After establishing a good lead they saw their Tomakin opponents gradually narrow the margin till they grabbed a 14 – 13 lead with two ends to play. However, the locals steadied and grabbed four crucial shots over the last two ends to win 17 – 14.

The third rink skipped by Stuart Graham started well but were outplayed by Tomakin and went down 10 – 26.

In the end it was a nail biting finish for the overall win. With one end to play on each rink Tomakin had a 47 – 44 lead. Etheredge finished first picking up 2 shots on the last end. Downey’s four were next with 3 shots that gave Tuross a 2 shot lead. Tomakin’s Steve Hall had one last bowl to win the match. He needed to score 3 shots but was only able to score one giving Tuross the closest of wins!

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