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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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Major Pairs Finalists Decided

By | 2018-06-17T10:35:26+00:00 June 17th, 2018|Categories: Men's Bowls|

After the playing of some postponed matches the finalists in the 2018 Major Pairs Championship have been decided.

Mick Atkinson and John Monks had a delayed match with Michael Kennedy and Alan Etheredge – Kennedy was a sub for Ron Cox. Atkinson and Monks started well with both players in good touch. They established a handy 10 – 4 lead after 8 ends. Kennedy and Etheredge staged a comeback and narrowed the lead to three shots. However, a big haul of 5 shots to Atkinson and Monks on the 17th end proved to be the game breaker. They were able to control the game to take a comfortable 25 – 11 victory.

With this win Atkinson and Monks advanced to a semi-final against Colin Fletcher and Alan McLeod. Atkinson and Monks could not find their form of the previous game with Fletcher and McLeod dominating the first 9 ends to set up a massive 18 – 3 lead.

The momentum then changed. Atkinson and Monks picked up 10 shots over 5 ends to narrow the score to 19 – 13. In this period they found their form. Some excellent bowls from McLeod salvaged the situation on several ends when it looked like they would be overwhelmed.

With two ends to play Fletcher and McLeod seemed safe at 23 – 16 but the game had another turn when Monks moved the jack to pick up four shots to see the sides go into the last end only three shots apart. Steady bowls from both Fletcher and McLeod held Atkinson and Monks to just one shot on the last end and ensured they progressed to the final with a 23 -21 win.

Their opponents in the final will be Noel Downie and Joel Hilliard who survived a fright in the semi-final with Alan Skelton and Patrick Sager. Skelton and Sager had the better of the early play and had an advantage of 11 – 5 after 10 ends.

The game was then turned on its head. On the 11th end Downie and Hilliard picked up six shots to draw level and then consolidated this with 9 unanswered shots on the next four ends to grab a big 20 – 11 lead. Skelton and Sager steadied but they could not grab the multiple scores they needed to close the gap. Downie and Hilliard moved into the decider with a hard fought 24 – 15 win.

The final between Downie and Hilliard and Fletcher and Mcleod will be a good match. The next event in the calendar is the Minor Singles with nominations closing on Friday June 22.

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Stan Peck 2018 Club Champion!!

By | 2018-06-17T10:33:27+00:00 June 10th, 2018|Categories: Men's Bowls|

Stan Peck, at the fine age of 84, is the 2018 Tuross Head Men’s Bowling Club Champion after a gripping Major Singles Final against John Monks.

This was a wonderful game with incredible swings in momentum. However, while the advantage fluctuated throughout the 40 ends played, the one constant was the very high standard of play from both players.

Peck held the advantage in the early ends – Monks didn’t score his first shot until the 6th end! This made the score 6 – 1 and was the beginning of a period where the players shared the ends. Monks gradually narrowed the gap and by the 15th end the scores were locked at 11 all.

Monks then had a period of domination – on the scoreboard at least! He won 10 of the next 14 ends with some outstanding play. He needed to play some excellent bowls to counter Peck’s good play. He did this and set up what looked like a matching winning 27 – 15 lead after 29 ends.

Those spectators who left at this stage missed out on some very special play! While the standard of play from both players continued at a high level the momentum swung In Peck’s favour. He played several memorable bowls as he grabbed the advantage. On the 30th end and again on the 35th end he played beautifully weighted shots to move Monks’ closest bowl to give him three shots. In the context of the game these shots were crucial as there were only five scores of 3 in the 40 ends!

Despite his best efforts Monks could not turn the momentum. He played several wonderful bowls to limit the ‘damage’ but he was only able to win one of the last eleven ends! Peck had control and he was able to keep the pressure on with very few stray bowls. Peck grabbed victory on the 40th end winning 31 – 28!!

It was fitting Championship final that started in dull, grey conditions and finished in bright sunshine. Congratulations to both players who played extremely well. It is the second time Peck has been crowned Club Champion and is a wonderful achievement in his 85th year. Monks was a valiant runner up. He should be pleased with his effort especially after a recent bout of ill health.

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Monks and Pecks to Battle for Club Champion Title

By | 2018-06-03T12:26:40+00:00 June 3rd, 2018|Categories: Men's Bowls|

John Monks will resume is long standing battle with close bowling friend, Stan Peck, when the two play in the final of the Major Singles Championship next week. Monks won his way into the final after a closely fought battle with Michael Kennedy in their semi-final.

Monks had the best of starts leading 8 – 0 after three ends. However, once Kennedy lost the early nerves he made a great match of the clash.

While Monks held the advantage the gap gradually narrowed. By the 16th end the score was 13 all. Kennedy was able to take the lead at 20 – 17 after 20 ends. Monks struck back to once again lead. Four shots on the 25th end allowed him edge ahead 26 – 21. Kennedy was not yet finished and he fought back to be down just one shot at 27 – 28. Monks’ experience then came to the fore and he was able to grab a shot on each of the next 3 ends to close out the match 31 – 27.

The game was played in very difficult windy and cold conditions and both players were able to manage the conditions very well. In fact, the quality of the bowls was a credit to both players given the conditions. In the end the result could have gone either way but Monks played the big bowl when it was most needed.

Peck played a key role in a very high quality game in the first round of the Major Pairs. He teamed with Jim Howden in a thrilling game against Noel Downie and Joel Hilliard. This was a very tight game with the margin between the sides never being more than four shots,

Downie and Hilliard managed to have a narrow lead for much of the game. However, Howden and Peck picked up 5 shots on the 17th end to move to a 18 – 15 lead. Downie and Hilliard struck back straight away to level at 18 all.

Going into the last end the score was locked at 19 all. In a fluctuating end Downie and Hilliard were able to pick up four shots to win the game 23 – 19. The margin did not reflect the closeness of the game.

Col Fletcher starred in his game with Alan McLeod against Des Jackson and Peter Wood. He handled the difficult conditions extremely well and played several critical bowls. Jackson and Wood held an early advantage leading 10 – 5 before they dropped 6 shots on the 7th end. Fletcher and McLeod consolidated their position and moved to a 24 – 12 lead. Despite a good fightback, Jackson and Wood could not close the gap. Fletcher and McLeod won 25 – 18.

In another pairs match Alan Skelton and Patrick Sager proved too good for Ian Wratten and Ray Downey. Sager had an excellent match. On several occasions he was able to play a key bowl to win an end for his side. Skelton and Sager set up an early 10 – 0 advantage and were able to control the game. They ran out convincing winners 22 – 10.

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Stan Peck Makes It Into Another Singles Final!

By | 2018-05-27T08:00:52+00:00 May 27th, 2018|Categories: Men's Bowls|

Veteran Tuross bowler, Stan Peck, has won his way into yet another Club Major Singles Championship Final with a masterly display in his semi final against John Fahey.

The match was played in ideal conditions with the green playing beautifully. Over 37 ends the two players put on a real show for those there to watch. Fahey started well but after leading 5 – 2 he had to watch the first burst of brilliance from Peck who won the next 8 ends to move to a 13 – 5 lead. In this spell Peck was forced to play several bowls to ‘save’ the situation.

Fahey, who was also playing excellent bowls, gradually clawed his way back into the match. The quality of the draw bowling from both players was of the highest standard. The closeness of the tussle was such that a score of more than one shot an end was a rarity.

By the 25th end Fahey managed to grab the lead for the first time in 15 ends when he moved to the front at 19 – 18. The players shared the ends as the score crept to 22 all when Peck played a very telling bowl. Holding a couple of shots Peck used his last bowl to move Fahey’s closest bowl enabling him to pick up a crucial 4 shots.

To his credit Fahey maintained his composure and narrowed the score to 27 – 26. Again it was anyone’s game. However, Peck played some great bowls in the next three ends to close out a 31 – 26 victory.

It was a wonderful match with both players giving an outstanding display of high class draw bowling, As well as Fahey played, it always seemed that Peck had his measure. It was a great effort from the 84 year old who has had a resurgence in his bowls since he has mastered the use of a bowling arm. He now awaits the result of the remaining semi between John Monks and Michael Kennedy to see who he battles for the Club Championship!

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