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Bowls Pennant Season Commences

By |2021-02-28T13:41:55+11:00February 28th, 2021|Categories: Men's Bowls|

After the disruption caused to the 2020 Pennant season by the pandemic, bowlers are pleased to be back playing inter Club matches with the commencement of the 2021 pennant season. Tuross Head have two sides – one in Grade 4 and the other in Grade 6.

The season commenced on February 20 with the Grade 5 side travelling to Dalmeny to record a narrow victory. Grade 6 had a bye. The clash in Dalmeny was very tight with the critical ‘big board’ – the aggregate score – close throughout the game. A big finish by the Tuross team of Mick Challice, Peter Macdonald, Denise Lidbury and Joel Hilliard proved the difference. They scored 11 shots in their last 4 ends to go from down 10 – 14 to record a 20 – 14 win. This enabled the Tuross side to consolidate a very narrow 46 to 42 margin after 54 ends to a 60 to 51 victory after the total of 63 ends. John Monks’ team managed to hang on to win 24 – 17 while Carol Williams lost 16 to 20. Tuross scored 9 pennant points to 1 for Dalmeny.

In Round 2 – played on February 27 – the Grade 5 side had another win when they got the better of Moruya. Once again Joel Hilliard’s team lead the way with a very big win – 34 – 9.
John Monks had another close finish but held on to win 17 – 14. Carol William’s team had a great battle on their rink. They managed to score 2 shots on the final end to see the game end 17 all. Tuross won the tie 68 shots to 40 and picked up 9.5 pennant points to Moruya’s 0.5.

The Grade 6 side had a tough start to the season being well beaten by Narooma. The Narooma teams dominated the tie and had convincing wins on 2 of the 3 rinks. The Tuross team of Bruce Magilton, Ben Hewison, Marcel Kors and Irene Macdonald provided the one highlight of the day with a fighting win on their rink. After trailing early they fought back to dominate the middle section of the game. After 16 ends they led 24 – 13. Their Narooma opponents had their own revival and with an end to play Tuross had a slender 24 – 23 lead. The final end was tense. As the skips prepared to bowl Narooma held the advantage and were in the position to snatch a win. With her first bowl Macdonald was able to put the jack in the ditch. The tension grew as the umpire was needed to determine whether the jack was still in play or whether the end was ‘dead’ and had to be replayed. The jack was in by the smallest of margins and, despite the best efforts of the Narooma skip, Tuross won the end by 3 shots and the game 27 – 23!

Narooma won overall by 73 – 53 and picked up 9 pennant points while Tuross scored 1. Next week Grade 5 travels to Malua Bay and Grade 6 is also on the road to Tomakin.

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Brian Currie Wins Barry Sloane Memorial Lightning Singles Trophy

By |2020-11-22T14:50:08+11:00November 22nd, 2020|Categories: Men's Bowls|

Brian Currie has taken out the 2020 Barry Sloane Memorial Lightning Singles Championship following a full day of exciting bowling. Twenty four players competed for the sought after trophy played in the ‘sets format’. The event is played over two sets each of five ends with a ‘one end’ tie break if needed. The preliminary rounds were a round robin with the players in eight groups of three. The 8 players with the best scores then moved into a three round knock-out.

Peter Macdonald started his quarter-final against Peter Davies very well but stumbled on the last end of the first set to go down 5 – 4. Davies then dominated the next set to claim victory. Ben Hewison proved too strong for the defending champion – Noel Downie – and had a strong 2 set to nil win. Brian Currie had a great battle with Lorraine Wake. He grabbed 2 shots on the last end of the first set to claim a draw. He then fought back to claim the second set 6 -3 to move into the semi-finals. Mick Challice continued his impressive form to account for Lou Kozlik.

Challice played very well in his semi-final in an outstanding game with Hewison. Most of the heads in this game were very tight with little between the two players. Great draw bowling from Challice allowed him to apply pressure every end. He won both sets to progress to the final.

Currie had a great match with Peter Davies. In a low scoring first set, Davies played an outstanding ‘on-shot’ with his last bowl to share the set 3 all. Currie started well in the second set and led 3 – 1 after 3 ends. On the fourth end, Davies looked to have the advantage before Currie moved the jack to enable him to pick up two shots and a 5 – 1 advantage. Davies needed a miracle on the last end but his chance evaporated when he put his first bowl in the ditch. He conceded with Currie excited to make the final.

The final between Currie and Challice, two of our newer bowlers, was very exciting with both players in fine form. Challice drew first blood when he came from behind to grab the first set 5 – 4. He scored 3 shots on the last end to achieve this. He then rammed home the advantage when he picked up all 4 shots on the first end of the second set. Currie then showed his fighting qualities. He recovered from the two bad ends to take the next four to win the second set 8 – 4 and force the final into a tie breaker. This end was very close but Currie was able to get the shot and win the trophy.

Well done to both players who survived a long day of bowling action – they had each played five intense matches – and were still bowling at their best after 50 plus ends. This is a first championship victory for Currie and he found it hard to hide his excitement!!

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Great Finish to Consistency Singles Championship

By |2020-11-11T12:46:45+11:00November 11th, 2020|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The final Championship event for 2020 has been completed with Noel Downie winning an epic final of the Consistency Singles against Stan Peck. The recent rain caused havoc with the scheduling of this event. In one rescheduled match Noel Downie proved too strong for John Monks winning their game 150 to 120. The two semi-finals were very similar in how they played out. Downie controlled his game with Ray Downey leading all the way to record a 151 – 119 victory. Stan Peck also controlled his clash with Chris Coddington winning 154 – 126.

The Final was a classic match. Peck started well but by the 11th end the scores were locked at 50 all. Peck then skipped away to open up a 90 – 70 advantage. The momentum then swung to Downie who clawed away at the lead and by the 22nd end the scores were again equal at 110 all. Downie then skipped away to a 140 – 130 lead with just 3 ends to play. On the next end Peck hit back with 10 points to once again tie the scores up at 140 all. Downie won the next end 6 – 4 to give him a slight advantage. The last end was extremely tight with Peck having a chance to grab a win with his last bowl. Unfortunately for him, his bowl was just wide of the mark. The players shared the points on the end – the 5 points enough to give Downie a 151 to 149 victory.

The final was a great game between two of the most consistent and skilful players of the singles format in the Club. Congratulations to both players.

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Consistency Singles Underway

By |2020-10-26T10:10:14+11:00October 26th, 2020|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The final event in the 2020 Championship program – the Consistency Singles – has started with players dodging the rain to complete the first two rounds of matches. In this format of play the object is to have as many of your bowls as close to the jack as possible. The jack remains where it was rolled for each end, being replaced if it is moved. Ten points are available for each end with the closest bowl scoring 4 points, the next 3, the next 2 and the fourth 1 point. The winner is the first player to 150.

There were some very close battles in the first round. Jonathan Green had a good start against Mick Atkinson but was required to hold off a strong finish from Atkinson. After being well behind at 111 to 69, Atkinson fought back strongly but found the gap too big to close. Green won 154 – 136. Peter Macdonald and Noel Downie both played very well in their tussle. The scores were very close throughout with Downie narrowly ahead at 107 to 103. At this stage Downie was able to grab the momentum and he moved into the next round with a 151 to 129 victory.

John Monks had to use all of his experience and guile to get the better of the determined Lou Kozlik 156 to 124. Stan Peck had a good battle with Akan Skelton before closing out his match 155 to 125. Michael Challis had a very impressive win over Marcel Kors, dominating the final stages of the match to win 153 to 107. Bruce Magilton continued his good form with a 151 – 119 win over Doug Williams. Chris Coddington – new to our club but a player returning to bowls – showed his promise with a good win over Ray Brown. Ray Downey had a convincing win over new bowler Bill Burch.

In round 2 action Stan Peck had to pull out all stops to claim victory over Bruce Magilton. Magilton started well but found that Peck – who recently turned 87 – is a fierce competitor. The scores stayed close until Peck was able to pull away at the end to win 157 to 133. Ray Downey had a great start in his match with Michael Challice and was able to maintain the advantage throughout to win 151 to 109. Chris Coddington again demonstrated his skills with a very strong performance against Jonathan Green. He dominated the second half of the game moving from a lead of 78 to 62 to a winning score of 151 to 89 in the space of 10 ends. There is one postponed match between Noel Downie and John Monks to be played to determine the last semi-finalist.

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Doreen and John Monks New Mixed Pairs Champions

By |2020-10-18T22:02:43+11:00October 18th, 2020|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The 2020 Mixed Championship has decided with some great games played throughout the final series.

The quarterfinals started with a high standard, low scoring match between John and Sue Fahey and Doreen and John Monks. John Monks showed all of his skills in a match winning performance. On several ends the Faheys looked to have the advantage only for Monks to play the winning bowl. The Monks led early but by the 13th end the scores were locked at 9 all. The lead changed over the next 7 ends but after the regulation 21st end the scores were locked at 14 all. On the extra end the Faheys again looked the likely winners until John Monks once again played the key bowl! The Monks won 15 – 14.

Diane and Colin Fletcher played Michael and Di Challice in their quarter final. They had to fightback from a slow start. After 9 ends the Challices had a 10 – -3 advantage. The 10th end turned the game when the Fletchers picked up 6 shots. With the confidence they gained from this the Fletchers pushed on to a 20 – 12 lead after 19 ends. The Challices showed some fight at the end of the game but they could not bridge the gap. The Fletchers won 20 – 16.

Sue Hutcheson and Ivan Balentovic continued their good form with a very impressive upset victory over Gail Page (subbing for Rita Downie) and Noel Downie. Hutcheson and Balentovic controlled the game from the outset and never allowed their more experienced opponents to grab the upper hand. Both Hutcheson and Balentovic played some fantastic bowls. They held off a late flurry to win 22 – 16. Peter and Irene Macdonald proved too strong for Karen and Alan Skelton in the last quarter final winning 25 – 12.

The Fletchers played the Macdonalds in one semi-final. The Macdonalds had the better of the first half of the game despite dropping ‘a 5’ on the 6th end. After 11 ends they lead 16 – 12. The Fletchers then gained the momentum they needed. They won the next 5 ends to be ahead 22 – 16 after 16 ends. They were able to defend their lead as the Macdonalds won 4 of the remaining 5 ends. However, the Fletchers were able to limit the number of shots they conceded on these ends and won 23 – 21. In the other semi-final the Monks ended the great run Hutcheson and Balentovic had in the Championship. In this game Doreen Monks demonstrated that she has really mastered the use of the bowling arm with an outstanding display of lead bowling. She was able to control the game and they moved into the final on the back of a dominant 29 – 9 victory.

The final between the Monks and the Fletchers was a clash between a pair with years of experience and a pair relatively new to the game. Continuing their outstanding form, the Monks had a flying start and quickly raced to a 17 – 1 lead after 7 ends. To their credit the Fletchers never stopped trying and won half of the remaining ends but they were never in the position to narrow the gap. The Monks were deserved winners of the title. They combined beautifully throughout the Championship.

While well beaten in the Final, the Fletchers also deserve to be congratulated on the way they played. They had a couple of very impressive wins and showed how much their bowls have improved in the short period they have been playing! An interesting side note is that Diane’s sister Denise Lidbury, had played in the final of this event in the last nine years with a great record. She was the winner 7 times, the last 4 playing with husband Bruce!

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Round One of Mixed Pairs Completed

By |2020-10-04T10:20:10+11:00October 4th, 2020|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The 2020 Mixed Pairs Championship has started with the first round of matches completed. Although played over 21 ends in many matches the result is determined by one or two ends. This was certainly the case in a high quality encounter between Sue and John Fahey and Alan McLeod and Rose Farrington. The Fahey’s started well with the fourth end being one of two key ends. They picked up 5 shots to open up a 7 – 2 lead. They scored another 5 shots on the 9th end to open up a 14 -5 advantage. McLeod and Farrington won their share of the remaining ends but they could not manage to close the margin. The Fahey’s moved into the next round with a 24 – 15 victory.

Ivan Balentovic teamed with first time competitive bowler Sue Hutcheson to score a good win over last year’s runners up Fran O’Connell and Marcel Kors. After 10 ends Hutcheson and Balentovic had a big lead at 17 – 8. O’Connell and Kors then fought back and reduced the margin to 3 shots at 18 – 15. In a very competitive portion of the game the teams traded ends and by the 18th end they were still separated by just 3 shots at 22 – 19. Hutcheson and Balentovic then consolidated their position by taking out the last three ends to win 29 – 19.

Peter and Irene Macdonald had to work hard against Jonathan Green and Lorraine Wake to progress to the next round. The Macdonald’s dominated the first half of a low scoring game to move to a 14 – 3 lead after 10 ends. Green and Wake fought back strongly to be just 2 shots behind at 14 – 12 after 15 ends. Irene Macdonald played the crucial shot of the game on the 18th end. Green and Wake were holding several shots but Irene was able to claim the end with her last bowl. The Macdonald’s then moved on to win 22 – 13.

Di and Michael Challice and Doreen and John Monks proved to be too strong on the day for their opponents. Both teams dominated their matches. The Challice’s defeated Lorraine Johnston and Doug Williams while the Monks’ relished the condition of the green to record a convincing win over Cheryl McRae and Brian Currie.

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Hilliard Completes Championship Haul with Win in the Fours!

By |2020-09-28T07:06:55+10:00September 28th, 2020|Categories: Men's Bowls|

Joel Hilliard and Peter Davies have continued their domination of the Club Championships at Tuross Head when they combined with Michael Challice and Marcel Kors to win the Fours Championship. For Hilliard the win means he has won all four of the Major Championships – Singles, Pairs, Triples and the Fours. Davies has joined him in winning the Pairs, Triples and Fours. However, they did not win the Fours without a hell of a scare and a remarkable come from behind win over Bruce Magilton, Jonathan Green, Ivan Balentovic and Lawrie Riley.

Both teams won their way into the final with close wins in the semi-finals. Hilliard’s side was pressed all the way by Des Jackson, Alan McLeod, Ray Downey and John Monks. Hiiliard held a slender 16 – 14 lead with three ends to play. Those ends were very tightly contested but Hilliard was able to win all three to grab a 20 – 14 victory.

Riley had a very exciting win over Len Downie, Col Fletcher, Peter Macdonald and Noel Downie. They lead the game for most of the match until Downie hit the front 19 – 18 on the 18th end. With one end to play the sides were locked at 20 all. Riley’s side was able to prevail on the last end to win 22 – 20.

The final was a cracking match with Riley’s quartet defying their under-dog status to have the best of the first half of the match. With all four players contributing to their success they won 9 of the first 13 ends to set up a 21 – 9 lead. Gradually Hilliard’s side chiselled away at the deficit as they won the next six ends, each by a single shot. With just two ends to play Riley was still in front at 21 – 15 and was hoping that their efforts to restrict their opponents to single shots would be enough for a win. However, on the 20th end Hilliard’s team all played great shots to enable them to collect six shots and draw level at 21 all. The Championship came down to a one end shoot out! Hilliard was able to maintain the momentum and his side won the end and the title. On this end they scored five more shots with the final score of 26 – 21 not reflecting the true nature of the game.

It was great comeback by the winners – they won last 8 ends – and demonstrated that champions are never out of a game. Congratulations to them. It has been a wonderful year for Hilliard and Davies. We wish them well as they represent the Club in the up-coming Champion of Champions events. Special congratulations to their opponents for a valiant effort. Two of their players – Bruce Magilton and Jonathan Green – are in their first season of competitive bowls. They were very well lead by Skip Lawrie Riley and Ivan Balentovic was a major force in both the semi and final. We will be hearing more of their success in the future.

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Peter Macdonald Wins Minor Singles Championship

By |2020-09-21T09:12:53+10:00September 21st, 2020|Categories: Men's Bowls|

Peter Macdonald is the 2020 Minor Singles Champion at Tuross Head Bowling Club. He was playing in his third final of this event – he had also been a losing semi-finalist on two other occasions! He played Brian Currie, who is only in his second season of competitive bowling, with the difference in experience proving to be a telling factor. The early ends were very tightly contested but Macdonald was able to gain an 12 – 3 advantage before Currie fought back to 12 – 8. The next end proved critical as Macdonald hit back with the maximum four shots and regained his lead of eight shots at 16 – 8. Currie seemed to lose his confidence at this stage as Macdonald won the next six ends to move to 26 – 9. He ended up winning 31 – 9.

Macdonald was in great touch on the day and continually put pressure on Currie. While Currie seemed to hold his nerve he just could not get the break he needed to change the momentum of the game. Macdonald is a very worthy Champion. Currie deserves congratulations for making his way to the final and he will benefit from the experience.

The fourth semi-finalist in the Fours Championship has also been decided following a very close match between Des Jackson, Alan McLeod, Ray Downey and John Monks and Brian Currie, Ben Hewison, John Fahey and Doug Williams. Williams’ side had the better of the early ends of a low scoring game. They lead 9 – 4 after 9 ends. But by the 14th end Monks had drawn level at 11 all. Williams hit back to be in a strong position at 17 – 12 after 18 ends. The next end swung the match. Monks’ quartet were able to pick up 6 shots and move to the lead at 18 – 17. They consolidated on the next end and were able to defend on the last end to grab the win 19 – 18. The key to the win was the play of John Monks who played several key bowls to either grab the shot or to reduce the number of shots his opponents could score.

The semi-finals and finals of the Fours Championship will be played next weekend.

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Minor Singles Semi Finals and Fun Day

By |2020-09-13T21:30:45+10:00September 13th, 2020|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The finalists in the 2020 Minor Singles Championship have been decided following two excellent semi-finals. In a repeat of their epic clash in the 2019 semis of this event, Pater Macdonald and Marcel Kors battled it out over 41 ends to the delight of the spectators who were present. Kors continued his great form and had the best of the first half of the game. He was able to build up a good lead and by the 23rd end he held a 22 – 9 advantage. However, this score did not reflect the closeness of the play. Almost every end was tightly contested with only one score of 3. Macdonald seemed to be favouring his ‘dog inflected’ injured hip.

Gradually the momentum in the game started to change. Macdonald chipped away at the margin and by the 33rd end he had narrowed the deficit to just 3 shots at 25 – 22. On the next end Kors scored 3 shots to move in reach of victory at 28 – 22 only to see Macdonald again surge. By the 38th end the scores were locked at 28 all and the excitement and tension increased. Kors moved to a 30 – 28 lead on the next end. Holding his nerve and form Macdonald played very well in the next two ends to claim a sensational win 31 – 30. This was a wonderful come from behind victory and reversed the 2019 result. Kors was disappointed but very gracious in defeat.

Macdonald’s opponent in the final will be Brian Currie who demonstrated his growing confidence to hold off a gallant effort by Jonathan Green. Currie started well and quickly moved to a 11 – 4 lead. Green competed well but struggled to score multiple shots. Currie was able to continue his domination of the match and he ran out winner 31 – 20.

The Tuross Club held a special ‘Fun Day’ on Sunday 13th of September in an effort to provide our members with some relief from the difficult times we are experiencing. It was wonderful to see 55 players on the greens! Even though it was all about enjoyment the best performing side on the day was recognised. The winners were Tracey Stewart, Di Challice and Marcel Kors – some consolation for Marcel following his loss in the Minor Singles semi-final. Almost 70 members shared in a fantastic BBQ lunch – enjoyed while following the social distancing rules! Well done to the team who put it all together!

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Minor Singles Championship Action

By |2020-09-07T09:25:22+10:00September 7th, 2020|Categories: Men's Bowls|

Preliminary matches in the 2020 Minor Singles Championship have been played and the semi-finalists determined. 2019 runner up Marcel Kors has stormed into the final four with two very convincing wins. He was in fine touch accounting for Ray Downey 31 – 14 and Col Fletcher 31 – 9. Perennial ‘bridesmaid’ in this event, Peter Macdonald, has also made the semis again with two contrasting wins. He proved too experienced for Warren Hodder with a 31 – 16 win but had a real battle in his game with new bowler, Bruce Magilton. Macdonald started well but found Magilton very competitive. Magilton never managed to hit the front but twice he levelled the score only to see Macdonald consolidate. In the end Macdonald won a very tough battle 31 – 24.

In his 89th year, Lou Kozlik, showed his determination in recording a good win but he lost his second match. He fought back from a slow start against Alan Skelton where he trailed 12 – 4 and 17 – 10 before surging to take out the clash 31 – 20. His game with Brian Currie followed a similar pattern. Currie started well and was in command at 11 – 4 before Kozlik won 6 ends in a row to take the lead 12 – 11. Currie then regrouped and dominated the rest of the game to win 31 – 17.

The final semi-finalist is newcomer Jonothan Green who demonstrated the benefit of his dedication to practise when he came from behind to outlast Michael Challice. Challice quickly found his groove and lead 11 – 4 before Green settled into the match. The rest of the game was a very close battle. Green slowly caught up and after 18 ends hit the front at 18 – 17. The players then traded the lead several times and at 25 all an exciting finish was ensured. At this stage Green was able to play his best bowls. He won 3 of the last 4 ends to record an excellent 31 – 26 victory.

Kors plays Macdonald in one semi while Currie and Green will do battle for the other position in the final.

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