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Mixed Pairs Underway

By |2019-08-04T13:26:59+10:00August 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+10:00July 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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Lakeside Triples 2019

By |2019-07-12T12:58:20+10:00July 12th, 2019|Categories: Men's Bowls|

Tuross Head Men’s Bowling Club has staged another successful Lakeside Triples with 24 teams competing for over $4,000 in prizemoney over two days. Teams travelled from Sydney, ACT, Bega, Wollongong and from the nearby clubs with the visiting teams filling all six of the placegetters.

In a very tight competition none of the sides were able to go through the rounds undefeated! In the end the final placings were determined by a one shot result between the two sides that finished first and second. The team of Phil Matthews and Thelma and Dave Roberts from Towradji edged out Dave Johnson, Dave Carter (Moruya) and Jason Hossack (Bodalla). Both sides won six games with Hossack’s only loss being a one shot defeat by the Towradji side. Roberts recovered from a first round loss to end with six wins and a margin of plus 33.

Hossack’s side also had six wins but their margin was plus 24. It is the second year in a row that they have finished agonisingly close in second place!

The sides that finished third, fourth and fifth all won 5 games had one draw and one loss. Again they were separated by their ‘shots margin’. The Bega side of Hedley Lucas, Tony Sturt and Lynton Riddell finished third with 11 points plus 16. Jay Breust ( Malua Bay) teamed with Weston Creek’s Ian Whybrow and Bruce Wall to finish 4th with 11 points plus 9.

The Tuggeranong side of Sean Allen, Michael Corby and Dale Budnick stummblled at the last hurdle losing their last game and were relegated from leader to fifth with 11 points and plus 8!!!

The final prize money winners were last year’s champions Keith Pickett (Narooma), Jeff Rankin (Moruya) and Mollymook’s Nick King. They were the best of the 5 game winners with 10 points and plus 23.

A big thank to everyone at Club Tuross who supported this event – Steve Hodge, the bar staff, the kitchen and our fantastic green keepers led by Tim Watson!!!

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2019 Triples Championship Decided

By |2019-06-30T12:57:32+10:00June 30th, 2019|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The 2019 Triples Championship has been decided following the playing of the semi-finals and final. The two semi-finals followed a very similar pattern with the favoured sides dominating the early ends and setting up winning leads.

Noel Downie, Peter Davies and Joel Hilliard raced to a 16 – 0 lead after 11 ends in their tussle with Des Jackson, Col Fletcher and Lawrie Riley and were never really troubled in moving into the final. Peter Macdonald, Stan Peck and John Monks also had their game against Julian Penny, Ben Hewison and Doug Williams well in hand when they pulled ahead 13 – 0 after eight ends. Williams’ side did show some fight but were never able to narrow the margin going down 27 – 14.

The final proved to be a worthy Championship play off with all six players contributing to a high quality, closely fought battle. Nothing separated the two teams for the first 18 ends with Downie, Davies and Hilliard holding a one shot lead at 14 – 13. In this period Macdonald, Peck and Monks combined very well and were denied on several occasions by excellent last bowls by Hilliard.

Then, as the temperature dropped as the clouds moved in, the nature of the game changed. Downie, Davies and Hilliard started to dominate the game. They won the next four ends to move to 21 – 13. On the 23rd Monks was forced to play a very risky bowl to give his side some chance. Unfortunately, the result was not what he wanted and he lost 5 shots. That meant Hilliard had an unassailable lead of 26 -13.

The final result did not reflect the tightness of the game or the good play of the losers. Downie, Davies and Hilliard played very well in the crucial final ends that proved the difference in an excellent match. Congratulations to the winners!!

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Major Pairs Decided and Pennant Season Over!!

By |2019-05-21T12:26:12+10:00May 19th, 2019|Categories: Men's Bowls|

Peter Davies and Joel Hilliard have won the Club’s Major Pairs following a good win over Noel Downie and John Monks in a very competitive final. The two best sides in the competition played a very fitting final. The closeness of the contest was evident as both teams were quickly into top form. Some fine bowls from all four players saw the score locked at 9 all after 9 ends. Davies and Hilliard edged ahead over the next few ends with the really critical play coming in the 12th end. Down 13 – 9 and behind on this end Monks played a calculated on shot but, to his dismay, after making contact with the jack he saw it rebound off a bowl and bounce forward a couple of metres. As a result he went down 4 shots and the deficit was doubled!

Davies and Hilliard consolidated this advantage to 19 – 9 after 13 ends. Downie and Monks continued to play well but the defensive play from Davies and Hilliard was such that they were able to restrict the number of shots they lost to a minimum. In this stage of the game Davies, in particular, showed his experience. The final score was 23 – 15 to Davies and Hilliard and they proved to worthy winners of the title. Far from disgraced, Downie and Monks were a little unlucky but they showed that they are very competitive at all levels.

The Pennant season for both Tuross sides came to a disappointing end at the District playoffs. The grade 5 side played Milton Ulladulla at Moruya needing to win to progress to the Zone Final. From the start this was a very interesting contest. Each Club had one of their three teams dominating their matches and the third game was very close. Ulladulla held the upper hand on the ‘main board’ for much of the game and the final score of 60 – 52 was due to a big finish from Tuross. Joel Hilliard’s team continued their tremendous form and had a 31 – 12 win. John Fahey’s team was competitive early but found their opponents too good in the second half of the game. They lost 30 – 8. John Monks’ team had a tighter tussle but always found themselves on the wrong side of the score line. They ended up losing 18 – 13.

The Grade 7 side travelled to St Georges Basin to play Callala RSL. This was a very evenly matched contest with the result up in the air to the last few ends. Tuross held the advantage on the ‘master board’ for most of the match. It wasn’t until the last two ends of the 63 end contest that Callala RSL grabbed the lead. They managed to finish the stronger to win 59 shots to 54.

Allan Etheredge’s team had a very good 17 – 12 win on their rink. Etheredge, in particular, played some outstanding bowls to lead by example. Ray Downey’s side had a very close battle before going down 21 – 17 and Ronnie Richardson’s side had two bad ends in their 26 – 20 loss. The closeness of the game is shown in that Callala won 32 of the 63 ends compared to Tuross’s 31!!

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May Carnival Results

By |2019-05-10T14:02:13+10:00May 10th, 2019|Categories: Men's Bowls|

Tuross Head Men’s Bowls have staged another successful five day May Carnival. While the numbers have declined over the years, those who did attend played some competitive bowls in a friendly atmosphere. The number of visitors have declined but the support from local players has been wonderful. Different events were played on each day starting on Sunday with mixed pairs and concluding on Thursday with a mixed medley.

While local players figured prominently in the money winners, the most successful players where Narooma’s Keith Pickett and Bodalla’s Paul Van den Heuvel. They won both the Open Pairs (Monday) and the Men’s Pairs (Wednesday) and teamed with Narooma’s Peter Hattam to finish second in the Open Triples (Tuesday)

Local teams dominated the Mixed Triples (Sunday) with Bruce and Denise Lidbury winning from Peter Macdonald and Rose Farrington and Sue and John Fahey. Noel and Rita Downie had the best last game result. Tuross’ Joel Hilliard and Stuart Graham finished second in the Open Pairs while Dave Carter and Paul Douglas (Moruya) came third. John Fahey and Jim Macklan had the best last game.

The Open Triples winners on Tuesday was the team from Sale of Ray Kennedy, Bruce Melrose and Peter Gould. Jennie and Stephen Hogan teamed with Ken Franklin (all from Tomakin) finished third. Dave Johnston, Pat Miller and Dave Carter (Moruya) had the best last game score.

Pickett and Van den heuvel won the Men’s pair on Wednesday from Tomakin’s Chris O’Brien and Nick Tiyce. Locals Peter Macdonald and John Fahey came third The best last game was recorded by Bruce Lidbury and Peter Davies.

Local teams dominated the Mixed Medley on Thursday with the Chris Roxby, Marg Downey, Jim Macklan and Stan Peck very popular winners. Sharron Perry, Gail Page, Stuart Graham and Peter Davies finished second ahead of Peter and Lorrie Bird who teamed with Phil and Marlou Rollinson. Fran O’Connell, Marcel Kors and Carol and Doug Williams had the best last game score.

A big thanks to the main sponsors – Alan May Motor Group, Platinum Blinds, Hallmark Real Estate and the Tuross Pharmacy – who have all been great supporters over a number of years.

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Major Pairs Finalists Determined

By |2019-05-05T07:55:51+10:00May 5th, 2019|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The finalists in the 2019 Major Pairs Championship have been decided in two very entertaining semi-finals. Noel Downie and John Monks played Jim Macklan and Stan Peck with the final result not reflecting the closeness of the game. The earlier ends were very tight with both teams playing crucial bowls. After 9 ends Macklan and Peck had a slender 10 – 9 lead.

At this point Downie and Monks gained the upper hand and by the 16th end had set up a match winning advantage of 22 – 11. In this period the play was tighter than the scores showed with the difference being some outstanding bowls from Downie and Monks where they had several ‘conversions’ that reaped rewards. Despite winning a couple of ends, Macklan and Peck could not record the number of shots they needed to bridge the gap. Downie and Monks had a 25 – 14 victory.

In the other game, Peter Davies and Joel Hilliard had to work very hard to get the better of Allan Etheredge and Peter Bird. The teams were locked at 7 all after 7 ends with all four bowlers playing very well. The next three ends proved to be the key to the match. Davies and Hilliard were able to pull away to a 14 – 7 lead and then they consolidated their advantage with another 3 shots on the 13th end to move to 17 – 9.

The final eight ends were a real arm wrestle as Etheredge and Bird fought hard to get back into the match. In fact, they won 5 of the last 8 ends but could only pick one shot at a time. Several times they held multiple shots but Davies and Hilliard were able to play some great shots to cut back the score. It was this ability to defend their lead that was the real strength of Davies’ and Hilliard’s play. They played a number of very effective on shots and drives to change the complexion of the head.

Etheredge and Bird were far from disgraced in a very competitive match that Davies and Hilliard finally won 20 – 14. The final should be an excellent game between two very strong pairings.

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Major Pairs Semi-Finalist Decided

By |2019-04-29T09:33:51+10:00April 29th, 2019|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The semi-finalists in the Major Pairs Championship have been determined following the completion of the last two quarter-finals. In ideal conditions both matches were very closely fought battles. In fact, the game between Allan Etheredge and Peter Bird and Peter Macdonald and Ray Downey needed an extra end to determine a winner.

Etheredge and Bird had a great start and led by 9 – 2 after 6 ends. Macdonald and Downey then won the next 6 ends to move to a 12 – 9 advantage. The next section of the game was very tight but by the 19th end Etheredge and Bird had managed to hit the front 18 – 15. Macdonald and Downey were able to make it 18 all after the regulation 21 ends. The extra end was very close with first one team, then the other holding the advantage. With his last bowl Downey, unfortunately for him, bumped Etheredge’s bowl to give Etheredge and Bird the shot by a very narrow margin. The final score was 19 – 18 and Etheredge and Bird will now play Peter Davies and Joel Hilliard for a place in the final.

The other game between Jim Macklan and Stan Peck and Lawrie Riley and Doug Williams was also very close. For the first 11 ends the two teams traded shots in a low scoring affair. At this stage the score was 7 all. Macklan and Peck then doubled their score in two ends to grab the advantage at 14 – 7. Riley and Williams fought back and by the 17th end they had narrowed the lead to just four shots at 16 – 12. Though they were winning the ends, Riley and Williams could not grab the big score they needed to bridge the gap.

On the 18th end Macklan and Peck consolidated their position when they picked up 4 shots to double their margin. Though Riley and Williams won the last three ends they only managed to pick up single shots as Macklan and Peck defended well. Macklan and Peck won 20 – 15 and will play Noel Downie and John Monks in the second semi-final.

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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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