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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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John Monks Wins Second Consistency Championship

By |2018-11-20T13:28:35+10:00November 20th, 2018|Categories: Men's Bowls|

John Monks has won the Consistency Singles Championship for the second year in a row following the playing of the final matches in the competition.

Monks’ opponent in the semi-finals was determined when Alan Skelton had a good victory over Des Jackson. This game was close over the early ends until Skelton was able to pull away as he excelled on his favoured long ends. Jackson battled hard but Skelton was too strong on the day and won 150 – 120.

In their semi-final, Monks was under pressure early as Skelton had a great start and established a good lead of 41 – 17. Monks steadied and gradually narrowed the margin and by the 14th end he had levelled the score at 70 all. The match then became a real arm wrestle. Monks had a slight lead but could not pull away from the tenacious Skelton. After 28 ends the scores were 143 to 137. Monks was able to claim victory when he took out the next end.

The other semi-final was even closer as Lawrie Riley and Stan Peck had a battle ‘royale’. For the first half of the game the players were hard to separate. The scores were locked together several times in the first 14 ends. Riley then had a dominant spell where he built a lead of 107 to 93 after 20 ends. Peck then had his turn and by the 27th end he grabbed a narrow 136 – 134 lead. Despite Riley drawing level again on the next end, Peck did enough to make his way into another final with a hard fought 152 – 148 victory.

The final between Monks and Peck had a number of side stories. Monks was striving to retain the title as well as gain revenge after Peck had staged a marvellous fightback to grab the 2018 Major Singles title in the final also against Monks. Further, in the long history of playing one another Monks had never beaten Peck in a singles match.

It was to be Monks’ day. He played well from the start and by 11 ends he had a very handy lead of 71 – 39. He was able to continually put Peck under pressure and as a result Peck found it difficult to narrow the lead. Every time Peck seemed to be gaining some momentum Monks was able to reassert his dominance. In the end Monks had a very convincing win of 158 to 102.

The win was well deserved as Monks played excellent bowls throughout the game. Well done to both players, not only for their efforts in this event but for their play throughout the Championship season. Peck won the Major Singles ( against Monks); Monks won the Minor Singles and they teamed with Alan McLeod to win the Triples.

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Consistency Singles

By |2018-11-11T21:59:42+10:00November 11th, 2018|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The final Championship for the year is underway with round 1 and 2 matches in the Consistency Singles completed. The scoring in this form of the game is different with points being allocated to the four closest bowls – 4 for the closest, 3 for second, 2 for third and 1 for fourth. With 10 points available each end, the winner is first to 150. After the jack is rolled it is placed on a ‘washer’ and is replaced on the washer if it is moved by a bowl. The game is about consistently drawing to the jack.

Stan Peck continued his excellent form with a good win over Michael Atkinson in Round 1. Lawrie Riley and Doug Williams had a very close battle until the last few ends when Riley pulled away to win 153 – 127. Joel Hilliard was too experienced for Marcel Kors.

In the closest Round 1 game Peter Bird needed an extra end to claim victory over Ray Downey. This game was close throughout. Nearing the end the players where locked on 145 all. On the 30th end Downey seemed to have the edge until Bird was able to push his bowl into the head to even the end at 5 all. The players were locked on 150 all and needed an extra end. On this end Bird was able to grab a 6 -4 result to take out the match.

Stuart Graham and Ron Cox also had a very close tussle. Cox managed to hold the advantage for most of the game but Graham managed to win the crucial last ends to give him a 154 – 136 victory.

In the second round Peter Bird had another very close encounter with Lawrie Riley. Riley kept his head in front for much of the match but Bird was always in touch. He gradually narrowed the gap and on the second last end he levelled at 145 all. Riley held his nerve and had three excellent bowls on the last end that enabled him to win 151 to 149.

Riley’s opponent in the semi-finals will be the irrepressible Stan Peck who had another impressive victory. This time he accounted for Stuart Graham with another masterly display of draw bowling winning 154 to 116.

John Monks and Joel Hilliard also had a tight game. Monks started slowly but by the 10th end he had hit the front. He gradually built up a good lead. Hilliard remained in the fight and with a late charge he was only 8 points behind with two ends to play. Monks had the better of the 29th end and this gave him a 151 – 139 victory.

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Denise Lidbury Selected for NSW Country

By |2018-10-30T08:39:14+10:00October 30th, 2018|Categories: Women's Bowls|

Denise Lidbury is off to Soldiers Point this weekend, 3rd and 4th November to play in the NSW State Annual Bowls fixture of Country versus City. There are twenty bowlers chosen for each side. Four members play in the under 25’s and eight in both the Open and Seniors.
Denise has been a member of Tuross Head Country Club Women’s Bowling Club since 1990. In that time she has won many club titles as well as District. She has participated regularly in Regional and State events.

In 2018 she was a member of the Tuross Head Pennant 1 side who played at the Entrance in August in the State playoffs.

She also played in the pairs, triples and fours competitions at the State level at Taren Point in September. The selectors certainly had an eye for excellence in choosing Denise to be part of the Country Seniors side. She, along with Emma Petit from Merimbula are the only two representatives from the south of New South Wales.

Tuross Head Country Club is extremely proud of Denise’s efforts and wish her well in this highly contested event.

We hope Country will be able to defend the title they won in 2017.

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Handicap Pairs Decided

By |2018-10-28T15:13:17+10:00October 28th, 2018|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The 2018 Handicap Pairs Championship has been played and the new Champions determined.

Ken Drew and Doug Williams had a very close win over Jim Madden and Joel Hilliard in the only round 1 game, winning 24 -23. In the second round Drew and Williams were too good for Des Jackson and Patrick Sager winning comfortably 23 – 11.

Noel Downie and Julian Penny started their campaign with a strong showing against Brian Currie and Jim Howden. Ivan Balentovic and John Fahey had a good win over Alf Winch and Stan Peck and Col Fletcher and Alan McLeod held off a strong finish by Mick Challice and Jim Macklan to sneak into the semis with a 18 -17 win.

Both semi finals were close matches. Balentovic and Fahey had to give Fletcher and McLeod 13 shots start! The match looked all over when McLeod lead 30 – 10 after 12 ends. However Fahey fought back and with two ends to play trailed by only 3 shots at 31 – 28. McLeod managed to win the last two ends to win 33 – 28!

In the other semi final Penny and Downie looked home when they dominated the middle ends to set up a 21 – 15 advantage over Drew and Williams. Drew and Williams won the last three ends but fell one shot short going down 21 – 20.

The final was a great game. Penny and Downie had to give Fletcher and Mcleod a six shot start and looked in all sorts of trouble when they were behind 15 – 1 after 9 ends. Then the momentum changed. Downie won six ends in a row and raced to a 18 – 15 lead. McLeod fought back and with just two ends to play led 23 – 19.

Downie was able to win the last two ends and picked up four shots to force the game into an extra end. McLeod seemed to have control of the end holding shots with Downie to bowl the last end. With little option Downie played a strong bowl into the head and, with a little help, he was able to pick up the jack and three shots to triumph 26 -23!! It was a very entertaining match!

Congratulations to Penny and Downie on their win.

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Bruce and Denise Lidbury Retain Mixed Pairs Championship

By |2018-09-27T15:04:17+10:00September 23rd, 2018|Categories: Men's Bowls|

Bruce and Denise Lidbury have retained the Mixed Pairs Championship after a hard fought victory in the final against Rita and Noel Downie. The Lidburys won their way into final after a convincing win in the semi finals against Lorraine Wake and Allan Etheredge. Wake and Etheredge had a day to forget and could not get into the match after starting slowly.

The final was a much closer affair until a decisive period of play saw the Champions pull away. The Downie’s had the better of the early ends that were very tight. They had a 6 -2 lead after six ends before Bruce and Denise drew level at 9 all on the eleventh end. The tight tussle continued with the score 11 all after fourteen ends.

The Lidburys then won four consecutive ends in period that determined the result. They picked up 11 unanswered shots in this period to make it very hard for the Downies. The Downies won the next two ends but the single shots did not close the gap enough to give them a chance. The final score of 22 – 13 did not reflect the closeness of the battle. It did, however, demonstrate the ability of Bruce and Denise to produce the important shots when it mattered most.

Congratulations to both teams on an excellent display of championship bowls. Well done to Bruce and Denise on retaining their title!!

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Mixed Pairs Semi Finalists Decided

By |2018-09-09T12:00:01+10:00September 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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