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.