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.