A RECORD 16 teams have entered this year’s Wilson’s Business House Bowls Competition.
With only seven rinks available Peter Turner has overcome the problem by doing a draw with two teams receiving a bye each Friday evening.
The first round was played last Friday, it was a very cold and wet night but all forty-two participating bowlers appeared to enjoy the friendly competition.
The closest game of the first round was played between David Scott Electrical and Wilson’s.
Craig Ryan is the skipper of David Scott’s team and he has two new recruits, Damian O’Brien and Ian Heffernan, in his team and they did well to hold Marie Hammond, Mike Lalor and Rick Gottaas to a ten shots all draw.
It was another close encounter between Bega Valley Motors and the National Bank.
Five shots on the last three ends enabled Bega Valley Motors to snatch a two shot victory seven shots to five.
Retravision with Richard Cock playing skip had eight shots to spare over Boo’s Mini Excavations while David Jauncey led Malcolm Slater’s team to a four shot win over EI Pells skippered by Howard Blacker.
Rod Buggy, with son John playing second, overcame the challenge from Finns Pest Control to win seven shots to four while Adam Moon led V&H Motors to a seven shot win over E&F Automotive.
The family team of Andy Brand, Karen Terry and Simon Terry, playing for Kydd’s Butchery, did well to defeat Momsen’s Motors by four shots.
There were several bowlers playing for the first time on Friday evening and we will follow their progress with interest.
The final of the Triples Championship was played on Saturday in inclement weather conditions.
It was an early start with play commencing at 11am.
Craig Hall, David Jauncey and Adam Moon were opposed by the other semi-final winners, Howard Blacker, Mick Gillan and Brian Richards
Craig Hall’s team picked up three shots on the first end to establish an early lead.
However, Howard Blacker’s team won five of the next six ends and after seven ends they led seven shots to four.
Howard had kept his team in the game with some fine bowling and on two occasions achieved a five-shot turnaround with his last bowl.
After ten ends it was eight shots all but Howard regained the lead on the eleventh end when he gained two shots.
Adam Moon and David Jauncey both bowled well on the next end and Craig was able to hold five shots when the end had been completed.
Another shot on the thirteenth end gave his team a four shot lead.
The favourites appeared to be struggling but with eight ends remaining to be played there were still plenty of bowls to be bowled.
Brian Richards began to find a better length and after another four ends, all won by Howard’s team they had established a handy three shot lead.
They conceded one shot on the next end and another on the nineteenth end and now held a one shot advantage.
Craig’s team was in a strong position on penultimate end but a precision bowl by Howard saw this position reversed and Howard’s team, after being down, picked up the vital shot.
One end remained to be played and there was just two shots separating the two teams.
Brian played three good lead bowls and Mick strengthened their position with his last three bowls.
Craig had a difficult task in front of him.
He was able to reduce the deficit to two shots but the game was over and Howard, Mick and Brian were the winners, 20 shots to sixteen.
It was Brian’s third successive win in the Triples Championship while Craig who had skippered Brian’s team last year had to be content with the Runner-up trophy this year.
Brian Richards appears to be a Triples specialist as he has been a member of the winning Triples team four of the last five years – well done Brian!
A warm Wednesday afternoon attracted eighteen bowlers onto the green and three bowls of Triples were organised.
It was good to see Ray Preo back from holidays and he played second to Barry Patrick with Frank Dorris leading against Derrick Hepponstall, Jim Barber and Mick Earnshaw.
Barry’s team was on fire early winning the first seven ends to lead 15 shots to nil.
Although their opponents fought back it was too big a lead to overcome and Barry, Ray and Frank were the winners 26 shots to 19.
Bruce Whyman, Gerry Harvey and Richard Cock were drawn to play against Greg Hayden, Eric Ellis and Meggsie Holdsworth.
It was an easy win to Richard’s team, which was successful 29 shots to 12.
The remaining game saw Harry Allen, Pat Kilkelly and Peter Turner opposed by Ross Elliott, Mick Lalor and Roger Rixon.
This was a game of fluctuating fortune with the lead changing several times.
Harry was in good form and although down four shots with one end to play he was playing with plenty of confidence.
His confidence prevailed and with two great bowls he was rewarded with five shots on the last end.
Roger Rixon could not believe his bad luck and when Meggsie drew Harry, Pat and Peter’s card as the winner of the chickens he was still shaking his head in disbelief.
The second round of Wilson’s Business House Competition will be played this evening and Ken Snowdon has organised a big day of bowls on Sunday morning beginning at 10am.
Two games of Joe’s Specials will be played over twelve ends.
Andy Brand of South Coast Radiators has kindly donated three excellent prizes and the competition will be intense.
Over twenty bowlers have indicated their intention of playing and Ken’s expectation of thirty bowlers may even be exceeded.
Remember names in by 9.30am for a 10am start.
Congratulations to Ken Snowdon and Frank Dorris who were the meat tray winners last Sunday.
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