After a rescheduled start due to COVID, our first Club Championship was completed with the Semi & Grand Finals of the Men's Pairs and the Women's Pairs, played Sunday 21st November, 2021.
After what has seemed like endless cold and rainy weather, the weather was greatly improved on the day. On a grass green running beautifully, albeit with very tricky wind conditions, we saw great displays of bowling ability.
In the morning semi's, Tim Jenkinson & Daryl Kitchin met with Lindsay Harrington & Lance Avent. This was a great tussle with scores level at 7-7 after the 11th end, however the experience of the Daryl led pair gave them a 15-7 win at the completion of 15 ends. In the other semi, Gary Banks & Alan Sampson played Peter Forbes & John McMahon, with the combination of Gary/Sambo too strong on the day for Peter/John.
The Women's semi's saw Corry Hooiveld & Sandra Skene play Kathy Grogan & Marg Hirth. Kathy & Marg won the first 3 ends, only to be level after conceding a handful to Corry & Sandra on the next 2 ends. It proved to be the experience of these two that saw them take the win.
In the other semi, Effie Wake & Kas Harrington were against Gill Pritchard & Karen Wiener. This was a close game with Effie & Kas taking the early lead only to be reeled in and scores even after 7 ends. Gill & Karen then took the lead, at one stage 6 shots up, however Effie & Kas rallied to be 1 shot up going into the last end. Gill & Karen survived a conversion drive by Kas with the jack spitting out to their bowls.
The Women's final saw almost a carbon copy of the semi for Gill & Karen against Corry & Sandra. After being even early on, Gill & Karen held on to a lead most of the game, only to find themselves 1 down after the 13th end. Losing another single to Corry & Sandra it was this pair which was 2 shots up going into the last end. Rallying again, Gill & Karen held 2 shots in the head with a brilliant last bowl by skip Karen to draw around short bowls in very difficult wind conditions to draw the winning 3rd shot and securing a win. A thriller for the spectators, well done.
In the Men's final between Gary & Sambo and TJ & Daryl we were all treated to a great display of bowling with Gary/Sambo having their noses out in front throughout the game. The difficulties of the wind were apparent, with bowls sometimes taking a very unpredictable line. Winning a few ends in a row in the closing ends, Gary & Sambo had a 6 shot lead going into the last end. Tim & Daryl consolidated to post a 4, with a game loss of 2 shots. Well done to Gary Banks & Alan Sampson.