The last of the Club Championships was played on Sunday 17th April with the Semi and Grand Finals of the Open Triples, previously delayed due to clashes with State games. In the Semi's, The Wake trio had a convincing win over the Price's, as did Sambo's rink over Frenchy. In the final with Corry Hooiveld/Kas Harrington/Alan Sampson against Lindsay Harrington/Rob Aitken/Mick Wake, it was even up to the 7th end where Sambo's rink posted a 4 and got away to a lead which they held, to win 14-10.
The Semi & the Grand Finals were played on Sunday 20th March with the morning game seeing Effie & Michael Wake get through in one game; Sandra & Sambo winning the other. The afternoon final was a convincing win for Sandra Skene and Alan Sampson, our new Mixed Pairs Champs.
Congrats to Brendan Gaudion, winner of the 100-up Handicap Championships. Well done to Shane Hicks, runner up, who was only just pipped at the post 100-95.
Finals have just been completed for our Open Minor Singles with Peter Hirth winning over David Pritchard in a very close match, and both the Men's and Women's Veterans Championships. In the men's Alan Sampson defeated Paul French, catching up from a slow start to win and in the women's Ro Porter prevailed over Gill Pritchard to take the win.
Both Sambo and Ro are invited to play at their respective Geelong Bowls Region's Veterans Champion of Champion, starting 23rd February. The men play at Torquay BC and the women play at Geelong Cement BC. Good luck!
We have our two new 2021-22 Club Singles Champions - Karen Harrington and Gary Banks. This is Karen's 6th title and Gary's 4th.
If you didn't come to watch, you missed an extraordinary display of bowling, thrilling the many members who came to support the finalists. Our President, Joe Issell, declaring the Men's marathon game as the best singles match you will ever see.
In the Women's match, Kas Harrington stormed out of the blocks posting 12 shots in the first four ends. The game then settled with Angela opening her account in the fifth & sixth ends. To her credit, Angela fought hard but mostly was only able to score single shots against the in-form Kas. Congratulations to Karen who held on to the early gained lead, winning 25-13.
The Men's game was a close game from beginning to end with the lead seesawing between the two players. Brett got his nose in front early and while Gary hit the front for the first time by 1 shot on the 9th end, Brett immediately reclaimed the lead. End 12 saw the score tied on 10-10 with Brett again getting in the lead winning the next 3 ends. Tied again on end 22, this time is was Gary who consolidated his lead winning the next 3 ends and holding his lead until, you guessed it, tied again 22-22 on end 32. Both players digging deep it was Gary who won 2 shots on each of the next 2 ends, winning the marathon 34 end game 26-22. Congratulations to Gary Banks.
Both players will now play in their respective GBR Champion of Champions competition, starting Sunday 13th February (Women at Geelong Cement and Men at Drysdale BCs).
Karen Wiener and Karen Harrington have won the GBR State Women's 60 and Over Pairs; The Grand Final was played on 12th January 2022 at City of Geelong BC against Sue Collins(OG) and Di Monk(Hig) composite team. Well done to our "two Karens" winning through all the rounds against some strong competition; Mia Nowosad/Veronica Kelly, Carol Howarth/Faye Richardson, Liz Simpson/Deanne Pedersen, Maureen Harris/Val Crumbie. They will now represent GBR in the State 60 & Over Championships to be held at Bendigo Bowls Club 16-18th February. Good luck!
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.