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Thursday, October 10, 2019

As you may have noticed there was no report last week as Ballzup was off Island at the Army Majura Training Area in Canberra, freezing the nuts off and then up to Army Training Area in Holsworthy, Sydney where the temperature was over 30 degrees, dry and dusty. Not my idea of a holiday, but whilst I was gone the Bowls Club continued with their yearly competitions and on Saturday previous the final of the Men’s Major Singles was played between good mates Haydn Evans & Ryan Dixon with the game going down to the wire. Haydn was the more consistent bowler of the first 10 ends to have a slight lead 10-6 but by the 13th end Ryan had taken the lead 12-11 with the score locked together at 16-16 all after 19 ends. Haydn then put the pressure on Ryan by winning 5 of the next 6 ends to have a lead 23-19 in a race to be first to 25. Ryan’s demon’s must have been prevalent as Ryan had been the runner-up in this competition a few times previously and had not won the Major Singles. Haydn then relaxed a little and Ryan, with his International experience coming to the fore, pounced to win two ends to only trail Haydn by one shot 23-22, with Haydn claiming one shot on the next end to be within sight of the finish line 24-22, but Ryan who was playing excellent bowls claimed two shots on the next end to square the ledger at 24-24 apiece and managed to claim the one shot required on the next end to ruin Haydn’s party and win the Major Singles for the first time at the Club 25-24.  A terrific game to watch with excellent bowls played by both players but unfortunately, as they say, there can only be the one winner. Congratulations to Ryan, commiserations to Haydn.

Sat social bowls were also played with the results being Ann Snell, Kath Leeson (visitor) & Peter (visitor) defeating Norm Tricky, Rob (visitor) & Danny (visitor) 31-3; Denise, Seb & Keiran Glass defeated Robyn, Kerry & Jag 21-8; John Ellison, Ron Armitage & Ron Hastie lost to Pete Walkinshaw, Brian & Jason Scott  20-11; Dan Mathews, Ross & John Wilkes defeated Moochie Christian, Geoff Griffiths & Mergi 18-15.

Last Saturday the Open Pairs final was played with Mark Carroll & Mick Godfrey defeating Ellie & Ryan Dixon in straight sets 9-6, 9-5, with 3 games of social bowls being played with the results being: Petal Jones, Ann Snell & Bob Myers (visitor) defeated Haydn Evans, Kitha Bailey & Ulla Finlay (visitor) 21-17; Phil Jones, Martin Rogers & John Groat defeated Matt Bigg, Garry Knox (visitor) & John Wilkes 17-16; and Dave Smith, Brent Johnstone & Debby Adams defeated Rob Dixon, Stephen Mathews & Geoff Griffiths 21-12.

Last Wednesday the semi-finals of the ladies Major Singles were played and in two good games the results were: Ester Sanchez defeated Vivian Bigg 25-15; and Petal Jones defeated Shae Wilson 25-18. The final will be played next Wednesday.  3 games of social pairs were played and the results were: Brent Johnstone & Maycee Deszecsar defeated Norm Trickey & Jackie Ryan 32-9 (Maycee must have played well); Stephen Mathews & Kitha Bailey defeated Haydn Evans & Esther Trickey 19-17; and Peter M (visitor) & Debra (visitor) defeated Ann Snell & Kylie M (visitor) 20-16.

This weekend and due to only one green being available the Men’s Champion of Champion competition commences on Saturday with the first two rounds being played, and the 3rd & 4th rounds being played on Sunday. Draw is on the Club notice-board. The Ladies Champion of Champions competition has been deferred one week and will commence on the 19th October.

Sad news was received during the week from New Zealand with the reporting of the passing of Gary Kerr in New Plymouth. Gary lived on the Island many years ago and then returned to NZ but was a frequent visitor to the Island for the bowling competitions. The Club President and Member’s pass on their condolences to the family.

Don’t forget that during the summer months and with the daylight saving making the evenings enjoyable, the Club’s Bistro cooks until 8pm or later, depending on demand and with the menu’s changing a little over summer, it is the place to be. Grab a table on the under covered veranda and enjoy a terrific meal whilst watching the boys and girls perform on the greens.

The Manager apologies for any inconvenience caused by the work being undertaken within the Club, but the inside is looking great with more to follow.

See you all on the greens soon.

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