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Bowls Report by Missed Kitty.

Friday, August 16, 2019

It has been a sad week at the Norfolk Island Bowling Club with the passing of Club stalwart and Club Patron, Mr Thornton (Dan) Yager OAM, who passed away last Friday 9th August with his family by his side. Dan was a terrific club Member and was instrumental in fostering the Club’s oldest tournament, the Bounty Bowls Tournament, which is now in its 59th year of running. Dan played in the first 50 years of this tournament (returning from Australia for the 50th when he was undergoing medical treatment) and was the skip of the first Norfolk Island team to win this prestigious tournament, back in 1968 along with Warren Sheridan, Lober Christian & Bill (Pumpa) Adams. Dan will leave a huge hole in the Club and missed by Members and friends alike.

Considering the events of last week, the past week-ends bowls were cancelled, but play resumed on Wednesday with the Ladies playing their 4th round of their triples championship. Results of these games were: Tess Evans, Marg Buffett & Tracey Wora defeated Kitha Bailey, Jackie Ryan & Joy Bishop 13-10; and Ester Sanchez, Vivian Bigg & Ellie Dixon defeated Annie Pledger, Kate Smith & Jan Williams 20-11. In the social games played the results were: Petal Jones, Jim B (visitor), & Steve K (visitor) defeated Ann Snell, Grace L (visitor) & Ian H (visitor) 26-6; Neil McWaters, John Groat & Martin (visitor) defeated Marg O’Brien, Stephen Mathews & Alan H (visitor) 17-14; Haydn Evans, David W (visitor) & Peter L (visitor) defeated Culla Graham, Neil L (visitor) & Andy R (visitor) 28-9; and Brent Johnstone, Jeff W (visitor) & Gordon W (visitor) defeated Graeme Woolley, Ron B (visitor) & Rod (visitor) 17-11. It was a great afternoon’s bowls with the numerous visitors enjoying the greens.

Back on the home front and the NIO Triples commence play on Sunday the 18th, and on Saturday the Club will host a welcome function for the travelling bowlers at around 4pm. The Club will also host the family of the late Dan Yager at this function and all members are requested to attend and bring along a plate of food for the table.

Results of the NIO Triples will be posted on Face book and also in next week’s addition of tales from beyond ditch.

The Club’s Bistro is continuing to trade for both lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. Come along and enjoy the bowls whilst enjoying a terrific lunch, washed down with a nice cold beer, 5 beers on tap to choose from.

See you all on the greens soon.

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