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Bowls Report by Ballzup.- BOWLING CLUB A.G.M.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Each year the Members of the Norfolk Island Bowling Club are provided with the opportunity to have their say and are given the chance to give something back to the Club by standing for Office at the Annual AGM.  The Members would like to give thanks to the following persons who have stood up and volunteered to be on the Executive and Membership and the General Committee.  A good turn-out of Members last Sunday at the AGM, good spirited discussion and feed-back, both positive & negative will provide the new Committee with plenty of opportunities to move the Club forward over the next 12 months.  Members elected to the Executive team were: President – Trevor Gow; Senior Vice-president – Christine (Petal) Jones; Junior Vice-president – Haydn (Teddy Evans); Treasurer – Barry Wilson; Secretary – Lesley Buffett; General Committee Members – John Groat, Mark Carroll, Ryan Dixon & Kitha Bailey.  Good luck to this great looking team for the next 12 months.

Last Saturday, with no competition bowls scheduled, social bowls were played with the results being: Gary Bigg & Kitha Bailey defeated Barry Jones & John C 21-18; Wes Cooper & Brent Johnstone defeated Teddy Evans & Chrissy Pauling 28-15; Kate Smith & Ling Glass defeated Jackie Ryan & Irene Buffett 20-15; and Mick Godfrey, Brent Pauling & Peter Glass defeated Pete Walkinshaw, John Groat & Trev Gow 23-11.

Last Wednesday, the ladies played social bowls with the results being: Petal Jones, Brent Johnstone & Stephen Mathews defeated Brent Pauling, Cyril Butters & Irene Buffett 23-12; Vivian Bigg & Marie Hodgetts defeated Graeme Woolley & Leslie Buffett 21-14; Ann Snell & Tess Evans defeated Marg O’Brien & Ester Trickey 19-7; and Ester Sanchez, Steve & Chrissy Pauling defeated Mick Godfrey, Nor Trickey & Allan Ireland 18-10.  One of the Men’s Triples championship games was played with the result being a come from behind win to Ryan Dixon, Matt Bigg & Haydn Evans over Neil McWaters, John Groat & Barry Jones 23-19.

Today, Saturday, the Men commence their Club Triples Championships and with 8 teams entered the 3 remaining games are to be played today commencing at 1pm.

Club Members are reminded that the August Classic Triples entries close on Tuesday 31st July, to enable the draw to be completed and overseas teams notified, so that they can organise their plans for their holidays and the organisation of the tournament completed.

Come on down to the Club Bistro and say hello to Betty & Sam, they have generously donated a voucher for the weekly raffle prize with tickets on sale as you pay your green fees.

Members are also reminded that memberships are now due, including social memberships ($20 ea.) for persons who frequent the Club often.  See the Club Manager Tim Sheridan or one of his staff to pay your dues.  Don’t forget – no subs – no play in club competitions.

See you all on the greens soon, with details next week on the Club Triples competition results.

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Bowls report by Ballzup.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

What an incredible week at the Norfolk Island Bowling Club, with the players having to not only compete against their opposition but the windy conditions, coupled with a fast green proved challenging for all.  Last Saturday, the Men played their semi-finals for the Major Singles competition for the year and the results of these games were: Tim Sheridan defeated Barry Wilson 25-11 after the scores were locked together at 5-5 all, and in the other game played between Ryan Dixon and Graeme Woolley the game was also locked together at 8-8 all after some 9 ends, and then Ryan skipped away by a few points but the Graeme’s credit he levelled the scores again at 18-18 all, and then got to the lead 20-18.  Ryan then concentrated on playing draw bowls, and with deft drawing to the kitty made Graeme have a couple of drives, which missed by millimetres, so Ryan eventually ran out the winner by 25-20. A terrific game of bowls. The final will be played today at 1pm at the Club.

Also played last Saturday were a few social games with the results thus: Peter Walkinshaw, Wes Cooper & John Kane defeated Brent Pauling, Kate Smith & Kitha Bailey 18-6; Stephen Mathews & Peter Glass outplayed Neil McWaters and Barry Jones to record a 23-14 win; Haydn Evans & Irene Buffett defeated Mick Godfrey & Brent Johnstone in a very close game 18-17.

DON’T FORGET: The Club AGM will be held in the Club-house on Sunday 22nd July at 10am, with nominations being sought for all positions on the Committee, and sub-committees.

Last Wednesday the ladies completed their Major Singles championship semi-finals, with both games being comfortably won by the winners.  In the first game Petal Jones had a good win against Kate Smith 25-10; and in the other game Shae Wilson had a very good win against Marg O’Brien 25-6. The final will be played next Wednesday at 1pm.  A terrific game should be on display.

In the social games played Haydn Evans & Ling Glass defeated Peter Glass & Irene Buffett 18-12; Ryan Dixon & Ester Trickey had a draw 17-17 with mick Godfrey & Norm Trickey; and in the last game Neil McWaters, John Groat & Brent Johnstone defeated Stephen Mathews, Vivian Bigg & Marie Hodgetts 25-8.

NEXT CHAMPIONSHIP: The next championships for the Club are the Men’s and Ladies Triples with the lists on the Club notice-board, with the Ladies closing next Wednesday 18th July for play on the 25th July., and with the Men’s list closing on the 21st July for play on the 28th July.

The Club Bistro continues to open 7 evenings a week from 5:30pm with terrific deals on offer coupled with 5 beers on tap, with the Club introducing 150 Lashes draught from this week-end.

See you all on the greens.

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Bowls Report by Ballzup

Friday, June 29, 2018

Over the past week at the Norfolk Island Bowling Club, their Major Singles championships began, the blue-ribbon event of the calendar year.  In perfect conditions last week-end the first and second rounds were played, with the results being thus: Round 1: Ryan Dixon defeated Mick Godfrey 25-20; John Groat defeated Brent Johnstone 25-18; Barry Wilson defeated Gary Bigg 25-17; and Graeme Woolley defeated Barry Jones 25-11.  Only one social game was played last Saturday with a game of pairs between the teams of Culla Graham & Sue Semple and that of Tess Evans & Irene Buffett with the game being drawn 12-12.

The results of the second round of the Men’s Major Singles played last Sunday were: Graeme Woolley defeated Haydn Evans 25-9; Tim Sheridan defeated John Groat 25-7; Neil McWaters defeated Stephen Matthews 25-16; Jeff Pledger defeated Trev Gow 25-15; Brent Pauling defeated Peter Walkinshaw 25-20; and Ryan Dixon defeated Peter Glass 25-12.  The quarter-finals will be played today between Tim Sheridan Vs Brent Pauling; Barry Wilson Vs Culla Graham; Neil McWaters Vs Graeme Woolley; and Ryan Dixon Vs Jeff Pledger.

On Wednesday last, the Ladies commenced their Major Singles championships, with the results of these games being:  Jackie Ryan defeated Joy Bishop 25-17; Kitha Bailey defeated Irene Buffett 25-14; Shae Wilson defeated Maycee Deszacsar 25-2; Margaret O’Brien defeated Ester Sanchez 25-13; Ling Glass defeated Elle Dixon 25-23; Kate Smith defeated Chrissie Pauling 25-21; with Petal Jones and Tess Evans having wins by default.  In the social games played Neil McWaters & Peter Glass defeated Stephen Mathews & Margaret Buffett 20-11; and Mick Godfrey & Tess Evans defeated Graeme Woolley & Culla Graham 18-16. The semi-finals of the Women’s Major Singles will be played next Wednesday.

During the quiet winter months, the Club Bistro is still opening as per normal at 5:30pm for everybody to enjoy the tasty meals and enjoy the lovely cold beer from the bar.

The Club AGM is to be later in July and further details will be in the paper nearer to the time, but the AGM notice is on the Club notice-board and Members are encouraged to nominate for positions on the Club Committee and various sub-committees. Don’t leave it too late.

See you all on the greens.

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Bowls Report

Friday, June 15, 2018

Another Bowls Club Championship has been concluded over the past week-end, with the Men’s four’s teams of Pete Walkinshaw, Spider Webb, Jeff Pledger & Mark Carroll taking on the team of Brent Pauling, Wes Cooper, Gary Bigg & Peter Glass, and it proved to be a very long game finishing well past sunset at 5:15pm.  Brent’s team got off to a flyer (which proved to be a bonus at the end of the game) with 5 shots in the first two ends, but Pete’s team knuckled down to the task at hand and with some great conversion shots from the skip, did the best over the next 9 ends picking up 15 shots, and at the half-way mark had a comfortable lead at 15-9, but Brent’s team was not to be out done and took advantage of an error from Pete, when he trailed the kitty to the ditch, when holding shot and dropped 5 shots on the 15th end to make the score 16-16 all. This seemed to knock the wind out of Pete’s team, and Brent’s team won 4 out of the remaining 6 ends to end up comfortable winners 22-18.  It was a great game of bowls, and as they all say, bowls was the winner on the day, as it was an excellent game of bowls with many twists and turns, right up until the last end.  A new team up on the Honours Board.

Social bowls were also played on the Saturday with the results being: Ryan Dixon, Stephen Mathews & John K defeated Neil McWaters, Trev Gow & Marie Hodgetts 26-22; Haydn Evans & Brent Johnstone defeated John Groat & Graeme K 20-11; and Mick Godfrey & Barry Jones defeated Barry Wilson & Marg Buffett 20-14.

Last Sunday the completion of the rained out semi-finals of the mixed fours championship were completed and the scores in these games were: team of Tim Sheridan, Shae Wilson, Jonny Sheridan & Moochie Christian defeated Ryan Dixon, Brent Pauling, Chrissie Pauling & Elle Dixon 24-12; and in the other game the team of Wendy Nagy, John Nagy, Gary Bigg & Brent Johnstone defeated Pete Walkinshaw, Ester Sanchez, Liz Walkinshaw & Barry Wilson 18-17, in what was a very close game with the scores level at 13-13 all after 17 of 21 ends, but Wendy’s team managed to score 5 shots to 4 over the final 4 ends to win a close contest 18-17.  The final of this championship will be played next Sunday at the Bowls Club.

On the Queen’s Birthday public holiday, the Club played social bowls with the results being thus: Peter Glass & Jackie Ryan defeated Alan Anderson & Myka Quintal 15-13; Neil McWaters & Ling Glass defeated Ryan Dixon & Irene Buffett 16-13; and with the team of Nicky Quintal, Marie Hodgetts & Steven Graham defeating (and winning the chocolates) Barry Jones, Mark Carroll & Tosca Quintal 20-16. A terrific way to spend the public holiday, on the greens at the bowling club, and good to see different persons playing the game.

The final round of the women’s fours championships were played last Wednesday and this round decided the champions for the year, with the results being: the team skipped by Ann Snell, Jackie Ryan, Jan Williams & Ling Glass lost to the team of Marg O’Brien, Kate Smith, Maycee Deszecsar & Wendy Nagy 19-20; and in the other game played Petal Jones, Ester Sanchez, Chrissy Pauling & Shae Wilson defeated Tess Evans, Marie Hodgetts, Marg Buffett & Tracey Wora 25-11, with the final standings after the round-robin being: Petal Jones team 3 wins with a margin of +44, Tess Evans team 2 wins with a margin of -4, Marg O’Brien’s team 1 win with a margin of -6, and finally Ann Snell’s team Nil wins with a margin of -44. The championship trophy goes to the team of Petal Jones, Ester Sanchez, Chrissy Pauling and Shae Wilson, who were undefeated during the games and well-deserved winners. In the social game played Graeme Woolley & Brent Johnstone defeated Neil McWaters & Peter Glass 17-15; and Haydn Evans & Irene Buffett defeated Stephen Mathews & Kitha Bailey 22-18.

The list for the Men’s Major Singles is on the Club notice-board and closes at 6pm today with play to commence next Saturday the 23rd Jene, with the Ladies Major Singles list closing at 6pm on Wednesday 20th June for play on the 27th.

DID YOU KNOW: That the Men’s “Do you have a spanner in the works” health check-ups will be conducted at the Club today between 4:30-5:30pm.  Come up to the Club and have a free health check-up.

Tomorrow, Sunday the final of the Mixed Fours Championship will be played with play to commence at 1pm, come on up to the Club and see some great bowls played, enjoy the lovely fire-place heating the club-rooms, with a nice cold beer in your hand.  This is prior to the Bistro opening at 5:30pm (each evening) for you to enjoy a tasty meal in a splendid atmosphere. Come and check out the newly laid walkway and area at the front of the Club, but please take care of the works in progress.

As we say in the Club, there are no strangers in this Club, only friends who you haven’t met as yet.

See you all on the greens.

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Bowls Report by Ballzup.

Thursday, June 07, 2018

The Championships continued this week at the Norfolk Island Bowling Club even thought the rain interrupted the Sunday games.  The Club is looking a picture with the new walkway being laid from the front gate, which will continue along the front of the Club next week to the grassed carpark paddock.  Last Saturday the semi-finals of the Men’s Fours championship were played and with two very good games for the spectators to witness.  In the first game the team of Pete Walkinshaw, Spider Webb, Jeff Pledger & Mark Carroll defeated Neil McWaters, John Groat, Barry Jones and Graeme Woolley in a game which could have gone either way with the scores locked together at 14-14 after 16 of 21 ends.  These two teams went end for end over the next few ends and with only one end to play Pete was in front by the solitary shot, but with deft drawing and finesse in the last end they managed to pick up 3 shots to win the game 20-16; in the other game between the team of Brent Pauling, Gary Bigg, Wes Cooper & Peter Glass and the team Tim Sheridan, John Nagy, Stephen Mathews and Brent Johnstone, another classic game was had with the lead changing 5 times over the 21 ends, and with the scores locked together at 16-16 after 18 ends, it was going to be anyone’s game, and it came down to the last end tied together at 17-17.  It what was a terrific end to finish the game, Brent Pauling’s team managed to hang onto the shots to end up winners 19-17.  The final will be played today at 1pm and if the game is as good as the two semi-finals, then get on down to the Club, have a cold beer and watch two good teams battle it out for the championship.

In the social games played that day the results were, the team of Ryan Dixon, Trev Gow, with Marie Hodgetts swinging between them and the team of Kate Smith & Mick (visitor) won the game 28-14, with Marie having to leave half-way through the game to top up the other social game, which was between Teddy Evans & Marg Buffett and that of Petal Jones & John Kane (who had to leave mid-game) with teddy winning comfortably 25-10.

On Sunday the Club’s mixed fours championships were attempted to play but the rain brought an early end to the games, with these being complete tomorrow.  Results next week.

On Wednesday, the Ladies continued their fours championship’s in a round-robin style competition with the results being: the team of Tess Evans, Marie Hodgetts, Marg Buffett & Tracey Wora defeated Ann Snell, Jackie Ryan, Jan Williams & Ling Glass 24-16; and in the other game the team of Petal Jones, Ester Sanchez, Chrissie Pauling & Shae Wilson defeated Marg O’Brien, Kate Smith, Maycee Deszecsar & Wendy Nagy in a very good game with the scores tied at 14-14 after 17 ends,  but Petal’s team then got a roll on and ran out winners 20-15.  In the social games the results were: Neil McWaters, Stephen Mathews & Kay K (visitor) defeated Mick Godfrey, Brent Johnstone and Ester Trickey 21-17; and John Groat, Peter Glass, Mark Carroll & Kitha Bailey defeated Haydn Evans, Norm Trickey, Graeme K (visitor) & Kitha Bailey (swinging for both teams) 16-11.

The final round of the ladies’ fours championships will be played next Wednesday.

As mentioned, the final of the men’s fours championships will be played today between the teams skipped by Pete Walkinshaw and that of Brent Pauling, should be a great game to watch.  The delayed games from last Sunday will be played tomorrow, Sunday.

As the Monday is a public holiday for the Queens Birthday, the Club will host social bowls from 1pm, with names into the Club by 12:30pm.

DID YOU KNOW: That the men’s health check-up day “Spanner in the works” will be at the Club on Saturday 16th June between 4:30pm-5:30pm for a free check-up for men, and this is open to all from the public, just not bowling club members.  Come on in for this great service.

Lists are on the Club’s notice-board for the Men’s Major Singles championship and closes next Saturday with play to commence on the 23rd June.

Come on into the Club and check out the on-going renovations, enjoy a meal in the best value for service Bistro on Norfolk and enjoy and nice cold ale.

See you all on the greens.

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Bowls Report by Ballzup.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Another amazing week of results at the Norfolk Island Bowling Club with the commencement of the Ladies and the Men’s Club Fours Championships for the year. With the greens now appearing to go dormant a little with the cooler weather that we are experiencing, the speed of the greens has picked up and the surface finish has come back well after the renovations earlier this year. But that bloody wind is still there to challenge people.

Last Saturday, the Men’s opened their program with 6 teams entered and the match Committee deciding that a straight knock-out would be played, with this, two teams had the bye for the week but the results of the other two games played were: the team of Peter Walkinshaw,  Spider Webb, Jeff Pledger & Mark Carroll were always in control of this game against Culla Graham, Barry Wilson, Trev Gow and Moochie Christian by defeating them 21-11; in the other game played the team of Brent Pauling, Wes Cooper, Gary Bigg & Peter Glass played a very consistent game to defeat Ryan Dixon, Matt Bigg, Haydn Evans & Dave Magri 22-18. The semi-finals will be played today at 1pm.

The social games played on Saturday, the game results were: Mick Godfrey, Tim Sheridan, Vivian Bigg & Jan Williams defeated Stephen Mathews, Kate Smith, Brent Johnstone & John (visitor) 19-16; and Phil Jones, Graeme Woolley, & Marg Buffett defeated Ester Sanchez, Barry Jones & Kitha Bailey 32-8.

On Sunday last, the Mixed Fours Championships commenced and it was great to see that the Club had 4 juniors amongst the teams played.  The results were: Ryan Dixon, Brent Pauling, Chrissie Pauling & Ellie Dixon defeated Phil Jones, Petal Jones, Maycee Deszacsar & Mark Carroll 24-11; the team of Wendy Nagy, John Nagy, Gary Bigg & Brent Johnstone defeated Jeff Pledger, Trev Gow, Dave Magri & Tracey Wora 18-16; Tim Sheridan, Shae Wilson, Jonny Sheridan & Moochie Christian defeated Kate Smith, Marg O’Brien, Barry Jones & Graeme Woolley 24-20 with Kate’s side trailing 19-4 early but to their good play got the score back to 19-18 before Tim’s side were lucky in picking up 4 shots to lead by 5 with 3 ends to play and managed to hang on for the win.; in the final game played Peter Walkinshaw, Ester Sanchez, Liz Walkinshaw & Barry Wilson defeated Culla Graham, Stephen Mathews, Tess Evans & Peter Glass 29-20, after being down 17-3 after only 9 ends, so a very good come back from Pete’s team as well for the win, but then again an 8 shot end will always bring a team back into the game. Poor Culla, two losses in two days, they say that he’s going back gardening.

Last Wednesday the Ladies commenced their Fours Championship but with only 4 teams entered their Match Committee decided to hold a round-robin and the results of the first round are: the team of Petal Jones, Ester Sanchez, Chrissie Pauling & Shae Wilson defeated Ann Snell, Jackie Ryan, Jan Williams & Ling Glass 34-9; and Tess Evans, Marie Hodgetts, Marg Buffett & Tracey Wora defeated Marg O’Brien, Kate Smith, Maycee Deszacsar & Wendy Nagy in a very good game 20-18. The next round will be played next Wednesday.

In the social games played the results were: Haydn Evans, Peter Glass & Brent Johnstone defeated Stephen Mathews, Graeme Woolley & Ester Trickey 24-10; and Mick Godfrey & Norm Trickey defeated Neil McWaters & Kitha Bailey 25-7.

Bowls today will have the semi-finals of the men’s fours championships being played with the teams of Brent Pauling Vs Tim Sheridan, and Pete Walkinshaw Vs Neil McWaters.

Tomorrow Sunday, the semi-finals of the mixed fours will be played with the games between Tim Sheridan Vs Ryan Dixon, and Wendy Nagy Vs Pete Walkinshaw.

DID YOU KNOW: that Dave Allen, Bowls reporter and photographer for World Bowls will be visiting Norfolk Island from the 5th – 9th June to write up on Norfolk Bowls.  Make sure that you make him welcome and say hello.

STAY TUNED: for the Men’s Health Check-Up day later in June, more on this next week.

The Bowling Club Bistro continues to trade very well and is open from 5:30pm every evening with great meal selections on offer plus black-board specials.

Care is to be taken when entering the Club as works are commencing on the new paved walkway and to the gate and to the front of the Club.  Please stay well clear of the work area.

See you all on the greens.

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Bowls Report by Ballzup.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Minor Singles Championships for the Club are in their final stages of completion with the Men’s final being played last Saturday between Graeme Woolley and Neil McWaters, and what a finish to the championship it was.  Graeme got away to a terrific start and after 15 ends was leading Neil 19-8 but as it is usually with bowls, Neil dug deep and squared the score at 20-20 after 24 ends.  With the daylight dimming, Neil snuck away to lead by 2 shots 22-20 but Graeme then scored 2 shots to square the scorecard yet again.  In what was a very tense last few ends and with Neil and Graeme playing excellent bowls in the twilight, it was Graeme who handled the conditions the best to finally come out the victor 25-23.  A very good game to finish the minor singles, and a good lead up to the major singles in a few weeks’ time.

DID YOU KNOW: That is has been some 25 years since Graham has won the Yager Minor Singles, back in 1993.

In the Ladies semi-finals of the Yager Minor Singles, with the games played last Saturday & Sunday, it was the game on Saturday between Margaret O’Brien and Vivien Bigg that had members on their edge of their seats, as this game went for well over three hours and the lights having to be turned on so that the girls could see to finish the game.  In a game that saw Margaret jump away to a 11-4 lead after 11 ends, it was Vivien who showed some fighting spirit to square the card at 13-13 after 17 ends. Margaret then jumped away yet again playing some excellent bowls to have a handy lead 23-18 but Vivien attempted a come back and scored a few ends to be only 1 shot behind at 23-22, but Margaret in the darkness then scored two single shots to claim the win 25-22. In the other semi-final between Chrissie Pauling and Petal Jones played on Sunday, this was another nail-biter with Petal jumping out to a 18-10 lead after some 13 end, but Chrissie showed her fighting spirit to square the score at 18-18 all after 18 ends, with what was the final 8 ends virtually being shared and Chrissie took the lead 24-23 (with first to 25 being the winner). Petal proved to strong in what was to be the final end scoring the 2 shots required to win 25-24. Another terrific game between two very good players.

This left the final to be played out between Petal Jones and Marg O’Brien last Wednesday with the result thus: Petal who has been a 4 time winner of this event was up against Marg, who was the defending champion, as she won this event for the first time last year, and the game lived up to expectations as neither of the girls were able to get a clear margin and after 14 ends the score was locked together at 14-14, and yet again the ends were shared and they were locked together again at 19-19 after some 23 ends. It was here by playing excellent draw bowls and conversion shots that the defending champion, Marg strung 4 ends together to have a handy lead of 24-19, with only the one shot to score before she could hold the trophy high, Petal scored on the next end but Marg kept her to only the one shot and then on the very next end scored the vital shot that she needed to finally win the game 25-20. A very good game of bowls and Marg can be very happy with herself, as it is very hard to win back to back championships.

Now for the Major Singles tournament as DID YOU KNOW, neither of these girls have won the Major Singles at the Club.

In the social games played on Saturday last, the team of Kate Smith, Marg Buffett, Tonig Bobelbyk (visitor) defeated Peter Glass, Jan Williams & George Ready (visitor) 20-15. The team of Culla Graham, Baz Wilson, Trev Gow & Moochie Christian defeated Tim Sheridan, Haydn Evans, Wes Cooper & Brent Johnstone 17-12; and Phil Jones, Allan Curtis (visitor) and Maycee Deszacsar defeated Stan Cronin (visitor), Barry Jones & Ling Glass 25-8.

The social games played on last Wednesday, the results were: Ken (visitor) & Stephen Mathews defeated Haydn Evans & Rex (visitor -both from Warroweyah, VIC) 15-13; ester Sanchez & Brent Johnstone defeated Culla Graham & Bill (visitor) 22-8; and Tess Evans, Vivian Bigg & Kitha Bailey defeated Ann Snell, Kate Smith & Gavin (visitor) 24-5.

The Men’s fours championships commence today at 1pm, and Members please note the new starting time for bowls at 1pm during the winter months, names are asked to be into the club by 12:30pm for social bowls for the new 1pm start.

Tomorrow, Sunday the Clubs Mixed Fours will commence with play at 1pm, with the draw on the club notice board.

The Club has been very busy with the Country Music fans in town to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the festival on Norfolk Island and the Club wishes all patrons well during this past week.

See you all on the greens.

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Bowls Report by Ballzup.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

What a great weekend of rain we had last week, but unfortunately due to the weather the bowls was cancelled on both the Saturday, Men’s Championship day and also the special Mother’s Day bowls on the Sunday, this day will be re-organised, more than likely next year.

This meant that the scheduled Men’s semi-finals of the Yager Minor Singles were played on Wednesday past, and the results of these two games were: Neil McWaters defeated Peter Glass 25-11, after being down 7-0; in the other game Graham Woolley defeated Stephen Mathews 25-23 in what was a close game at 14-14, but then Graham pulled away to secure a good lead that Stephen was unable to run down with his late charge towards the end of the game. Neil McWaters to play Graham Woolley today at 2pm.

The Ladies also played their semi-finals of the Yager Minor Singles as scheduled, and the results were: Chrissie Pauling defeated Kate Smith 25-17 with Chrissie getting off to a good start and not looking back; Petal Jones defeated Shae Wilson 25-24 in what was a terrific game with scores locked together at 17-17 and then the girls virtually traded end for end to have the score at 24-24 after 30 ends with Petal finally scoring the shot required to win the game. In the only other game played (no scorecard) Marg O’Brien defeated Kitha Bailey.

In the social games, with fours being played due to limited number of rinks available, the team of Tess Evans, Jackie Ryan, Margaret Buffett & Ling Glass defeated Culla Graham, Merv Roberts, Allan Curtis and Jan Williams 18-11; and in the final game played the team of Ryan Dixon, Vivian Bigg, Brent Johnstone & Lorraine (visitor) defeated Wendy Nagy, Ann Snell, David Newble & Joss Hall 20-19.

Today the final of the Men’s Yager Singles will be played at 2pm, with social bowls for those who wish to play, please have your names into the Club no later than 1:30pm.

The Ladies Semi-finals will be played next Wednesday at 2pm.

The Club Bistro continues to trade well with customers enjoying the warm fire each evening to go alongside their cold ale. Come on down and enjoy the great atmosphere at the Bowling Club.

See you all on the greens.

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Apprentice upsets the Master in Bounty Mixed Bowls

Friday, May 11, 2018

Another great week of bowls at the Norfolk Island Bowling Club with the holding of the Bounty Mixed Tournament, which saw 15 teams grace the greens for the chance to hold aloft the trophy.  Thanks go to the sponsors of the Bounty Tournament, Mike King and Heritage Events and the NI Supermarket for supplying goods for the two weeks.  Teams from New Zealand, QLD and hats off to Barry Gartrell, whose 6 teams from WA backed up after the first week of Bounty Bowls. After the sectional play the final eight teams for the quarter finals where: Haydn Evans, John Nagy, Macey Deszacsar & Stephen Mathews 4 wins +53; Ryan Dixon, Helen & Tom Reynolds & Chrissie Pauling 4 wins +30; Pam Bayliss, Paul Loveland, Barb Robertson & Garry Robertson 3 wins +18; Garth Smith, Pauline Smith, Viv Freeth & Murray Freeth 3 wins +15; Ann Drayson, John Falconer, J & M Russell 3 wins +11; Robyn Marland, Leeanne Greer, P Hoad & S Marland 3 wins +4; Neil McWaters, Marg O’Brien, Brent Pauling & Peter Glass 2 wins +9; and Lily Rughouber, Fred Faigenbaun, Lynn Wall & Brian Hoad 2 wins +8 (on a count back with Garry Ryans team, .8730 to .8644 margin to claim the last position).

Results of the quarterfinals played on Wednesday afternoon were: Ryan Dixons team defeated Neil Mc Waters team 23-19; Robyn Marlands teams defeated Pat Bayliss’s team 19-18; Garth Smith’s team defeated Ann Drayson’s team 29-15 and Haydn Evans team defeated Lily Rughouber’s team 19-14.

The semi-final results were played on Thursday morning and the results were: Haydn Evans team defeated Garth Smiths team 20-19 in what was decided only on the last bowl.  Ryan Dixons team had an easier win over Robyn Marland’s team 34-11.

Leaving the final to be fought out between the Master and the Apprentice, Ryan Dixon’s team and that of Haydn Evans, who Ryan had introduced to bowls and has played under his tutorage for the past few years.  In what was a terrific final, Hayden was down at one stage 12-6, but to his credit his team played wonderfully, esp. young Macey Deszacsar, who was playing in her first major championship, and don’t let it be said, but the Bowling Club has uncovered another young champion in the making.  Haydn’s team rallied with Jonny Nagy and Stephen Mathews drawing and converting and with the scores locked together a couple of times and with only two ends to play, the scores were locked together at 16-16 apiece, Hayden’s team went on with it in the final two overs to record a very satisfying win 19-16. A great game and a great way to finish the two weeks of Bounty Bowls.  Bowls was the winner this week.  Congratulation’s to all the players and supporters, and a huge thank you to the sponsors. As this is Mike Kings last year of sponsorship for the Bounty Bowls, the Club will be looking for a new sponsor for next year, and the years to come.  If you are interested, just contact the Club.

Coming Up: The Men’s Yager Singles semi-finals will be played this afternoon at 2pm at the bowling club with social bowls also being player. Tomorrow, Sunday the Club will host a special Mother’s Day Bowls afternoon with all-comers welcome to play.  Names into the Club by 1:30pm for a 2pm start.

There is also lists on the Club Notice-board for the Club Championships of Fours and the Mixed Fours, which is due to commence on the 26th May.

The Club would like to thank all the sponsors of the Bounty Tournaments, and a special thanks to Culla & Dave for assisting in the cleaning of the club over the first week.  The Club also wishes all visitors a safe journey home and look forward to seeing you all again back on Island for bowls.

Come on into the Club for a great meal at our Bistro, with a cold beer with the fire place warming the atmosphere.

See you all on the greens.

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Bowls Report by Ballzup

Thursday, May 03, 2018

The Heritage Bounty Bowls week has been in full steam at the Bowling Club this past week, with 30 teams participating, both local and overseas teams, who have come from as far away as New Zealand (via Australia) and Western Australia. Many teams have returned after successful visits to Norfolk Island in the past, and esp. the Northern Beaches Club in Mackay, QLD, Barry Gartrell has brought over nearly 30 persons from WA, two teams from Waihopai, N.Z., and teams from Sarina QLD, Semaphore SA, Gayndah QLD, and Coraki NSW.  120 players began their quest for the trophy last Sunday at 9am, with games continuing throughout the week, having to compete not only their opposition but the continued rain and wind, which haven’t made the bowling easy for any team.

After the weeks bowling and at the time of writing this report the majority of the sectional games had been completed, with two sections on the green as I speak vying for the final positions in the quarter finals.  Section A (completed) was won by the team of Garry Ryan, Pat Campbell, Matt Anundsen & Tess Evans with 6 wins +69, closely followed by the team from the Northern Beaches Club of Jason Little, Paul Finlay, Barry Finlay & Bruce Pilon with 6 wins +63; Section B (completed) was won by the team from Northern Beaches of Neil Grummet, Stewart Lackings, Robert Lynch & John Shepherd with 4 wins +13, closely followed by the local team of Neil McWaters, Marg O’Brien, Ann Snell & Peter Glass with 4 wins +9; Section C, with the final round to play was led by the team from Sarina, QLD skipped by  Brian Adams, Ron Perkins, Ivy Henshaw & Ian Henshaw with 4 wins plus a draw +48, and with the local side skipped by Peter Walkinshaw, Jeff Pledger, Spider Webb & Trev Gow with 4 wins +25; Section D was wide open with Ryan Dixon, Rob Dixon, Matt Bigg & Hayden Evans leading the way with 5 wins +58, but with 3 teams fighting it out for 2nd, with the team from Northern Beaches of W. Alexander, Michael Godfrey, S. Mau & P. Foot on 4 wins +35, the team skipped by Barry Gartrell, T. Needs, F. Faigenbaum and B. Hood on 4 wins +22, and the team of R. Kelsey, Alan Marshall, Graham Woolley & D. Fowler on 4 wins +31.  A very hard section by the looks.

After the sectional play, the quarterfinals were played on Thursday afternoon, with the semi-finals and final played on Friday, these results will be reported on in full in next weeks paper.

At the time of writing the quarterfinals looked like this, Garry Ryan to play the 2nd team from Section C; Neil McWaters to play the winner from Section D; Jason Little to play the winner from Section C and Neil Grummet to play the 2nd team from Section D.

These tournaments cannot be played without sponsorship and I would like to thank Mike King for his continued sponsorship with Heritage Events over the past years, as this is Mike’s last year, the Club will be looking for a new sponsor (so if your keen let the Club know), Mike has been a great stalwart of the Club over many years and the Members thank Mike for his support.

Next week will see the 2nd week of the Bounty played with games to commence on Monday and continue until Thursday, so come on down to the Club and watch some terrific games, a lot of the visiting players are staying for the 2nd week, with new faces also turning up this weekend.

The Club restaurant continues to trade very well, with a great menu and great prices to match.  Come on down for a cold drink and great feed, and a casual roll on the green if it suits your mood.

See you all on the greens.

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