Around the greens
On Saturday, January 7, and Sunday, January 8, the club held its mixed pairs championship. Fourteen pairs took part, on a two-life system.
Three rounds of 15-end games were scheduled, with each player having three bowls.
After some very close games over the two days, every team had suffered at least one loss. Two teams will contest the final at a later date — Robin Jefferson and Carol Jukes will meet Vern Marshall and Millie Allen.
Last Wednesday, the Bunnings-sponsored Life Members Tournament was held, and again it was an outstanding success. Bowlers from all of the local clubs had a great afternoon, despite the hot conditions.
Players were asked to wear bright clothing, and Noel Dunn, alias Father Christmas, was judged to be the best-dressed bowler. Ngawai Turipa was awarded the prize for brightest and best-dressed woman.
The actual bowls were played in two sections, with three rounds of three-bowl triples being played over eight ends, with a time limit of 70 minutes a game.
Carol Jukes, Alic Brown and Lucy Shanks won Section A. They were the only team to have three wins, while two teams had two wins and a draw.
Mike Chisholm, Marion Jones and Barry Sutcliffe took second place with a differential of +14, and Murray Murton, Di Christie and Pat Bayley were third with a differential of +11.
In Section B, Bruce Ball, Joy Davis and Tony Steele were the only team with three wins, while Larry Kaloucava, Joyce Wagner and Nona Aston finished second with two wins and a differential of +9. Third place went to Lyn Trueman, Len File and Neville Wagner with +8. Three other teams also had two wins.
As usual, the top three teams in each section received cash prizes, but in this tournament all players received a prize. Everyone also had a free drink, courtesy of Bunnings Trade, whose manager, Wayne Morrell, presented the prizes.
The winner of Block 2 of the club’s Thursday Aggregate Series, with 28 points, was Trevor Phelps. Second-equal, with 25 points, were Kevin Bright, Bill Scott and Joe Wimutu. Trevor Phelps played very well in this part of the season and thoroughly deserved his prize money. His mate Kevin Bright has continued his good form in Block 3, and leads narrowly from Charlie Ure.