A real nail-biter in Yamba Minor Pairs Championship

The 2020 Minor Pairs Championship reached its apogee on the weekend. The semi-finals featured two totally different games played in byzantine conditions but on pristine greens.

In the first semi-final, Doug Howat and Alan Reed proved too consistent for Jake McHutchison and Brian Pennell. Doug and Alan appeared to be in control of the match from the early stages before advancing to the final with a solid 27 – 12 win. Bob and Chris Gunning appeared to be cruising in the other semi-final against Peter Julian and Bill Williams and led by 14 shots to five after 12 ends. Peter and Bill fought back to trail 16 to 18 with four ends remaining before Bob and Chris again settled to take the game by 24 – 18.

The final was a very close affair and after 15 ends the scores were locked together at 12 shots each. Doug and Alan won the next three ends to establish a minor but significant seven shot advantage with Doug in particular, playing extremely well. Bob and Chris fought back and in a tense conclusion it was Doug Howat and Alan Reed who prevailed with a 19 – 18 victory.

The finalists in this year’s Club Veteran Singles Championship have been decided following the mid-week semi-finals. Greg Johnson is through following a sensational extra-end win over the always reliable Richard Skippings, 22 – 21. Greg will take on the defending champion, Bruce Angel, who disposed of a gallant but outclassed Norm Anderson by 29 – 2. The final between good friends Greg and Bruce is scheduled for Tuesday September 8 commencing at 5.30pm and should be a magnificent game between two of the club’s more mature lawn bowls advocates.

The final of the C Grade Singles Championship will also be contested in conjunction with the Club Veterans, however only one finalist has at this stage been determined.

In the semi-final last week, Bill Williams took the match after a brave but suffering Barry Latham was forced to retire. Bill had established a commanding lead by the stage of Barry’s capitulation, but this was is a true indication of Barry’s capabilities and hopefully Barry will be back to his best in the near future.

Bill Williams will be challenged by the winner of the semi-final between Don Lee and Jack Atherton with this game scheduled to be played this coming Friday September 4 commencing at 12.30pm.

Nominations for the Minor Singles, Major/Minor Pairs, Handicap Fours and Stan Brown Shield championships and competitions are currently open. Members are advised to note the change of dates for both the Major/Minor Pairs and the Stan Brown Shield.

Men’s social bowls will continue Wednesday (pairs) and Friday (triples) afternoons. All games commence at 1pm and nominations can be made by telephoning the bowls office on 6646 8669 prior to 11.30am on the intended day of play.


Wednesday August 26

Winners: Jake McHutchison and Terry Johnson; Runners Up: Bruce Blanch and Greg Johnson; Encouragement: Chris Holst and Col Lindsay.

Friday August 28

Winners: Tony Miller, Frank Pate and Peter Glover; Runners Up: Alan Reed, Ray Schafer and Tom Morrow; Encouragement: Col Cohen, John Hallas and John McGovern.

Don Freeman

Yamba 2020 Minor Pairs Champions: Alan Reed and Doug Howat. Image: contributed.