Allan Marr is the 2016 Yamba Senior Singles Champion after a classic final with Ivan Bell leaving Ivan to collect the runners-up prize for the second year in succession.
Allan began the match brilliantly and led 9-0 after just five ends and with the seniors championship contested over 21 ends most of the spectator group thought that Allan was about to race away with this year’s title. However, Ivan had other thoughts and eventually found a line and length that allowed him to subjugate Allan’s dominance. At the conclusion of the fourteenth end the scores were locked at eleven shots each and the title fight was well and truly in progress. The remaining ends featured score and counter-score with no player managing to break free of the shackles imposed by the other. Standing on the mat at the start of the final end Ivan confronted a scoreboard displaying fifteen shots each and the knowledge that whoever won the end would be the champion. Typical of the quality of bowls that both Allan and Ivan had produced during the contest the result was not known until the final bowl with Allan scoring two shots and taking the title 17-15 after a magnificent contest that proved that experience does matter.
The next championship at the club is the prestigious Major Singles Championship. Nominations closed on Wednesday and the first round will be contested on Sunday 3rd April commencing at 1pm. Bowlers are encouraged to check the notice board for the draw. The nomination sheets for the CRDBA District Singles Championships (Open, Reserve and Senior) are on the notice board with nominations closing on 19th April 2016.
No pennants were contested over the Easter weekend. The next round of competition is scheduled for this Saturday 2nd of April. Grade Three are up against Maclean at Maclean, Grade Four are away to South Ex-Services, Grade Five will be playing Grafton on the carpet, Grade Six (Gold) remain at home against South Ex-Services, Grade Six (Blue) will be venturing to South Grafton and Grade Seven will also journey to Grafton to play on the carpet.
Social bowls continues with pairs played on Wednesday and Friday. All games commence at 1pm and names need to be on the respective nomination sheets by 11.30am on the day of play. All nominations are guaranteed a game and visitors are most welcomed.
Results from last week are:
Wednesday 23rd March:
Winners: Jim Stone and Greg Johnson. Runners-Up: Jeff Cook and Peter Cawdrey. Consolation: Vern Nielsen, Len Grimes and Wayne Curtis (triples game).
Friday 25th March: Good Friday – no bowls.