Champion of Champions at Yamba

The 2015 Clarence River District Bowling Association Champion of Club Champions singles and pairs finals were played over the weekend at the Brooms Head Bowling Club. On Saturday, the Yamba Singles Club Champion, Martyn Wood, was drawn against the Club Champion from the Grafton District Services Club, Mark Walsh, in what was viewed as a battle between the new boys on the block. Martyn went on to record a solid win and booked a place in the final against the district’s form bowler, Don Plummer of Maclean. Don had previously defeated Ken Evans of South Grafton in his semi-final and was looking to add the District Champion of Club Champion singles title to his growing list of 2015 achievements, which already includes the Zone 1 Open Singles Champion. In a very entertaining final Don Plummer overcame a valiant Martyn Wood 31 shots to 17. Although defeated, Martyn represented the Yamba Bowling and Recreation Club with esteem and should be very proud of his achievements so far this year. The Champion of Club Champion pair’s finals were contested on Sunday. The Yamba pair of Allan Parker and Alan Abbott faced the unenviable task of taking on the Maclean duo of the irrepressible Jim Johnson and the man of the moment, Don Plummer. The two Allan’s have been in good form lately and entered the match confident of a good showing. However, as good as the Yamba pair bowled the Maclean combination found ways to combat any challenge and went on to record a resounding 28 shot to 13 victory. Allan Parker and Alan Abbott will now focus on the State Finals of the Open Pairs to be held at Ettalong in late October. Back at club championship level, the semi-finals and final of the 2015 Major/Minor Pairs Championship will be played on Saturday 29th August with games commencing at 9.00am and 1.00pm respectively. The first semi-final will see Don Freeman and Bruce Angel taking on the form pairing of Jeff Cook and Alan Turnbull, who have left a trail of destruction behind them as they have powered past several well credentialed teams on their way to the semi-finals. The second semi-final will see the combination of Allan Marr and Ray Schafer taking on the winners of the postponed quarter-final between the dominant union of Erik Pedder and Mark Scobie against the experienced union of Ron Moore and Steve Kliendienst. This quarter-final will be played on Friday afternoon, 28th August, during the normal men’s Friday afternoon social bowls. The nomination sheet for the 2015 Minor Pairs Championship is on the notice board with nominations closing on Wednesday 2nd September. The first round will be played on Saturday 5th September followed by rounds two and three on Sunday 6th September. Also the nomination sheet for the 2015 Major Triples Championship is on the notice board with nominations closing on Wednesday 30th September. The Yamba Lions Club Charity Bowls Day will be held on Sunday 30th August. A nomination sheet is be on the notice board and hopefully a large number of bowlers and non-bowlers will come along and support this very worthy cause. The Tweed Heads Bowling Club will be visiting on Saturday 12th September for a day of mixed bowls fun on our great greens. Visitors are most welcomed to participate. A participation sheet is on the notice board. Social bowls continues with pairs played on Wednesday and triples on Friday. All games commence at 1.00pm 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 were: Wednesday 19th August: Winners: Allan Marr, Don Freeman and Chris Muldoon. Runners Up: Jim Stone, John Geldart and Don Grant. Consolation: Allan Parker and Bill McDonald. Friday 21st August: Winners: Chris Muldoon, Allan Marr and Mark Scobie. Runners Up: Joe Attard, Joe Schembri and Lew Saliba. Consolation: David Coupland, Bruce Kilby and Jim Groom. Don Freeman