The ‘dynamic duo’ of Mark Scobie and Graham Meany has captured two championship titles in the one weekend.
On Saturday, Mark and Graham snared the Yamba Major Pairs Championship by firstly defeating Allan Parker and Peter Forrester in the morning semi-finals by a single shot, 19-18. Scores were locked together at 18 each with one end to play and it was Mark and Graham who managed to secure the victory and move into the afternoon’s final against Bruce Angel and Steve Kliendienst. Bruce and Steve were too consistent for Alan Reed and Erik Pedder in their semi-final winning 31-9. The final has a classic incorporating tight heads, the parry and thrust of a high class lawn bowls final and the undeniable pressure of a final’s contest. After 15 grueling ends Mark and Graham held a slender two shot lead, 14-12, and with neither side showing any signs of cracking under the immense pressure. However, it was Mark and Graham who managed to gain control of the mat and deny Bruce and Steve any opportunities to advance their score. The final score was 20-12 with Mark and Graham claiming the victory.
On Sunday, Mark Scobie and Graham Meany came face to face with the Iluka combination of Tracey Jenner and Jacky Law in the final of the Clarence River District Senior Pairs Championship. Again, Mark and Graham found themselves in a real tussle and after nine ends they managed to hold a lean two shot advantage, seven shots to five. However, just as they had managed in the club final on the previous day, Mark and Graham secured control of the mat and applied relentless pressure upon their Iluka opponents. As the f ends expired and the margin on the scoreboard continually growing through the unyielding array of draw shots, complemented by moments of controlled aggression, it was Mark and Graham who eventually claimed victory and the championship with a well-deserved 27-6 win.
The nomination sheet for the 2016 Senior Singles Championship, open to all club registered male bowlers over the age of 75 years, is on the notice board. Nominations close on Friday 11th March with the first round to be contested on the evening of Tuesday 15th March.
The second round of the Grade 6 and 7 Pennants was contested on Saturday with a local derby between the Gold and Blue sides in Grade 6 and the Grade 7 side doing battle with Maclean. It was the Gold side that claimed early season bragging rights with a solid victory over the Blues. The Grade 7 side found their Maclean opponents a little too good on the day and will have to regroup before next week’s challenge against Iluka at home. In other matches next Saturday the Grade 3 side take on South Grafton at South Grafton; Grade 4 do battle with Iluka at Iluka; Grade 5 clash with Maclean at Maclean; Grade 6 Gold also venture to Maclean; while the Grade 6 Blue combination journey to South Grafton Ex-Services. Bowlers are reminded to check the pennant board for selections and details.
Social bowls continues with pairs played on Wednesday and triples on 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 2nd March:
Winners: Paul Lozelle and Martyn Wood. Runners-Up: Dave Atkinson and Alan Turnbull. Consolation: Bob Mansfield and Greg Dickman.
Friday 4th March:
Winners: Richard Skippings, Noel Charles and Col Cohen. Runners-Up: Bryan Groom, Joe Graham and Frank Pate. Consolation: Kevin Corcoran, Don Ashmead and Jeff Cook.