GDSC Mens Bowling Club President Tony Lickiss and wife Ana get into the Christmas spirit at the Grafton Services Bowling Club Christmas Party.

GDSC bowlers celebrate Christmas and a successful 2021

On Saturday December 4 we held our joint men’s/ladies Christmas Party / Presentation night, and it was very pleasing to see such a good attendance this year, with numbers almost double that of last year…well done everyone!

Our MC for the evening was Derek Morgan, who commenced the night by asking everyone to stand and observe a minute silence in memory of our members who have passed away over the past year.

Derek then welcomed our guests Jan Gillett and Warren Doust representing the GDSC as well as Ian & Phyliss Knox, from the South Grafton Ex Services Bowling Club.

Our ladies President, Vera Hall then welcomed one and all, as did our men’s President Tony Lickiss. Tony also extended a warm welcome to our Life Member Ken Omeara.

Everyone then enjoyed a beautiful two course Christmas dinner, a few drinks and chatting about the events of the past year, before the presentation of trophies to our championship winners for 2021 began.

Grafton Services Bowling Club treasurer Allan Gough (r) with Major Singles Champion for 2021, Mark Walsh.

These Championship winners and runners up were as follows:

Ladies Major Singles: winner – Annette Williams; r/up – Carol Johnson.

Men’s Major Singles: winner – Mark Walsh; r/up – Allan Gough.

Ladies Major Pairs: winners – Wendy McDonald & Toni Shorten.

Men’s Major Pairs: winners – Mark Andrews & Mark Walsh; runners up – Wayne McLeod & Ray Toovey.

Ladies Major Triples: winners – Meryl Buckley, Mary Firth & Kayleen Power; runners up – Wendy McDonald, Karen Napper & Toni Shorten.

Men’s Major Triples: winners – Garry Harrison, Robbie Power & Keith Garner; runners up – Peter Gillespie, Brian Hall & Tom McDonald.

Ladies Major Fours: winners – Mary Firth, Annette Williams, Debbie Walsh & Shirley Hillier; runners up – Helen Barnier, Jan Tobin, Linda Smith & Kathryn Johnson.

Men’s Major Fours: winners – Mitch Cook, Des Clarke, Tony Lickiss & Keith Garner; runners up – Barry Elder, Garry Harrison, Robbie Power & Allan Knox.

Mixed Pairs Championship: winners – Bev Murray & Allan Knox; runners up – Debbie & Mark Walsh.

Ladies Consistency Singles: winner – Annette Williams; r/up – Debbie Walsh.

Men’s Handicap Singles: winner – Tony Lickiss; r/up – Greg Taylor.

Ladies Minor Singles: winner – Toni Shorten; r/up – Karren Napper.

Men’s Minor Singles: winner – Kevin Blanch; r/up – Leith Basset.

Women’s Minor Pairs: winners Karen Napper & Debbie Walsh; runners up – Kathryn Johnson & Linda Smith.

Men’s Minor Pairs: winners – Neale Holt & Alan Gough; runners up – Bob Gardiner & Shane Perkins.      

A big vote of thanks from all the bowlers to the organisers of our Christmas party from both the ladies and mens bowling club…we appreciate your efforts in putting on, what was a very enjoyable night for all of us!

On Wednesday December 1, we had 20 players brave the showery weather to eventually get on the green for our social pairs. The winners on the day were Bob Teirney and Tony Dalton while our runners up were George Mallison & Jamie Pye. The consolation prize went to Trevor Want and Allan Madden. 

The resting toucher prize was won by Neil Holt.

On Friday December 3 we had 42 players for our social pairs with the winners, Mitch Cook & Ronnie Piggott. The runners up were Trevor Want and John Hall, while the consolation prize was won by Arthur Graham and Darren Brown.

The resting toucher prizes were won by Ben Gaarstead on Green 1 and Ken Landrigan on Green 2. 

See you on the greens at the GDSC.

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