G.D.S.C. members at Tweed Heads Bowling Club indoor bowling green. Image: contributed

Grafton Services bowlers head to Tweed Heads for a fun weekend

Last weekend, 16 of our members packed their swags and headed for the bright lights of the Tweed, for a fun filled weekend of bowls, good company, and a change of scenery.

After arriving at around 11.30am we checked in to our motel just opposite the Tweed Heads Bowling Club and prepared to join their members in their regular Saturday afternoon pairs competition.

This was a blind draw, with the first game over twelve ends. The second game was over 14 ends, with winners playing winners, and losers playing losers from the first game. Overall winners were decided by a secret margin, but alas none of our teams got lucky, nevertheless a good afternoon was had by all.

After bowls most of us stayed on at the club to enjoy a nice meal at the club Bistro along with a few beers and live entertainment, all of which were enjoyed by everyone.

On Sunday morning we returned to play against our own pairs’ teams on the extremely popular Tweed indoor green, which was a new experience for some of us. This game also brought some interesting results, given that each team had to swap positions from Saturday’s games…i.e., the leads from Saturday’s play became skips, and the skips became the leads!

There was one result in particular, which was the subject of a great deal of ‘friendly banter’ most of the bus trip home, but I will not mention any names, (will I Sleepy & Hectar).

At the end of the morning’s game, it was Hectar (Neville Henwood) who had produced his own system to decide who of our pairs teams would be declared the winners for the weekend, and this was determined by the team with the overall lowest winning margin from both days play.

After a ‘count back’ the winners were the uncle and nephew combination of Rod & Matty Shorten, who took home the cash prize….and yours truly (Wrong Bias) will be hearing all about it for a while no doubt. We returned home at 4pm, and all are looking forward to next years trip.

A special mention to Alan Gough who did much of the organising for this trip, and to Ray Toovey our bus driver who always delivers us back home in one piece…. thanks guys!

In other club news, we had thirty players on the greens last Wednesday November 10 for our social pairs, with the winners being R. Cavanagh & D. Brown. Our runners up went to A. Graham & R. Grant with the consolation prize going to J. Blanchard and D. Clarke. The two resting touchers prizes went to C. Lawler and P. Gillespie.

On Friday November 12 we saw 38 players for our social pairs, with the winners’ prize going to K. Ainsworth & R. Toovey. Runners up went to M. Hall & J. Moerenhout, while the consolation prize went to S. Perkins & S. Laurie.

The two resting touchers prizes went to B. Carson & T. McDonald.