With the majority of our members having the first two weeks of 2022 to tune their skills, it was time to take to the greens for the first of our club championships for the year.
Saturday January 15 saw the first round of our Club Major Fours Championships, with four matches drawn. The remaining four teams (who were fortunate enough to draw a first-round bye), will begin their campaign in round two, next Saturday January 22.
The first of these first-round matches, saw the team of B. Napper, L. Basset, K. Ainsworth and R. Toovey (skip), do battle with N. Holt, A. Gough, R. Grant and B. Williams (Skip). This match began as a very one-sided affair, with Ray Toovey & team winning the first five ends to open a big lead of 11 shots, before Barry’s team opened their account with two singles over the next two ends.
Toovey’s men again found some form over the following three ends scoring eight shots to lead 19 shots to 2 at the halfway mark in the game. Three more shots on end twelve saw Toovey extend his lead to nineteen shots (22 shots to 3) and although Barry William’s and team staged a good fightback over the remaining nine ends, scoring 16 shots to 4, the gap was too great and Rays men held on to score a seven-shot victory. Final score 26 – 19.
The second match put the team of C. Lawler, T. McDonald, (sub for Garry Cross) R. Marchant & J. Hall (Skip) come up against A. Morrison, D. Brown, R. Woodward & M. Woodward (Skip).
This game started as a dire struggle with the scores reaching 9 all at the halfway mark, but it was John Hall’s and team who finished far the better, scoring 12 shots to 3 over the second half of the game to finish comfortable winners by nine shots.
Final score 21 – 12.
The third contest saw B. Tierney, K. Foster, C. Dalton and T. Dalton (Skip) matched against I. Beverley, P. Perkins, P. Sutton & H. Gibson (Skip). Again, this was a close ‘first half’ of the game with scores reaching 9 shots to 8 at the mid way point of the game, and 11 shots to 10 in Harold’s favour with eight ends to play, however even though Tony’s boys only won three of the remaining ends, they made them count in a big way, scoring nine shots to Harold’s six to record a narrow two shot Victory.
Final score Tony Dalton 19 – Harold Gibson 17.
The fourth and final game saw the team of J. Blanchard, M. Formosa, J. Pye & B. Gaarsted do battle with G. Gumbleton, N. Payne, J. Ryan and G. Taylor (Squizzy). This was anybody’s game in the early stages with scores level at 6 all after 8 ends. Ben Gaarsted’s team had the better of the middle stages, including four shots on the eleventh end to lead 13 shots to 9 after fourteen ends, however Squizzy’s men were about to fire up and won the last five ends, scoring 14 shots to finish ten shot winners.
Final score Greg Taylor 23 – Ben Gaarsted 13.
Our Friday social pairs on January 7 saw 44 players take to the green, with our winners being Ray Cavanagh and Peter Perkins. The Runners up went to Mitch Cook & Ronnie Piggott, while our consolation prize was won by Mike Hall & John Moerenhout.
The ‘first resting touchers’ went to M. Walsh on green 1 and G. Ahrens on green 2.
On Wednesday January 12 there were 40 players ‘rolling them down’ with our winners on the day going to G. Mallison & B. Elder. Our runners up were, M. Shorten & K. Landrigan and the consolation was won by N. Payne & J. Hall.
Our two ‘first resting touchers’ went to Jason Ryan on green 1 and Alec Morrison on green 2.
Friday January 14, we had 44 players keen for a game with our winners being P. Sutton & G. Ahrens. Runners up were B. Elder & A. Knox, and the consolation went to N. Payne & A. Gough. The first resting touchers went to J. Brooks on green 1 and B. Hall on green 2.