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The ladies dominate in Open One Bowl Singles

LEFT: Jamie Gordon on his knees begging for a shot in his contest with Peter Julian.
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On Saturday, the inaugural Open One Bowl Singles competition was staged with 48 bowlers taking an interest in the $150 ‘winner take all’ prize money followed by an afternoon of open social bowls. The competitors in the One Bowl Singles were not totally sure what to expect, as were the organisers, but the modified game proved a success. Although male bowlers dominated the field, the final was an all female affair between Helen Richards of Lavington and Cheryl Deveney of Yamba. Helen made her way to the final through consistency and accuracy, the basis of good draw bowls, while Cheryl overcame several of the ‘big guns’ in the field through poise and control. The one bowl shootout in the final was won by Helen. Helen held her nerve and produced another great bowl to inch out Cheryl and secured the winner’s cheque. Congratulations to all who competed and it is intended to host another event later in the year. On Sunday, the quarter-finals of both the ‘C’ Grade and Senior Singles Championships were contested. In the ‘C’ Grade Jake McHutchison continued his progress through the competition with a hard fought 31-22 victory over Peter Auliff. Jamie Gordon used his relative experience over Peter Julian to win 31-9, while Steve Cassidy overcame Peter Hudson 31-22. In the final match Ian Brockwell showed that he may be a player for the future by taking his game against Roger McLean 31-18. The semi-finals will be contested on Sunday July 30 commencing at 1pm. In the Senior Singles Championship quarter-finals (noting that the Senior Championship is played over 21 ends) Bruce Angel showed that he is still a master of the game with a dominant 25-7 win over Norm Anderson; Col Cohen d Denis Ford 17-14; Neil Franey d Richard Skippings 18-14. Bruce Blanch has also advanced to the semi-finals with Alan Reid unable to contest their quarter-final match due to injury. The semi-finals will be played in conjunction with the ‘C’ Grade on Sunday July 30. The Pennant Appreciation lunch is scheduled for Sunday July 30 with the attendance sheet posted on the Pennant notice board. Also two visits to the club are programmed for early August with participation sheets displayed on the bench. All members are reminded that the nomination sheet for the 2017 Handicap Fours Championship is on the board with nominations closing on Wednesday August 25. The first round is scheduled for Saturday September 2. Social bowls continues with pairs on Wednesday and triples on Friday. All games commence at 1pm and names need to be on the nomination sheets by 11.30am on the respective day of play. All nominations are guaranteed a game and visitors are most welcomed. Results from last week are as follows: Wednesday 12th July: Winners: Kevin Corcoran and Brian Pennell; Runners-up: Neville Beck and Steve Burns; Encouragement: Dave Atkinson and Peter Cawdrey. Friday 14th July: Winners: Peter Julian, Nev Hillyard and Col Lindsay; Runners-up: Bryan Groom and Richard Skippings (pair’s game); Encouragement: George Monk, Denis Ford and Stuart Bell. Don Freeman