A new club C Grade Champion was determined on Sunday with the two form bowlers in this novice category making their way through the talented field of entrants when Steve Farrar and Dave Beaumont came face to face in the final.
Steve and Dave had both recorded a string of impressive performances on their journey to the final and many pundits had difficulty selecting a favourite to take out the title. Steve began the match full of intent and quickly established authority on the match and an early lead. Steve then stretched his advantage to what appeared to be an unassailable 27 shots to 15 lead.
Needing only four additional shots to secure the title, most in the swelling and enthusiastic crowd thought that the new champion had been decided. However, showing true champion qualities, Dave ‘Bomber’ Beaumont began a final assault that stunned most in attendance, including Steve. Dave managed to win the next nine ends to storm to a stunning 31 – 27 victory, securing the C Grade title and the Len Heslop Memorial Shield in the process.
The Minor Pairs Championship was also decided on the weekend with the semi-finals played on Saturday and the final contested concurrently with the C Grade Singles on Sunday.
The first semi-final featured the team of Keith Smith and Len Yeomans up against Rod Berry and Peter Retallack in a game that many thought would go in the favour of Rod and Peter. The game was very competitive and there was never much between the two sides and after 17 ends of play the scores were locked at 14 shots each. Rod and Peter won the next two ends to establish what appeared to be winning momentum and a three-shot buffer.
Again, in true Yamba fashion, Keith and Len managed to turn the tide by securing a haul of six shots on the penultimate end before taking the game by 21 – 17.
Bob and Chris Gunning were up against Jack Atherton and Paul Conley in the second semi-final and again it was difficult to pick a winner before the commencement of play. However, once proceedings were underway, it was Jack and Paul who quickly and effectively stamped their authority and control over the scoreboard. Every move by Bob and Chris was swiftly and efficiently countered. Ultimately, Jack and Paul took the match by 28 – 11.
The final looked like a very even contest between two well matched, tenacious, and accomplished combinations.
After eight ends of play the scores were level at seven shots each and with neither side managing to establish any ascendency. However, this was about to change. The recent period of hospitalisation for Jack Atherton not only breathed fresh life into his frame, but it also revived his bowls and with a burst of second wind, Jack began to dominate the battle of the leads providing Paul with multiple options as the game proceeded. After 16 ends of play, Jack and Paul led by 18 shots to 12 before powering to the end of the game to claim the 2021 Yamba Minor Pairs title by 23 – 13.