The biggest lawn bowls tournament in the Clarence River District, the prestigious 2015 Yamba Classic Pairs, was contested on the weekend with over $5,000 in prize money up for grabs. A full field of 42 teams, including last year’s champion combination from Helensvale, nominated for this year’s event. Teams afar adrift as Albion Park in Wollongong, South Tweed, Ballina, Gold Coast, Inverell, and several local district teams arrived in Yamba for the two-day contest. However, it was the teams from South Lismore that took away the bulk of the awards.
After the first four gruelling rounds of confrontation six teams remained unbeaten with the final result not determined until the completion of the final end of the fifth round of completion in the tournament. As the scores were totalled it became evident that the formidable South Lismore combination of Terry Knudsen and Glenn Pitts, had hung on to record a fervent victory winning all five contests with a remarkable total margin of 58 shots. In fact, Terry and Glenn won 44 of their total 70 ends contested over the weekend. The battle for second and third was tight with the two remaining undefeated teams of Ben McCall and Rod McCabe, also from South Lismore, sneak past John Brown (previous Yamba bowler) and Phil Brandon of South Tweed with both teams securing a total margin of 39 shots but Ben and Rod got the money by winning just two more ends over the two days. A total of 16 teams secured prize money and the bowlers were appreciative of the generous support offered by the tournament sponsors: the Yamba Bowling and Recreation Club, Kelvin Kerkow’s Aero Bowls World, Ecosmart Solar – Yamba, EMLAN Imports and the Norfolk Bistro for their continued support. A full list of results is on the club notice board. Thank you also to the large contingent of volunteers who assisted with the event.
The next tournaments to be hosted at the club are the Bob Ware Memorial Triples on Saturday 5th December and the One Stop Tyre and Automotive – Yamba Mixed Pairs the following day, Sunday 6th December. Nomination sheets for these events will be on the notice board this week.
Nomination sheets for the 2015 Handicap Fours, Consistency Singles and Stan Brown Shield are on the notice board with nominations closing soon.
The Gold Coast Masonic Bowls Club visited on Friday and enjoyed a full afternoon of incentive-based mixed triples. Games were played in conjunction with the normal Friday afternoon men’s social bowls and was a huge success.
Social bowls continues with pairs played on Wednesday and triples on Friday. All games commence at 1pm and names need to be on the respective nomination sheets by 11.30am on the day of play. All nominations are guaranteed a game and visitors are most welcomed. Results from last week were:
Wednesday 21st October:
Winners: Laurie Thompson and Bill Cox. Runners Up: Garry McCabe and Norm Sinclair. Consolation: Don Jury and Stuart Bell.
Friday 23rd October:
Winners: B. Welsh, H. Atkinson and A. Marr. Runners Up: P. Bachelder, N. Wickham and D. Jury. Consolation: V. Gheller and K. Thompson (pairs game).