The Yamba Grade 3 pennant side has proven itself as the premier Pennant combination in the Clarence River District following their triumph over rivals Maclean in the final round of the 2016 District competition. The comprehensive 61-44 (nine points to one) victory ensured the Yamba combination remained on top of the ladder and will now advance to the Zone One play-offs scheduled for May 28-29, most probably to be contested at the Maclean Bowling Club.
The Grade 4 side also finished their 2016 campaign in style with a 61-54 (nine points to one) win over South Grafton Ex-Services. Having lost only one game all year the Yamba side was in the mix to also claim a district title, however the drawn master score-board against Iluka has come back to haunt them, missing the title by the narrow margin of only three points with Iluka claiming top spot. The Grade 5 combination kept their best performance to the final round, extracting revenge on Grafton with a complete 81-47 (ten points to nil) victory.
Unfortunately, both Grade 6 sides (gold and blue) as well as the Grade 7 combination suffered defeats and will be hoping to finish their respective seasons with victories next Saturday. The Yamba Gold side will tackle South Grafton at South Grafton while the Yamba Blue and the Grade 7 teams will host South Grafton Ex-services and Grafton respectively.
The semi-finals of the 2016 Major Singles Championship were contested on Sunday, 1st May. The contest between Steve Kliendienst and Peter Forrester began with both bowlers finding their line and length early and a barrage of touching bowls and sweetly timed ‘on shots’ prevailed. At the completion of the eleventh end scores were locked at ten shots each. Eventually, it was Peter who established the ascendency following a run of consecutive ends and a valuable four on the 21st end. Peter went on to claim victory after 33 ends 31-20 to move on to next Saturday’s final. The contest between Graham Meany and Brad Johnson displayed a level of skill that had to been seen to be truly appreciated. There was never much between the Graham and Brad either on the scoreboard or on the green. A perfect blend of strategy, tactics and execution was unfolding for all to witness and after 33 ends and with the scores at 29-26 it looked as though Brad was about to claim victory. However, Graham again displayed his fighting qualities winning the next two ends taking the scores to 28-29 and placing Brad under extreme pressure. Brad managed to regained his composure and found a way to secure the necessary two shots for a 31-28 victory. Brad and Peter will confront each other in the final of the club’s foremost championship next Saturday 7th May with the game scheduled to commence at 1pm.
The next club championships to be contested are the Mixed Pairs, Major/Minor Pairs and Minor Triples Championships with nomination sheets already posted on the notice board. Please check the board for closing and competition dates.
Mixed social bowls is scheduled for Mother’s Day and no green fees will be charged in conjunction with this special occasion. The participation sheet is on the notice board and names are required to be submitted by 11.30am on Sunday 8th May. A ‘Travelling Bowlers’ trip to Park Beach is planned for Sunday 15th May with the participation sheet on the notice board.
Social bowls continues with pairs 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 are:
Wednesday 27th April:
Winners: Mal Henderson and Jim Groom. Runners-Up: Bob McKibbin and Alan Turnbull. Consolation: Roger McLean and Greg Forbes.
Friday 9th April:
Winners: Harry Ward, Chris Muldoon and Graham Meany. Runners-Up: Gordon Anyon-Smith, John Glass and Brad Wynne. Consolation: Greg Forbes, Norm Sinclair and Alan Reed.