Yamba men’s 2021 Pennant season gets underway

No bowls were played over the Easter period and following a postponement due to the recent floods, the 2021 Zone One South Pennant season commences with a doubleheader on Saturday and Sunday April 10-11.

On Saturday, the Yamba Grade 3 side journeys to Grafton District Services Club (GDSC) to get their season underway; Grade 4 travel to Iluka, Grade 5 Gold are at home to Iluka, Grade 5 Blue will be hosted by South Grafton Ex-Services while the Grade 7 crew enjoy a road trip to Red Rock.

On Sunday, the Grade 3 side enjoy the bye with all the remaining sides, apart from Grade 5 Blue, to play at home with Grade 4 up against Maclean, Grade 5 Gold taking on South Grafton Ex-Services and Grade 7 also to do battle with Maclean. The Grade 5 Blue side are on the road for the final time of the season to oppose Iluka.

2021 promises to be a memorable Pennant year for the club with Yamba and Maclean already selected as co-host venues for the Bowls NSW Grade Four State Pennant finals in July in what promises to be an appealing apogee for the season. Good luck to all our members participating this weekend and, in the weeks, ahead.

The 2021 Major Singles Championship will recommence on Sunday April 18 with Round 3 and the quarter-finals scheduled for 9am and 1pm respectively. The semi-finals and final will be played on Saturday April 24. Defending champion, Steve Jackson remains in the field following the first two rounds but if he is to defend his title he will have to be at his best when confronted by archrival and good friend Ian Parker, the 2020 Consistency Singles Champion, in the next round. Other round three clashes include Paul Lozelle against Don Plummer, Ron Smidt locking horns with Cliffe Vagg in what should be a howler of a game. Chris Gunning will test himself against Alan Abbott, Tracey Jenner taking on Bob Ballantyne, Jim Johnson against Graham Meany in a contest worthy of final’s status, form bowler Steve Butler against ‘Butch’ Cassidy, and John Luchetti on the rink against Martyn Wood. Several members vanquished in round two have been rostered as markers and members are encouraged to check the noticeboard for details.

No bowls will be played on Anzac Day, Sunday April 25, however the greens will be open, subject to weather conditions, for roll-ups.

Men’s social bowls will continue Wednesday and Friday. All games commence at 1pm and nominations can be made by telephoning the bowls office on 6646 8669 or by recording participation details on the nomination sheet adjacent the bowls office prior to 11.30am on the intended day of play.

Wednesday March 31

Winners: Keith Smith and Allan Marr

Runners up: Raffaele Ritale and Steve Grodzki

Encouragement: Nev Hillyard and Don Freeman

Friday April 2 No bowls on Good Friday