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Yamba Men’s Bowls

The first three rounds of the 2015 Consistency Singles Championship were contested last weekend with most participants embracing the challenges of the format and with Mother Nature adding to the testing environment with less than ideal conditions and a zephyr of a breeze that sometimes gusted to between 40 and 50 kph. Allan Parker’s attempt to defend his title came to a conclusion in the second round when he was defeated by rising star, Martyn Wood, 150 points to 146 after 30 gruelling ends. John Luchetti’s endeavours to maintain his championship winning form survived, having to overcome Greg Dickman in the 2nd Round, necessitating an extra end of play to determine the victor, before being derailed by Steve Kliendienst in the quarter-final 151 to 149 in a keenly contested affair. The championship will be concluded on Sunday 29th November with the semi-finals encompassing two captivating contests. Steve Kliendienst will have to overcome the reliability and experience of Bob Ballantyne to advance to the afternoon final while Martyn Wood will be up against the wily and intimidating Graham Meany in a pupil versus teacher confrontation not to be missed. Special thanks are extended to all who volunteered to assist with last weekend’s play as markers, umpires and with general assistance. Nomination sheets for the Bob Ware Memorial Triples and the One Stop Tyre and Automotive Mixed Pairs tournaments, as well as the 2015 Stan Brown Shield, Ham and Turkey Day and a new event, the Yamba Open Challenge are on the notice board with nominations for each event closing soon. Check the notice board for details. The 2015 Mixed Presentation Night is scheduled for Thursday 10th December and a participation sheet is on the notice board. All women’s, men’s and mixed awards and acknowledgements will be presented at this event and attendance is strongly encouraged. 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 Wednesday 11th November: Winners: Keith Smith and Paul Lozelle. Runners Up: Ron Clay and Bob McKibbin. Consolation: Keith Mathie and Barry De Bomford. Friday 13th November: Winners: Neil Franey, Glen Franklin and Ray Brown. Runners Up: Brian Walkerden and Paul Lozelle (pair’s game). Consolation: Mick Finn, Graham Cole and Russell Mazoudier. Don Freeman