On Saturday the CRDBA Pairs Championships were concluded at Iluka under very difficult playing conditions. In the Open Division, Yamba’s duo of Adam Hart and Brad Johnson made their way into the final where they were confronted by the talented GDSC combination of ‘Squiz’ Taylor and the promising Nathan Jolliffe from GDSC. The Yamba duet began the district decider well and established slender but significant lead. However, the GDSC pair played well in the middle stages of the contest and the scoreboard tightened considerably. Nathan almost took the match with his final bowl where a great shot culminated in a disappointing result. Both Adam and Brad considered themselves fortunate to walk away with a 20 shot to 18 victory and the mantle of the CRDBA Open Pairs Champions for 2019.
2019 CRDBA Open Pairs Champions: Brad Johnson and Adam Hart. Image: Contributed
The club’s connoisseurs of the verdure confrontation, lawn bowls, were not to be outdone in the Senior Division. Graham Meany and Col Lindsay, like their more youthful clubmates, Adam and Brad, also advanced to the final of the CRDBA Senior Pairs Championship where they were confronted by the seasoned Maclean combination of Des Johnson and Doug Starr. While the open final featured exuberance and youthful enthusiasm, the senior’s final was characterised by control and cogitated commitment. This championship is one of the rare occasions when Col Lindsay actually displays his obvious and considerable lawn bowls talents outside of the club’s perimeter and he was certainly not out of his depth. Towards the end of the match scores were locked at 15 shots each, but it was at this venture that the Yamba pair gained the upper hand securing first a seven shot end followed by a five to break the game open. Des and Doug attempted to rally, but on this occasion Col and Graham had their measure and continued on to secure a 27 shot to 19 win and the CRDBA 2019 Senior Pairs Championship.
2019 CRDBA Senior Pairs Champions: Col Lindsay and Graham Meany. Image: Contributed
The 2019 CRDBA Singles Championships will commence on Sunday March 3 with the Yamba Bowling and Recreation Club to host all three categories: State Open, Seniors and Presidents Reserves. Games are scheduled to commence at 8.45am and draws are on the noticeboard. A large number of markers are required for these championships and volunteers will be sought during the week.