The 2016 Mixed Fours concluded on Saturday in another hotly contested club championship event. In the semi-final, it took an extra end to separate the talented combination of Cathryn Aitchison, Judy Abbott, Martyn Wood and Alan Abbott and the vociferous foursome of Gail Lindsay, Denise Burey, Trevor Bardsley and Graham Meany.
After the regulation 21 ends of play the scores were locked at 22-22 and it was only after a slice of good fortune that Alan Abbott and his team advanced to the afternoon final. The other semi-final was not as intense with Peter Forrester and his team of Allan Parker, Kaye Mason and Robyn McPherson overcoming the combination of Gabby Freeman, Sonia Graham, Don Freeman and Bruce Angel by 30-19.
The final had its fair share of drama and featured precision draw bowls, delicately weighted on shots and brutal drives. It was Alan Abbott and his team, mainly through the exceptional lead bowling of Cathryn Aitchison, who managed to ensure the score board continued to advance in their favour. Peter Forrester and his team fought courageously but after 21 ends of mixed bowls, it was Alan Abbott and his team of Cathryn Aitchison, Judy Abbott and Martyn Wood the prevailed 29-18.
Nomination sheets for the Men’s Handicap Fours, Men’s Consistency Singles Championships and the 2016 Yamba Open Challenge (a new event open to both men and women bowlers) are on the notice board.
The prestigious Yamba Men’s Classic Pairs tournament will be contested on the weekend of Saturday and Sunday October 22-23 with over $5,000 in prize money on offer. The tournament is restricted to 50 teams of pairs and only a few positions remain.
The Cabarita Travelling Bowlers are scheduled to visit this Saturday, October 8 and the participation sheet is on the notice board. The November visit calendar is also busy with the Coolangatta/Tweed Heads Travelling Bowlers scheduled to make their annual pilgrimage to Yamba on Saturday, November 12 followed by the Robina Rebels Travelling Bowlers on the weekend of November 19-20.
A special event, ’50 for 50 Bowls’, will be hosted on Monday, October 31. This activity is open to bowlers and non-bowlers. Ricky Holt from Merimbula will depart from Club Sapphire Merimbula this Saturday on a fund raising quest where he hopes to play bowls at 50 different clubs throughout New South Wales on 50 consecutive days finishing up at the Commercial Club Albury November 26. Yamba is one of Ricky’s planned locations and a charity day will be conducted to support him in his venture. The funds raised on the day will add to what Ricky is hoping grows into a significant pool to be donated to Cystic Fibrosis and Autism research. The day will commence at 4pm at a cost of $15 per player and will include a fun social fours format along with a spider and raffles. At the conclusion of play there will be a sausage sizzle and the drawing of the raffles. Further information is available from the club.
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, September 28:
Winners: Bruce Kilby and Col Lindsay. Runners-up: Bryan Dunne and Neville Beck. Consolation: Brian Perrot and Stuart Bell.
Friday, September 30: