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Wet Weather Hampers The Start of the New Season

By |2022-02-03T12:21:17+11:00February 3rd, 2022|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The continuing wet weather has hampered the start of the new bowls season with two days needed to complete the first games in the Consistency Singles. With the current season to run until June 2023 it has been decided to rejig the local program with significant changes to the order of events. The first event is one that social bowlers can join registered bowlers.

Five games were scheduled for Saturday – the only round 1 game and four round 2 games – to fit in with the green space available. At this stage only one green – 7 rinks – is available for play. Two of the games were completed on Saturday but players in the other three games had to come back on Tuesday to complete their games.

It was one of the uncompleted games that turned out to be the highlight. John Monks and Mick Challice needed the full 30 ends to come up with a result. In this event the aim is to have your bowls as close to the jack as possible. Points are then awarded for the four closest bowls from four for the closest to one for the fourth closest. Ten points are awarded each end with the first player to 150 points the winner.

Challice started the better in his game with Monks and maintained the lead for the first 14 ends at which point he had a 75 – 65 advantage. Monks grabbed the lead on the 17th end moving to the front 87 – 83. The remainder of the game was a real battle and on 3 occasions the players were level pegging – 100 all, 120 all and 130 all! Monks collected all 10 points on the 27th end to give him the upper hand at 140 – 130. Challice fought back and with an end to play Monks had a slender 146 – 144 lead. In a very tight end the players split the spoils giving Monks the closest of victories at 151 – 149!

In the only Round one match Peter Macdonald finished far too strongly for Noel Downie. Downie – the defending Champion – competed well for the first ten ends and lead 47 – 43. But from this point Macdonald dominated play to win the majority of the ends to triumph 150 – 90. Col Fletcher demonstrated how much his game has developed when he totally outplayed Stuart Graham. Fletcher was never headed in winning 153 to 107.

Newish bowler, Bill Burch, started slowly against Alan Skelton but once he settled in he more than held his own. He was able to record an excellent 152 – 118 victory to move into the third round! In the final game Ivan Balentovic was able to finish too strongly for Lou Kozlik. After 12 ends the players were level at 60 all. From this point Balentovic had the better of play to record a 158 – 112 victory.

Round two matches will be completed on Saturday February 5 – weather permitting!

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2021 Fours Championship Finally Decided

By |2022-01-27T09:52:50+11:00January 23rd, 2022|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The 2021 Fours Championship has finally been decided following several delays due to the weather and player unavailability. The semi-finals and finals were able to be played given the break in the very wet period we are experiencing.

The first semi proved to be a real ‘nail-biter’ with the team of Des Jackson, Alan McLeod, Col Fletcher and Marcel Kors coming from behind to overtake Bruce Magilton, Jonathan Green, Irene Macdonald and John Monks on the last end! Kors had a dream start when his side picked up 5 shots on the first end but from there the game was closely fought. Monks’ team was able to gain some momentum between the 11th and 15th ends to set up the biggest lead of the game of 20 – 14.

But their good work was cancelled out on the 16th end when they dropped another 5 shots and when Kors won the next end the scores were locked at 20 all. Monks steadied and went into the last end leading 23 – 21. On a very exciting final end, Kors was able to score 3 shots to take the match 24 – 23!!

The other semi was very one sided with Mick and Di Challice and Denise and Bruce Lidbury outplaying Chris Roxby and Len, Rita and Noel Downie. The game was virtually over after 8 ends with Lidbury setting up a 16 – 0 lead. As well as the Lidbury team played, Downie’s side was right off their usual steady game. In the end Lidbury marched into the final with a massive 29 – 6 victory.

Based on the semi-final results Lidbury went into the final as a warm favourite! In a very low scoring match the first 9 ends were determined by a single shot and by this stage an upset was on the cards. Driven by excellent draw bowls from lead, Des Jackson, and second, Alan McLeod, Kors had a 10 – 2 lead after 11 ends. 3 shots on the 12th end gave Lidbury some hope but Kors replied with 3 of their own on the next end to restore their advantage.

The game and Championship was finally decided on the 19th end when Kors was able to pick up 4 shots to set up an almost unassailable lead of 19 – 9. In the end they took out the title with a 20 – 10 win.

Well done to the victors! This was an historic event as it was the first time that it was played as an open gender event! All bowlers across the State now move into a new phase as the bowling season has been changed to run from July to June! The next official season will be 2022 – 2023 starting in July!

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Bruce Magilton Wins Barry Sloane Memorial Trophy

By |2022-01-18T09:50:14+11:00January 17th, 2022|Categories: Men's Bowls|

Tuross Head bowlers have finally dodged the weather to complete their first big event of the year. Twenty four players participated in the Barry Sloane Memorial Lightning Singles that was played over two days.

This event is played in the sets format with competitors playing two sets of 5 ends with a one end tie breaker if needed. Players were randomly placed in groups of three for the first section of the competition – a round robin. After the round robin the top 8 performers progressed to a ‘knock out’ stage to determine the overall winner.

After the round robins the players who progressed were Marcel Kors, Doug Williams, Bruce Magilton, Jonathan Green, Lorraine Wake, Alan Skelton, John Monks and Peter Macdonald. Again a random selection was used to determine the draw for the knock out stage.

In an extremely tight, low scoring game Magilton just managed to get the better of Monks. Magilton won the first set 4 – 3 and was able to grab a spot in the semi-finals when he drew the second set 4 all. In the only game to go to a tie breaker, Williams and Kors each won a set. Williams started well to take the first set 6 – 2 but Kors struck back to take the second 5 – 2. Kors was able to grab victory when he won the tie breaker.

Green caused somewhat of a surprise when he outplayed the current Club Singles Champion, Peter Macdonald, to win 8 – 3 and 6 – 4. Wake grabbed a spot in the semis when she defeated Skelton 4 – 1, 6 – 3.

Both of the semi-finals were very closely contested. Magilton and Wake only scored 12 shots over the 10 ends they played. Magilton managed to scrape home in both sets by a single shot winning 4 – 3 and 3 – 2.

Green and Kors also had a tight match, though they managed to score more shots. Kors won the first set 6 – 4 but Green managed to win the second by 5 – 3 forcing the contest into a tie breaker. Green prevailed in the tie breaker meaning he would meet his next door neighbour in the final!!

Magilton and Green played a great final! Magilton won a very tight first set
picking up 2 shots on the fifth end to grab a 4 -3 win. Green struck back immediately picking up 3 shots on the first end of the second set giving him a huge advantage. While Magilton won the second and third ends by a shot, Green was able to force a tie breaker when he scored single shots on the last two ends to give him a 5 – 2 win. The tie breaker went Magilton’s way by a single shot! He was a very deserved winner of the sought after trophy!!

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2021 Fours Championship Starts

By |2021-11-07T10:21:47+11:00November 7th, 2021|Categories: Men's Bowls|

Tuross Head Bowling Club has adopted the option of playing the 2021 Fours Championship as an Open Gender event in line with the significant changes in the sport following the amalgamation of Bowls NSW and Women’s Bowls NSW. The decision has been vindicated with increased nominations and more competitive teams.

Three first round matches have been played with some great bowls on display. In a very tight, low scoring affair Di and Mick Challice and Denise and Bruce Lidbury finished well to just defeat Marg and Ray Downey, Allan Etheredge and Joel Hilliard. The game was close for the full 21 ends – the widest margin was just 4 shots when Lidbury led 10 – 6 after 11 ends. Hilliard fought back and by the 15th end grabbed the lead at 12 – 11. However, by the 20th end Lidbury had hit the front at 15 – 14.

The last end was very close. Hilliard’s team held the shot as the skips went to the mat to play their last bowls. In an effort to gain the extra shot for victory, Hilliard was slightly off line and he unfortunately moved his shot bowl! As a result Lidbury held on to win a very good game 16 – 14 and move into the next round.

Bruce Magilton, Jonathan Green, Irene Macdonald and John Monks played Lou Kozlik, Ben Hewison and Doug and Carol Williams. On the back of some excellent bowls from Irene Macdonald, Monks’ side dominated the first half of the game leading 13 – 4 after 11 ends. However, Williams struck back strongly in the next three ends to reduce the margin to just 13 -12 after 14 ends. The next section of the game was very tight with Monks ahead 18 – 16 after 19 ends. His side was able to win the last two ends to stay in the competition with a 20 – 16 win.

The third match followed a similar pattern. The team of Len, Rita and Noel Downie and Chris Roxby had a great start in their clash with Alan Skelton, Sue Fahey, John Wagstaff and Stuart Graham. Leading the way, Noel Downie steered his side to a dominant position of 14 – 3 after 8 ends. It was then the turn of Graham’s team to grab the momentum. They won the next 6 ends to draw level at 14 all after 14 ends.

A score of 5 shots on the 15th end proved crucial as Downie regained the lead. His side was able to consolidate their position over the next three ends and ended up running out winners by 25 – 17.

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Pat and John Wagstaff Win Mixed Pairs Championship

By |2021-10-31T08:01:37+11:00October 31st, 2021|Categories: Men's Bowls, Uncategorized|

The Mixed Pairs Championship has been finalised with Pat and John Wagstaff coming from behind to outlast Bruce and Denise Lidbury in a fantastic game. This was an excellent final between two pairings with great back stories. The Lidburys were out to win their fifth title in six years – they couldn’t play in 2020 due to illness. Apart from last year Denise has played in every final of this event since 2011! Her side won 7 of the 9 Championships adding these to four victories between 2002 and 2009 – not a bad record!

For their part, the Wagstaffs were playing in their first Championship after returning to the Club after a ten year break. The records show that John dominated the Major Singles in the early 2000s winning the title four times!

The Lidburys started the match very well and dominated the early ends with both players in good touch. By the 7th end they had set up an advantage of 14 – 3! From this point the momentum changed. The Wagstaffs won 6 of the next 7 ends to draw level at 15 all after 14 ends.

The game was set up for a great final third as the players moved into the championship ends. The final 7 ends were very closely fought. The Wagstaffs moved in front at 17 – 15 only to see the Lidburys regain the lead at 18 – 17 after 17 ends. The Wagstaffs were able to win the next 3 ends in very tight situations. With just the last end to play they were in front by 21 – 18. This end was very close. The Lidburys had the better of the play and held the shot throughout. However, they were unable to pick up enough shots to grab victory. They managed 2 shots to see the final score of 21 – 20 in favour of the Wagstaffs.

Congratulations to both teams for producing such a great match! For the winners both Pat and John both played their part in the victory – including the occasional good natured banter from Pat that eased the tension! With some great draw bowls, John showed why he has been such a formidable singles player! As usual the Lidburys were always in the game despite periods when it looked as if luck had deserted them! Well done to all four players and a special congratulations to the Wagstaffs!

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Bruce and Denise Lidbury Make Another Mixed Pairs Final!!

By |2021-10-24T08:02:33+11:00October 24th, 2021|Categories: Men's Bowls|

Bruce and Denise Lidbury have made their way into yet another Mixed Pairs Championship Final after a very close struggle against Di Challice and Allan Etheredge. The multiple championship winners started well but the tone of the game was set by the 7th end when Challice and Etheredge had draw level at 6 all. The challengers had the better of the next section of play to open up a 13 – 9 lead by the 11th end.

Then came the first of two very critical ends. On the 12th end the Lidburys picked up 4 shots to make the score 13 all. Over the next 5 ends the lead changed three times before the scores where again tied at 17 all after 17 ends. Under pressure, Etheredge played a great attacking shot on the next end to ‘kill’ the end to maintain the score line. However the replay of the 18th end proved the key to the match. The Lidburys both played some great bowls to pick up 5 shots and jump to a 22 – 17 advantage.

With the job to do, Etheredge and Challice won the next end to narrow the lead to just 22 – 19. The Lidburys experience in big situations came to the fore in the last two ends. They combined beautifully to limit their opponents chances and managed to take a shot on each end to run out 24 – 19 winners. Congratulations to Challice and Etheredge for their great performances in this competition!

The Lidburys will play Pat and John Wagstaff in next week’s final after the Wagstaffs recovered from a slow start to overwhelm Carol and Doug Williams. The Williams started their semi-final in the same way that they finished their previous game. They won the first 5 ends – albeit by small margins – to be in a good position at 9 – 4 after 8 eight ends. The momentum of the game then changed. The Wagstaffs won the next 5 ends to move in front by 15 – 9 after 13 ends.. In this section of play John Wagstaff started to show his class with several outstanding bowls.

The Williams looked to be right back in the game when Doug played an excellent bowl to remove the shot bowl that resulted in his side picking up 5 shots and cutting the margin to just one shot after 14 ends. But alas, on the very next end the Wagstaffs replied in kind and restored their lead when they picked up 5 shots! They were then able to control the game and they moved into the final with an excellent 26 – 16 win!

Based on what we have seen over the last two rounds we can look forward to a great game in the final!!

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Mixed Pairs Championship Resumes after Lockdown!

By |2021-10-17T08:21:11+11:00October 17th, 2021|Categories: Men's Bowls|

After the enforced lay off of just on eight weeks, Tuross Head Bowling Club was able to resume their mixed pairs Championship on Saturday! Unfortunately, the weather gods did not come to the party with the players participating in the quarter finals required to put up with some cool, windy conditions. Luckily, we were able to dodge the rain though the green was affected by the run of wet weather in the days before.

The highlight of the day was a nail biting clash between Pat and John Wagstaff and Sue and John Fahey. In a very close game the two sides were neck and neck throughout. The Faheys held a slight advantage early in the game but by the 10th end the scores were locked at 7 all. The Wagstaffs had a couple of good ends and after 14 ends they had moved to the lead at 14 – 9. It was then the turn of the Faheys who won the next four ends to take the lead at 16 – 14.

The Wagstaffs struck back as the tension increased and with just one end to play the scores were again even at 16 all. The Faheys seemed to have the advantage as the end unfolded. The skips then played some great bowls! With his second last bowl John Wagstaff moved the jack to give his side the lead only to see John Fahey do exactly the same thing with his second last bowl. Not to be outdone, with his last bowl, Wagstaff repeated the dose with another wonderful bowl moving the jack to his advantage. Unfortunately for Fahey the positioning of the head gave him very few options with his last bowl and the Wagstaffs continued their winning return to the Club with an excellent 19 – 16 win!

Defending Champions, Doreen and John Monks, had the daunting task of playing Bruce and Denise Lidbury who have dominated this event over the years. Right from the start the Lidburys dominated the game with Bruce playing magnificent lead bowls to give his team the advantage. They quickly took control of the game as the Monks’ struggled to find their form with the constant pressure they were under. The Lidburys moved into the semi-finals with a comfortable 30 – 6 victory.

They will meet Di Challice and Allan Etheredge in the semi-finals who survived a spirited fightback from Lou Kozlik and Chris Roxby. Challice and Etheredge seemed to have the game won when they led 24 – 12 after 15 ends. But they did not expect the fight in their opponents. Kozlik and Roxby picked up 6 shots on the 17th end to put life back into the game. By the 20th end they had reduced the deficit to just 3 shots! Although they won the last end, they could only manage 2 shots that meant Challice and Etheredge scrapped home 25 -24!

Carol and Doug Williams round out the semi-finalists after they recovered form a mid-game slump to finish strongly to defeat Rose Farrington and Marcel Kors. The Williams’ had a dream starting picking up four shots on each of the first 3 ends to race to a 12 – 0 advantage. Farrington and Kors gradually played their way into the game and by the 14th end they had managed to draw level at 15 all. Just as it looked like they had all of the momentum, the Williams’ struck back! With Carol leading the way they won the next five ends to take control of the match and set up a clash with the Wagstaffs with a hard fought 26 – 18 victory!

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Mixed Pairs Championship Results August 15 2021

By |2021-08-15T10:47:41+10:00August 15th, 2021|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The first round of the 2021 Mixed Championship was completed on Saturday August 14 with the players returning to the Clubhouse with the news of the latest ‘lockdown’! The program for the rest of the competition is now up in the air. However, in perfect conditions for bowls there were some great contests on Saturday.

Bruce and Denise Lidbury were back to try to regain the title they had held for a number of years but were unable to defend in 2020 due to ill health. The draw did not do them any favours when they were matched against Rita and Noel Downie. This proved to be a great battle. After a tight start the Downies won five ends in a row to move to a 12 – 5 advantage after 10 ends. The Lidburys chipped away at the deficit but still trailed 16 -10 with just 4 ends to play. They picked up 4 shots on the 18th end and another on the 19th end to be down by just one shot at 16 -15.

The Downies steadied to pick up a shot on the 20th end leaving the Lidburys the task of picking up 3 shots on the last end to win! The Downies held the advantage for most of the last end but Denise Lidbury showed her class with a tremendous shot with her second last bowl to put them 3 shots up. When Noel Downie could not cut this back with his last bowl the game was over with a come from behind 18 – 17 win to the Lidburys!

Peter and Irene Macdonald also had a very tight battle with Sue and John Fahey. The tightness of the contest was shown by the 4 all score line after 6 ends. The teams shared the spoils over the next 10 ends with the game still all even at 12 apiece after 16 ends. The Faheys then won four of the remaining 5 ends to run out 20 – 13 victors in what was a high standard game from both teams.

In their first championship match after returning to the Club, Pat and John Wagstaff had to battle hard to get the better of Karen and Alan Skelton. The Wagstaffs seemed to have the game under control when they led 13 – 5 after 9 ends but the Skeltons were determined to make them earn victory. They fought back strongly to be down by just 16 – 15 after 16 ends. The next two ends proved crucial as the Wagstaffs picked up 3 then 6 shots to move ten shots ahead. They ended up winning 25 – 18.

Alan Etheredge had a real day out as he teamed with Di Challice to dispatch Margaret and Ray Downey. The Downeys held the upper hand in several ends only to see Etheredge play some magnificent pressure bowls to gain the spoils. His drawing to save shots was first class and he was able to steer his side to a convincing 21 – 12 win.

Defending Champions, Doreen and John Monks, were too experienced for Di and Col Fletcher. They were able to pick up big scores in 3 ends to make the task extremely difficult for the ever improving Fletchers. The final score of 30 -13 did not reflect the way the Fletchers played in defeat.

In the final game Carol and Doug Williams also proved too experienced for Di Newell and Alan McLeod. Again it was the ability of the experienced pairing to pick up big scores on an end that made the difference. The Williams picked up 16 shots on just three ends in the final score of 29 – 14.

The timetable for the playing of the next three rounds of the Championship will be publicised once the impact of the ‘lockdown’ is known.

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Marcel Kors 2021 Minor Singles Champion

By |2021-07-25T12:31:11+10:00July 25th, 2021|Categories: Men's Bowls|

Marcel Kors is the 2021 Minor Singles Champion. In a very anticipated final he proved too strong for the sentimental favourite, the soon to be 89 years old Lou Kozlik. The players were relieved that the conditions for the final were perfect following the cold, windy weather they experienced for the semi-finals.

An excellent crowd of bowling club members was on hand to watch the match. Kors had an excellent start while Kozlik was a little off his game. Kors was able to dominate the heads in the early ends and by the 9th end he led 17 – 2. He extended his dominance to lead 26 – 5 after 18 ends. Kozlik then made Kors really fight for the final 5 shots he needed for victory. The players shared the next 8 ends before Kors was able to claim a 31 – 10 victory.

It was a great result for Kors who has been knocking on the door to win this title over the last three years – he was runner up in 2019 and a semi-finalist in 2020. He has proven to be a very strong singles player with his ability to consistently play excellent draw bowls. He is very calm and deliberate in his play and thoroughly deserves the win.

Kozlik had the chance for a fairy-tale finish but it was not to be. A couple of years ago increasing problems with his shoulders looked to have ended his bowling career. However with tutelage from Stan Peck, Kozlik started to bowl with a ‘bowling -arm’. He has mastered the ‘arm’ and is now bowling better than he has ever done. Unfortunately, he could not get into ‘the zone’ in the final but he received plenty of accolades from those present for making the final.

The resounding round of applause both players received at the completion of the final indicated how much respect the crowd had for their efforts. Well done to both players.

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Weather Plays Havoc With Minor Singles

By |2021-07-18T10:18:03+10:00July 18th, 2021|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The weather has made the completion of the quarter and semi-finals of the Minor Singles Championship very challenging. The quarter finals started on Saturday July 10 but rain forced the players from the green before they could be completed. They were finished on Tuesday July 13. Then very windy and cold conditions created very difficult conditions for the players when the semi-finals were played on Saturday July 17.

Doug Williams and Alan Skelton had a real see-sawing battle in their quarter final. Williams held a slight advantage over the first 10 ends in a tight battle. After 14 ends he led 11 – 10 before extending this to 15 – 10 over the next two ends. Skelton then won 7 of the next 8 ends to race to a commanding 25 – 16 lead before the rains came. When they resumed on Tuesday Williams dominated from the outset picking up 13 shots in 6 ends to turn the game on its head to hit the front by 29 – 25. Skelton was able to win the next 2 ends but it was not enough with Williams winning 31 – 27!

The amazing Lou Kozlik – just a fortnight short of his 89th birthday – continues with his great form. He played promising newcomer Warren Hodder in the quarter finals. In a very close game Hodder held a narrow 13 – 12 lead after 15 ends. At this stage Kozlik started to take control and when rain stopped play he had moved to a strong position at 28 – 17. While Hodder started well when the game resumed, picking up 3 shots on the first end, Kozlik was able to close the game out on the next end to win 31 – 20.

Marcel Kors proved to be too good for Jonathan Green in their game. While Green started well he could not match his opponents consistent play. Kors was ahead 29 – 11 when play was stopped and Green agreed to concede the result. Mick Challice won his game when he received a forfeit.

Though the weather was fine when the players met to play the semi-finals, a strong, cold westerly wind created very challenging conditions. Williams played Kors and quickly took the lead picking up 8 shots before Kors managed to trouble the scorer. As the match progressed Kors gradually chipped away at the deficit and by the 14th end he had moved to the front at 17 – 14. The players shared the next 6 ends with Kors in front by 22 – 21 after 20 ends. Kors was able to take control of the play from this point and he made his way into the final with a 31 – 22 victory.

Lou Kozlik played Mick Challice for the other place in the final. In a very close match the players were locked at 9 all after 13 ends. The evergreen Kozlik then put his stamp on the game. He won 9 of the next 11 ends to move to a 25 – 12 advantage. Challice was suffering from a hip injury but did not give in. He made Kozlik fight for every shot. Kozlik moved into the final with a 31 – 16 victory. He must surely be the oldest finalist in the club’s history! He also struggled through this match with a very sore foot but you couldn’t tell except for his ‘non-conventional’ footwear!

The final will be played next Saturday.

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