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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Macdonald, Fahey and Hilliard Win Triples Championship

By |2021-07-04T10:45:15+10:00July 4th, 2021|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The final of the 2021 Triples Championship was played on Saturday July 3rd in ideal conditions. Col Fletcher, Des Jackson and Marcel Kors played Peter Macdonald, John Fahey and Joel Hilliard after both had very tight wins in their semi-finals. Macdonald, Fahey and Hilliard started as strong favourites but the start of the game did not go their way! On the very first end they dropped 5 shots and when they lost the second to be down 6 – 0 it seemed anything could happen.

However, from that point Hilliard’s side quickly found their form and dominated the game. Player of the match, Peter Macdonald, once again demonstrated why he is the current Club Singles Champion with a master class in lead bowling. On most ends he was able to control the head with excellent bowls that really put pressure on his opponents. Kors more often than not found that he had to ‘chase’ shots in an effort to win an end. To his credit he was able to this on a number of occasions but not enough to turn the match.

With the pressure created by Macdonald, Fahey was able to build on the head while Hilliard had the opportunity, and confidence, to play his trade mark aggressive bowls. When Fletcher or Kors were able to grab the advantage Hilliard had the chance to counter with controlled draw shots or well played ‘weighted’ shots. In the finish Macdonald, Fahey and Hilliard had a very convincing 38 – 13 win.

It continued a great year for the winners. Macdonald won the Major Singles and was runner up in the Major Pairs. Fahey and Hilliard now add the Triples Title to their win in the Major Pairs. Congratulations to all three – they combined extremely well in this event and proved too strong!

Despite the score line, Jackson, Fletcher and Kors all had their moments in this game but found the task beyond them on the day. All three have been regular finalists over recent seasons across a range of events showing they are knocking on the door!

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Triples Sem Finals Played

By |2021-06-27T11:40:25+10:00June 27th, 2021|Categories: Men's Bowls|

After delays due to the ongoing wet weather Tuross Head Men’s Bowls were able to hold the semi-finals of the 2021 Triples Championship. The weather on the day was perfect and the green played well despite the amount of wet weather. Both semi-finals proved to be very exciting games of quality bowls. The closeness of the games was reflected on both rinks and after 20 of the 25 ends to be played both games were level at 17 all!

Des Jackson, Col Fletcher and Marcel Kors played Mick Challice, Alan McLeod and Doug Williams in a game that had major momentum swings. Kors started well and lead 8 -2 after 4 ends. Despite Williams fighting back, Kors was able to build on the lead and looked comfortable at 17 – 12 after 18 ends.

Williams, with McLeod playing a major role, then turned the game around so that by the 23rd end he had grabbed a 20 – 17 advantage. Kors then struck back with 3 shots on the second last end to see the teams in a one end play off at 20 all. Jackson and Fletcher gave Kors the advantage but a great bowl from McLeod saw him give his side the shot with only the skips to play. With his last bowl Kors was able play into his team mates’ bowls and move one of them so it was now shot. Williams was required to play a miracle bowl to snatch victory but he was unable to do so. Jackson, Fletcher and Kors moved into the final with a hard fought 21 – 20 victory.

In the second game Peter Macdonald, John Fahey and Joel Hilliard played Len Downie, Noel Downie and John Monks. This game was close throughout but also marked by momentum swings. Monks trailed early and after 7 ends Hilliard lead 7 – 4. However, Monks won the next 6 ends to move to a 12 – 7 advantage. It was then Hilliard’s turn to make a move and by the 19th end he led 17 – 14. Monks regained the lead at 18 – 17 after winning the next 2 ends.

The final four ends were very tightly contested and either side could have won them but Hilliard prevailed on all four to win the game 25 – 18 with the final score not reflecting the closeness of the match.

A highlight of the match was the performance of 88 year old Len Downie who lead very well for his side with most of his bowls finishing in competitive positions. He was well supported by his younger brother Noel – himself 80 – who was returning from a nasty elbow injury.

The victory gives Macdonald, Fahey and Hilliard the chance to add to their championship wins for the year as they have all tasted success – Macdonald in the Major Singles and Fahey and Hilliard in the Major Pairs.

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Hilliard Claims Third Pairs Title in a ‘Nail-biter”

By |2021-06-06T13:02:51+10:00June 6th, 2021|Categories: Men's Bowls|

Joel Hilliard has won his third Major Pairs Championship in a row! He and his partner, John Fahey, needed an extra end to get the better of Peter Macdonald and Ray Downey in an excellent game of bowls. In the end the victory came down to two championship winning bowls that Hilliard played in the final ends of the game.

Macdonald and Downey, who started as under-dogs, had a confidence boosting start to the game setting up an early lead and from that point they were never behind on the scoreboard – until the extra end was played! The game was a very close affair with all four players in good form. They all contributed some very important bowls as the game was played out. While Macdonald and Downey led most of the game they never threatened to set up a match winning lead.

The scores were locked at 11 all after 13 ends before Macdonald and Downey moved to a 15 – 11 advantage after 15 ends but Fahey and Hilliard were able to pick up 3 shots on the 16th end to narrow the margin to 15 – 14. With one end to play Macdonald and Downey were in front by 18 – 17. They held the advantage in this end until a slight movement of the jack swung the game in favour of Hilliard and Fahey. Downey then played an excellent bowl to put the jack in the ditch and grab the shot. With his last bowl Hilliard played the first of two very telling bowls to draw the shot close to the ditch. Downey had the chance to claim the match with his last bowl but he was unable to convert.

The score at the end of the last end was 18 all meaning that an extra end was needed to determine the Championship. Macdonald started with two excellent bowls – both within 20 cms of the jack. Then Hilliard played the real telling bowl! He played between Macdonald’s two bowls, picked up the jack and put it into the ditch with his bowl (also in the ditch) finishing less than 40 cms from the jack! Macdonald and Downey then had the difficult task of trying to draw closer to the jack but keeping their bowl on the green. Despite their best efforts – with a couple of very close calls – they couldn’t do it. Hilliard was able to get another close bowl so he and Fahey ran out winners 20 – 18.

It was a very fitting final with the closeness of the scores and the quality of the play keeping the spectators very much on the edge of their seats. Congratulations to the winners – both Hilliard and Fahey have now won this title on multiple occasions! First time finalists Macdonald and Downey acquitted themselves well and can be very pleased with their efforts!

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Major Pairs Finalists Decided

By |2021-05-23T13:46:50+10:00May 23rd, 2021|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The finalists for the Tuross Head 2021 Major Pairs Championship have been determined. The competitors in the semi-finals were relieved when they played in perfect conditions. The weather was mild and calm – a big difference to the previous week – while the green was in great condition.

Starting as hot favourites, John Fahey and Joel Hilliard, were forced to dig deep to get the better of Lou Kozlik and Mick Atkinson. It looked like being an easy afternoon for Fahey and Hilliard when they raced to a 15 – 3 lead thanks to scoring 7 shots and then 5 shots on consecutive ends. However, Kozlik – a tender 88 years old! – and Atkinson had other ideas. They fought back strongly and by the 15th end had narrowed the score to 19 – 15.

Unfortunately for Kozlik and Atkinson they conceded another 6 shots on the 16th end to make their task very difficult. They did manage to pick up 5 shots themselves on the 20th end but they still trailed by 28 -20 and they conceded the match.

In the other semi-final, 2021 Singles Champion, Peter Macdonald continued his great form with another master class in draw bowling as he and Ray Downey had a convincing win in their game with Alan McLeod and Col Fletcher.

Right from the first end Macdonald was able to dominate the head with his control of his weight and ‘grass’. In a incredible start to the game Macdonald and Downey had set up a match winning lead when they led 19 – 4 after just 8 ends. To their credit McLeod and Fletcher started to win their share of ends – in fact they were able to win 6 of the next 10 ends – but they were unable to score the shots needed to make inroads into the deficit.

By the 18th end Macdonald and Downey led 28 – 10 and McLeod and Fletcher accepted it was highly unlikely that they could bridge the gap. Macdonald and Downey will be playing in their first Major Pairs Final when they play Fahey and Hilliard who are both former Champions! It will be another challenge!

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Bowlers Struggle in the Wind as Major Pairs Start

By |2021-05-17T10:50:28+10:00May 17th, 2021|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The first games in the 2021 Major Pairs have been played in extremely difficult conditions. The cold windy change that arrived on Saturday tested all players with the wind playing tricks with the bowls. Entries for this event are disappointing but it is shaping up as a very interesting competition nonetheless.

Defending Champion Joel Hilliard has a new partner due to the unavailability of Peter Davies. This year he has teamed with John Fahey – himself a former winner of the event! They had to struggle against Des Jackson and Stuart Graham in their first match. Jackson and Graham had the better of the early ends and set up a 8 – 4 lead before Fahey and Hilliard stormed into the match picking up 4 shots on both the 9th and 10th ends to take the lead. They slowly took control of the game and ended up winning 25 – 13.

In somewhat of a surprise the strong team of Noel Downie and John Monks have been knocked out by Alan McLeod and Col Fletcher. Downie and Monks were no match for McLeod and Fletcher who dominated the game. McLeod and Fletcher led from the start with McLeod managing the tricky winds very well to dominate the head. When Downie and Monks looked like they would pick up some shots, Fletcher was able to play some great attacking bowls to prevent them from getting back into the game. McLeod and Fletcher won 23 – 8!

Peter Macdonald and Ray Downey had a strong start in their clash with Michael Challice and Marcel Kors. After 5 ends they led 9 – 0 but by the 10th end Challice and Kors had fought back to trail by just 10 – 8. The remainder of the game was a close tussle but Macdonald and Downey were able to keep their noses in front to win 20 – 16.

Lou Kozlik and Mick Atkinson had a great tussle with Bruce Magilton and Doug Williams. Kozlik and Atkinson started very well and led 10 – 0 after 5 ends but Magilton and Williams had the better of the next section of the game and by the 11th end they had taken the lead 12 – 11. Kozlik and Atkinson steadied and regained the lead. They moved to a 20 -14 lead before another determined fightback by Magilton and Williams just failed to close the gap. Kozlk and Atkinson ran out 21 – 18 winners.

In the semi-finals Kozlik and Atkinson will play Fahey and Hilliard while McLeod and Fletcher will play Macdonald and Downey

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Autumn Carnival Reults

By |2021-05-04T16:00:21+10:00May 4th, 2021|Categories: Men's Bowls|

The welcome rain this week has been unfortunate for the annual Autumn Bowls Carnival held at Tuross Head. Two of the planned four days had to be called off due to the rain. It is the first time in many years that the Carnival has been affected by rain. Two of the events were completed with the mixed pairs and the open pairs played in the wonderful weather before the change arrived late on Tuesday evening.

Twenty sides competed for the Tuross Pharmacy sponsored mixed pairs with local sides dominating the results. Alan and Karen Skelton won the event with two wins and a healthy shots margin. Regular visitors from Canberra, Mort and Kate Schipp, were the runners up while Peter and Irene Macdonald came third. Ray and Margaret Downey had the best last game margin and took home the final prize

Twenty two sides competed for the Hallmark Real Estate Open Pairs with visiting teams taking out the major prizes. The event was very evenly contested with only four teams managing to win all three of their games. Chris Godwin from Ulladulla teamed with Michael Corby from Canberra to take out the major prize. They survived a big scare in their final game against locals Doreen Monks and Sue Fahey where they trailed until picking up 5 shots on the second last end. Overall they had 3 wins and a margin of 28 shots to take first prize. Canberrans Dale Budnick and Shaun Allen finished strongly to take second prize with 3 wins and a margin of 25 shots.

Third place went to the local side of Bill Birch – playing in his first ever bowls carnival – and Mick Atkinson. They won their 3 games and had a points margin of plus 17. This was a great result for the duo with Birch flourishing on the guidance he is receiving from Atkinson. The best last game margin went to the pairing of Melbourne visitor, Gary Baker, and local John Fahey.

A big thanks to all of the local businesses who supported the Carnival either through sponsorships or donations for the daily raffles.

Meanwhile the 2021 Pennant season has finished on a disappointing note with both of the Tuross sides suffering big defeats by the sides that have taken out their respective grades.

The Grade 5 side travelled to Malua Bay still with the chance of grabbing the title. They needed to take all of the 10 points available to ‘pip’ the locals on the post. However, the Malua Bay side continued their dominance over Tuross in 2021 winning the encounter 9 – 1 after winning 2 of the 3 rinks. Rita Downie, Sue Fahey, Denise Lidbury and Carol Williams continued their very successful year recording the only Tuross success on the day.

The Grade 6 side hosted Braidwood and found the competition leaders far too strong. Braidwood won all three rinks and won 10 – 0. When Braidwood heard that in another match Malua Bay defeated Tomakin 10 – 0 they found that they had managed to win this grade. Unfortunately losses in their last two games cost Tomakin dearly.

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