The inaugural Barry Sloane Lightning Singles has been held with Dave Carter running out winner after a day of excellent bowling.
As the name implies this is a tournament of quick matches of singles played in the ‘sets’ format Twenty one players nominated and started the day playing a round robin in pools of three. Each match was played over two 5 end sets with a one end tie breaker if needed. The leading 8 payers then progressed to a knockout phase to determine the eventual winner.
In the quarter finals Denise Lidbury had a close two set win over Lorraine Wake; Lawrie Riley outplayed Sue Fahey; Joel Hilliard snuck home against Stuart Graham while Dave Carter just managed to get the better of Joe Cremona.
Hilliard had a real tussle in his semi final with Lawrie Riley. The first set was a 4 all draw while Hilliard won the second 4 – 3 to progress to the final. Carter had an easier passage to the decider dominating his clash with Denise Lidbury.
Carter had the best possible start to the final winning the first four ends to grab the first set 7 – 2. He then won the first two ends of the second set before Hilliard fought back. Carter ultimately won the set and match 5 – 2 to win the title.
Thanks to Val Sloane for being present to present Carter with his prize and to Sue and John Fahey for their contribution to the day.
Pennant Round 3
After a week off the pennant season has resumed with both Tuross sides going down in their clashes. The Grade 5 side lost 9 – 1 to Dalmeny while the Grade 7 side lost their first match of the season going down 9 – 1 to arch rivals Braidwood.
At Dalmeny Joel Hilliard continued his good form as he steered his side to a very close win. After holding the edge for the first half of the game they saw a 12 – 6 lead turn into a 13 – 17 deficit after 19 ends. However, they stuck back to win the last two ends and win 18 -17.
Slow starts proved very costly for the other two teams. John Fahey’s four were down 18 – 7 before they fought back to go down 22 – 14. Noel Downie had a similar story coming back from 26 – 6 to lose 26 – 13.
At Tuross the Grade 7 side found Braidwood too strong on the day. Jim Madden’s team had the only win sneaking home 20 – 19 despite winning only 7 of the 21 ends. 13 shots on three ends proved the difference.
Ronnie Richardson’s team had a great battle but just went down 21 – 19. Ian Wratten’s team had every chance when just 3 shots down with four ends to go but Braidwood managed to win all four ends to run out 23 – 13 winners.
Above: Dave Carter, Val Sloane and Stuart Graham