Tuross Head Men’s Bowls
The Annual Lakeside Triples turned out to be another excellent tournament. The two day event attracted 26 teams who competed for over $4000 in prize money. Though cool, the calm sunny weather made for excellent playing conditions.
The teams played seven games of ten ends over the two days. The evenness of the contest meant that no team won all seven games. In fact 15 teams had at least 1 draw. This meant that the final placings were not determined until the last games were completed.
The combined team of Keith Pickett (Narooma) Jeff Rankin (Moruya) and Nick King (Lake Conjola) edged out Dave Johnson, Dave Carter (both Moruya) and Jason Hossack (Bodalla) for top place by three shots after both teams finished with six wins. King’s team had a margin of plus 29 while Hossack finished on plus 26.
The Moruya team of Don Cooper, Chris Pollack and Shane Quinlivan finished third with 5 wins and draw and the best margin of all 26 teams of plus 41. Two other teams also had 5 wins and a draw. Coming in fourth was the Canberran team of Rod Tonkin, Alan Monfries and Ian Whybrow with a plus 27.
The Malua Bay Team of Laurie Fayle, Tony Gianniascia and Doug Ebsworth finished with plus 12. Though they lost only one game they had a draw and three wins with a margin of 1!! With one game to play they were in first place but they stumbled at the last hurdle and were forced back to fifth!
The final money winner in sixth place was the best placed local team of Stan Peck, Michael Kennedy and Alan Etheredge who had 5 wins and a margin of plus 22.
A big thanks to all of the sponsors who made the Tournament possible with their generous donations especially the local companies Cyclonic Roof Restorations, Eurobodalla Fire Service and Club Tuross.
Minor Singles Championship
The finalists for this year’s Minor Singles have been decided with the completion of all of the preliminary matches. In the only first round match Peter Macdonald was forced to come from behind after Alan Skelton raced to a good start. Macdonald slowly found his groove and won 31 – 22.
Macdonald had another tight match in his quarter final with Lawrie Riley. The result was not determined until the final few ends with Macdonald winning 31 – 24. Col Fletcher and Mick Atkinson had an extremely tight battle in their game that lasted for 38 ends. They traded ends with low scores before Atkinson played some key bowls at the end to win 31 – 21.
Julian Penny had too much experience for Des Jackson in their clash. He patiently plugged away and was rewarded with a 31 – 19 win. John Monks had a good win against Andrew Farrington.
The two semi-finals resulted in relatively convincing wins to Macdonald and Monks. Macdonald had a great start in his clash with Atkinson and was never really troubled in his 31 – 12 victory. Although the final score was convincing, Monks had to work hard to get over the top of Penny. After a close early battle Monks pulled away to win 31 -15.
It now promises to be an interesting final with both players hoping to go one better than their last appearance in a singles final. Monks was recently runner up in the 2018 Major Singles while Macdonald was the runner up in the 2017 Minor Singles final.
Above: Jason Hossack, David Johnson and Dave Carter Second Lakeside Triples
Above: Keith Pickett, Nick King and Jeff Rankin Winners of Lakeside Triples