Bowls | City comeback kids take Fours

HIGH HONOURS: The 2016 fours champions at the Lithgow City Bowling Club are (from left) Jim Bannerman, Graham Pitt, Ian Townsend and Col Wotton. PHOTO: Don Kipp.

HIGH HONOURS: The 2016 fours champions at the Lithgow City Bowling Club are (from left) Jim Bannerman, Graham Pitt, Ian Townsend and Col Wotton. PHOTO: Don Kipp.

ALL championship titles for the 2016 bowling year have now been decided with the final of the club fours being contested at the weekend.

The event was not without its controversies, though, with one semi final being marred by a forfeit.

Having their names “put up in lights” were Ian Townsend (skip), Col Wotton, Jim Bannerman and Graham Pitt who triumphed 24-22 after having to put in a tremendous fightback after losing the first seven consecutive ends to trail 11-nil.

Skip Adam Favell, Bob Brown, Peter Kearney and Don Kenniff scooted away before Townsend and his side began their fightback, still trailing 10-16 two thirds of the way through the final, highlighted by scoring six shots on the 10th end.

A run of five successful ends to Townsend, including five shots on the 18th end, saw them lead 22-16 with two ends remaining before finally prevailing to take the title.

The Townsend-led four won through to the final with another tight win, 21-20, over Kerry Clarke, Peter Rutherford, Bob Kiernan and Ritchie Bilby, the Clarke-skipped side marching into their semi final with a clear cut 21-15 victory over Warren Kennedy, Barry Perry, Ted Healey and Bill Cullen.

Club pairs

With a heavy schedule planned for next year, the 2017 championships are already under way, beginning with the preliminary rounds of the club pairs.

In the first round, Peter Rutherford and Athol Roach scored an all the way win over Bob Edgar and Jack Bennett while Wayne Allan and Iggy Vadkerti also had a clear cut win over Richard Forbes and Rod McMurtrie.

Second round results:

Fran Mierczak and Geoff Brooks def Bob Kiernan and Garry Bender 24-10; Ian Birk and Ken Bernard won 27-14; Jeff Madden and Ian Townsend won 20-9; Peter Rutherford and Athol Roach def Wayne Allan and Iggy Vadkerti 27-13.

 Michael Johnson and Michael Hughes def Frank Mierczak and Geoff Brooks 25-16; Al and Don Kenniff def Kohn Perry and Jim Lahache 23-18; Jacob McAndrew and Ritchie Bilby def Col Wotton and Kevin Shorney 26-14; and Barry Perry and Rick Slaven def Jack Rayner and Peter Kearney 30-20.

Further games with a play or forfeit condition will be played this weekend.

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