It was two very proud bowlers in Mike Johnson and Athol Roach as they stepped up to accept the winners pot at Lithgow City Men’s Bowling Club’s annual spring pairs tournament.
While Johnson was happy to take the spotlight and make the acceptance speech it was Roach sitting quietly in the background smiling, thinking of his share of the spoils.
Johnson and Roach have been trying to win the prestigious event for a number of years, their win being the first time it has been won by an entirely Lithgow City team for a couple of years.
The Lithgow City pair finished the weekend with a near-perfect record of 6Ω wins, the only blemish on their record (if you can call a draw a blemish) coming in Sunday mornings matches.
It was not as bright a picture for the City Club with the next three major prizes being taken out by non-Lithgow City bowlers.
Terry Warder and Jeff Brown were second for a $900 win, Rob Luland and Bob Brown third ($800) and Barry Riley and Wal Whitely fourth ($700), all win records of six wins out of their seven games.
City bowlers filled the final two major spots Ian Townsend and Les Barnes fifth ($600) and Peter Rutherford and Michael Hughes sixth for a pot of $500.
The total prize pool of $5000 attracted the maximum field of 28 pairs teams, the prize pool coming from sponsors BCIB Bowlers Insurance, Family First Credit Union, TLE Electrical and Data Solutions, Ray White Real Estate, Blooms The Chemist, Henry’s Transport and Equipment, Turner and Central Cranes, West End Newsagency and Post Office, Blue Mountains Mazda and Ron Evans Painting.
Social bowls: With the Spring Pairs taking place over the long weekend, social bowls on Saturday and Sunday had to take a back seat.
However, the men’s sub-body did stage a secondary long weekend event on the public holiday Monday.
Top prize went to Pam Johnson, Lesley Wright and Rod King with 14+12, second with 13+24 were Graham Pitt, Darrell Wright and Brian Davidson while Warren Kennedy and Anne Anderson were third with 13+13.
The menís socials on September 27 went to Mike Johnson, Jack Raynor and John Laing with 16+17, well ahead of the 13+19 score from Ian Birk and Bob Ray.
Coming events: The club triples commence this weekend and bowlers are to check the draw for their playing day. Entries for the club fours championship close on October 10 and an entry list is available in the clubhouse as is a list for names for the 2018 pairs championship.