In the final of the Lithgow City Bowling Club’s McMurtrie mixed pairs championship, were the reigning champions husband and wife pairing Mike and Pam Johnson, up against the familiar pairing of Fay King and Athol Roach. The result may have been the same, but it was a hard fought victory for the Johnson’s, who pulled out the big bowls needed to win nine of the last ten ends to get up 17-15. It was the Johnson’s ability to change the fortunes of various ends, invariably turning a deficit into a positive during their run of eight consecutive ends.
Club triples: The first round in the club’s 2017 triples championship was played on October 7. Kerry Clarke, Peter Rutherford and substitute Barry Perry won 25-11 over Richard Forbes, Warren Gurney and new face at The City Quenton Kidd while Frank Mierczak, Rick Slaven and Michael Hughes had a solid 28-17 victory when they met John Perry, Jim Kelly and Jack Bennett.
Warren Kennedy, Ted Healey and Geoff Brooks ran out 34-23 winners over sub-body president Dave Robson, Peter Kearney and Graham Pitt. In one of the closer results a 26-24 margin saw Davie Hunter, Ritchie Bilby and Bill Anderson advance over Ian Birk, Brian Norris and Bill Cullen while Jeff Madden skipped Jim Bannerman and Mike Wholohan to a 28-16 win over Kevin Shorney, Wayne Allan and Ian Northey.
The final game saw Les Barnes take newcomers Paul Crane and Barry Achurch under his wing to lead them to a 20-18 win over Allan Piggott, Garry Bender and Peter Hardie. The next round in the triples is on October 14.
Social results: Sunday’s mixed event resulted in a win for Warren Kennedy, Gloria Clarke and Darrell Wright, second place going to the McMurtrie pairs champions Mike and Pam Johnson. It was a big margin of 16+22 that gave Darrell Campbell and Don Kenniff Saturday’s top money while Maurie Nugent and Col Quince scored a 20-15 win over Graham Pitt and Gloria Clarke in Friday’s mixed bowls. The men’s event on October 4 went to Les Barnes and Greg Quinn with 15+23, the minor placing going to Maurie Nugent and Barry Pattison with 13+10. Coming up: Club Lithgow Golden Oldies, begins October 19-20.