The bowlers are turning their attention to chasing titles for 2018. First up for the new bowling calendar is the hunt for the 2018 pairs title with the weather playing a role in determining the outcome. December 1 reigning champions Jeff Madden and Ian Townsend put in a commanding performance to overwhelm the Al Case-Rick Slaven combination 37-8.
A slow start from Madden and Townsend before four shots on the fifth end saw them take the lead, a lead that was not challenged for the rest of the match up. There were two hopeful pairs combinations looking forward to their match ups on Saturday, however rain brought the games to a halt with play resuming on Sunday.
The two Mikes, Johnson and Hughes are combining well and recorded a good win over Ian Northey and Stan Campbell. Madden and Townsend were bundled out of championship contention when they fronted up to the Johnson and Hughes on Tuesday afternoon.
This was a good victory for this new pairing, despite the game having to be completed in less than ideal conditions, conditions which forced the abandonment of the weekly Tuesday mixed twilight bowls after only two ends.
Good friends Barry Achurch and Paul Crane proved to be a handful when they came up against the more favoured pairing of Wayne Allan and Warren Gurney in a game deferred from Saturday.
The lead fluctuated many times during the early stages before 14 shots scored on four consecutive ends saw Achurch and Crane take a 26-14 lead, a lead which proved to be too big for Allan and Gurney to overhaul.
Apart from the chase for the pairs title, the main focus during the last bowling period has been on social bowls, with Sunday’s mixed event going to Richard Forbes, Karen Mitchell and Darrell Wright with a big 15+20, after allowing their opponents to win only six ends in the a commanding performance from Forbes. Runners up were Johnson and Hughes from the club pairs match with a 14+10 scoreline.
Saturday men’s was a washout. Friday mixed event was won by Warren Kennedy and Cheryl Wotton with 11+9.
The men’s twilights on November 30 went to Kerry Clarke, B Crane and G Corney with 10+7. The final event to complete the week’s social bowls the men’s bowls on November 29 where Dave Robson and Doug Smith came out on top with a big 15+20.