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Wednesday's event, a mixture of triples and pairs over 21 ends, saw Kerry Clarke and Barry Achurch emerge as winners with a good score of 14+16.
Triples team of Jack Irvine, Ron Baker and Michael Wholohan were runners-up, accounting for Paul Crane, Davey Hunter and Tim Breen 12+4.
Saturday was cool and breezy, making conditions quite difficult.
There were 33 starters and scores were close, with Rob Clarke, Col Quince and Warren Kennedy proving too good on the day, winning 12+7 from Greg Quinn, Joe Banasiak and Frank Mierczak.
Runners-up on 12+6 were Darryl Wright, Greg Hilliard and Graeme Pitt who after a good start and leading 11-1 after six ends were almost run down by Darryl Wright (double lead), Maurie Nugent and John Perry, but held on to collect second prize.
Minor singles matches completed this week saw the end of preliminary rounds and next week will start semi-final play.
Stan Campbell was drawn against Ian Birk, a good match was forecast and resulted.
Sharing the ends after 20 ends completed Birk led 17-13 but winning seven consecutive ends (25-31) saw Campbell storm to the lead 27-21.
Birk, by limiting his opponent to only one more shot and stringing four consecutive ends together himself jumped to the front and held on to win 32-28. A great game, well done, guys.
Michael Hughes, last year's runner-up, was to play Jan Kapusta, who has been putting considerable time into his bowls.
At 20 ends Hughes led 22-18 having won 11 of the ends played.
Jan at this time found it difficult to match his opponent and by 25 ends Hughes had flown the coop and won handsomely 32 shots to 18. Maybe this year Michael.
Jim Bannerman v Kerry Clarke: 42 ends were required to get a winner in this game. At 16 ends Clarke led 13-11 having won nine of the ends. Winning the next seven ends would see Kerry get away to a strong lead of 24-11. Bannerman came back, winning 10 of the next 13 ends (seven singles) to be in arrears 25-28.
Both players received and conceded single shot ends for the score to be 27-30 after 41 ends. The marathon ended in favour of Clarke with two shots in the 42nd end and a final score of 32-27.
Well done, Kerry, and good luck in the semis.
Jake McAndrew played Al Case, winning 17 ends of the 31 end contest, almost half the ends being singles. Jake took a commanding lead after 18 ends of 24-13. The closeness of the match was evident by the fact that the last 15 ends were all decided by the single shot with Jake finally the victor 31-21.
We now look forward to the semis and final for the Minor Singles Championship.