The last week has seen several rounds of the McMurtrie Pairs and Championship Triples played. With the weather being fine and the greens playing very quick games have been interesting result wise and quite unpredictable.
Fay King and Athol Roach, after accounting for Jack and Inger Irvine in round one, came up against Cheryl and Col Wotton. In a very close match which was 15 all after the allotted 18 ends Fay and Athol were able to win the extra end and advance to the next round.
June and Les Barnes came from behind to defeat Pom and Michael Johnson 16 to 13. A seven end run by the Johnson's proved critical for keeping them in touch but they couldn't maintain the pressure and went down in the last two ends.
Gloria Davidson and Stan Campbell led throughout their match with Betty Newcombe and Richard Forbes but in conceding 11 shots over the last two ends made the game seem closer than it actually was, winning 21-17.
Marie Stewart and Peter Kearney played Stan Campbell and Gloria Davidson in round two. After eight ends hte score was nine all but Stewart and Kearney consolidated and eventually won 20-14. Another round two game had the Barnes duo against Warren Kennedy and Gloria Clarke.
Seven all after eight ends, and the Barnes duo were able to win consecutive ends to establish a lead. Clarke and Kennedy weren't finished there and pulled back to finally go down 16-15 on the 18th end.
Athol Roach and Fay King were next drawn to play Marie Stewart and Peter Kearney. Athol fell ill over the weekend and was substituted with David Robson. We wish Athol a speedy recovery.
Stewart and Kearney couldn't match their opponents on the day and although only down 8-13 after 11 ends, they finally succumbed to fall 27 shots to 10.
The men's Club Triples have commenced and round one saw some big wins. Garry Bender, John Perry and Al Kenniff played Mark Allen, Wayne Allen and Kevin Shorney in a match of two halves.
The first 14 ends were even stevens, with Kenniff leading 15-14. The game appeared as though it was going down to the wire, but as can happen in bowls, Kenniff's team knuckled down and won the following eleven ends to eventually come out on top 33-14.
Ted Healey, Warren Kennedy and Les Barnes (the oldies) were drawn against Gil Mendosa, Al Case and Garry Sutherland (the young'uns). Six all after six ends, 19 all after 18 ends and a good finish to come.
The young'uns get to a lead of 25-20 at end 22, but the oldies still had something left and rallied with the aid of a six shot end (end 24) to get in front and hold the boys out. Well done the old crew, still got it.
Round two, Les Barnes trio up against Al Kenniff's boys. Barnes, Healey and Kennedy were slow to start, being down 10-17 after 16 ends. Kenniff, Bender and Perry couldn't maintain the momentum, conceding five ends to be behind 21-18.
Getting a sniff of a win was all Barnes and his men needed and they went on to victory 24-19.
Jeff Madden, Dave Robson and Jim Bannerman played Tim Breen (Athol Roach), Col Wotton and Mike Johnson in a very tight match that was close all through the game.
Madden's team were to go on to win, but narrowly 26-24.
In another interesting contest, Ian Townsend, Richie Bilby and Jeff Brown were to take on the strong trio of Graham Pitt, Peter Kearney and Don Kenniff. Townsend jumped out to an early lead of 10-0 after four ends.
Single shot ends featured over the next 16 ends to have a score of 20-12 in favour of Townsend. Unable to stem the tide the Pitt trio finally went down 15-24.
Next weekend, City hold the Spring Pairs Tournament with over $500 in prize money.
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