GOOD displays in the early rounds in the sectional play-offs for the Zone Four champion of club championships by Lithgow City pairs champions Jeff Madden and Ian Townsend meant little in the final.
Played at Gulgong on the weekend of November 14 and 15 the Lithgow pairing were holding high hopes of taking out their section.
Hopes were dashed with a below par performance when they came up against the Gulgong pairing of John Mobbs and Peter Ryan who were playing on their home green.
Mobbs and Ryan were running hot and recorded a convincing win over the Lithgow pair.
In Saturday's elimination games Madden and Townsend recorded strong wins before lining up for Sunday morning's final.
"We were playing well on Saturday, but were below our best on Sunday morning, while 'Mobbsy' was on fire," Madden said.
With the quest for Zone honours now out of the way it will be back to club champion events, the first of which is expected to be the semi final of the Lithgow City men's fours where Madden and Townsend have won their way through and earned the right to play each other.
The winner of this semi final will go on to play Michael Hughes, Frank Mierczak, Jim Kelly and Scott Van der Dray in the final after this quartet won their semi final by five shots over Dave Robson's foursome.
The fours and McMurtrie mixed pairs events are the last two championships to be decided, with prizes to be presented at the club's annual presentation and hamper day on December 13.
A list for the presentation day is on the noticeboard in the men's locker room and members are to indicate if they are playing or not and their choice of getting either a ham or a turkey as reward for their efforts during the year.
On the coal bowls scene, last week's mid week men's event went to Warren Kennedy, Jack Bennett and Fred Crowther (15+16) while the runners up was a tie between the triples teams of Stan Campbell, Bruce Gibbons and Greg Quinn and Joe Banasiak, Peter Kearney and Ray Sharwood after they finished with 14+7.
Thursday's men's twilights attracted a good field of 32 starters, top spot going to Ray Sharwood, Jeff Platts and newcomer Rob Hawes with 9+16.
A top Lithgow sportsman, Hawes was having his first competition game and will be sure to working his way through the ranks in the future.
Gary Sutherland and Fred Crowther were runners up with a 9+6 margin.
Saturday's hot weather also brought out the men, 40 starters lining up where Jeff Platts (making a return to the greens after an extended absence) combined with Greg Hilliard and Paul Crane took first place with 14+6, just ahead of the 13+16 from Darrell, Darrell Wright and Ian Birk.
The mixed bowls on Sunday were also played in hot conditions, however results are not available.
The commitment to district events by the women on Tuesday resulted in only a small field contesting Tuesday's mixed twillights.
Kerry Clarke and Sheila Jordan topped the pool with 12+7, next home were Don Kipp and Bob Gallaher (10+2) while third were Richard Forbes and Josh Sharwood with 9+8.