Another active and successful weekend for our club!
Our new mixed pairs tournament was a great success with numbers up from last year, it was particularly pleasing to see more visiting teams which will hopefully help it increase its numbers next year.
The winners for the event were Phil Burns and Kerrie Burns who maintained a clean sheet for the five games. Runners up were David Hodson and Joy Clarke who won 4 ½ out of 5 with Wayne “Squizzy” Taylor & Mandy Miller in 3rd followed by Ricky Holt and Leanne Swingler.
Don Pope secured his first championship at Merimbula when he overcame a gallant Alan Simpson in the Consistency singles on Sunday afternoon. Popey is a shining example for what you can do if you work hard at your game, you will often see Don out on the green training and you will rarely see a championship contested that he hasn’t entered. Well done Popey, you’re a deserving champion!!
The Major Minor pairs will be our next event for the men, the list comes down on Thursday.
A final reminder also for anyone wanting to play social bowls up at Bega tomorrow, the list comes down at 8am in the morning. This is a great opportunity for all our state pennant bowlers to have some good grass green practice!
Finally, our grade 1 men’s pennant team had an historic victory over Wonoona last Saturday. Although the game had no bearing on us making finals the fact that we took five players from our grade 4 ‘s to play away on an 18 second grass green against a club sitting in 6th place made the win historic in my books. I would even go as far as to say it was the most significant win of our season!
We will now head to Warilla this weekend where we will face Wiseman Park (Saturday 9am), Dapto Citizens (Saturday 1pm) & Warilla (Sunday 9am). From our regular side we have unfortunately lost Tony Shaw who underwent surgery last week and will not be able to join us. Ryan Bester and Kevin Anderson will also be out for Saturday but will join us for the Sunday game against Warilla.
This has opened up the opportunity for a couple of new faces to join us on Saturday.
The first of which is Mick O’Hanlon who will lead for Paul Rogers. Mick has had a fantastic season being runners up in both the minor and major singles along with winning the district Presidents reserve singles, Mick also won the zone rookies pairs with Ben Hof last season. Mick has a great work ethic and continues to show improvement at every opportunity.
Our other new face is Derek Richmond who will play 2nd for Michael Wilks, Richo had his opportunity to take his spot on Saturday which he did so by being one of our best performed players across the green. Derek has worked his way through the ranks with some great achievements over recent years. Among these Richo won the open club fours and triples in 2016, the minor pairs in 2017, the district Presidents reserve pairs and was an integral part of the 2016 grade 6 state pennant winning team. Richo has also managed our grade 1 team for a large part of the season and is very familiar with the team.
We believe these two will bring a positive energy to the team as we face extremely strong opposition. It is also another important step toward continueing the fantastic dynasty we have enjoyed over the past five years which has only been possibble due to the development of new talent!
We will endeavour to live stream games from the finals where possible, I will update you on this later in the week.
Have a great day!
Oh, I almost forgot, go the mighty LIONS!!
Bowls Development Officer