The Selectors have named the teams in the Grade 2, 4, 6 & 7 pennant trials that are to be held against Denistone next Saturday, 7th April. They are as below and please confirm your selection on the noticeboard or let the Selectors know asap if you are unable to play.
NB OFFICIAL CLUB UNIFORM MUST BE WORN
David Hagley 30 March 2018
Bowls Australia has finalised negotiations for this year's return of The Bowls Show on SBS for a third season. Additionally, in a first for the sport, the Australian Open will be shown live, with the men's and women's singles and pairs to feature on 21st (singles) and 22nd June (pairs).
In summary the key details are:
The Bowls Show - 22 weeks from 13 May - 7 October on Sundays at 3:00pm on SBS
The Australian Open Finals (which may not feature any of our members) - live on 21 and 22 June, 11:30am to 4pm on SBS and Fox Sports.
David Hagley 30 March 2018
The 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast is upon us already and I'm sure that many of you will be interested to follow the performances of our boys and girls on the greens. Bowls will feature at the Games from 5th - 13th April. For those interested please use the following website: www.gc2018.com/sport/lawn-bowls.
Here's hoping they do us proud.
David Hagley 26 March 2018
This year's men's pennant season is a little over a month away and the club has been approved to play 4 teams - Grade 2, 4, 6 and 7. The initial game will commence on Sat 28th April and the season will go through until Sat 14th July, with no scheduled games on the 9th and 16th June. Playoff rounds will follow but please note that, due to the late end April starting date, all games are scheduled to start at 12:30pm.
In grade 2 there is only 1 section of 5 clubs, so each team will have a couple of byes. Our Grade 4 is in Section 1, G6 in Section 3 and G7 in Section 2 and all have 6 teams in their section, thus negating the need for a bye. Exact details of the draw may be found on the zone 9 website. Overall, Zone 9, if my additions are correct, will have 68 teams competing in the delayed season's start versus a total of 78 teams for the pennant season last year.
A brief summary of our neighbouring Ku-ring-gai bowling clubs when compared to last year's season shows that :
Killara - no change G5 & G7: Lindfield Rollers (Lindfield & Roseville) - G4, G5 & G7 in 2017 and with their amalgamation G5, G6 & G7 this year: St Ives - G2, G3, G5, G6, & G7 in 2017 with 1 less this year G2, G4, G6 & G7: Turramurra - last year G3, G4 & G6 and following their 3rd place in their section in G3, they drop to G4, G5 & G7 this year: Warrawee - no change G5, G6 & G7: West Pymble: G4 & G6 in 2017 and after winning their G4 section last year they drop to G5 & G6.
Enjoy the season.
David Hagley 20 March 2018
A beautiful, sunny, hot Autumn day, with the greens running true at medium pace set the scene for our Club Men's major event of the year, the Major Singles Championship. The combatants, who had beaten all before them in the first 3 rounds and the semis, were Wilson Cheng, the 2017 Runner Up, and Jimmy Barclay, a first time finalist. Judging by their unofficial roll up period before the match the game was going to be a cracker and we weren't disappointed.
Jimmy got away with an early lead and after 3 lead 5-1, after 7 8-4 and going into the 12th 11-6. Wilson, in his usual manner, had difficulty finding his perfect draw game and his length was aray. Jimmy on the other hand was on song, had undoubtedly brought his A game and the Marker, Peter Larcombe, was kept busy with the chalk as the jack was tickled here and then moved there. However the game suddenly went through a complete change with Wilson dominating the next 8 ends. Jimmy was at a loss to find his form as Wilson, bowling exceptionally, reeled off 3, 4, 3, 3, 2 and 2 singles while dropping a lone shot. 17 shots to 1 shows the tale of the tape and suddenly Wilson had blown out to a commanding, winning 23-13 lead. However, the tenacious "never say die" Jimmy was not going to let Wilson have it his own way and came back to 19-23 over the next 5 ends to only drop a couple of 2s and Wilson got away again to a 29-20 lead after the 29th. All he had to do was close it off but this is easy said than done for a possible first time Championship winner. A double, a 3 and a couple of singles meant than Jimmy was now back in race - trailing 27-29. The numbers watching the last few ends as the pennant trials and social games finshed suddenly increased as the excitement and pressure on the Final pair grew. Jimmy was on a roll with nothing to lose and Wilson was undoudtedly becoming nervous about the outcome. But a two on the last from Wilson closed the game out.
This encounter was truly a great final. Two bowlers, neither of whom give an inch, battling it out for the Major Singles Championship and George Welch Trophy. Congratulations to our new Club Champion Wilson Cheng and also to Runner Up Jimmy Barclay for a job well done. If Wilson's experience is any guide ,,,, maybe next year Jimmy?