A busy but successful day on Tuesday as the Womens St Ives Fives carnival was held with 16 clubs (including St Ives) represented. Singles and Fours in the morning; Pairs and Triples in the afternoon.
The placegetters were:-
Lots of hard work involved from our ladies to run this event so effectively. Well done everyone.
Congratulations to Peter Shalger who took out the Mens Handicap Singles Championship in yesterday's final. A damp, overcast afternoon saw a close contest with Peter winning a close match against Graeme Manning 21 shots to 17.
Well done to both players.
Gerard Coggans 26 August 2018
Sue Byrne, Bev Donnelley and skip Jan Woodcock have become St Ives' Womens Triples Champions for 2018. They won their final yesterday against Maureen Cookson, Betty Brodie & skip Pamela Caganoff in a tight match. The final score was 19-13 to Jan Woodcock's side.
Congratulations to the winners & commiserations to the runners-up.
The Mens Bowling Club Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday September 22nd at 10:30 am to be followed by a sausage sizzle.
The Notice Of Meeting and last year's minutes can be downloaded below.
In Tuesday's semi-finals Pamela Caganoff's side defeated Kath Morrison's threesome whilst Jan Woodcock's team eliminated Judy Bain's.
That sets up a final match to be played tomorrow (August 23):-
Maureen Cookson, Betty Brodie & Pamela Caganoff vs Sue Byrne, Beverley Donnelley & Jan Woodcock
Good luck to all the players involved in the Final.
The Womens Triples Championship semi-finals will be played today.
Fresh from winning their Zone 9 flag the St Ives Grade 7 pennants side headed up the Pacific Motorway to compete in the State Finals against the other 15 zone winners from across New South Wales.
St Ives were drawn in Section 3 and played their first game on Friday afternoon at The Greens at The Entrance against the Grenfell Goldminers. The skies were blue and there was just a light breeze. The green was playing at a medium pace (certainly compared with the zone finals at Harbord) so overall conditions were good for the match. St Ives got off to a fast start, leading by nine shots after 15 ends. Grenfell had a small but vociferous following at the side of the green and as the match progressed they had plenty to cheer about. The Goldminers started to pull off some really excellent shots on all three rinks and by 43 ends the score had reversed with St Ives down by 11. Momentum was with the westerners and St Ives fell short 44-75 on the big board- Wes Taylor pulled off a narrow win but our other two rinks went down.
Day 2 saw the action relocate 20 minutes north to Munmorah United BC. With an early start there was a chill in the air exacerbated by a strong breeze. The green was playing surprisingly slowly so there were adjustments to be made. Our Round 2 opponents were Club Jamberoo; a very small club with just twenty-five active bowling members. However our opponents from down south were not to be underestimated. As the game got underway St Ives quickly fell behind on the big board. It became apparent that our boys couldn't match their rivals and by games' end Jamberoo had racked up a big win 94-34 with all three rinks notching up victories.
With qualification for the semi-finals now out of reach there was some juggling with our rink lineups for Round 3 against Camden RSL. The weather was becoming a factor now as the wind was gusting & swirling very strongly and the pace of the green had quickened markedly. Camden jumped into an early lead on the big board but as our side got a handle on the conditions the fightback began. Bob Balmer's rink was first to finish losing narrowly 21-19. With 5 ends left on the big board St Ives led by 8. Mike Gallagher's side were 2 up after 20 ends but heartbreakingly lost 4 on the last end and went down 20-18. Wes Taylor's rink had 1 end left with St Ives having an aggregate lead of 4 shots. With a strong effort they took the last end and won their match 25-15. The overall score was a 62-56 St Ives win!
What a positive end to two days of intense competition, bested by some very talented teams but with credit to everyone who took part.
Playing Squad: Bob Balmer, David Bottomley, Gerard Coggans, Peter Crumpler, Ian Finlay, Michael Gallagher, Iain Howell, Ross Johnson, Gidley McCullagh, Andrew Murphy, Chis Stirling, Wes Taylor, Jim Vatiliotis, Trevor Whitehead, Ross Yates
Side Manager: Peter Sullivan
Gerard Coggans 19 August 2018
STOP PRESS Jamberoo have won the Grade 7 State Pennants flag for 2018. They beat Wangi 66-49 in the semi-final & went on to win the final overcoming Taree West 60-57.
The semi-finals of the Mens Handicap Singles were played on Saturday. Peter Shlager defeated John Swann in a close match, 22-17. In the other semi-final, Graeme Manning defeated Chris Bergman 24-14.
So Peter Slager and Graeme Manning will contest the final which is scheduled to be played next Saturday, August 25.
Gerard Coggans 19 August 2018
St Ives Grade 4 Pennants side played in the State Finals at Terrigal BC on August 9/10. Unfortunately our ladies weren't able to qualify from their section having come up just short in some close matches.
In their first match they went down 37-35 (4 pts to 1) to Towradgi Park. The second match was also a narrow defeat 43-35 (4 pts to 1) against Temora Ex-Services. The final match saw a 58-33 (5 pts to 0) loss to St Johns Park.
Great credit to all involved for qualifying for the finals and a competitive performance against some of the best teams in the state.
Gerard Coggans 16 August 2018