On Sunday 13th October the semi finals of the 2019 Mens Handicap singles were played.
Greg Smith took on Shea Yu with Greg having a headstart of 2 shots. Greg and Shea traded shots to arrive at 8-8 by the 10th end. From the 11th end Greg started to gain the ascendency and never lost the lead, winning 19-13.
Joe Shofer and Gidley McCullugh battled for the second spot in the final. Gidley got a headstart of 5 shots and built on his handicap lead to be 10-1 up by the 4th end. Joe then got on a run and by the 12th end it was 12-12. Gidley recovered the lead over the next two ends but then Joes got a 4 on the 15th end and never looked back, winning 21-16.
The final between Greg and Joe is to be played on or before 26th October. Good luck to both contenders.
20 of our ladies represented St Ives in the annual Rose Bowl competition again Turramurra. It was Turramurra's turn to host the event this year. A huge congratulations to our ladies who won the trophy back from Turramurra with a score of 115 to 87. Well played to all!
The ladies played the semi-final of the Handicap Pairs on Thursday. Here are the results. Final to be played this coming week.
The ladies only play the one handicap competition each year - the Handicap Pairs. The combined handicap for a pair must be at least 12. After two rounds, here are the 2019 results.......
"It's a game of two halves" is a well-worn sporting cliché but it was an appropriate description for yesterday's Men's Triples Final where Rod Silber's side overcame an 8-shot deficit to run down Fred Alexander's side to take the 2019 title. Conditions were almost perfect with a sunny day and a fairly quick green but the players did have to combat a gusty southerly down the rink for most of the afternoon.
Fred Alexander's side (comprising Richard Lander and Peter Shlager) got off to a fast start taking 4 shots on the first end. They continued to have the edge building up to a 13-5 advantage after 10 ends. In the middle phase of the game Rod's side (with Richard Carey leading and Chris Carey playing second) just started to cut into that advantage without ever getting their noses in front. After 20 ends Fred's side still had a 3-shot lead, 18-15.
In the home stretch it was Rod's side who found another gear with the skip producing some marvellous last bowl heroics. They won 4 ends in a row to lead 23-18 with 5 ends to play and this proved decisive. Starting the last end Fred's side needed 6 to tie but it was Rod & co who had the last say taking two shots for an impressive 28-20 victory.
Congratulations to all the players in an exciting final match.
Our B Grade side played its final match of the Zone 9 Mid-Week Challenge for 2019. Our hopes for perhaps a runners-up finish were dealt a heavy blow by yesterday's opponents Avalon Beach. The match was played on our own green but the visitor's established handy leads on two rinks whilst the third (skipped by Bruce Mason) were neck-and-neck all the way. The end result was disappointment on all three rinks with the "big board" showing a loss, 72-86 (0 pts to 6).
St Ives finished sixth out of seven teams on the final ladder with a 2 win, 3 loss, 1 draw record. Avalon Beach's win took them into the runners-up spot (squeaking past Mosman on shot difference) and they will playoff against Dee Why in the B Grade Final at Harbord BC next week.
It was a very exciting day today at the annual St Ives Fives event. The St Ives Womens Club has been running this event since 1993 but St Ives has never won the trophy - UNTIL TODAY!
Our team of Di McBryde, Jan Woodcock, Rhonwen Martin, Shizuko Hashimoto and Vicki Bartrop played beautifully to win all four of their games - the only team to win four games on the day. We are really proud of our winners - well done ladies.
The St Ives trio of Chris Bergman, Fred Alexander & Wilson Cheng were in action in the State Senior Triples event over the weekend, played at Ettalong Memorial BC.
Two matches were played on Friday with the team narrowly losing their opening sectional match 23-26 to Westport before bouncing back with a thumping 34-10 victory over Gulong. On Saturday, Wilson & co. performed creditably in a 18-25 loss to Tuncurry Beach, skipped by Rex Johnston.