Sunday saw the conclusion of the 2019 competitive bowling season as the final title was decided at St Ives BC. The Men's Handicap Pairs final saw Andrew Murphy & Mike Heath take on Trevor Whitehead & Peter Shlager.
Andrew and Mike started with a 3-shot advantage but arguably the final was won on just three decisive ends. On end 3 Trevor & Peter notched a SEVEN to take them into the lead. They consolidated that advantage with a run of four ends won to lead by 9 shots. Then came the second big score of the match- on end 10 Trevor & Peter notched up a five to extend their lead to 21-8.
Andrew & Mike certainly weren't going down without a fight. They put a run of their own together winning six ends and narrowing the score to 23-16. However Trevor & Peter had one final big moment taking four shots on end 18. The match finished on end 20 with a final score in favour of Trevor & Peter of 30-16.
Congratulations to the winners and commiserations to the runners-up.
The final of the Men’s Fours championship was held today and despite the weather forecast we had rain 30 mins before play. Peter Tonoli, Tim Walton, Laurie Wilson and Chris Wood were up against Wilson Cheng, Fred Alexander, Chris Carey and Rod Silber.
A strong southerly and a green that kept changing pace was proving difficult for all. The game was tight until the 10th end when Team Silber picked up a 4. From then on they were gaining singles with great draw bowling from Rod. In the end it was a convincing win by Team Silber 23-9. Well done Team Wood, you played some great shots and had some unlucky rubs.
Some stats: Alexander, Carey and Silber have won this event 5 times together (4 in a row), Fred leads the 4’s championships with 13, Chris today passed his father's record of 7 (Dick Carey) to make his count 8 coming in second on the leader board and Rod comes in fourth with 5 on the leader board.
Summary provided by Chris Carey
Very different conditions for the Semi-Finals of the Men's Fours championship. A grey, mild day after overnight rain had left Green No. 2 running considerably slower than we've been seeing of late.
On Rink 9, the four of Peter Tonoli, Tim Walton, Laurie Wilson and Chris Wood faced off against Tony Pope, Andrew Murphy, Peter Larcombe and John Cumming. Chris Wood's side couldn't have asked for a better start as they took the first seven ends to lead 10-0. John Cumming's four were able to cut that down to a six-shot gap before Chris & co. landed five shots in two ends to lead 15-4. From there the teams traded ends but John's side could never close the gap. Finally Chris' four took ends 17 through 20 and ran out deserving winners at a final score of 23-9.
Next door on Rink 10 the other semi-final was a match-up between Lawrence Barolsky, David Gill, Geoff Rose and Mike Heath up against Wilson Cheng, Fred Alexander, Chris Carey and Rod Silber. In contrast to the other match this game was nip-and-tuck at the start producing a narrow 7-5 lead to Rod's side after 10 ends. The next five ends all went Rod's way and the lead built to 15-5. Rod's side had the advantage now and ran away with the game, finishing on end 20 with a final score of 21-9.
The Final will be played next Saturday, November 30.
The semi-finals of the 2019 Men's Handicap Pairs were played today.
David Bottomley and Gerry Hurdwell took on Trevor Whitehead and Peter Shlager on Rink 11. With a headstart of 8 shots, Gerry's team kept ahead until the 10th end. Then Peters team got on a run to lead 22 -19 by end 17. Gerry's team clawed back the deficit to level at 22-22 on end 20. However a 5 on end 21 took Peter & Trevor over the line and into the final.
On rink 9 Greg Smith and Chris Bergman took on Andrew Murphy and Mike Heath. Both teams were on 15 handicap so no advantage to either. Chris' team got off to a flyer and were 7-4 up by end 7. Then Mike's team went on a run, winning 5 ends in a row to go 14-7 ahead by end 12. A 6 on end 15, when Mike took out the only opposing bowl in the head, gave his team a lead of 20-9. From then on Mike's team were in charge, winning 26-18.
The final will be held on Sunday 1st December. Trevor Whitehead/Peter Shlager v Andrew Murphy/Mike Heath
St Ives triumphed in today's Bicentennial Trophy contest against West Pymble. With three rinks in action at each venue an exciting match was in prospect. At St Ives we welcomed a old stalwart in Jock Currie who gave a most welcome set of introductory remarks before play commenced. St Ives jumped out to an early lead but had to withstand a late fightback by the visitors. St Ives also came away victorious away from home and the overall big board score was 123-110.
Greg Smith accepted the trophy on behalf of SIBC. Well done to all who participated today.
Greg Smith's form in this year's Handicap Singles competition has been top grade but yesterday's Final pitched him against the wily talents of Joe Shofer.
Greg had a 6-shot advantage on handicap and jumped on that advantage early to be up 11-0 after 3 ends. Joe got himself back in the game, taking four of the next six ends. However Greg still had a handy 15-7 lead after 9 ends. From this point Greg's control over the match reasserted itself as he won five ends in a row to stretch his advantage to 22-7.
This was too big a lead even for Joe and the match ended after 18 ends with Greg Smith a deserving winner. The final score was 24-11.
St Ives maintained its strong record against Turramurra BC yesterday winning the Ron Christie Trophy event. St Ives won four of the matches, drew one and lost just one. The aggregate score was 123 - 99. Bowling at both venues was heavily affected by a really strong and gusty wind that caused some frustrations to all the players.
At home our top grade side, skipped by Chris Carey, had a handy 22-15 win whilst Wes Taylor's B Grade rink was pushed all the way but held on for a 23-22 victory. In C Grade Dudley Wrigley's four had an impressive 24-9 result.
Over at Turramurra the top rink (skipper Jimmy Barclay) had a frustrating 14-14 draw in their match. In B Grade Greig Cohen's side were involved in a really close tussle before suffering a disastrous setback. Leading 15-14 after 16 ends St Ives gave up 3 shots on the next end to trail 15-17 and then gave up eight more on the next end- that as they say was that! Final score was a loss 17-27. Once again though the C Grade rink picked up the slack with a 23-12 win for Gerry Hurdwell's side.
The Men's Bowling Club AGM was held yesterday morning officiated by our President, Kevin Latham and Secretary, Michael Macourt. No ballots were necessary to determine the officers & other positions with confirmation of those agreeing to serve:-
The meeting noted that Mike Gallagher would be succeeding Alwyn Ellem as Chairman of Coaches. Grateful thanks to Alwyn for all his hard work in this important area.
The meeting also approved the proposed change to the constitution, agreeing to delete clause 4.3.