There seems to be no respite at this time of year for our top players. No sooner has the Zone Singles concluded than the Zone Pairs event springs into action with the preliminary rounds weekend.
The State Pairs event was hosted by Harbord BC. Our Zone Singles finalist, Rod Silber, teamed up with Chris Carey. After a Round 1 bye Rod & Chris came safely through Round 2 winning 26-12 over C. Robertson/M. Edwards from Manly.
The Senior Pairs had four St Ives teams entered and all of them drawn to play at Asquith BC. In the morning round three of our four teams won through:-
The luck(?) of the draw saw Tim & Bruce have to play Steven & Chris in the afternoon Round 2 match. In an incredibly tight match Steven & Chris squeaked home 17-16. Fred & Wilson had a rather easier time coming through with a good 24-13 win over the Warrawee combo Ogden & Lancaster.
In the Reserve Pairs St Ives had two teams in action on our own greens. Ross Yates & John Swann had a real close shave in Round 1 coming home with a 20-19 win over J. Dale & M. Lange (Mosman). Greg Smith & Graeme Manning also had a tough match but they too managed a win, 21-19 over S. Bonthrone/J. Lloyd (Lane Cove). The afternoon matches proved a little more comfortable for our teams. Ross & John beat B. Piper/R. Campbell (Lane Cove) 22-13 whilst Greg & Graeme defeated the Balgowlah pairing P. Tonks/H. van den Heuvel 19-15.
Sunday will see the Round 3/4 matches played on the same venues. It's fantastic to see five St Ives teams making it through to this second day of competition.