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My apologies for the absence of a bowls report last month. This men’s bowls report covers the past two months, and Deb will provide a detailed women’s bowls report next month. Thereafter the reports will return to normal.

Championships

Once again Adam Rigney has made it to the final of the ‘Club Singles’. Adam will play Nathan Bezant next week and I look forward to reporting the outcome next month.

David Badger and Adam Rigney dominated the final of the ‘Club Pairs’ Championship to defeat Terry Bezant and Mark Power by 32 points to 6. Congratulations David and Adam on a very comprehensive victory.

In the semi-final of the ‘Challenge Singles’ Ron Nelson (starting on 6) played Rick Attard (also starting on 6). This was a tight match with 19 of the 22 ends resulting in only one point. Nonetheless Ron was victorious, taking the match 21 points to 16. On 24 August, Ron Nelson (6) and Rob Folkard (4) played the Final of the ‘Challenge Singles’. Ron got off to a solid start and led 12 to 10 after six ends; however my fortunes improved and I eventually won the match. Congratulations Ron on making the final and on being runner-up in your first year.

District and Zone play-offs

On 23 and 24 July Bob Dunn and myself competed in the District – President’s Reserve Pairs play-offs at Shoalhaven Heads. Our first game against a Shoalhaven Heads team was halted after 10 ends due to heavy rain. We returned at 8.30am on 24 July to finish the first game, which we won 23 points to 17. With only a 15 minute break we launched into our second game against another Shoalhaven Heads team. After 19 ends we were down 17 points to 12, and with only two ends to go there appeared little hope of a victory. Miraculously we scored 3 on both of the last two ends to take the match 18 points to 17. After another 15 minute break, we played the final against a Worrigee team, the last half of which was played under lights. Bob and I won the final 21 points to 12. What a day!, 11 hours of bowls with only two 15 minute breaks. Needless to say we were exhausted but very happy.

In the District President’s Reserve Triples play-offs at Nowra on 7 August, Bob Dunn, Graeme Hook and I won our first game against a Nowra team 30 points to 24. We then took on another Nowra team in the final which we won 29 points to 20. This put us in the Zone play-offs in both the pairs and the triples.

We competed in the Zone play-offs at Malua Bay on 27 and 28 August. The triples were played on 27 August and Bob Dunn, Col Agar (substitute for Graeme Hook who was unwell) and I came up against a very strong team from Malua Bay, who went on to win the final after defeating us. Similarly, in the pairs play-offs on 28 August, Bob and I drew another tough side from Merrimbula. Despite our best efforts we went down in this match and the Merrimbula side also went on to win the final against Malua Bay in the afternoon. Next year Bob!

Pennants

The first round of the Pennants competition took place on 10 September at Berry against Culburra. Team one won their match by 24 points to 12 and the second team lost by 15 points to 20. The third Berry team, comprising Wade Eaton, Bob Dunn, Rob Folkard and ‘Tige’ Lidbetter won their match 30 points to 14. Berry won two of the three games and the aggregate score resulting in 9 points to Berry and 1 to Culburra.

Social bowls

The following are the results of social bowls matches since my last report:

3 August – Darryl Goodger and Col Good defeated Derek Raymond and Laurie Watson 31 to 22. ‘Jingles’ Chittick, Mark Power and Rob Folkard defeated Col Agar, Bob Dunn and David Badger 28 to 17.

6 August – Neil and Col Agar defeated Derek Raymond and Col Good 31 to 16. Lindsay McNamara, David Badger and Terry Hayes defeated Bob Dunn, Mark Power and Rob Folkard 38 to 9.

10 August – Peter Haddon and Lindsay McNamara defeated Tom Froggatt and Bob Dunn 25 to 22. Terry Bezant and Mark Power defeated Col Good and Rob Folkard 33 to 13. Bill Chittick and Darryl Goodger defeated Derek Raymond and Jingles Chittick 33 to 23.

13 August – Neil Agar and Jingles Chittick defeated Bob Dunn and Lindsay McNamara 22 to 7. Col Agar and Rob Folkard defeated Derek Raymond and Terry Hayes 22 to 14.

17 August – Ron Nelson and Lindsay McNamara defeated Peter Haddon and Bill Chittick 23 to 11. David Shaw and Jingles Chittick defeated Derek Raymond and David Badger 21 to 16.

20 August – Jingles Chittick and David Badger defeated Rob Folkard and Mark Power 26 to 17.

22 August – Peter Haddon and W. Carvis defeated Derek Raymond and Bill Chittick 35 to 12.

24 August – Jingles Chittick and Terry Hayes defeated Bob Dunn and T. Van Zanen 21 to 16. Ron Nelson, Darryl Goodger and Rob Folkard defeated Keith Pepper George Waddell and Col Agar 10 to 6. D. Costello, Jingles Chittick and Terry Hayes defeated G. Crittenden, Lyndsay McNamara and Mark Power 28 to 15.

31 August – Peter Haddon, Col Agar and Rob Folkard defeated Keith Pepper, Tom Froggatt and Terry Hayes 26 to 12. Derek Raymond, Darryl Goodger and Jingles Chittick defeated Ron Nelson, Bob Dunn and Laurie Watson 19 to 13. Bill Chittick and Mark Power defeated Terry Bezant and Lindsay McNamara 23 to 13.

7 September – Bill Chittick and Mark Power defeated Ron Nelson and Terry Hayes 17 to 16. Keith Pepper and Laurie Watson defeated Col Agar and Bob Dunn 23 to 20. Darryl Goodger and Jingles Chittick defeated Peter Haddon and ‘Tige’ Lidbetter 22 to 16. Tom Froggatt and Rob Folkard defeated Derek Raymond and Lindsay McNamara 21 to 14.

Rob Folkard

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