As promised, I am going to report on the Final of the Major/Minor Pairs competition. There was no Valley representation to brag about in our local paper; however, something worthy of mention was the standard of play displayed by both of the Leads, Cathy Cole-Clark and Marie Russell.
The game started closely with the score either drawn or the lead changing hands five times in the first nine ends. Cathy and her skip Jane Haddon then took the lead by 11 points by end 13 but could not secure the win without one last come-back effort from Marie and her skip Maya McGrath. They put together a stellar effort to win four ends in a row, closing the gap to only four points. After being so far behind and with one end to go, the game could now have gone either way. It was a very exciting last end and Marie and Maya almost pulled it off, but Jane and Cathy held their nerve and took the win by finally scoring another two points on the last bowl. Congratulations!
It was such a joy to watch the two Leads, both relatively new bowlers, show such maturity. They did not allow the pressure of a competition game to affect their nerves, standard of play or enjoyment of the game. Their many textbook deliveries resulted in most of their bowls making a difference to the game. We also had one very proud club coach, Heather Fealy. Heather provides free coaching to any ladies wanting to try our sport of bowls. The coaching usually lasts for three Tuesdays, but can also continue until the new bowler is feeling confident to join in with the club games. Anyone new to the area or just thinking they would like to meet and make new friends, please give me a call on 044 844 3835.
Play in the Men’s Major Pairs competition commenced on 22 February with a single first round game in which Bob Dunn and Rob Folkard were pitted against Keith Pepper and Col Agar. Bob and I won the match by 31 points to eight. In the second round David Badger and Adam Rigney defeated ‘Skippy’ Chittick and ‘Tige’ Lidbetter by 24 points to 12, Bill Chittick and ‘Jingles’ Chittick were victorious over B. Kellett and Steve Kellett to the tune of 26 points to 11, Ron Nelson and Darryl Goodger went down to Nathan Bezant and Terry Hayes by 30 points to nine, and Bob Dunn and Rob Folkard narrowly defeated Terry Bezant and Nathan Power by 19 points to 17.
The first semi-final held on 8 March was between Bill and Jingles Chittick against David Badger and Adam Rigney. Bill and Jingles won the very hard-fought match by 24 points to 21. Unfortunately, the other semi-final, held in the rain on 12 April, did not go to plan. Bob Dunn and I started well but Nathan Bezant and Terry Hayes hit their straps and we did not score again after the seventh end, eventually going down to a career low score of 48 to 6.
Congratulations Bill and Jingles Chittick on making the final against Nathan Bezant and Terry Hayes, to be played on 19 April. Good luck with the game, you will have plenty of support from all KV players.
Round 6 of the pennant competition was held on 18 March with the Berry 2 team at home to Culburra 3. Berry won two of the three games and the scoreboard by 66 points to 59, thereby securing nine of the ten available competition points. Berry 6 played Culburra 5 at Culburra and won all three games with a total score of 80 to 48 to score all ten competition points.
On 1 April Berry 2 won one game against Nowra 2 and lost the scoreboard by 65 points to 56, securing only one competition point. Berry 6 defeated Worrigee 5 at Worrigee by 69 points to 44, taking all three games and all ten competition points.
Round 8 on 15 April resulted in Berry 2 securing nine points by defeating Callala 4 in two of the three games and by 63 points to 51 on the scoreboard. The Berry 6 team went into the round against Greenwell Point 6 at Greenwell Point leading the competition by three and a half points. Unfortunately, Greenwell Point dominated the match, winning two of the three games and taking the scoreboard by 64 points to 51. The resultant nine to one victory to Greenwell point puts them in first place by four and a half points
With the final round being played on 22 April, Berry 6 must win the match against Culburra 5 and Greenwell Point must lose their game against Worrigee 5, if we are to progress to the play-offs at Malua Bay.
22 February – Derek Raymond and Rob Folkard defeated Darryl Goodger and Bill Chittick 24 points to 19. Ron Nelson and J. McKinlay defeated Keith Pepper and Bob Dunn 30 points to 29.
1 March – George Waddell and Rob Folkard defeated Derek Raymond and Lindsay McNamara 32 points to 12. Keith Pepper and Bill Chittick defeated Ron Nelson and Bob Dunn 24 points to 21.
8 March – Deb and Rob Folkard defeated Ron Nelson and Bill Chittick 21 points to nine. Tige Lidbetter, Derek Raymond and Lindsay McNamara defeated Keith Pepper, Bob Dunn and Laurie Watson 27 points to 18. Jingles Chittick and Terry Hayes defeated Terry Bezant and Mark Power 21 points to 14.
15 March – Ron Nelson and Bill Chittick defeated Darryl Goodger and Lindsay McNamara 29 points to four. Col Agar, Steve Kellett and Rob Folkard defeated Keith Pepper, Bob Dunn and Laurie Watson 23 points to 12. Jingles Chittick and David Badger defeated Mark Power and Terry Hayes 18 points to 13.
22 March – In a game of cut-throat Lindsay McNamara and Jingles Chittick both scored 20 points and Ron Nelson scored 8 points. J. McKinley and Terry Hayes defeated Tige Lidbetter and Bill Chittick 27 points to 14.
25 March – Col Agar, Lindsay McNamara and Terry Hayes defeated Enid Hall, Bob Dunn and Paul Bezant 23 points to 10.
29 March – Keith Pepper and Bob Dunn defeated Derek Raymond and Laurie Watson 26 points to 20. In a game of cut-throat David Badger scored 19 points, Jingles Chittick scored 15 and Lindsay McNamara scored 7 points.
5 April – Bill Chittick and Tige Lidbetter defeated Ron Nelson and Jingles Chittick 23 points to 19.
12 April – Derek Raymond, Col Agar and Tige Lidbetter defeated Ron Nelson, Keith Pepper and Bill Chittick 24 points to 16. Terry Bezant and Mark Power defeated Jingles Chittick and David Badger 22 points to 16.