ZONE 5 TRIPLES FINALISED: Last weekend, July 21 and 22, the Zone 5 Triples Championships were completed for 2012.
This event, as one would expect, had both competent bowlers and many marvelous bowls on display.
Grenfell’s own, Dylan Troy, John Joyce and Andrew Brown, the winners of the 2012 Lachlan Valley District Triples had to play an early match on Saturday morning.
They were opposed by Ross James and his team from Bathurst City Bowling Club (Western District victors), and showed plenty of ability in defeating these fellows by 25 shots to 15.
On Saturday afternoon, Andrew and his playing colleagues were opposed to Brian Schram, Mark Sheppard and Brian Judge from Lithgow Workmens Club (Blue Mountains District).
Unfortunately, for the local bowlers it took nine ends of this match for them to get a score on the board.
In the meantime, the Lithgow bowlers had amassed 14 very useful shots.
Sadly, after giving one “helluva” start to the Lithgow opposition, the Grenfell team failed to get into the game and were soundly beaten by 29 shots to 13.
The Zone Triples Final was contested on Sunday morning.
The Brian Judge skipped team was opposed to John Bugden and his bowling compatriots from Camden Bowling Club (Nepean District).
This was a competitive match although Judge always appeared to have the upper hand.
The final results were Judge 29 shots against Bugden’s 17. And so, the Zone 5 Triples Championship title for 2012 goes to the bowling travelers from Lithgow, congratulations.
A RARE HONOUR: Not very often does a small country town bowling club get a member selected for state representation.
However, this has very recently happened to a bowling stalwart of the Grenfell Bowling Club, namely Ray Walter.
Last week through the relevant dispatches, Ray received notification of his selection in the 2012 New South Wales “Bowling Arm” team.
This is truly a great reward for Ray both in terms of his love of playing lawn bowls well and his ongoing perseverance with the bowling arm delivery device.
More about Ray’s state involvement in the future.
Well done to Ray from the Grenfell Bowling Club and its many members.
To put the “icing on the cake”, Ray and his wife, Rosemary won the Mixed Pairs Tournament at the Forbes Bowling Club last weekend, July 21 and 22.
Not everyone can acquire $800 playing a game or two of lawn bowls for enjoyment, but the Walters did, very well done.
FINAL COME SUNDAY: The stage is now set for the playing of the final in the 2012 Grenfell Club Fours Championships.
On Sunday last, July 22, the last game that was required to be played before the final was contested.
This was the clash between Tim Fowler, Brendan McAlister, Bradley Galvin and Stephen Galvin (skip); and Quinton Murray, Rob Chambers, Richard Hasler and Barry Jones (skip).
This was a closely contested affair as the score of 19 shots all after twenty ends would suggest.
The final or 21st end of this final was a “gem”.
Although the Jones’ boys held some good shots, Steve Galvin played a couple of fearlessly accurate on shots.
Unfortunately, Steve failed to acquire the result he desired and the Barry Jones foursome got away with a narrow win, 22 shots to 19.
The staged setting for the Fours Final has the team skipped by young “Bingo” Brown opposed to that of veteran Barry Jones.
Hopefully, this will be a close and exciting affair.
Only time will tell!
SURPRISE ATTACK: Last Monday’s bowlers jackpot draw, July 23 turned up an odd rink, end number one, and plus three shots.
And you wouldn’t believe it, yes, it actually went off.
Last Wednesday, very occasional midweek social bowler John Joyce decided he needed a game of bowls for much-needed bowls practice with the result that he and his playing partner, Lindsay Ballard have won the $148 jackpot.
That’s $74 a man and not bad for an afternoons social enjoyment.
The new jackpot commences at $18 (well, it has to start somewhere).
LOCAL SUPPORT NEEDED: 1. Please continue to support the “To Inverell or Bust Raffle”.
The proceeds of this firewood raffle will help the Grenfell Men’s Bowling Club Grade 3 pennants team participate in the state play offs to be held at Inverell over the period August 2-6.
Every possible cent available will help to transport and accommodate the players involved.
2. “The Henry Lawson Mixed Triples Tournament” is to be staged at the Grenfell Bowling Club on Saturday, August 4.
There is still need for more entries from the local bowling community of the Weddin Shire.
Please “don’t let the side down”!
Yours in bowls – “If the match result is very close, every participant is a winner. Unfortunately, there can only be one victor”,
With Keep Rollin’
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