THERE was doom and gloom at Kiama Bowling Club at the start of last week, with the club's women missing Tuesday social bowls due to rain.
But by Thursday smiles had returned with social triples won by S. Heidtmann, C. O'Neil and V. Collins.
The main game was a very hotly contested ladies championship triples quarter-final between the team of M. Walker, G. Reynolds and J. Kirk, and their opposition M. Sultana, N. Marrow and J. Clowes.
It was point for point over the 18 ends played, with never more than three points separating them, but in the end the Walker/Reynolds/Kirk team ran out winners with a 16-15 scoreline.
The men were more fortunate and a full program started on Wednesday with triples won by the team of B. Christensen, D. Coughlan and L. Jones. Runners-up were J. Fox, G. Clowes and R. White.
Thursday was again a good day for the fiercely competitive men's pairs competition and the pairing of W. Gorrisen and A. Rodgers were declared winners over E. McAuley and K. Parker.
Triples featured again on Saturday and the slight showers had little impact on the winning team of C. Baker, P. McBeath and R. White, while M. Kunzler, R. Keating and C. Twigg had to be content with second place.
The men also managed to squeeze in a minor pairs championship game and R.Blakey and M. Miller prevailed over S. Boniface and P. Starr, winning 22-12.
With a backlog of championship games delayed due to bad weather, we are all hoping for a rapid improvement in conditions especially as we move into winter and a busy program of mixed social bowls.