Stalwarts have the edge

WHOEVER said lawn bowls could send you to sleep has obviously never been to Kiama Bowling Club.

Two championship finals last week resulted in games that a handicapper (if we had one) would have been proud of.

First up was the ladies fours championship decider between the team of S. Read, G. Roy, H. Joske with skip G. Hodgson, who played against L. Cook, S. Heidtmann, M. Dobe and skip J. Brownlie. Both teams were evenly matched and throughout the game the margin was only one or two points.

Going into the last end the Hodgson team were holding two points and secured just one point on that end, making the final score 19-16.

Our men also played an extraordinarily tight game for the minor pairs final and after a battle for every end the winners were R. Blakey and M. Miller, who prevailed over E. McAuley and W. Steel 21-20.

Our greens are a great leveller, as 56 bowlers from far and wide discovered on Saturday at the inaugural Three-Bowl Winter Pairs competition.

Played over two games of 14 ends, the scores were combined to determine eventual winners and local knowledge played a part, as club stalwarts Merve Parkin and Trevor Jones took out the major prize with two wins and plus 26.

Runners-up scored two wins and plus 23, which required a count-back to declare Dave Coughlan and Andrew Stewart winners over Roger Blakey and Trevor Martin.

- The Umpire

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