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11 November, 2023

Bowls News November 6

Norm Lummis, Maxine Elsom, Tracey Riley, and Matthew Thompson. Photo by Gilgandra Bowling Club.

Social Bowls 

17 bowlers enjoyed a game last Wednesday. The winners with the most ends and a win were James Rogers, Garry Garbutt (swinger) and Stacey Reynolds who defeated Mike Newstead and Rambo Young; 23-12, 12 ends to six. 

In other games Mal Altmann, Bruce Parker and Gil Riley had a win against Mouse Holland, Joby (visitor) and Fox Raines, 19-17. Phil Godber, Jo Raines and Dylan Marchant defeated Dave Jones, Lea (visitor) and Rod Howchin, 20-15. 

Sunday’s social bowls had 10 starters. 

The winners were Adam Tincknell, Bruce Parker and Dylan Marchant. They defeated Phil Godber, Mal Altmann and Rambo Young, 17-12. Rod and Christine Howchin had a win against Leroy Gregory and Baden Fisher, 13-10. 

A Singles 

Two games of A Singles Championships round matches were played during the last week. Rod Howchin defeated Stacey Reynolds 32-18. Shaun Marchant defeated Gil Riley 32-25. 

B Pairs Championships Final 

The final of the B Pairs Championships was run and won on Saturday. This race, between Maxine Elsom and Norm Lummis against Tracey Riley and Matthew Thompson was predicted to be a close contest and that it certainly was. Tracey and Matt jumped out of the barriers first and galloped away to an 8-1 lead after eight furlongs, (make that eight ends). 

At this stage Maxine and Norm could see the winning post in the distance and being a fair way back they picked up the pace and slowly but surely crept back into the race. After 10 ends the score was 10- all. 

Coming into the home straight after 17 ends it was anyone’s race to win with Maxine and Norm being just ahead, with a 16–14 lead. Over the closing stages with four ends to go Maxine and Norm got their second wind and finished off strongly in going past the post first and declared the winning jockeys for 2023. 

Final score was 27–14. Before correct weight was declared it was found that the winners had weighed in slightly underweight.

They were passed clear to retain their victory as it was presumed it was a weight for age race and they had given away a few years to their younger opponents.

The final score was no indication of the closeness of this match and it was only over the last few ends that it was decided. 

Well done to the winners for making the finals as they are both very good bowlers and deserved their place in the final.

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