Even without the appearance of half a dozen regulars 24 bowlers turned out last week for the ever growing popular round of mid-week bowls on Wednesday.
Even club champion Scott Andrews made an appearance as did his challenge of the major title last weekend, Peter Mackay, a popular regular and in some cases more favoured as a forward thinking director of the club.
In absolutely glorious winter weather winning team from the card draw was John Gorton and Grant Lambert with the narrowest of wins over Denny Byrnes and Peter Mackay 13-11.
Played over 18 ends the half time score was 9-5 to the winners where a three was the biggest single end win for the morning.
The match between Noel Jolliffe and Sid Morris against Mark Toohey and Barry Wright finished 17-all over 20 ends with the score 9-7 to Noel and Sid at oranges. Only a couple of threes kept the match tight all morning.
Scott Andrews felt brushing up his game prior to the singles major final would be a 'walk in the park'. He got a shock as he and Bill O'Connell went down 25-21 to Barry Shine and Christian West over 22 ends.
Barry and Christian got away to a 14-11 lead after 11 ends only to see scores locked at 21 apiece before the final two ends.
The remaining three games were slightly tighter with Bob Grant and Lyell Strudwick winners over John Baass and Rob Priest by 20-11. Bob and Lyell led 12-5 after 10 in a game over 20 ends.
Fred Vogelsang and 'Gunna' Williams were happy with their form winning 24-10 over Ron Thurlow and Jim Moloy after 20 ends coming from behind with the score 10-8 against them after 10 ends. Midway through the 'second half'' Fred and 'Gunna' won 16-0 setting up the win.
Finally, Geoff Coles and Tony Bratton won 25-6 over Cliff Nelson and Laurie Crouch in another game over 20 ends leading 13-4 after 10.
It is becoming a habit for Denny Byrnes to win the inclub comp for a voucher to Flint St Butchery, he did so last week.
Wednesday bowls starts with nominations from 9.30am for a 10am start. If you have no bowls and thinking of having a roll come along, bowls can be supplied. Phone the 'Bowlie' on 6852 1499.
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