Bowlers brave the wet

Major Fours: The rain on Saturday was welcome but it made things a bit uncomfortable for the bowlers playing in the Major Fours competition.

Sid Morris substituted for Greg Gunn and joined Alf Davies, Viv Russell and Bert Bayley in a very tight battle against John Cutler, Laurie Crouch, Paul Baker and Lindsay Willding. Lindsay's team got off to a good start and was 7 in front before Bert's team opened their account.

When Bert's team got going they slowly gained the upper hand and got out to a 5 shot lead with only a handful of ends to play.

Then the rain set in and the leaders faltered and Lindsay's team bounced back to even up the scores after 21 ends of regulation play.

An extra end was needed to get a result and it was Lindsay's team that played better under pressure to pick up a single shot for a 19 to 18 win.

Bob Grant, Cliff Nelson, Tony Bratton and Scott McKellar were slow starting and were down 7 to 1 after 6 ends in their game against Mike Valentine, John Williams, Lyall Strudwick and Geoff Williams.

Once they got going they put together plenty of good bowls to lead 16 to 13 on the 16th end.

Geoff's team rallied in the concluding ends to run out 18 to 16 winners but only after a very close measure for shot on the last end.

Ron Thurlow, John Kennedy, Al Phillips and John Stringer adapted to the heavy conditions and proved too good for Ray Dunstan, Rob Priest, Peter Mackay and Grant Lambert.

Pom and his team picked up plenty of multiples throughout the game to win 24 to 16.

The afternoon weather was certainly not conducive to good bowling but the next round of the Major Fours went ahead as scheduled.

Lindsay Willding and his team toughed it out in the teeming rain against Geoff Williams' team and eventually got home with a wet and soggy 31 to 11 win.

Christian West, Brian Asimus, Scott Andrews and Mitch Andrews were still dry after enjoying a bye in the first round and went into their first game with plenty of confidence.

Boasting three Club Singles Champions and a Minor Singles Champion in their ranks, their experience and their tactical game in the wet weather proved too much for Ron Thurlow, John Kennedy, Al Phillips and John Stringer and they had a very comfortable win in the rain shortened encounter.

The final between Lindsay Willding's team and Mitch Andrew's team could not be played on Sunday as planned due to Zone commitments and will now be rescheduled in the coming weeks.

Thursday bowls: Twelve bowlers turned out for a game last Thursday. Peter Hocking and Brian Asimus trailed John Cutler and Tony Bratton until the midway mark of their 20 end game but they pulled out the big bowls in the second half and ran out 19 to 14 winners.

Dennis Byrnes and Glen Kearney played Darrol Griffith and Scott Andrews in a close game. The game was evenly poised after 9 ends with the scores locked up at 8 all and then12 all after 14 ends.

Unfortunately for Denny and Glen they got stuck on 12 for a few ends while Griffo and Scooter slowly added to their score to lead by 4 with two ends to play.

Denny and Glen picked up shots in the concluding ends but just fell short 17 to 16. Viv Russell and John Kennedy didn't get going until they picked up 7 shots over two consecutive ends to edge in front of John Williams and Lyall Strudwick on 9th end.

Lyall played some outstanding bowls to limit the damage but couldn't prevent Viv and John from maintaining the advantage to run out 17 to 12 winners.

Wednesday bowls: Last week two greens were packed to near capacity to the delight of 'Bowlie' club directors with Wednesday lady and men bowlers enjoying the morning in ideal outdoor weather despite a shifting wind causing a few slight problems.

Even with a few regulars missing 30 men bowls played in pairs and triples with some stating their form was completely different to previous weeks, one was Bill Looney.

Bill had all reasons to smile like a 'kid in the candy shop' when he led for John Kennedy in accounting for Wayne Burton and Peter White 21-13 over 20 ends. They led 11-7 after 10 and to top it all off they were draw as the lucky winners.

Birthday 'boy' John Ashcroft was also smiling after leading for Peter Mackay in the closest game of the morning, 18-17 over Kerry Dunstan and Barry Wright in a mammoth 24 end game. The winners finished strong after being behind 6-11 at 'oranges'.

Barry Shine watched skip Sid Morris do as requested accounting for Denny Byrnes and Laurie Crouch 18-12 over 20 ends. They led 11-5 after 10.

Grant Lambert skipped for Gold Coast visitor Barb Whitfield winning over another GC visitor Frank Buckley and Peter Grayson 22-14 over another 20 end game. They were always in control leading 17-6 after 10.

Also cruising were John Gorton and Don Craft winning 19-12 over Noel Jolliffe and Bob Grant after yet another 20 end game. They dominated early leading 15-3 after 11.

A game of triples saw Trevor Currey, Geoff Coles and Geoff Williams win 19-11 over Barry White, Kerry Smith and Lindsay Willding over 14 ends, despite being well behind 4-10 after seven.

To fit all players in for a game a 'five' was played where Ron Thurlow and Rob Priest shared skip duties for Bill O'Connell accounting for Fred Vogelsang and Peter Greenhalgh 27-20 over 22 ends. Ten on the last three proved the winner.

Four Wednesday evening members draws were conducted for the $1200 jackpot. This week the draws were for $1300, you have to be present to collect.

Wednesday social bowls is now back in full swing, nominations from 9.30am for a 10am card call. All are welcome, bowls supplied if needed.

Bert Bayley and his major fours team were in a hard-fought battle in wet conditions on the local greens on the weekend. File photo.

Bert Bayley and his major fours team were in a hard-fought battle in wet conditions on the local greens on the weekend. File photo.

Indoor bowls

From Forbes Sport and Recreation Club Indoor Bowls Publicity Officer, Wendy Burns.

The girls played the men Monday night. It was a great, friendly game with lots of banter.

Winners were: Heather, Wendy, Liz and Kim with 14 points.

Runners up: Ian, Wayne and Sandy with 12 points.

Names to be in Mondays by 4.45pm for 5pm start.

Everyone welcome!