ONE competition is coming to end, that is the Minor singles, with the final being played on Sunday. Now is the time for the Handicap Pairs to kick off. The first round had 12 teams of pairs, with each side having either a plus or a minus score to begin with. Some of the teams had a minus 13, before the first bowl was laid down, which required them to have 13 winning shot before gaining the lead. This made for some interesting situations, with some very good players unable to close the gap, due to the fact of the handicap they had and the other side lifting their game. As with all games there are winners and there are losers. The winners in the first Round were Ben Hewison and John Fahey, Dennis Gallacher and Peter Bird, John Norman and Joe Kosanic, Werner Kallweit and Andrew Farrington, Peter Davies and Leon Pallamountagne, Stan Peck and Barry Hoban, all of whom move onto the next round.
Sunday was the final of the minor singles between Alan McLeod and Ben Hewison. What a game with some brilliant bowels begin played by both players. No one could have beaten Alan on the day; he was consistently on the jack with his shots. Ben was also putting in some great draw bowls but with Alan’s performance and some luck he soon drew ahead. A spectator was heard to say the game was full of drama, which it was. On a number of occasions there were resting touchers laid down by both players. The final score of 31 to 13 belied the quality of the match and this was expressed by the large crowd who came to witness the game. Well done Alan and a great performance by Ben.