Tuross Head lawn bowls

DISTRICT SINGLES: Tuross bowler Bruce Lidbury and Eric Johannes of Malua Bay played for the District Singles championship at Tomakin on the weekend. Eric defeated Bruce 31 to 18.

DISTRICT SINGLES: Tuross bowler Bruce Lidbury and Eric Johannes of Malua Bay played for the District Singles championship at Tomakin on the weekend. Eric defeated Bruce 31 to 18.

THE Tuross Head ladies bowlers held their Mixed Pairs competition on Monday, July 14.  It started of quiet cool in the morning, and then warmed up to make a pleasant day.  The event attracted 30 teams of pairs from within the region, not only from Tuross.  Many of the teams consisted of husband and wife combinations which explain why the men were doing what they were told.  The competition consisted of two games of 15 ends, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  At the conclusion of the day’s event three teams were in the money.  Out of the three place getters there was only one married couple, the team of Chris and Joe Kosanic. The winning team of Pat Barklam and Barry Lymbury from Dalmeny and Narooma took first prize with a two game win plus a margin of 44.  The second placed team from Tuross was Sharon Perry and Alan Skelton with two wins plus a margin 32 with third place going to Chris and Joe Kosanic of Tuross with two wins plus a margin of 31.

The Minor Singles started on Saturday with four games, with a bye to be played during the week. The day was not very pleasant for bowling, it was cold and windy.  The games played consisted of Andrew Farrington up against Joe Cremona, Lou Kozlik playing Peter Bird, Ben Hewison against Alan Skelton and finally Julian Penny played Ron Cox.  The four matches had mixed results with Joe Cremona going down to Andrew 18 to 31, Julian Penny defeating Ron Cox 31 to 16, Ben Hewison winning over Alan Skelton 31 to 20 and Peter Bird defeating Lou Kozlik 33 to 16.  All of the players did well considering the playing conditions.

Saturday 19 and Sunday 20

Bruce Lidbury had won the Tuross Major Singles prior and was required to play in the District Singles Championship, which was held at Tomakin this weekend.  This was the first bowling competition Bruce had entered, as his major sport is golf, this in itself is credit to him for reaching the district level in his first competition.  Saturday’s game had him playing Chris Pollock, who he defeated 31 to 30.  Bruce was down 30 to 28, when he scored three shots taking out the game.

The Sunday’s game attracted 32 spectators from Tuross to Tomakin to watch the match between Bruce and Eric Johannes (a former Commonwealth Games player) from Malua Bay. Eric’s reputation did not put Bruce off his game, both players laid down quality shots, as you would expect at that level.  The two players ran head to head for a number of ends, however Eric’s experience came to the fore and he slowly moved ahead of Bruce.  This did not stop Bruce from taking the ends off Eric.  On one occasion Eric had three shots within eight inches of the jack and the fourth about two feet away.  Bruce bowled his last bowl which moved the three close bowls and his rested next to the jack.  This was level of entertainment the spectators enjoyed.  However, Eric reached 31 while Bruce was on 18, thus Eric Johannes will represent the district at state level.  The Tuross men’s bowls as a whole are quiet proud of Bruce’s achievements, in that he never has bowled in any competitions prior and to reach the level that he did, speaks highly of his abilities as a bowler.

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