Narooma Men's Bowls
Narooma Sporting and Services Club Blue Water Fours Carnival
The long weekend saw the influx of top bowlers eager to give their best shot in the prestigious Blue Water Fours Tournament sponsored by the Narooma Sporting and Services Club. Players came from as far afield as Sydney, Junee, Canberra and Melbourne. A field of 28 teams competed and the rinks were filled with close contests where one missed shot could make or break your weekend. No team managed to win all eight matches and the closeness of many of the matches and the ability of some of the bowlers in the Tournament ensured that the spectators enjoyed every moment.
The final placings were not decided until the last round was completed with a couple of teams falling at the last hurdle and others showing their best form at the end of the Tournament. The winners were Peter Strong from Toongabbie, Keith Smith, Brett Hughes and Matt Phillips (skip) from Northmead Sports Club who showed great form throughout the Tournament to have seven wins and a margin of 71 shots. Second place, also with seven wins, and a margin of 59 shots went to Chris Pollock from Moruya, Brian Seaman from Dalmeny, Stuart Megee from Tomakin and Jay Breust (skip) from Merimbula. Third place with six wins and a draw with a 44 shot margin went to Jeff Rankin, John Desmet, Matt Dart, and Shane Quinlivan (skip) from Moruya. In fourth place, with six wins and a 48 shot margin were Murray O'Brien, Alan Holloway, Steve Rootsey and Tim Kovacs (skip) from Malua Bay. The fifth placed team was Chris Grebert, Joel McInnes, Robert Craven and Hemi Palmer (skip) from Queanbeyan RSL Club, plus Keith Bowater who was a sub for the team, with six wins and a 44 shot margin. Well done to all the teams who helped make the tournament so competitive, we look forward to seeing you back next year.
A tournament like the Blue Water Fours could not be held without the generous sponsorship of the Narooma Sporting and Services Club and their sponsorship is much appreciated. Merrie, Pam and Sue did all the work in the background helping to make the tournament run smoothly, thank you. Thanks to the umpires for their diligent service and thanks again to Dawn and Clare and the Women's Bowling Club who provided the wonderful salads and helpers at the BBQ. Thanks to Col and Neville who made sure the succulent Rapley's Midtown Quality Meat's hamburgers, steak sandwiches were cooked to perfection and to Maggsy and Col who were up early to cook the bacon and egg breakfasts. Thank you to Brendan and the office and bar staff who catered for all the needs of the bowlers. In particular a big thank you to Karl and the very able Greens staff for producing the greens in such great order.
Ken Lee Memorial Trophy
As part of the Blue Water Fours a trophy in memory of big Kenny Lee was played for by teams with Narooma or Junee players in them. Ken was a well known and much liked Narooma Club member who loved to participate in the Blue Water Fours and it was fitting that his family and friends decided that his Memorial Trophy should be played for in this event. The winners of the Memorial Trophy were the Junee team of Ethan Sainsbury, Bryan Purse, Ian Cooper and Martin Cousley (skip) with three wins and a 13 shot margin. Well done to your team Martin I know Kenny's family and friends were very happy with the result.
Social Bowls Winners' Circle
A great afternoon for bowls on Wednesday with the winners being decided by Lowest Winning Score. The winners were Les Waldock, Peter Murton and John Spees (skip) who led 10 to eight after 11 ends and they kept it nice and close all day for an 18 to 15 win over Garry Evans, Peter Tinjon and Paul Read (skip). Second place, on countback, went to Allan Thompson and Peter Jones (skip) who led 12 to eight after 11 ends, then down 12 to 16 after 17 ends before they regrouped to take the match 18 to 17 against Allan Chisholm and Rod Holman (skip). The in - form Tony Cobcroft had the early toucher while most of us were trying to get one close.
No Sunday bowls because we held the Blue Water Fours.