Club Championships

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The Club offers the following annual Championship events for eligible, financial members.

Entry lists, closing dates, play-by dates, format and rules for each event will be posted on the Club Notice Board.

  • Men’s Singles; Women’s Singles; Open Singles.
  • Men’s Pairs; Women’s Pairs; Mixed Pairs; Open Pairs.
  • Men’s Drawn Pairs; Women’s Drawn Pairs.
  • Men’s “100 Up”; Women’s “100 Up”.
  • Men’s “B” Singles (for bowlers in the 4th Side or lower).

CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS & RUNNERS-UP 2016/17

MENS SINGLES: Max DAVIDSON d. John FEDDERSEN

Max Davidson has been a grand finalist in our club men’s singles championships for the past three seasons. Two years ago he became club champion in a walk-over when John Coppe unfortunately could not play the final. Last year, Greg Ferris won in a sustained onslaught of draw bowling of the highest quality. This year, in an amazing match, Max prevailed in a dramatic final end after he and John Feddersen were tied at 24-all.

B GRADE SINGLES: John HAMMOND d. Darryl HEMSLEY

The spirit of camaraderie between competitors was a strong feature at this year’s finals, as it has been in previous years as well. Players acknowledged quality bowls from their opponents, responded to applause from spectators and shook hands when matches were tied with just one final end to play as if to say, ‘well done so far, it’s been a great contest and may the best bowler win.’

Arguably this was nowhere on better display than in the Men’s B singles final fought out between John Hammond and Darryl Hemsley. The match was tight throughout with not more than three shots, but usually only one shot, separating the pair for the first 23 ends. At that stage, John Hammond led 18 to 15. When he gained two more shots on the next end to lead 20 to 15 and needing just one more shot to win, he looked poised to claim the final. That final shot is often the hardest to get and Darryl wasn’t about to give up. He won the next end by one shot to make it 20-16. Then, on the following end, he held two shots, prompting John to drive into the head with a bowl that Walter Lindrum would have been proud of. The bowl seemed likely to miss its target by some margin but then wicked a short bowl, cannoned into another and careened to the head, knocking both shot bowls aside and taking the jack back to claim shot. The crowd erupted into spontaneous applause at the marvel of John’s shot selection and execution. Darryl could have been excused for being ‘highly disappointed’. But no; he showed great aplomb, smiled and congratulated John. John was chuffed – “It’s the first event I’ve ever won.”

MENS PAIRS: Mike SANDON/Nick CIROCCO d. Claus SCHONFELDT/John FEDDERSEN

When John Feddersen and Claus Schonfeldt established a 9-1 lead after nine ends of their scheduled fifteen-end clash in the men’s pairs final, spectators might have thought the match was heading towards an inevitable result.

It was unlikely that they thought it would end in an 11-all tie after the regulation fifteen ends and require a tie-break to determine the winner. But that’s what happened.

In the pressure cooker of that final end Mike Sandon delivered a wrong bias, but it didn’t matter. Nick Cirocco had drawn to within a whisker of the jack to hold shot and. despite four chances for John and Claus to dislodge it, it stayed to win the end and the final for Mike and Nick.

MEN’S 100 UP: Graham YOUNG d. Roger KAIRL

The Men’s 100-Up final saw Graham Young pitted against Roger Kairl. For many ends it was a keen contest with just 4 points separating the combatants at 67-63 Graham’s way.

Then, slowly but surely, Graham edged ever further ahead and in the end won by 20 points over a gallant Roger.

MENS DRAWN PAIRS: Nick CIROCCO/Colin WHYTE d. Darryl WILLSON/Dino DECORSO
WOMENS DRAWN PAIRS: Kathy DAY/Di FERRIS d. Veronica DOLAN/Kirstie BLASKETT

The men’s and women’s drawn pairs events were played and won in the now customary hot weather of the first week of January.

What makes this event so great?

For starters, it brings together members from across the various pennant sides, Premier to Metro 5, in pairings that are randomly drawn to match higher-ranked with lower ranked players. You get to play with and against members you may not know so well.

It’s an excellent format, not just with the much-loved 2-4-2 style of play that gives all players a chance to shine, but also in the draw of the cards to decide match-ups over three rounds of competition. And then, to top it all off, the event is played out and decided entirely in the one day, with some fun and socialising to wrap things up by mid afternoon.

Really, this is the club championship event that every club member should be part of, not withstanding that the individual singles championship is the prestige event.

Both events were nail-biters. In the men’s event, five of the 22 teams won all three games, with a single end separating first from second.

The pairing of Nick Cirocco and Colin Whyte prevailed over Dino De Corso and Darryl Willson.

The best in each of the three rounds were:

R1: Dino De Corso  – Bob Gilby
R2: Nick Cirocco  – Colin Whyte
R3: David Mealor  – Hong Khoo

The forensic reader will note that Dino De Corso had two partners during the event. Darryl Willson was a no-show to begin with, having forgotten about the event altogether until frantic phone calls jerked him into action. Fortunately Bob Gilby was available to step in until Darryl arrived and a good thing he was.

In the women’s event, only two of the 14 teams won all three games and again only a single end separated the winners from the runners-up.

The pairing of Di Ferris and Kathy Day prevailed over Kirstie Blaskett and Veronica Dolan.

The best in each of the three rounds were:

R1: Betty Williamson  – Kathlyn Starkie
R2: Brenda Porter  – Pat Miller
R3: Kirstie Blaskett  – Veronica Dolan

Congratulations to the winners, runners-up and all who played.

WOMENS SINGLES: Betty WILLIAMSON d. Di FERRIS

Three times the bridesmaid in 2016, Betty Williamson was the bride in 2017. Last season, Betty contested three club championship finals events and was runner-up in all of them. This year she contested two finals events and won the women’s singles by 25 shots to 16 against a strong challenge from Di Ferris.

Betty was relentless and on several occasions opened a handy lead only to see Di fight back strongly, as she had done to win the semi-final against Judy Brooks. A possible repeat looked on the cards as Di fought back to trail 16 -19, but then Betty dug deep to win the last three ends and the match.

WOMENS PAIRS: Claire POPE/Judy BROOKS d. Brenda PORTER / Betty WILLIAMSON

The women’s pairs match up of Claire Pope and Judy Brooks were, on the day, simply too good for Brenda Porter and Betty Williamson, running out comfortable winners by 16 shots to 7 after just fourteen of the regulation fifteen ends.

WOMENS 100 UP: Claire POPE d. Marg FILMER

The Women’s 100-Up final was a tight affair from the get go. At the half-way mark Marg Filmer enjoyed the slightest of advantages over Claire Pope to lead 51-49. As if to mirror the men’s final, Claire then edged ever so slightly ahead with each further completed end to lead 97-83 and go on to win the match 100-90.

OPEN SINGLES: John FEDDERSEN d. Richard ELLIS

Over the years, John Feddersen and Richard Ellis have fought out some epic club championship finals. Twice, in the Men’s 100-Up final, they’ve required a tie-break to resolve the deadlock at 100-all. A third time it was 101 to 99. This year’s Open Singles was just as good.

A dominant display by John in the opening set saw him win that 13-6. “That’s as good as I’ve seen him bowl,” Richard acknowledged. The second set saw Richard dominate early, with the fourth end producing what must surely have been the highlight end of the entire tournament.

After seven fabulous bowls, John was four down.

With his final bowl, John drove into the head and Richard crossed his fingers. It was a perfect drive, hitting the jack right on target. Somehow, after much noise and ricocheting, the jack rattled into a triangle of Richard’s bowls and stayed put.

Richard now led 7-1 after four ends and looked on track to win the second set and push the match into the tie-break ends. John had other ideas though. All he had to do was fight back to draw the second set and he would win the match.

Not that that would be an easy task, but still he dug deep and won three shots on each of the next two ends to make it 7-6 down after six ends. Now Richard rallied. He won one shot on each of the next two ends to be 9-6 up after eight ends. On the ninth and final end for that set, John needed to score three shots and, conversely, Richard needed to prevent that.

With only his final bowl to come John was holding a single shot. He had a close third and, with a perfectly-weighted bowl, he could promote that third into second and stay in the count with his bowl for the required three shots.

A hushed crowd watched as his bowl homed in on its target and acknowledged the quality of the delivery with generous applause as it succeeded in its mission. What a match!

MIXED PAIRS: Denise ABRAHAM/Max DAVIDSON d. Claire POPE/ Bob BUSSENSCHUTT

Max Davidson qualified for three championship finals this year (as did John Feddersen and Claire Pope) and the mixed pairs, with his partner Denise Abraham, was the third of those.

They’d seen off some stern competition in the preliminary rounds and faced the determined cousins, Claire Pope and Bob Bussenschutt, in the final.

The match began with hotly contested ends in which the lead changed several times after some high-quality bowling – exactly what you like to see in any final’s match. After five ends the match was all square at 3 shots apiece.

When Max and Denise then quickly opened a 7-3 lead and were holding another three shots on the next end, it was time for something special from Claire and Bob lest the match got away from them. And special it was. Bob killed the end to allow Claire and him to reset, but Denise and Max had other ideas. Denise, in particular, was bowling superbly and with a magnificent delivery captured a further two shots for her and Max to lead 9-3 after eight ends.

With the match once gain threatening to get away from them, Bob converted a 1-down to 2-up with his final bowl on the ninth end. Instead of being 3-10 down, he and Claire were only 5-9 down and back in the match. They won the next two ends and with the match now more evenly poised at 7-9, the tension suddenly became too much for Jill Bussenschutt. Tom Lycett came to her rescue by opening the bar and poured Jill a calming glass of bubbly.

It did the trick for her but not for Bob and Claire [perhaps they too should have had a calming glass]. Max and Denise produced some marvellous saving bowls and scooted clear to win the final 13-8.

OPEN PAIRS: Stu LOCH/Peter HOMBURG d. Darryl STANTON/Tim HUSTON

Tim Huston began the early rounds of the Open Pairs championship matches with Darryl Stanton as his partner. When Darryl had to withdraw late in the tournament, Max Davidson stepped in as substitute. Max seized the opportunity and he and Tim won through to the grand final to take on Stuart Loch and Peter Homburg.

Open pairs is a challenging event with each player only bowling two bowls, as they would in a pennant fours match. In the first set, Stuart and Peter drew marvellously and established a comfortable 7-1 lead after five ends. From there they hung on to win the set 8-4.

For the first six ends of the second set the contest was much closer and, after six ends, Max and Tim were 6-5 ahead. Defying the trend of that second set Max and Tim won all four shots on the seventh end. That set up them up and they hung on to win 10-8.

Coming in to the three-end tie break it was anyone’s game. Max and Tim got off to a great start, winning the first end, and victory seemed not far off. Stuart and Peter however hadn’t read that script and won both the next two ends to claim a 5-1 victory in the tie break.

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