The Kingaroy Bowls Club held an Open Singles competition last weekend that drew a good roll-up of strong competitors.
The first game in Round 1 saw Errol Dionysius take on Alex Callender. It was a tight match with just one point (9-8) separating the pair at the 15th end, but then Errol skipped away for a 25-13 win.
In the second game, Dave Barwick took on Malcolm Macleod. Malcolm went into the 18th end with a four point lead (16-12) and went on to win comfortably by 25-15.
In the third game, John Lacey and Danny Holligan battled it out, with Danny emerging the winner 25-14.
In the first game of Round 2, Bruce Johnston met Paul Marychurch. Paul got off to a slow start but by the 15th end he was only 2 points behind (14-16). However, Bruce responded with some good bowling to take out the win 26-18.
In the round’s second game, Errol Dionysius took on Malcolm Macleod. Malcolm never looked comfortable in the match and was soundly beaten 25-12.
Game three saw Danny Holligan meet Ray Maclaren after Ray had a win on forfeit in Round 1. Scores were dead even after the 14th end (10-10) but Danny went on to win 25-14.
The final game of the second round was between Trevor Turner and Wayne Thatcher. Trevor had a lead of four points by the 15th end (12-8) and maintained his lead to win the match 25-17.
The two rounds were followed by the semi-finals.
In the first semi, Bruce Johnston met Errol Dionysius. Both had enjoyed good wins in the second round, so it looked like being a tight game and the two bowlers didn’t disappoint, with the scores level at the 7th end (7-7) and 11th end (10-10).
By the 19th end, though, Errol managed to get a point in front, and after this he went on to win 27-22.
In the second semi, Danny Holligan and Trevor Turner met in a game that everyone thought would be an arm wrestle.
However Danny got off to a flying start and was in front by 12 points at the 11th end (17-5), going on to win the match 25-7.
In the final, Errol Dionysius and Danny Holligan – the two best bowlers of the day – lined up for what was always going to be a tight tussle, and the spectator gallery were not disappointed.
After 15 ends, Errol held a slim 1 point lead (13-12) and needed a further 12 to be declared the winner.
By the 25th end, Errol had skipped out to a 7 point lead (23-16), so it seemed like it was all over for Danny.
But to Danny’s credit, he dug his heels in and started a fightback that saw the score tied at 23-all by the 30th end.
And in the following end, Danny finally hit the front (24-23).
However, Errol kept a cool head and picked up two shots in the next end to take out the win 25-24 in what most people agreed was one of the best matches they’d seen in some time.
On Kingaroy’s blackboard:
Last Tuesday was Trophy Day at the Nanango Bowls Club, and 18 players braved the conditions for an afternoon of bowls.
There was one rink of triples and three rinks of 2/4/2 pairs, with scoring one for each end won and six points for the win.
On Nanango’s Blackboard:
This was mentioned in last week’s column, but it’s worth mentioning again:
The Wondai Country Club on the Bunya Highway just north of Wondai’s CBD will be holding a Pink Stumps Family Fun Bowls Night next Saturday, February 18.
The event is a fundraiser for the McGrath Foundation organised by the Wondai Cricket Club, and it will kick off with a barbecue at 6:30pm, followed by night bowls at 7:00pm.
There’ll also be a jumping castle on site to keep children amused.
Tickets are $15 per head – which includes a burger – and there’ll be a bar onsite plus novelty prizes, a multi-draw raffle and a money board.
The evening is open to bowlers and non-bowlers alike, and it promises to be a lot of fun.
For more information, phone Chris on 0437-685-996 or Cameron on 0409-644-722.
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