Way out west for premier bowls tournament

Although everyone requires rain we certainly did not need it to happen on Thursday 28  for our Annual Western 1000 Optional Fours tournament. Overnight rain gave us some concern but the weather gods were good to us as it cleared away leaving us with a reasonable day.

Teams gathering out west came from Arapuni, Cambridge, Cambridge Central, Piopio, Te Kuiti, Otorohanga, Te Awamutu, Putaruru, Taupiri, Huntly, Frankton Junction, Hamilton Cosmopolitan Club, Hillcrest, Beerescourt, Tui Park in Te Aroha, and five local Raglan teams.

We are very thankful to our  wonderful sponsors, Seddon Park Funeral Home, Raglan SuperValue, Chris Leuthart of PGG Wrightsons and Bill Bond and Jack Peel

Four games of one hour and ten minutes were played in an ambient atmosphere to decide who was going to take home the top prize of $600.00. The winner was decided by who had the most wins and then who had scored the most points, but if everything was still equal then it was the lowest points against to work out the place getters.

Outright winners with four straight wins were Mark Nicol’s team from Putaruru. Second place became a bit tricky, as there were nine teams with three wins each. The ‘highest points for’  quotant had to be used to sort them out. Murray Long’s team from Frankton Junction Club, manged to whip through with 45 points with 23 points against, giving them third place. Alister McLachlan’s team from Frankton Junction came in  4th place with 44 points for and 27 points against. Gavin Stringer’s team, also from Frankton Junction, scored 44 points also but dipped out because they had higher points against 30.

The top local team, sponsored by Bill Bond and Jack Peel, were Darryl Hawkins, Heather Dalbeth, Gordon Mills and Maws Wahanga. Congratulations to you all.

Saturday, March 30, saw us play our  Handicap Singles, sponsored by Whaingaroa Physiotherapy. Not everyone likes to play singles so the entries were down to 10 players. Handicaps are worked out on the ability of each player, what events they have won  and years of experience. A new player starts off on a 12 handicap whereas a more experienced player would be on a lesser amount, some with a nil handicap. Challenges were rather exciting as  most games were close, although a couple  of games weren’t so close, the handicaps were pretty accurate of each players ability.

The Women’s winner was Maws Wahanga with  Pim Blair as runner up. In the Men’s section Bob Carter came through as the winner with 3 wins and 75 points,  with Denis Pizer as runner up with three wins and 66 points. Well Done and congratulations to you all.

All the best to  Alan Price and  Darryl Hawkings representing our club at the Waikato Centre’s Champion  of Champions  Under 5 years Pairs event on Sunday. Also to Alan for Saturday in the  U 5 years Singles event…

Happy bowling  Eileen Stephens