Mens’ Bowls: In a tense finish to an exciting match, Andrew Armstrong (skip), Gavin Johnson and Nevin Hughes gained a berth in the final of the club’s 2017 Triples Championship when they defeated Blake Bradtke (skip), James Hunter and Ray Walter at the weekend. With the score at 14-3 after seven ends, things looked grim for Blake’s team, but they settled down and began scoring shots. After 15 ends they had reduced the deficit to just three shots at 19-16 and by the 19th end the score was locked at 22-all. Andrew’s team held their nerve on the 20th end, scoring three shots to lead 25-22. With Andrew’s team holding shot, Blake tried desperately to kill the last end with his last bowl, but just missed. The final score was 26-22. Andrew’s team will now meet Graeme Hunter (skip), Roger Baker and Rob Chambers in the final.

Social Bowls: Social Bowls were popular again this week, with some 50 bowlers out on the green. Chicken-winners on Wednesday were Max Barr, Gary Pipe and John Joyce, with Jimmy Sparkes winning the free game. On Friday, Ray Walter, Lindsay Ballard, Clive Anderson, Quentin Murray and John Dumbrell won chooks and Rob Coleman won the free game. John Hunter, Greg Fanning and John Dumbrell all took home chooks on Sunday, while John Joyce won the free game.

Major/Minor Pairs: Entries are rolling in for the Major/Minor Pairs 2017 championship so don’t leave it too late to select a partner and get your names in. The nomination list is on the board. 

Much appreciated: Thanks to the volunteers who came along on Saturday and helped with the lopping of the trees on the northern side of the greens, this will eliminate a lot of shade in winter and allow frosts to thaw more quickly.    

Jackpot: The required combo for the bowls jackpot this week was a very unlikely score of +9 on the fifth end on an odd-numbered rink. There were no winners, this week it’s worth $297.

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Womens’ Bowls:  The ladies will play on Thursday July 14 at 10.30am, everyone welcome. All players to advise the club by 10am. We held our AGM and all positions were filled. Pat Reid: President, Elaine Hocking: Vice President, Sue Gault: Secretary, Joy Murray: Treasurer, Kathryn Betcher, Rosemary Walter, Judy McAllister: Match/selecion, Rosemary Walter: Historian, Hazell Shaw and Meryl Hunter: Patrons, Joy Murray: Publicity, all others House Coordinators. The draw for the 2017 singles and pairs has been done with the first round on July 28. Players can arrange their games to suit but are asked to notify the match/selection committee prior so they can arrange a marker and umpire. Singles draw Pat Reid vs Sue Gault, Kathryn Betcher vs Dale Scott, Rosemary Walter vs Judy McAllister and Pat Brus vs Julie Wood. Pairs draw Dale Scott/Pat Brus vs Judy McAllister/Sue Gault, Julie Wood/Rosemary Walter vs Kathryn Betcher/Pat Reid.  

Indoor Bowls: Not much activity on the local front recently, we hope the weather eases a little so we can get going again on Friday nights. The Western Rivers AGM was held on July 2 and a few major changes were made: Western Rivers will not compete in the Country Championships in the future and the qualifying games usually held in our club will now be social days, all players will play every second game all day, names to be sent to A Messiter at 6342 3517. Grenfell will not hold an Open Day this year.

Triples Semi-final winners Andrew Armstrong, Nevin Hughes and Gavin Johnson.

Triples Semi-final winners Andrew Armstrong, Nevin Hughes and Gavin Johnson.