Grenfell Lawn Bowls news

Grenfell bowlers practising on the greens.
Grenfell bowlers practising on the greens.

Congratulations to both Grenfell teams on making it through to the finals of the 2017 Zone Four Pairs Championships at Forbes at the weekend. In the semi-finals on Saturday our Open Pairs team of Blake Bradtke and Andrew Armstrong defeated a Coonabarabran team 20-18, while Rob Coleman and Rob Chambers qualified in the President’s Pairs by beating Binnaway 32-20.

In Sunday’s finals Blake and Andrew were narrowly defeated by the Molong team of Steve Shannon and Bob Hamilton 15-12, while the two Robs went down to the Lithgow Workies team of Ken Poppett and Trevor Mills 30-17. Meanwhile, Blake Bradtke and Steve Galvin will represent Zone 4 in the State Inter-Zone Championships to be held at Port Macquarie this weekend. We wish them safe travel and the best of luck in this prestigious event.

Men’s Classic Triples: All is in readiness for our Classic Triples tournament this weekend – one of the club’s biggest events of the year. Jointly sponsored by Lion & Co, BCiB Insurance Brokers and Aston & Joyce P/L, $4200 in prize money will be up for grabs with $1500 going to the winning team. As well, there will be prize money for the top eight teams and for the top four of the remaining 16 teams. The draw for the tournament will be held at 8.45am on Saturday and play will start at 9am on both days.

Major/Minors Pairs: There were no matches played during the week and with a few first round and second round matches still to be decided, teams are asked to organise their games by mutual arrangement as soon as they can so the competition doesn’t drag on too long.

Social Bowls: Sunday’s howling winds kept social bowlers away in droves and play was abandoned for the day. It was a different matter, though, on Wednesday and Friday when a total of 37 turned up looking for a game. Chook winners on Wednesday were Lindsay Ballard and Paul Kay, market night vouchers went to Clive Anderson and Young visitor Wally Chater and free games were won by Martin Betcher and David Hancock. On Friday, chooks went to Nevin Hughes and Andrew Armstrong, market night vouchers to Barry Jones and Clive Anderson, while free game winners were Barry Bradtke and Kerry Aston.

Harrison’s ‘Brevities’: Some more advice, tips and home-spun philosophy on lawn bowls by champion of last century, the late RT (Dick) Harrison:

“Judging the shot at sight is a gift, and lamentably absent in many followers of the game. They don’t make good markers in singles matches.”

“In all walks of life – bowls included – there are people with an ever-ready negative for others opinions. They don’t make good administrators, selectors, or even players.”

Jackpot: You needed a score of +7 on end 8, and on an even-numbered rink, to take out this week’s bowls jackpot. There were no winners and next week the jackpot will be worth $103.

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