Congratulations to Grenfell bowlers Graeme Hunter (skip), Ross Hunter, John Joyce and Matthew Reid on winning Section 2 of the 2018 Fours Zone 4 Championships, held at Grenfell at the weekend.
To make the final, Graeme’s team had wins against Tom Furey’s team from Parkes B & SC in the first round and Canowindra in the quarter-finals on Saturday. Then on Sunday they eliminated a Grenfell team skippered by Barry Jones in the semi-finals.
All the lead-up games were exciting with Graeme and the boys clinching a win on the last end. The final, against another Parkes B & SC team skippered by Col Hayward, was no exception.
Halfway through the match Grenfell were down 8-1 and things didn’t look too good. But through sheer tenacity they clawed their way back into the game and the score was locked at 16-16 after 20 ends. Parkes held three shots when skipper Graeme, with the last bowl of the match, produced a super effort to find the jack and secure a two-shot win,18-16. Well done! The team will now play the section 3 winners – a Bathurst City team skippered by Phil Gray – at Orange on Saturday. Best of luck!
Social Bowls: There was a good roll-up again this week, with bowlers taking advantage of the milder weather. This week’s prize winners were: Chooks – Neville Coleman, Nevin Hughes, Rob Coleman, Barry Bradtke and Mark McSpadden; Market Night Vouchers – John Dumbrell, Barry Jones, Nevin Hughes, Clive Anderson and Phillip Hunter; Free games – John Grogan, Clive Anderson, Mark McSpadden, David Ballard and John Dumbrell.
Pennants practice: Our bowls drills for potential Pennants players continue to attract plenty of bowlers wishing to hone their skills in various aspects of the game. The practice sessions begin around 5 to 5.30pm each Tuesday and are followed by a short game.
Cowra’s No 2 Pennants side will visit Grenfell on February 10 and teams selected to play against them are:
Barry Jones (skip) Gav Johnson, Clive Anderson and Roger Baker;
Blake Bradtke (skip), Andrew Armstrong, Kerry Aston, Ray Walter;
Steve Galvin (skip), Tim Fowler, Martin Betcher, Dylan Troy.
In addition, two teams have been selected for a local Pennants trial match to be held on the same day and the bowlers selected to take part are:
Phil Hunter (skip), Barry Bradtke, Scott Baker, Graham Sadler; and
Warren Paine (skip), Rob Coleman, Dave Hancock, Rob Chambers.
Any players unavailable should contact Blake Bradtke, Steve Galvin or Martin Betcher. Matches will begin at 1pm.
Bribbaree President’s Day: Grenfell was represented at Bribbaree’s President’s Day on Sunday by Steve Galvin, Rob Coleman, Rob Chambers and Barry Bradtke. The team won both games on the day, but were not among the prize winners. A team from Caragabal was the major winners.
Annual Grenfell v Quandialla/Caragabal challenge: This year it’s Caragabal turn to host this popular event, which will be held on Thursday, February 15. The bus will leave the club at 5.30pm. If you are not available please let Steve Galvin, Blake Bradtke or Martin Betcher know.
Jackpot: The combination required this week was -9 on end 19, on an odd-numbered rink. With no winners the jackpot stands at $141.
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