TOURNAMENTS at Port City in 2016 - All completed - see you all again in 2017
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2016 MIXED PAIRS FINAL
Congratulations to Kylie Hardy and Phil Baker the Mixed Pairs Champions for 2016 defeating Joey Judge and Betty Hodgson 22 to 14 in the final this afternoon (Sat.29th Oct). Although comfortable winners, Phil and Kylie were never able to be complacent; Joey and Betty kept them honest throughout the match. Phil and Kylie had defeated John Hrabak and Pat Light in the morning semi final.
2016 MEN'S MINOR PAIRS FINAL
Congratulations to Eddie Smith and Don Ramsay in defeating Steve Matheson and Paul Jacobson to take out the Mens Minor Pairs Championship 25 to 20 in a close game. Steve and Paul lead for most of the first half of the game until Eddie and Don picked up 2 fours in consecutive ends to take and hold the lead. A serious come back late in the match by Steve and Paul made the last end a real nailbiter.
Note: Callum Murray withdraw from the match due to work commitments with Paul subbing in for him.
Our boys, John Hrabak, Phil Baker, Ken Paulsen, Danny Barrett, Bryce Stewart and Jack Little, represented our Club at the State Championships last weekend making the Semis in the Fours and the Quarter Finals in the Triples - a very commendable effort. Read the full story here.
SOUTH TAMWORTH CLASSIC FOURS
Congratulations to our Port City ladies (Barbara Standen, Lyn Zahra, Di Allen, Carol White) in winning the recent South Tamworth Classic Fours 2016. It was big; 24 teams playing 5 games over 2 days. Of course, they were the only team to win 5 games against very strong competition. Go the girls.
JUNIOR SUCCESS AT BALLINA
Congratulations to our upcoming Junior, John Page who placed 4th in the Ballina Junior Singles last weekend.
CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS - SINGLES UPDATE
Corey Dayey won the 2016 Zone 14 Champion of Champions Singles defeating Phil Baker 31 to 11 at Port City today (Saturday 24th Sept).
Corey dominated throughout the match. Congratulations to Corey on a classy display of bowling and we wish him well when plays in the State finals in Wagga in November.
Congrats to Phil in making it to the Zone final. Although showing flashes of his considerable bowling skill set, he just didn't have a good day on the paddock.
Corey Dayey won the 2016 Zone 14 Champion of Champions Singles defeating Phil Baker 31 to 11 at Port City today (Saturday 24th Sept). Corey dominated throughout the match. Congratulations to Corey on a classy display of bowling and we wish him well when plays in the State finals in Wagga in November. For a full description of the final and other photos click here.
Good bowling and a fair share of the luck to Phil Baker, who this Saturday (24th Sept), faces off against Corey Daley (Park Beach) in the final of the Zone 14 Champion of Champions Singles competition. Venue: Port City at 10:30am.
Congratulations to Phil Baker, who today (Sunday, 18th Sept) won the Southern section of the Zone 14 Champion of Champions Singles competition at Hibbard.
In the quarters, Phil defeated Peter Stockham (Westport) 31 to 26. In the semis he defeated D Gemmel (Kew 31 to 26 and in the final, he defeated Greg Brims (North Haven) 31 to 22.
A great weekend for Phil. The Club is proud of his success and wish him well in the Zone Final next weekend.
OUT OF THE HAT FOURS
The 2016 Out of the Hat Fours was played on Monday 12th September and a great day was had by all. Photos below.
WHAT A MEN'S SINGLES FINAL...
Congratulations to the 2016 Port City Men's Major Singles Champion, Phil Baker who, this afternoon (Sun. 14th Aug), defeated a courageous Callum Murray, 31 - 27, on a fast and, at times, unforgiving green.
The final was a three and a half hour marathon exhibition with big plays by both players. Let's go back to the morning's semi finals. Phil defeated Jack Lewis and Callum narrowly defeated Danny Barrett. The stage was now set for a great final between the very successful Callum (2016 Minor Singles Champion, Major Pairs Champion, Triples Champion and Fours Champion - not a shabby 2016 season for young Callum) up against the defending Singles Champion, Phil Baker.
The first end saw Callum take 4 off Phil. I don't have the card so can't tell you the ends but Phil first took the lead at 16- 15. Callum, then, took a 4 off Phil in the next end, then another 4 on the next to show he liked being in front. Phil clawed his way back and the lead changed hands regularly until Phil got ahead 28 - 27, then 30 - 27 and finally 31 - 17. A highlight for me were Callum's drives, he either took Phil out or killed the head on any number of occasions. The jack itself ended up with two deep gourges after Callum drove it into the Greenies' roll-a-door. Commiserations to Callum, he displayed great skill, determination and good gamesmanship throughout the day. Well done, mate.
Let's not forget Phil. He was defending his title against an opponent with nothing to lose and much to gain. There were a number of times in the game when a lesser player would have buckled under the pressure. Credit to him, Phil didn't and finished the match playing some massive bowls.
The big crowd, in the clubhouse and around the paddock, certainly appreciated the quality game.
ZONE14 CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS
The 2016 Zone 14 Championships were held at Lake Cathie today with PortCity fielding sides in 4 of the 7 events.
Congratulations go to our Open 4's and Open Triples sides who are now Zone 14 Champions. Commiserations to Don Ramsay and Nathan Horton who were defeated by Scotts Head (25 to 16) in the Presidents Reserve Pairs. The boys played well and were in the game right to the last few ends. Our Senior Pairs, Ken Paulsen and Bryce Stewart went done to Sawtell. Bryce and Ken are a class act but the Sawtell boys were just too good on the day.
2016 Zone 14 Open Triples Champions
Kevin Williams (Zone 14 Bowls Organiser), Jack Lewis, Phil Baker & Danny Barrett
Our Triples side defeated Urunga 31 to 23 in a much tougher match than the score indicates. Both sides had their chances but our boys ran with theirs. Congratulations to Jack, Phil and Danny on their Zone Championship win.
2016 Zone 14 Open Fours Champions
John Hrabak, Danny Barrett, Ken Paulsen, (Bryce Stewart) and Chris Stone (Zone 14 Rep)
The Port City Fours defeated Park Beach comfortably 24 - 11 on a fast green with a strong sou-easterly tailwind. The boys deserved their win and the Zone 14 Championship which comes with it.
Both Sides, Fours and Triples, are now off to State, at a guess, Ettalong, later in the year - and we wish them well.
NSW 2016 STATE PENNANT GRADE WINNERS
GRADE 5 STATE PENNANT QUALIFYING RESULTS
A 10 point win over Lismore Heights sees the Pennant Hills side progress into the Grade 5 semi finals tomorrow. Port City's loss today (1 rink win to Eddie Smiths team) brought our points to 19 and equal second place with Campbelltown City.
Commiserations to our boys who played brialliantly yesterday and, despite a valiant comeback in today's game, were unable to clinch a semi final berth.
Not making it into the finals series would be a disappointment to the boys. However, the successes they have had in the journey to, and in, the State Pennant competition is one they should be proud of. So too is our Club. Well done boys.
What has happened since?
Pennant Hills progressed to the semi finals in our section. They were defeated by Engadine 62 to 52 on Sunday afternoon. In the other semi, Windale Gateshead went down to Towradgi Park (a club north of Wollongong) 49 to 79. The final, between Engadine and Towradgi Park is to be played Monday morning.
Game 3 (qualifying round)
Port City was defeated by Campbelltown City 44 to 57 (1 to 2 rink wins)
after 63 of 63 ends Port City 44 Campbelltown City 57
after 57 of 63 ends Port City 35 Campbelltown City 55
after 54 of 63 ends Port City 29 Campbelltown City 51
after 46 of 63 ends Port City 20 Campbelltown City 44
after 32 of 63 ends Port City 13 Campbelltown City 32
after 26 of 63 ends Port City 11 Campbelltown City 26
after 16 of 63 ends Port City 8 Campbelltown City 15
after 13 of 63 ends Port City 8 Campbelltown City 12
The Grade 5 Section 1 Ladder after Game 2
Game 2 - Port City defeated Pennant Hills 73 to 63
8 points (aggregrate + 1 rink win) - a gutsy effort by the Mighty Fives
after 63/63 ends Port City 73 Pennant Hills 63
after 62/63 ends Port City 73 Pennant Hills 61
after 53/63 ends Port City 57 Pennant Hills 54
after 53/63 ends Port City 57 Pennant Hills 54
after 46/63 ends Port City 50 Pennant Hills 45
after 33/63 ends Port City 42 Pennant Hills 31
Game 1 - Port City defeated Lismore Heights - 82 to 48
10 points - (aggregrate + 3 rink wins)
after 61/63 ends Port City 77 Lismore Heights 48
after 40/63 ends Port City 53 Lismore Heights 27
after 22/63 ends Port City 36 Lismore Heights 13
after 14/63 ends Port City 15 Lismore Heights 6
BIG WEEK FOR THE WOMEN'S BC
Faye Schollum, Lois Bischel, Carol White, Lyne Thompson the 2016 Regional Open Fours Champions
... and don't they look happy. Di Allen, Lyn Zahra, Shirley Devine & Margaret Doyle display their Medals after winning the 2016 Regional Senior Fours
And back at home...
Jeanice Schiemer, Barbara Standen, Val Bott & Rhonda Evans are our 2016 Club Fours Champions after defeating
defeating Margaret Doyle (Skip) Lyn Zahra, Di Allen, Shirley Devine 17-13 last Saturday (9th July).
PRESIDENTS RESERVE PAIRS (Southern Section)
Congratulations to Don Ramsay (Skip) and Nathan Horton (Lead) in winning the final of the Zone 14 Presidents Reserve Pairs, Southern Section, on grass at North Haven today (Sunday, 10th July). Nathan and Don started the day with a strong win in their semi finals match up against T Lee & J Armstrong (Kempsey Heights) 26 to 14. They then steamrolled Russell Carkeek and Paul Webster (Port City) 32 - 5 in the afternoon's final. Russell and Paul had narrowly defeated Chris Connor and Kevin Kennedy (Kempsey RSL) in the morning session 19 - 18. Nathan and Don played brilliantly all day and their match up against the Northern section winners, John Kay and Dale Schrivener (Scotts Head), in the Zone final at Lake Cathie on Saturday, 13th August should be an epic clash.
Congratulations to Jack Lewis, Phil Baker and Danny Barrett (above, left to right) in winning the final of the southern section of the 2016 Zone 14 Triples over North Haven 28 to 26 last weekend (July 1 & 2). The match went down to the wire with both sides on 26 all going into the final end. Some Barrett magic gave the match to Port City. The boys now meet Urunga in the Zone final to be held at Lake Cathie on the 13th August.
2016 PORT MACQUARIE MIXED PAIRS
The annual Port Macquarie Mixed Pairs Tournament commenced Friday (25th June) with 88 teams spread across 3 venues (Hibbard Sports, Westport and Port City) playing 5 games of 18 ends each. It was a great, if a little chilly at times, tournament - congrats to the winners (can't tell you who as the presentation is still on - check the results below for a sneak peak), all the competitors and the organisers at the various venues - Terry, Phil, Dave & Ron.
2016 6's and 7's TOURNAMENT
Day 3: Well, the weather didn't permit. Day 3 was called off, definitely not through lack of interest but by pesky weather. The presentations were made based on the Day 2 results. Click here for the top 6 teams and the Day 1 & Day 2 best card winners. A big thanks to the Men's Club for the catering and to our bowls coordinator, Phil Baker, for his efforts in making the tournament a success.
Day 2 Update:
Whilst the Australia Open is on up there in Queensland, the smartest bowlers are fighting it out down here at the Port Macquarie Bowling Club for big prizemoney. 46 teams, from across the state, are competing for just short, well, well short of a million dollars prizemoney and big bragging rights.
At the end of day 2, only two teams, have 6 wins from 6 games. With another 7 teams breathing down their necks with 5 wins apiece (one even has a draw tucked away). Tomorrow's remaining 2 games, weather permitting, should prove an interesting morning for those at the pointy end of the competition. Whilst at the wide end, there will be talk of trails of rotten bad luck, missed opportunities and the chance for another crack at the big money in 2017.
Farewell to ABBA
The Australian Blind Bowlers Association (ABBA) has been operating for over 30 years and exists to promote the game of lawn bowls through National and International competition.
Port City Bowling Club was the proud to host to ABBA's 2016 National Championships which concluded with the medal presentation dinner last night (9/6/2016). The tournament saw 7 days of intense competition (plus 2 days of no play due to bad weather of the Saturday and Sunday). Fortunately rescheduling (a big effort by Bearnice) saw all medal events successfully completed by the Thursday evening. From all accounts, the bowlers, their directors, supporters, club patrons (who were privileged to watch some fantastic and inspirational bowling) and club staff, all had an great 9 days.
A big WELL DONE to Phil Baker for his organisational skills, the many Port City players who did marking duties for the singles events, the Men's Club for lunch time catering (Terry Schollum and friends) and the Club staff who made the Tournament a friendly, safe and enjoyable experience for all.
A FLAG IS FLYING OVER PORT CITY...
Winners are Grinners (L to R) Bruce Chapman, Paul Brady, Trevor Scholz, Nathan Horton, Russell Carkeek, John Twidle, Matty Bayes, young Maureen Scholz, Dave Pascoe, AJ Uptin, Eddie Smith, Terry Schollum, Phil Smith
The mighty Grade 5 side took off the inaugural Zone 14 Grade 5 Pennant at Kew Bowling Club this afternoon defeating a gallant Sawtell 54 to 50.
The scoreboard - we were on top [grin]
The game came down to the wire. Both sides had a firm grip on the match at different stages throughout the afternoon. But with 40 minutes to go, Port City supporters were looking grim. Someone forgot to tell our players. They made up the 11 point difference across all three teams and Paul Brady's team had the honour (and no small amount of pressure) of going into the last end with 3 shots up on the board. The Sawtell skip then had an opportunity to drag the jack back for a four and missed the shot with his last bowl; Port City took the end by 1 shot and the side won by 4.
Congrats to the Sawtell boys; they played well and made it a great contest. Our boys, well, they were magnificent. Oh, and the trophy...
Maureen Scholz & Paul Brady with a new wall mounting.
2016 WOMEN's PAIRS CHAMPIONS
Congratulations to Kylie Hardy and Jeanice Schiemer who defeated Faye Schlolum and Lyn Zahra in a tight game -
the result 14 to 13.
WBC PENNANT FLAGS UNFURLING
A big day last week for the Women's Bowling Club with the unfurling of, not one but two, 2016 Pennant Flags by our No.3 and No.5 teams. Well done girls
2016 WOMEN'S SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP
Congratulations to Carol White on winning the 2016 Women's Singles Championship over Debbie Amor. The picture and quote below say it all.
MENS MAJOR PAIRS DRAW
read and weep - I did
SENIOR INTER-ZONE SIDES CHAMPIONSHIPS
Congrats to Bryce, Geoff, Ken and Eric in their selection into the Zone 14 Senior Inter Zone Championship's side. Well done and good luck in your upcoming games.
MEN's TRIPLES CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Men's Triples Champions for 2016 are Callum Murray, Jack Lewis and Danny Barrett. The "boys" defeated Eric Rowsell, Peter Gunn and Mike Rand 27-15 in the final on Sunday (6th March). Sorry no photos as yet. Danny & Callum have both shared in 2 of the Majors (Triples and Fours) - well done.
CALLUM MURRAY - 2016 Minor Singles Champion
Callum Murray & Peter Ascott Evans
Congratulations to Callum Murray, who last evening (3rd March) won the final of the Men's 2016 Minor Singles Championship 31-17 against Peter Ascott Evans.
Callum dominated play from the beginning of the match showing determination and consistently accurate, high quality, draw bowling. Peter, who deserved his place in the final, played well but was unable to put sufficient pressure on Callum to disrupt his focus.
Commisserations to Peter and a big well done to Callum. We wish both players continuing success throughout 2016.
Thanks to Greg Keft for the photo
AS CLOSE AS IT GETS - MEN's FOURS
It doesn't get any better or closer than the 2016 Men's Fours Championship final.
Danny Barrett's Team (Danny, Bryce Stewart, John Hrabak and Callum Murray) defeated
Paul Sheridan's Team (Garry MacFarlane, Ross, Paul & Greg Laird) 18 to 16; with it being 16 all, going into the last end. This was before a large, appreciative crowd (who spend most of the match watching from air conditioned comfort).
Congrats to the Champions and commisserations to the "Oh! So close", silver medalists.
Thanks to Phil Baker for the photos
MENS PRESENTATION DAY
Presentation day was held on Saturday 12th. What a great day it was too. A number of special awards were handed out.
Most Improved: Steve Matheson & Matty Bayes
Consistency: John Davies & Geoff Mitchell
Encouragement: Olly Cook
Rep Player of the year: Ken Paulsen
Clubman of the year: Marty Wallis
President’s award: Joe Judge
Sorry our cameraman hasn't come through with the photos as yet.
STATE CLUB CHALLENGE FINALS
Thanks to Barbara Standen (WBC Publicity Officer AND State Club Challenge Mixed Bronze Division Runner Up)
MIXED CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
Congratulations to the Mixed Champions for 2015 and commisserations to the runners up.
Mark (Lazarus) Parry and Margaret Doyle (subbing for Shirley Devine) had to work extremely hard to take out the 2015 Mixed Pairs over Pat Light and John Hrabak. Mark and Margaret appeared "done & dusted" before a massive comeback got them over for a championship win (check out the grin on Mark's face).
Lazarus was back again in the Mixed Fours. Teaming up with Rhonda Evans, Lyn Zahra and Charlie Buchanan, Mark skipped his team to a comfortable win over runners up Jan Opitz, Eveline Ramsay, Steve Mathieson and Phil Smith to take out the 2015 Mixed Fours Championship. Phil's team did not disgrace themselves in any way. Although never leading in the match, they fought their way back on a number of occasions to keep Mark's team honest.
Special mention goes to Rhonda Evans winning her first ever Championship. On all accounts, she played very well throughout the "series" and is destined for greatness in the years ahead.
LADIES ENCOURAGEMENT DAY
President Debbie welcomed 80 bowlers from Lake Cathie, North Haven, Hibbards Sports, Taree Railway, Foster, Tuncurry, South West Rocks, Uranga, Coffs CEX, Harrington, Park Beach, Sawtell and Port City to compete in the John Oxley Motors Encouragement Day.
The competition was played in beautiful sunshine, fast greens, lots of laughter, and plenty of smiling faces.
AM WINNERS: South West Rocks – Mary Cass, Trish Tomsett, Liz Walker, Roe Martin
PM WINNERS: Forster – Lynn Combe, Joan Whiteside, Elsie O’Malley, Penny Collins
4TH PLACE: Port City – Kylie Hardy, Lyn Robertson, Jan Opitz, Barbara Standen
3rd PLACE: Urunga – Shirley Willis, Janine Brown, Elaine Cameron, Brenda Fane
2nd PLACE: Lake Cathie – Rhonda Bateman, Jill Howard, Marion Kelly, Di Spinks
1st PLACE: Tuncurry Beach – Di Boddington, Sue Baldwin, Trish Wilson, Liz Gray.
for more photos see the Weekly Report Section
MAJOR MINOR PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015
What a game. Fours hours of intense concentration, good sportsmanship and great bowling from all four players.
However, there can only be one winning team. Congratulations to Callum Murray and Greg Keft who defeated Keith Ashdown and Mark Parry, 24 to 17 to take the 2015 Major Minor Pairs Championship.
The score doesn't reflect the competition. Although Keith and Mark trailed for much of the match there was very little it.
Commisserations to Keith & Mark, you both played well. Congrats to Callum and Greg on a great victory.
L/R Greg, Callum, Mark and Keith
Photo courtesy of "The Big Man"
INAUGURAL OPEN SINGLES EVENT
It was a cracker event. Young "Johnny Jax" Hrabak had a win over Paul Jacobson in the shoot out final to take our first Open Singles title and make off with the booty. The general consensus was the event was a great success - hopefully the first of many.
Phil Baker, the Port City Bowls Coordinator, is offering A new and exciting bowls event for those who love to play singles. The Open Singles tournament is to be monthly event scheduled for the 4th Monday of each month. The event is open to men and women and with $400 in prize money, the inaugural event scheduled for Monday 26th October, should be a cracker. The entry form with all the details is available below.
2015 VERSATILITY FIVES
Last Monday & Tuesday (21st & 22nd Sept.) saw 18 teams compete in the annual Versatility Fives competition. The weather was kind on the Monday and the Tuesday morning. However, the post lunch session on Tuesday was delayed by driving rain and hail. Fortunately the hail had melted before played could begin but little could be done about the howling, "fresh" gale that made play somewhat difficult. Irrespective a good time was had by all and some excellent bowls played.
The place getters were:
1st Place - Tuncurry – Judy Cosgrove, Sonia Sontag, Val Leeson, Liz Gray, Pat Murray
2nd Place – Port City – Jenny Wallis, Carol Banks, Rhonda Evans, Barbara Standen, Lyn Zhara
3rd Place – Port City – Barbara Barrett, Di Allen, Faye Schollum, Joyce Ebbeck, Judy Brady
Thanks to Barbara Standen for the photos.
MEN'S SINGLES CHAMPIONSHIP
L/R Phil Baker & John Hrabak
Congratulations to Phil Baker, the Port City Men's Singles Champion for 2015.
Before a large appreciative crowd and on a slower paddock then we have been used to over the past few weeks, Phil and John Hrabak put on a display of precision bowling. With John having the opportunity to take the match with his last bowl, the epic battle went down to the wire. Phil won 31 to 29. Commisserations to John, he proved himself a worthy contender. Congratulations again to Phil who played excellent bowls all morning.
This brings Phil's championship scalps to 2 this year; a win in the Major Pairs Championship with Greg Keft and this Major Singles Title - well done.
Photo courtesy of Brian Smith
Congratulations to Bryce Stewart and Chris Thornton who today (Saturday, 15th August) won the Zone Senior Pairs Championship at South West Rocks. Chris (who was subbing for Ken Paulsen) and Bryce did it tough for the first half of the match but worked their way back into the match and of course won through in the end - 22 to 14. Bryce and Ken are now off to State, in Sydney, at a date yet to be confirmed - and of course we wish them well. Well done Chris Thornton, Ken's were big shoes to fill, and he did an excellent job.
Commisserations to Paul Webster in the Presidents Reserve Singles who was defeated 31 to 26 by Dale Scrivener (Scotts Head). Paul played well but was beaten by a better player on the day.
2015 STATE PENNANT - FINAL UPDATE
Follow up to the follow up:
Taren Point proved too strong for South Lismore winning 67 to 52 in the Grade 1 State Pennant Final
Follow up: South Lismore won their semi defeating Merrylands 61 to 45.
They play Taren Point in the final tomorrow (Monday) morning
Another Facebook post by Ken Paulsen pretty well sums it up.
Official Results - Section 1
Round 3 - Sunday, 2nd August morning game
Port City defeated St Johns Park 57 to 54
Our Section table finished up as this
Congrats to the boys not only for today's win but for their efforts over the three games - two wins and an oh! so close 1 point loss to South Lismore. Despite two wins, it all came down to margins and Port City didn't have the runs on the board to get over the line and into the semis.
Port City's win, over St Johns this morning though, was enough to get South Lismore over the line by 1 margin point and into the Semi Finals this afternoon.
Round 2 - Saturday, 1st August afternoon game
Ken Paulsen posted the following to Facebook last night
Port City 64 defeated Tuncurry 58
St Johns Park defeated South Lismore 62 to 55 (Final score)
South Lismore & St Johns Park 54-54 after 60 ends
This is a nail biter. If St Johns beat South Lismore and we beat St Johns in Round 3 - we still have a chance to progress when we play St Johns tomorrow - but it will require a big win
St Johns Park 41 v South Lismore 42 after 47 ends
Round 1 - Saturday, 1st Aug morning game
Port City went down to South Lismore 58 - 59
St Johns Park defeated Tuncurry 77 - 37
2015 STATE PENNANT
The time has come - at last...
Our Port City No. 1 Pennant team, manager Pauline Barnes and supporters headed off to parts further south for a roll up this afternoon and the first, of hopefully, five games this weekend in beautiful downtown Dapto.
We wish them the opportunity to play at their best against the best in the State and an equal share of any luck which seems to pop up in every match.
Go the Koalas...
There are 4 sections to the State Finals draw. Port City is in Section 1 - along with ST. Johns Park (Zone 12), South Lismore (Zone 1) and Tuncurry (Zone 6).
CLUB MEN'S SINGLES CHAMPIONSIP UPDATE
Last Saturday, July 25th, saw our finalists decided for the final - currently carded for the 16th August.
Phil Baker defeated Greg Brims - 31 to 23
John Hrabak defeated Craig Ainsworth - 31 to 29
The final should be a cracker.
The Lower North Coast Pairs and Singles Championships have been run and completed over the past few weekends.
2015 Lower North Coast Open Pairs Championship
Rocky Davis and Cliff Fay (North Haven) defeated Rocky Stone and Scott Franklin (Kempsey RSL) 22 – 19 in the final.
Eric Rowsell & Greg Brims (Port City) made it to the quarter finals
2015 Lower North Coast Senior Pairs Championship
Ken Paulsen and Bryce Stewart (Port City) defeated Greg Laird & Geoff Ball (Port City) 27 – 12 in the final.
John Rossiter & Peter Gunn (Port City) made it to the quarter finals
2015 Lower North Coast Presidents Reserve Pairs Championship
Daniel Abela and Terry Batterson (Kempsey RSL) defeated Nathan Horton & Don Ramsay (Port City) 28 – 9 in the final.
2015 Lower North Coast Open Singles Championship
Craig Howard (Kempsey Heights) won the defeating Peter Stockham (Westport) 31 – 21 in the final.
John Hrabak (Port City) made it to the quarter finals.
2015 Lower North Coast Senior Singles Championship.
Barrie Isaac (Kew) defeated Bill O’Donnell (Kew) 31 – 30 in the final
Geoff Mitchell (Port City) made it to the semi-finals.
2015 Lower North Coast Presidents Reserve Singles Championship.
Paul Webster (Port City) defeated Neil McCudden (Kempsey RSL) 31 to 23 in the final.
Russell Carkeek (Port City) made it to the quarter finals and Don Ramsay (Port City) made it to the semi-finals.
The Men’s Club wish Ken, Bryce and Paul good luck when they compete in their respective and upcoming Zone Championship events.
2015 PRESTIGE PAIRS
All over bar the shouting... and the winners are...
Con Vlastaras & Peter McDonald from South Coogee - the only team with 5 wins from 5 games - a great effort and deserved congratulations.
My tip for the game of the day proved correct. The match between Bryce and Barry proved costly for Bryce and his partner Ken Paulsen. They drew with Barry & Eric Rowsell 18 all. That draw was enought to relegate Bryce and Ken to third place.
and that's bowls
There are only 4 teams with 4 wins from 4 games and so, the tournament is getting very interesting. I have to single out Dexter Bradbury's win under lights to end the day - what an exciting finish. Congrats to Dex and Dave Dickman.
Tomorrow is obviously another day but the game to watch is between frontrunner Bryce Stewart up against 6th place holder Barry Isaac on 3 wins and a draw.
You've gotta love bowls.
This time of year is tournament season at Port City and kicking off today was the Prestige Pairs. Fifty teams playing 5 games over three days for $5,400 in prizemoney. Good weather too, if a little cold in the shade, with some great bowls played by some great bowlers. I walked out to deliver a message, turned around and had the privilege to watch Aron Sherriff draw a resting toucher - he probably did it all day. I felt like giving him a couple of tips - but held back because he was doing OK by himself. Come 5 o'clock, Leigh (who has a good head for radio) Hardingham and Aron did a great Q & A in front of an enthusiastic audience. A great day. Check out Day 1 results here with photos here (thanks to Brian Smith).
2015 MIXED PAIRS TOURNAMENT
"Dun & Dusted" - another beautiful day of, and for, bowling. As I write this, the 118 bowler participants are mid-meal (sea food - they are currently munching on beautiful barramundi - as you do). The results are in and congratulations to the winners. You can view the winners here and the results for Day 5 are here. Hope to see everyone back in 2016.
2015 MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRS
They say winners are grinners and if you spot the two in the middle - you guessed it. Congrats to Phil and Greg on winning the 2015 Major Pairs. Commiserations to Dexter and Matty in providing a great contest for an appreciative crowd (not surprisingly the majority of whom were inside the club in the warmth).
Thanks to Leigh Hardingham for the photo
2015 SIXES & SEVENS 3 DAY 2 BOWL TRIPLES TOURNAMENT
Port City Men's Bowling Club opened its doors to 54 teams competing in the annual 6s & 7s Triples Tournament. This is a very popular event in that it offers your average bowler the opportunity to compete against bowlers of a similar standard for a share of upto $10,000 in prizemoney.
DAY 3 - Winners are Grinners in 2015
L/R: Robyn Biddle (President PCBC), Tony Wood Umina BC (Lead), Shane Starkey Ettalong BC (2nd) and Jeff Kime Umina BC (Skip)
Congratulations to the composite team of Tony Wood Umina BC (Lead), Shane Starkey Ettalong BC (2nd) and Jeff Kime Umina BC (Skip) - ahead yesterday, they continued their good form to take out the 2015 Sixes and Sevens Tournament today. Well done boys.
Hopefully we will see everyone back at Port City in 2016 for a re-match.
With only 2 games to play, only two teams have perfect records (6 wins from 6 games)
A.Wood S.Starkey J.Kime - a composite team in first place on margins and in second place K.Scott J.Butler P.Jones - another composite team.
Now with 5 other teams nipping at their heels with 5 wins each - it is getting very interesting at the pointy end of the tournament.
2015 LADIES FOURS FINALISTS
(Left to Right) Judy Brady, Carol Bowman, Eveline Ramsay, Faye Schollum, Lyn Thompson, Barbara Barrett, Debbie Amor and Carol White (insert)
Congratulations to the 2015 Ladies Fours Champions
Faye Schollum (Lead), Eveline Ramsay (Second) Carol White (Third) and Lyn Thompson (Skip)
on their win today (Thursday 11th June).
The 24 to 15 victory was "a very close game" according to a semi-reliable source.
Congratulations to the winners and commisserations to the runners up.
GRADE 7 PENNANT PLAYOFFS
Port City played host to the 2015 Zone 14 Grade 7 Pennant playoffs today (Sunday, 31st). It was a match up between Sawtell, the MNC Sectional winners) and Comboyne, the LNC Sectional winners. Comboyne came out the victors 80 to 44. Congratulations to both teams on their Sectional wins and to Comboyne - the Zone 14 Grade 7 Pennant. The first bowls win of any kind the Club has had in 41 years. We wish them well at State in August.
CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRS
Matty Bayes and Dexter had a very close win over Dale Atkins and Mark Parry 22 to 21 in overtime. Down one point, Mark narrowly missed a conversion on the 21st end which would have given him the win. He did get one point to tie the game and force an extra end. Excellent bowls from both teams and congrats to Mat and Dex who now advance to the finals. Dexter's birthday too - a nice birthday win.
Congratulations to the Port City Grade 1 Pennant side
on winning the inaugural Zone 14 Grade 1 Pennant.
And it was a close win - by 1 point - PORT CITY 56 PARK BEACH 55
They lost the rinks 1 to 2 but won the main board - did I mention 1 point. Park Beach are a tough side on any day and from all accounts our boys showed a lot of grit and determination.
Bryce Stewart's boys (Bryce, Richard Trow, Callum Murray & John Hrabak) won 22 to 15
Greg Brim's team (Greg, Ken Paulsen, Greg Keft & Ian Binder) had a scoreline of 16 to 20
and Geoff Mitchell's team(Geoff, Phil Baker, Mike Rand and Eric Rowsell) had an even closer 18 to 20 score.
A great effort by all the boys. Hopefully somebody remembered to take some pictures of the grinners.
Results for the Ladies' State Carnival held at Port City Monday (25th) to Friday (29th) are here
PENNANT - Final Results
The extended Lower North Coast's Pennant season is close to being finalised with Kempsey Heights' win over South West Rocks in the Sectional final. Kempsey Heights now battle it off against Comboyne on Saturday 30th May for the Lower North Coast's Grade 7 Pennant title up for grabs. The winner then progresses to the Zone Final being held at Port City on the 31st and there play off against the Mid North Coast's Grade 7 pennant winner, Sawtell. The winner then goes to State. It has been a long season.
Note the Zone Grade 7 Final is the only Grade Final to be played on Sunday, 31st May. The other 6 Grades are played on Saturday, 30th May.