Scroungers at­tracts big field ahead of Clas­sic

Geraldton Guardian - - Sport - Joe Crid­dle

With the start of the 2017-18 bowl­ing sea­son just round the cor­ner, play­ers from through­out the State came to the Won­thella Bowl­ing Club’s Fri­day scroungers to find skills ahead of the an­nual Au­gust Clas­sic.

The event at­tracted an ex­cel­lent field of 48 play­ers, with Mullewa vis­i­tor Paul Johnson record­ing the high­est score for the af­ter­noon with 43 points.

Merredin star and 2015 coun­try week sin­gles cham­pion Matthew France fin­ished on 42 points for the day to re­turn the sec­ond-best in sec­tional play.

Steve No­vak, 38, Gary Pre­ston, 37, and Sam Per­ica, 36 com­pleted the top five re­turns of the day.

The final in­cluded France, Hugh Ward, Len Hob­son and Gary Pre­ston, with the vis­it­ing cham­pion France get­ting the vic­tory ahead of Hob­son.

Sixes scored were a min­i­mum, with just four re­sults recorded on the day.

The very con­sis­tent Rod Buck­land con­tin­ued his great re­cent run to head the list, along with Brian Wilson, Paul Johnson and Brad Pre­ston.

In the Ger­ald­ton Bowl­ing Club’s scroungers Peter Rue­davey pro­duced a fault­less re­turn to claim the weekly ti­tle ahead of Mal McKen­zie and Marg Ben­zie.

High­est score for the event was Joe Crid­dle with 46 points, ahead of Ian Crid­dle on 43 points.

Sixes for the day in­cluded Ian Crid­dle (3), Joe Crid­dle (2), Rue­davey, Phil Chris­tensen, Bill Ro­bart­son, Ben­zie and Norma Folling­ton.

The Mid­west Traf­fic Con­trollers mixed drawn pairs con­tin­ued to gain good num­bers with the fine form of McKen­zie and Ben­zie.

The pair joined forces and they fin­ished the day un­de­feated to claim the event with a healthy plus-13 mar­gin

The ever in-form Rue­davey paired with ris­ing star Nerida Proc­tor to also re­tain un­de­feated sta­tus, and a plus-9 re­turn was enough to claim the sec­ond plac­ing.

Judy Lewis and Ro­bart­son led the field at the half-way stage and were over­hauled late in the final match, but had enough to fin­ish third in a very even event.

The Deni­son Bowl­ing Club will take cen­trestage next week­end, with the An­nual Ladies’ Star Clas­sic head­lin­ing the re­gion’s sched­uled events.

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