Scroungers attracts big field ahead of Classic
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.