Big turnout for pairs tournament
The annual Drennan O’Malley open pairs at the Wonthella Bowling club on Sunday continued the outstanding number of nominations with 32 sides competing.
The event has great appeal for players with the 2018 tournament again a major highlight on the Batavia calendar.
The four game event saw each match played under different formats with ten points allocated for a win and one point for each end won.
Six of the 32 combinations went through the day without losing an encounter, with the top six pairings separated by just 11 points on completion of the tournament.
The victory was taken by the Wonthella pairing of Henry Slawinski and Peter Swaan with 69 points. The duo combined magnificently during the day with precision bowls the highlight of the excellent days’ work.
Wonthella completed the quinella finish with Pat Neal and Jim Barrett accumulating 62 points during their four matches. Third place went to Geraldton/Mullewa combination Peter Ruedavey and Glenn Bryant on 61 points on a countback from Geraldton’s Joe Cukela and Mal McKenzie in fourth, also on 61.
Fifth on 58 points were Wonthella’s Wayne Brown and Ernie Ainsworth with another countback required with clubmates Nick Waldon and Kelvin Pearce also finishing on the same tally.
The morning round went to the father and son combination of Steve and Neville Palmer with a return of 36 points with Geraldton’s Brian Wright and Ina Thomas gathering 41 points from their afternoon matches to claim the PM round. The Kaka threes at the Denison Bowling club is the next open event on the league calendar set for October 14. The Kaka event has attracted great nominations in the past and indications are extremely positive for another full book.
This weekend sees the start of the 2018-19 Batavia Pennant season and it promises to be a very competitive season with several player movements in the off-season.