Big turnout for pairs tour­na­ment

Midwest Times - - SPORT - Joe Crid­dle

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.

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