Bot­tle and North in form at bowls club

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

AIR­LIE BOWLS

BOWLERS Eric Bot­tle and Gary North have head­lined this week’s matches at the Air­lie Beach Bowls Club.

Wed­nes­day was men’s day and boasted a healthy con­tin­gent of play­ers, enough to fill six teams for two games of pairs and one of triples.

Bot­tle and North made up the first pairs team, fin­ish­ing with a strong score of 26 to take­down Col Howes and Jack Dob­bins on 18.

The sec­ond game of pairs saw David Stock, who re­turned af­ter a lengthy stint in Syd­ney, team up with Keith Beetham to de­feat the duo of Nik Fern­bach and Paul Os­borne 21-13.

Win­ners of the bowls money prize of $10 each were Barry Zill­mann, Ken Ry­der and Wally Gray.

The jack­pot draw was a dis­ap­point­ment with no win­ners.

Once again the ladies day was not well at­tended be­cause of matches at other clubs.

The few num­bers that did at­tend weren’t suf­fi­cient to make a team so prac­tice was the or­der of the day.

Busi­ness house bowls which is still in re­cess un­til April 30, has al­ready seen a change in the Whit­sun­day Char­ter Yachts.

Al­though the team mem­bers re­main the same, the group will re­turn un­der the ban­ner of Cold Rock.

Two mem­bers of the Bendigo Com­mu­nity Bank have taken the plunge into the big pool, play­ing Sun­day Mixed Bowls for 21 ends last week.

With their new found ex­pe­ri­ence, they should boost the Bendigo Bank per­for­mance in the Busi­ness House Bowls and give Porters Pounders a fright.

Fri­day af­ter­noon which is not nor­mally a bowl­ing day, was bowled by eight mem­bers form­ing two games of pairs.

Eric Barnard and Nik Fern­bach out­lasted Domenico Sposato and Gary North 21-17.

Bruce Pur­die and Margo Stan­ley scored 15 to nar­rowly de­feat Mau­reen Barnard and Ken Ry­der by one-point.

Fri­day night bowls hosted a com­pe­ti­tion be­tween mem­bers of the Bald Ea­gles foot­ball team.

Teams were the Pi­rates, Gators, Vik­ings and the Shirt­fronts.

Re­sults from the night are un­con­firmed but it’s cer­tain all par­tic­i­pants had a great time.

Sun­day was a glo­ri­ous day weather wise with 26 bowlers mak­ing for three games of tri- ples and one of fours.

Mau­reen Barnard, Domenico Sposato and Kevin Jewell proved too good for Louise Mahoney, Gary North and David Dias 17-7 in the first round of triples, join­ing Mar­garet Pen­hal­lurick, Rod­ney Gra­ham and Margo Stan­ley as vic­tors.

John Pen­hal­lurick, Dot Gra­ham and Jo Howes put up a de­ter­mined fight, but ul­ti­mately would suc­cumb 15-9.

In the only game of fours Doreen Whitehouse, Mar­garet Heeney, Jill Spencer and Ken Ry­der tri­umphed over Wally Gray, Ladda Pur­die, Jenny Ry­der and Col Howes 14-10.

The fi­nal match of triples saw Bruce Pur­die, Keith Beetham and Paul Os­borne take home the Easter chocolates 14-10 over Richard Whitehouse, Nik Fern­bach and David Stock.

Patsy Black do­nated a mon­e­tary prize to be won on the an­niver­sary of the death of her brother and for­mer mem­ber Buddy (Robert) Holmes.

Holmes lived in Proser­pine and was a ded­i­cated mem­ber who con­tin­u­ally vol­un­teered his ser­vices to the Air­lie Beach club.

The win­ner will also be be­stowed the hon­our of hold­ing the bowl and hand tro­phy for a year.

The Buddy Holmes Day is Sun­day May 19.

An­other me­mo­rial is be­ing held on Fri­day, May 9 at 6pm in hon­our of a spe­cial mem­ber Judy McLaugh­lin, who passed away on Jan­uary 3, 2014. Grand­chil­dren Ker­rie, Jeremy and Amelia are ask­ing friends of Judy to help them cel­e­brate her life on the green by play­ing one fi­nal game of bowls at her beloved club.

Those in­ter­ested are urged to be at the club at 5.30pm for a 6pm start.

An­other re­minder that the Club Cham­pi­onships are be­ing or­gan­ised so men and ladies are asked to get thier names on the games sheets if in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing.

Names must be in by close of busi­ness.

Men’s B-grade pairs is due to start in two weeks and game sheets are on the club no­tice­board.

Margo Stan­ley says there’s still time to get into the Satur­day and Sun­day June 7-8 Whit­sun­day’s Coast Four’s Car­ni­val, with prizes worth $4,000 to be won.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Margo Stan­ley on stan­blds@big­pond.com or 4948 0444

EASTER BOWLS: Margo Stan­ley and Jill Spencer got into the spirit of Easter for the Air­lie Beach Bowls Club's triples car­ni­val on Sun­day.

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