Airlie club plays through storms
A-grade men’s pairs semis a thriller
BOWLS: The storm hit Airlie Beach last Friday but great bowls was played in the first semi-final of the A-grade men’s pairs.
It took two-and-a-half hours through sheets of rain and gusts of wind for Amando Isgro and Nathan Harriett to beat David Dias and Rick Brunell 30/13.
At 20/0, on the eighth end, the score turned.
Up to then, Man and Nathan seemed to be playing a game of pool.
They drove at David and Rick’s winning heads, shattering their scoring chances.
They placed the mat short with the jack on the T, and trailed the jack into the ditch making it just about impossible for David and Rick to win. But the worm turned. In pouring rain, David and Rick won nine consecutive ends.
Friday at the club is usually practice/coaching afternoon, followed by a drink at the bar and barefoot bowls, but this week rain stopped that.
In the B-grade men’s singles, Rick Brunell struggled to beat Paul Osborne 26/20.
Last Friday, the club threw a party for members to celebrate the end of the men and women’s Pennant Season.
The club’s three teams showed their depth of talent and competitiveness.
Scroungers, which is played every Saturday at 1pm, is an individual, rather than a team game.
After playing their 12 end heats, Neil Moore and Rick Galea played off in the fourend final.
Rick won 12/11, claiming the $20 prize.
Eleven optimists turned up ready to play for Sunday social bowls, but decided to socialise in the clubhouse. Twelve played on Tuesday. Elaine Kippen, June Walsh and Lane Telford beat Margaret Heeney, Jenny Ryder and Jill Spencer 32/10.
Di Dobbins, Clair Conrick and Alma Ashbrie beat Del Lacey, Julie Stark and Ladda Purdie 21/17.
In Wednesday bowls, 24 took to the green.
Herb Secomb, Ron Spence and John Sladek beat Elaine Kippen, David Phillips and John Stark 19/18.
Leigh Williamson, Clair Conrick and Julie Stark beat Bob Spees, Art Moore and John Laver 21/10.
Keith Dunn, Jan Meltzer and Ken Butler beat Bob Fenney, Ken North and Dave Phillips 36/16.
Rick Galea, Geoff Trumann and Nick Fernbach beat Neil Moore, Jim Cairns and Eric Bottle 17/15.
SCROUNGERS: Rick Galea and Neil Moore after Rick’s win in the Scroungers competition. Photo: contributed.