Pictured: Chris Green sends down his bowl in the Jono Bickerdike and David Mair Memorial Day at Dapto Citizens Bowling Club. Thirty-eight teams took part in four games of 12 ends of pairs at the annual tournament. Credit: SYLVIA LIBER
The Albion Park team of Roger Kelly and Ian Barrett were the best of five unbeaten teams to win the Jono Bickerdike and David Mair Memorial Day at Dapto Citizens Bowling Club.
The event honoured the passing of talented young Citos bowlers Jono and David with 38 teams coming together for four games of 12 ends of pairs.
Kelly and Barrett, the Illawarra Zone 16 Champion of Club Champion Singles winner, held their nerve to split the $1200 top prize after finishing with four wins and a whopping plus 55 shot differential.
Wes Falconer and his new Towradgi Park clubmate Brian Harriott played well to finish second on 4wins+42.
Peter Ellem and Stuart Ellem were third (4wins+35) with the composite team of Daniel Ellem and John Green fourth (4wins+25) and Dapto Citizens’ Fred Thompson and Steve Frazier fifth on 4wins+23.
The individual game winners were Peter Smith (Game 1), Mick Sharman (Game 2), Brett Pieper (Game 3) and Peter McCauley (Game 4).
Meanwhile, Brett and Troy Pieper showed how bowls remains a great family sport after winning Dapto Citizens’ annual Father and Son tournament recently.
The Piepers won all three games, played over 13 ends, and had the best shot differential with an overall winning margin of plus 51.
Brett Pieper is the reigning Illawarra singles champion and will represent Zone 16 in the state finals to be held at East Maitland Bowling Club later this month.
Dave and Simon Marrott finished as the Father and Son runners-up, with 3wins+33, with Craig and Ricky Thompson third on 3wins+27.
Dapto Citizens’s annual tournament was also opened up to grandfathers and grandsons this year and featured 28 teams, playing for $2000 prizemoney.
Figtree’s finestland Handicap Pairs title
Figtree RSL’s Kosta Mitskof and Jim Kambouris completed an undefeated run to take out Albion Park Bowling Club’s popular Handicap Pairs.
The 33rd Handicap Pairs attracted 32 teams split into eight sections of four.
The sectional round was played in tough gusty conditions with only four section winners managing to win all three games in their pool.
Albion Park pairing Jesse Godfrey and John Ferguson (3 wins+19), clubmates Ray Axam and Gary Corkery (3 wins+17), plus Mitskof and Kambouris (3 wins+13) and the composite team of Graham Kelly and Tony Kelly (3 wins+30) were the leading qualifiers.
In the final, Mitskof and Kambouris, off a four handicap, beat the composite team of Paul Bednall and Mark Walton (two handicap) 16-15.
The eight section runners-up qualified for the consolation event with Towradgi’s Barry Ellis and Ted Risk beating Kiama’s Kevin Pepper and Brad Rossiter 17-13 in the final.
Albion Park Bowling Club still have spots for their next event, the Doug Miller Mixed Pairs on October 15. Contact the club for details.
Bradburn holds nerve in decider
Ian Bradburn was crowned Jamberoo’s Minor Singles champion last week after winning a close final over Howard Smith.
The match was tight with the scores level at 5-all at six ends, 7-all after eight ends, 12-all after 14, 13-all after 16 and 18-all after 22 ends.
Bradburn then won five ends in a row to take a 25-18 lead.
Smith hit back, winning the next four ends to draw close at 23-25, but Bradburn held his nerve scoring six shots over three ends to win an exciting match.
Bob Rodwell and Brian Moore scored an upset in the final of the Major Pairs, defeating warm favourites and defending champions Alan Pirie and Mick Souter 18-8.
Zone 16 could pick up nine new clubs under a proposal to alter zone boundaries being considered by Bowls NSW.
Bowls NSW and the New South Wales Women’s Bowling Association recently engaged sports consultant Henry Oldenhove to compare existing bowls zone structures, boundaries and membership trends against projected general population and demographic trends for the next 15-20 years.
The 16 zones proposed in a discussion paper released by Oldenhove are based on local government area boundaries and an even distribution of clubs and members.
Under the proposed changes, Zone 16 would extend down to Nowra and across to the coast, picking up nine new clubs.
Clubs have until January 1 to comment.
Johnson’s major success
Shellharbour have completed their club championships with Daniel Johnson winning both the Major Singles and Major Pairs crowns.
Johnson defeated Paul Peters in the singles final before pairing with Tony Piana to defeat Phil Greatorix and Keven Strickland in the pairs final.
Darren Nancarrow took out the Minor Singles defeating Geoff Christie while Robert Jordan teamed with Graham Mackander to claim the Minor Pairs crown at the expense of Vasco and Sekuloski.
Jordan featured again in the Club Triples combining with Brian Jones and Mal Pearson to defeat Murray Sheather, Geoff Burke and Garry Taylor.
Sheather atoned for the loss in combining with Robert Ryan to take out the Minor Pairs over David Carscadden and Robbie Baker.
Rod and Jason Logan paired up with Paul Rooke and Mick Barber to win the Club Fours title defeating Kevin Strickland, Geoff Burke, David Flint and Matthew Dalby in the final.