Corrimal gave themselves some precious breathing room from the bottom of the table with a victory, while Shellharbour upset leaders Dapto Citizens in round seven of Grade 1 Illawarra pennants.
Corrimal won a last-end thriller 59-58 away to fellow strugglers Woonona, picking up five points after also winning two of the three rinks.
John Ritchie and partners gave Woonona a great chance of moving off the bottom with a 23-11 win over Paul Sweeny, but Illawarra representative Kyle Johannes skipped his Corrimal team to a 22-20 win over Warren Hamilton.
Jack Forbes ensured Corrimal would earn five points with a strong 26-15 win over Jim Tully.
Corrimal's victory lifted them to third from the bottom, with Woonona and Thirroul sharing last spot, although Woonona have a game in hand over Thirroul.
Towradgi Park continued their impressive run of form in recent weeks with a 59-47 (5-1) away win over Thirroul last Saturday.
Shellharbour pulled off the upset of the round, beating Dapto Citizens 63-51 (4-2).
Dapto Citizens won two of the three rinks, but Greg Stevens' 33-17 victory over Scott Bateup proved decisive in giving Shellharbour four points.
Steve Frazier skipped Citos to a 15-13 win over Mal Pearson, while Zoran Bosev (Citos) beat Daniel Johnson 19-17.
Defending champions Warilla remain the team to beat after an 83-33 (6-0) thrashing of Albion Park.
Warilla do not play this weekend due to Jeremy Henry's commitments for Australia in the World Cup, hosted by Warilla BC.
Completing round seven, Wiseman Park thrashed Figtree RSL 83-44 (6-0).
In Saturday's round eight, Dapto Citizens host Woonona, Wiseman Park are at home to Thirroul, Figtree RSL welcome Albion Park and Corrimal host Towradgi.
Warilla's round eight home game against Shellharbour has been rescheduled to round 10 on May 5.
Grade 1 ladder: Dapto Citizens 33; Warilla 24; Towradgi 23.5; Figtree RSL 20; Wiseman Park 20, Shellharbour 16.5; Albion Park 13; Corrimal 11; Woonona 6.5. Thirroul 6.5. Note: Clubs have not played same number of games.
Wiseman Park star Shane Garvey has announced his retirement for NSW after a decade and 165 matches for the Blues.
Garvey still wants to play for Illawarra Zone 16 but after making his official Australian ‘‘capped’’ debut against Malaysia last September, plus a decade with NSW, he felt the timing was right to retire from state duty.
‘‘I’ve had a great time playing some great events with some of the best players in the game but felt it was the right time to step away,’’ Garvey said.
Garvey made his swansong for NSW at the recent Australian All Sides Championship in Tasmania.
Garvey skipped his rink to four wins in seven matches of the round robin series with NSW edged out by Queensland for the prestigious Alley Shield.
NSW was bidding for a third straight Alley Shield and won more rinks than Queensland but the Maroons scored a last-end victory over NSW in their match, which ultimately won them the championship.
Garvey says winning back-to-back Alley Shields, plus victory in the Super Sixes event, also in 2012 and 2013, and taking out the last Moama Fives event in 2007 were the highlights in his time playing for NSW.
Shellharbour's great shave
Shellharbour Bowling Club raised more than $6600 for the Leukaemia Foundation and the Cancer Council through its World’s Greatest Shave Day fund-raiser.
The club had plenty of members line up for some severe haircuts – bowler John Pendergast raised $700 in two minutes when his ponytail of 35 years was snipped off.
Barman Paul O’Leary went for the shaved look, while husband and wife Paul and Naomi Ryan lost their precious locks.
Richard Waldron, with no hair on top, was particularly brave.
He is ready to take up professional cycling after he agreed to have his legs shaved.
Following a sausage sizzle, 48 bowlers took to the club’s green, with the day concluding with a TV raffle and 40 other prizes.
The club was particularly proud to raise $6630 for the Leukaemia Foundation and the Cancer Council.
With Shellharbour Bowling Club to close at the end of the year, the World’s Greatest Shave was the club’s last major community fund-raiser.
Dapto carnival nears
Dapto Citizens BC have a few spots open for their popular three-day Easter carnival beginning on Saturday, April 19.
The total prize pool for three separate events is $4300, with the carnival starting with two games of 12-end Men’s Pairs worth $1250 on Easter Saturday.
The ladies join in on Easter Sunday with two games of 12 ends in Mixed Pairs, with again $1250 prizemoney.
On Easter Monday, the club is holding another Men’s Pairs tournament with three games of 12 ends and $1800 up for grabs.
Entry is $20 for the Saturday Men’s Pairs and Mixed Pairs and $30 for the Monday Men’s Pairs.
With no pennants over the Easter weekend, bowlers have the chance to form their own pairs team and try and win a title.
Entry details from Dapto Citizens on 4261 1344.