Bowls is back after break

Yankalilla

Yankalilla Bowling Club held its two-day men's carnival on January 4 and 5.

Day 1 had 96 players and day 2 had 136 players from as far afield as Port Augusta, Naracoorte, the larger metropolitan area and across the Fleurieu.

Competition on the greens was fierce with three games of bowls played each day. The greens were in top condition thanks to greens manager John Barrett and team. The ladies excelled in the kitchen under the guidance of catering manager Jeannette Barrett, providing morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

Day 2 a significant milestone was reached at the Club: 50 years of continuous sponsorship to the Yankalilla Bowling Club by the Bennett family through the YO-HO Pastoral Company Trophy. Initially the Bennetts lived on the Fleurieu, and now at Naracoote in the south east. This was the last chance to win the YO-HO Pastoral Company Trophy as it was their final year of sponsorship.

John Stone, life member and patron of the club, spoke fondly of the Bennett family, in particular David and Suzanne and thanked them for their support. President John Humphrys presented them with a basket of produce from the Fleurieu area. The club looks forward to David's return as a participant in 2022.

A composite team from Marion/Willunga won the day, consisting of Paul Noble, Mark Tonkin, Mark Ritchie and Frank McAuliffe.

Victor Harbor

Thursday Ladies Pennants started the New Year in style with all three teams enjoying a win. Div 1 played EB at home and scored 10 points courtesy of good wins to Shirley Koch and Sue Wilkins and a narrow 1-shot loss to Lyn Thatcher. Div 2 were away to PE and gained 10 points with a huge win to Val Secomb and a good win to Bronwen Mullen. Div 3 travelled to McLaren Vale and had a close shave, winning by 1 shot due to Helen Anderson's rink.

The Bridgestone Super Triples was played in perfect conditions. In first place was the PE combination of Kym McRostie, Peter Faull and Ian McLeod. Second were Ken Mableson, Jim Williamson and Ian Price, whilst the EB boys, Geoff Berg, Frank Bayley and Barry Hamilton, came third. WOL were the unlikely trio of Dale Speck, Ron Phillips and Rob Wilkins.

The final of the men's championship pairs was played on Friday. In a tough match, Fred Kelly and Mike Hendricks overcame John Brown and Ken Waller - their third pairs championship.

Saturday Pennants started in mild conditions with most players asking where the wind had gone. Div 1 Blue were at home to PE and were satisfied with a good win to all three rinks, resulting in a 19-shot victory and maximum points. Div 1 White travelled to Strathalbyn and found the opposition too good on their home deck. Div 2 were away to Willunga and scored 8 points courtesy of a 19 shot win to Darryl Hammat's rink. Div 3 played Milang at home and, despite a good win to Lofty Glatz and a narrow loss to Justin McMillan, were unable to secure victory. Div 5 played Myponga at home and scored a 5-shot win due to tight wins to Leith Davies and John Florance. Div 6 met Myponga and gained maximum points with wins to both rinks.

There is a long way to go in Pennants but all Ladies teams are top or second and virtually all Open teams are in the four.

In Saturday socials, visitors from Newcastle and Urunga were welcomed. Winners were Chris Sutton, Eileen Wreford and the evergreen Marcus Brownrigg. Ring the club on Saturday morning between 9 and 10am if you want to play.

Port Elliot

Pennant Results - January 9

Div 1: Played at Victor Harbor, Port Elliot lost to the host team, 48-67. J Gamble 16-24, I McLeod 14 -19, P Cullen 18-24. Port Elliot is 5th.

Div 2: Port Elliot defeated Encounter Bay Gold, 84-52, played at home. D Wright 27-18, K Weeks 41-5, R Wattison 16-29. Port Elliot is 7th.

Div 3: Goolwa Black defeated Port Elliot, 65-51 at Goolwa. H Taylor 12-19, E Taylor 23-17, A Faull 16-29. Port Elliot is 2nd.

Div 4: At home, Port Elliot defeated Strathalbyn, 64-57. L TArenerry 17-17, T Gunnell 21-24, P Beckett 26-16. Port Elliot is 6th.

Div 5: Port Elliot defeated Encounter Bay at home, 70-50. N Thomas 24-9, D Ellis 25-15, S Taylor 21-26. Port Elliot is 6th.

Women's Pennants - January 7

Div 1: Port Elliot defeated Willunga, 63-49, at home. A Faull 24-17, H Taylor 18-15, H Edwards 21-17. Port Elliot is 3rd.

Div 2: Port Elliot was defeated at home by Victor Harbor, 48-87. M Koch 4- 44, L Trenerry 23-13, J Cruise 21-30. Port Elliot is 8th.

Div 3: Aldinga Bay forfeited to Port Elliot.

Friday night teas have recommenced for the new year and all are welcome for a meal at the Port Elliot Bowling Club for 5.30 pm.

Goolwa

Goolwa started the New Year with Triple 8's under a cloudy sky and a cold southerly. Visitors came from Victor Harbor, Port Elliot, Strathalbyn and Spalding. The winners on A green were Terry Weller and Bob Weir on +10. Winners on B green were C Jacobs and Royce Munn on +23. Winners on C green were Kym Kotz and Trevor Hunter on +13.

Thursday Ladies pennants results were a mixed bag. Div 1 picked up points and improved their position on top, after the visit to Yankalilla, returning with 10 points. Div 2 went to McLaren Vale and picking up just 2 points after a hard and close game, going down 54/56 overall. Div 3 was at Yankalilla and returned empty handed.

TOOP Motors/RAA Night Owls competition resumed after the Christmas break. At the start of the night, Twilight competition leaders are the He Be Gee Bees, narrowly from Shed Men W's, with Hot Wheels close behind. Night Owl leaders are Northenders by one point from Triple M's with High Flyers close behind.

Saturday OG Pennants: Div 1 black at Encounter Bay, returning with 8 points. Div 1 white hosted McLaren Vale but only picked up just 2 points. Div 2 at Encounter Bay, returned with just 2 points. Div 3 black hosted Port Elliot and kept 10 points. Div 3 white away to McLaren Vale, disappointing return of 2 points. Div 5 away to McLaren Vale, came away with 10 points. Div 6 home to Milang Blue, a disappointing result, considering it was a home match and where the teams are on the ladder, resulted in only 2 points for Goolwa.

Encounter Bay

The inaugural New Years Day Open Fours was held at the Encounter Bay Bowling Club on a glorious day. The format was two games of 13 ends, and competition was very good and played in a very sporting manner.

On the day 32 teams entered, with the local bowling community well represented by Port Elliot, Victor Harbor, Willunga, Goolwa, Yankalilla and Myponga, as well as teams from further afield, such as Happy Valley, Keith, Bordertown and Woodside/Woodville.

The winners, with 60 12 + 25, were Geoff Berg, Paul Sparre, Leigh Philp and Sandy Berg of EBBC. Second, with 58 12 + 26, were Yvette Wells, Barry Hamilton, Jack Wells and Terry Hobart of EBBC. Third, with 58 + 18, from Yankalilla were John Mathieson, Mark Tynan, Steve Lamb and Moira Mathieson. Fourth team on the da,y with 57 12 + 13, from EBBC were Barry Niven, Ian Warner, Liz Warner and Glenda Niven.

Best first game, with 31 12 +15, was Ian Fuller, Joy Fuller, Nancy May and Bob May of Victor Harbor. Best game of the second round were Charlie Norman, Will Hayles, Marlene Richman and Bev Walker with 32 + 21.

It is hoped this may become a permanent fixture on the EBBC calendar.

In ideal conditions, 30 teams played Men's Monthly Pairs.

Winners from VHBC Eric Secomb & John Read with 59+23. Runners up from VHBC M. Davies & D. Williams with 58+16. Third from EBBC Jan Bakker & Bruce Williams with 57+13.

In the Thursday Bay 3s, the winners were Roger Watt, Barry Zarnic and Terrance Hobart on 34 plus 31. Second were Barry Howard, Rob Alsop and Vince Lamond on 33 plus 8.

Ladies Pennants returned on Thursday, January 7. Div 1 played Victor Harbor at home and gained 2 points with a score of 55-68. Div 2 played at Milang and gained 2 pts with a score of 66-39.

Saturday Open Gender Pennants recommenced on January 9. Div 1 played Goolwa Black gaining 4 points with a score of 52-60. There were 2 close games with only 1 shot between them. Div 2 Gold played Port Elliot on their home ground, gaining 2 points. The score was 52-84. Barry Clarke and his team had a good win, 29-15. Div 2 Blue played Goolwa at home, gaining 10 points with a score of 61-49. Max Gray's team had a resounding win, 31-9. Div 4 played McLaren Vale at home with a score of 53-58 gaining 2 points. Ian Warner's team did well, 24-14. Div 5 played Port Elliot on their home greens and scored 2 points with a score of 70-50.

Congratulations to Warren Watkins, Restricted Singles Champion.

Yvette Wells, Joy Mundy and Joan Mann defeated Di Brown, Lyn Todd and Sue Riches in the ladies triples championships.

Bob Siostrom, Geoff Berg and Leigh Philp defeated Paul Sparre, Greg Pearson and Phil Cochrane in the men's triples championships.

Excellent turn out for Saturday Social bowls. The winners were Marty Alsford and Takami Milne on 32 plus 19. Second were Jill Cunningham and Susan Alsford on 32 plus 10. Lin Laxton from McLaren Vale was given a warm welcome

Encounter Bay Bowling Club is saddened by the passing of John Cooper, a staunch supporter of the club over the years. He will be sadly missed!