French and Crowe land Single Championships wins

Tom French, pictured here playing in the 2021 final, was a good winner this week, defeating Mark Maynard in their Singles Championship fixture.

In Gundagai District Services Club bowling action, Tom French defeated Mark Maynard 31-23 in a championship singles match played last Saturday. 

After a slow start where he was down 11-3 at end ten, French soon found his rhythm and won the following seven ends, scoring sixteen shots to lead 19-11 after seventeen ends. 

Maynard staged a comeback to win seven of the next ten ends, scoring ten shots to his opponents four to be just behind 23-21.

After withstanding the comeback by Maynard, French regained his composure and the momentum to take three of the next five ends, scoring the eight shots required to secure a great win. 

In another championship singles match, Henry Crowe defeated Joe Bond 31-28.

After a seesawing start where very little separated the two combatants and scores were level at 7-7 at end eleven, Bond then won four of the next five ends, scoring nine shots to take a lead of 16-8 at end sixteen. 

Crowe wasn’t about to lie down and came back to win six of the next nine ends to level at 20-20 at end twenty-five. 

From this point Crowe began to take control, winning all but two of the following eight ends to lead 28-23. 

Bond then returned fire, scoring five shots in four ends, but still trailed 30-28 at end, but he wasn’t able to hold off Crowe, who took the next end and the match in an outstanding performance against the former champion.

Handicap Pairs

Rick Young and Darren Hlywa defeated Peter Smith and Peter Gailey 28-16 in a handicap pairs match played last Thursday night. 

This was a tightly contested match early, with the teams going shot for shot up until end fifteen where Young and Hlywa led 13-12. 

It was here where the wheels fell off for the Smith/Gailey combination, as Young and Hlywa dominated the remainder of the match, only dropping three of the final ten ends, scoring fifteen shots to their opponents four to record an overwhelming victory.

Mixed Pairs 

Shane Bartlett and Joan Dunn defeated Wendy Nicholson and Jim Galvin 32-13 in a mixed pairs match played on Sunday. 

Bartlett and Dunn got away to a flying start to lead by 15-0 after just nine ends. 

Nicholson and Galvin won five of the next six ends, picking up ten shots to close the margin to 17-10 at end fifteen, but their hopes of continuing a fight back were seriously curtailed when Bartlett and Dunn added another fifteen shots across nine ends to run out convincing winners.

Social Bowls

R. Young, J. Dunn and P. Smith defeated S. Bartlett. W. Nicholson and D. Hlywa 21-15.

R. Erkelens and J. Pearce defeated B. Tout and C. Harris 17-14.

C. Luff and A. Humphries defeated J. Pigram and P. Watling 19-9.

Bowlers have been doing a great job in keeping scorecards, until now. 

Some bowlers have become complacent when completing scorecards. 

Remember to put names above columns on reverse side of the card and final score at the bottom of the columns and on the front side of the cards. 

Now, on a much lighter, and happier note; A big call out to one of the club’s favourite bowling members, John Pearce, who celebrates his 80th birthday this week. 

Happy birthday John on behalf of all bowlers. Have a great day, that is an order, not a suggestion.

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