It was truly a magnificent finale to a very successful Gundagai District Services Club bowls season on Saturday morning with Tom French crowned 2021 Championship Singles champion.
French was too good in the end, prevailing with a 31 shots to 19 victory over Wayne Carthew.
The score was not an indication of how close this match was with French having to be at the top of his game to thwart off gallant underdog Carthew, with the experience and class from French proving the deciding factor in the end.
French led 5-1 after five ends, with Carthew fighting back tenaciously to level up at six-all after ten ends. Tom then won four of the next five ends to skip out to a 12-7 lead by the end of the fifteenth. Carthew took three of the next four ends to trail 13-11, then Tom scored the maximum four shots on end twenty to dash out to a 17-11 lead.
Class was beginning to prevail as French upped the ante by taking five of the next seven ends to explode out to a match winning 26-14 lead before taking three of the final six ends to be crowned a very worthy champion.
The Gundagai District Services Club congratulated both Tom & Wayne on the class of bowls which they both put on display for the spectators who attended the final.
Thursday Social bowls
Jon Kerr, Henry Crowe and Richard Erkelens (two-bowls) defeated Joe Bond, Murray Naughton and Richard Erkelens (two bowls) 15-7.
Wayne Carthew, Bruce Tout and Alan Crawford drew with Eric Weston, Peter Smith and Col Harris 14 all.
Mike Houstein, “Mitch” Peterson and Jim Galvin defeated “Happy” Bourke, P.O. Reardon and Peter Hilton 19-11.
Joe Bond, Richard Erkelens and Jim Galvin beat Henry Crowe, Col Harris and Bruce Tout 17-13.
Wayne Carthew, John Pearce and Peter Hilton (two bowls) defeated “Happy Bourke, P.O. Reardon & Peter Hilton 28-14.
In Saturday social bowls, Darren Hlywa and Ina Ford defeated Bruce Tout and Joan Dunn and on Sunday, the men again proved too good for the ladies with a dominant 96 shots to 68 victory.
Joan Dunn qualifies for Singles Championship final
It was another cracking day of championships bowls for the Gundagai Bowls Club ladies on Tuesday, with games coming in fast and hard.
Last week, there was a great Singles Championship game played between Carol Dowell and Gail Rowland, who were fighting for a position in the semi-final against Joan Dunn.
Carol stole the first two ends, giving her a lead and Gail – not one to stay in the barriers – grabbed the next five ends giving her a lead of 8-4.
Carol was not going to take this lying down and managed a nice three to trail by one shot.
This gave Carol the confidence to shoulder into the lead 12-8 on the 12th end.
Gail playing her own game continued to try and draw, however Carol was widening the gap, and was well ahead by the 20th end, leading 19-13.
Carol steamed ahead and won the next four ends, with eight shots giving her the finals 26-13 victory.
Bowling supporters were biting their nails as two club greats met on Tuesday, as Carol Dowell played Joan Dunn in the much-awaited Singles Championship semi-final.
Joan jumped out of her barrier quickly and grabbed the first four ends giving her a handy five-shot lead.
Carol now warming to the task, took out the next two ends but still trailed by two shots.
Carol changing gears, then took four shots and now the game was on.
Carol now leading for a moment, as Joan stepped it up, managed to keep the scorecard on level at an 8-all draw on the 20th end.
Joan was not going to leave herself guessing and won a massive 10 shots on the next four ends, the score card now reading 18-9 in favour to Joan.
The battle was not over, with Carol climbing back up from the deck and coming back hard to win eight shots and only trail by 22-19.
Still, Joan stayed in her own lane and settled into a rhythm and took the last two ends, giving her the semi-final victory, 25-19.
Another Championship game kept supporters entertained with Gail Rowland and Jude Pigram taking on Kath Jackson and Sharon Armstrong in the Pairs Championship.
In what was a great game between the girls, Team Rowland took the first end and Team Jackson put it to them, never allowing them to run away with the game.
On the 10th end, the game was anyone’s with a scorecard reading 9-6 to Team Rowland.
These great players really battled it out with Team Rowland slowly and confidently slipping away with the lead to take the game on the 21st end 17-13.
In the triples social match, Jane Davidson, Jann Brooke and Carol Manton defeated Wendy Nicholson, Pam Wattling and Carol Manton (playing a bowl for each side), 20-14
Cecily Luff, Kath McAlister and Les Attwood defeated Bronwyn Naughton, Jude Moore and Kathy Reardon, 20-9
In pairs, Helen Pearce and Jan Ingold defeated Bess Coggan and Mary McCormack 17-6.