PIRJO Maurer and Lu Urby have won their third Gloucester Bowling Club mixed pairs championship.
The pair was up against the club’s most consistent bowler this year in Col Hebblewhite who had partnered with Jill Everett.
In a tight final the score remained close throughout the match with the lead changing hands on many occasions.
Col and Jill held a slender advantage through to end 17 when the Pirjo and Lu hit back to lock it up at 13-all.
A four-shot win on end 18 gave Lu and Pirjo the break they needed and with two excellent bowls by Lu on ends 20 and 21 the pair took the win 19 to 15.
A big week of bowls kicked off last Thursday when 30 bowlers enjoyed dry but windy conditions in three matches of pairs and three games of triples.
Two teams finished on 15 points and two teams scored 16 points but the 17 points scored by Steve and Vic Hebblewhite with Ron Stepto was enough for the trio to take home the runners-up prize.
The winners on 18 points were Kevin Burley and visitor Paul Callaghan (from The Entrance) who had a 24 to 15 win over Frank Wells and Peter Green.
On Saturday the club enjoyed a visit from the travelling bowlers of Mingara Bowls Club.
Mingara is one of the largest club’s in the Central Coast region and the players were in Gloucester for two days of bowls.
After a tasty barbecue lunch, 42 players took to the greens as the two clubs took part in an afternoon of social but competitive competition.
Seven matches of triples was the format for the day and fun was the objective.
On a shot by shot basis the afternoon was won by Gloucester club, scoring 156 shots to Mingara’s 121.
On a match to match basis the honours were even as both clubs won three matches with one finishing tied at 21 shots each.
While the matches took place, an important game was being played at Forster Bowls Club where Gloucester pairs champions Col Hebblewhite and Ray Cooper (substituting for Bruce Wilson) took on the champion teams from Hunter and Upper Hunter District Bowls Association for the zone six champion pairs title and the opportunity to play in the State titles later this year.
Col and Bruce Wilson won the Manning District Bowls Association pairs title earlier this year after securing the club title.
Unfortunately for Bruce the zone finals dates clashed with a previously booked holiday in Queensland so his place was taken by club green keeper Ray Cooper.
The pair went to an early lead but constant pressure on both sides slowly saw the score change in favour of Hunter and at the death the pair went down 16 shots to 19.
On Sunday, the Mingara players joined with club players for another day’s competition. This saw six matches of triples go ahead with mixed teams from both clubs.