LAST Saturday was presentation day at Gloucester Bowling Club and as usual the formalities were preceded by an afternoon of social matches.
With teams made up of ‘Odds’ and the ‘Evens’, depending on players birthdays, it gave the 30 competitors an incentive to keep a losing score as low as possible.
As it happened the ‘Evens’ had a win by 102 shots to 95 but nobody really cared as the day was a pure celebration of the game and mateship.
Then presentation of the year’s championship trophies and cheques followed play with all trophies presented by committee member John West in the absence of club president Vic Hebblewhite.
The championship winners for season 2013 were:
Club singles champion: Col Hebblewhite.
Minor singles champion: Steve Higgins.
Pairs champions: Col Hebblewhite and Bruce Wilson (also District champions).
Triples champions: Col Hebblewhite, Bruce Wilson and Dickie Baker. The Gloucester Advocate novice singles champion: Bob Charman.
Mixed pairs champions: Lu Urby and Pirjo Maurer (two in a row).
Mixed fours champions: Jean and Joe Holstein, Kerrie Green and Barry Wade.
Draw shot competition winner: Kevin Burley.
As the year’s activities come towards an end it was pleasing to see 26 players front up for Thursday afternoon social bowls, making up six matches.
The competition was as hot as the weather and this week it was the lowest total scored.
With a high score of 19 points and a 22-shot winning margin the trio of Terry Davies, Jim Whittaker and Gordon Pritchard took the laurels over Ken Baxter, Ron Stepto and Charlie Faulkner.
In a close second place with 18 points were John West and Nico Duynhoven winning over Kevin Waite and Terry Carson by 22 shots to 16.
Two teams finished with 17 points, but in third place with a superior win margin was Peter Sansom and Eric Latimore with their 26 to 13 win over Ray Smith and Steve Brown.
Fourth spot with a 22 to 13 win was Warren Landers and Lu Urby over Tim Wilson and Steve Higgins.
On 16 points and an 11-shot margin was Frank Wells and Terry Higgins with their 26 to 16 shot win over Bob Crittenden and Kevin Burley and in the cellar position were Barry Peacock and visitor from Avoca Bowls Club Ashley Ayre with their win over Jim McIntosh and Peter Green by 22 shots to 13.
The members cash prize draw is back to $100 after reaching $1700.
The club has started its Christmas ham and super prize raffles on Thursdays and Sundays.
If you have not been to the club for a while then this is a good time to make the effort.
This week’s bowls on Thursday and Saturday will be a social bowls format.