LAST Saturday saw round two of the 2014 pennants competition start at Gloucester Bowling Club with round one’s washed out games played on Sunday.
Both grades struggled to stay consistent in games that were all close and there for the winning.
In grade two there were just eight shots in the main board result but it was in Wingham’s favour 60 to 52.
A first up win to Mark Groves, Mick Butler, Bruce Wilson and Steve Higgins by 19 shots to 16 gave Gloucester a quick start.
However, a 22 to 20 loss for the quartet of Terry Higgins, Barry Wade, Lu Urby and Kevin Everett on the last end made it one-all.
A loss by Gordon Pritchard, Kevin Burley, Steve Brown and Phil Wilson was the difference and the 22 to 13 loss saw the match go against the home club.
In grade five Gloucester held good leads in all three matches until the three-quarter mark when things seemed to go awry.
Nico Duynhoven, Bob Charman, Clive Redman and Rob Hayes lost their early lead but fought back to regain it and finish just ahead of their Tuncurry opponents 20 shots to 18.
In the second match, Terry Davies, Jim Whittaker, Eric Latimore and Peter Green held the lead until end 15 but did not win an end after that to go down 20 shots to 10.
In the third game, the foursome of Tony Tersteeg, Don Beaumont, Ron Stepto and Peter Sansom held a commanding 20 to 15 lead on end 18 only to go down a massive 13 shots in three ends to lose 28 to 20.
The main board result of 66 to 50 made the points five to one in favour of the visitors.
Sunday was a brighter day as grade two hosted the Tuncurry Club and sent them home with a five point loss.
The main board was 64 shots to 51 in favour of Gloucester.
Mark Groves, Bruce Wilson, Mick Butler and Steve Higgins made it two from two, winning 23 shots to 15.
Gordon Pritchard, Kevin Burley, Steve Brown and Phil Wilson came back strongly to win by 23 shots to 18 and Kevin Everett, Lu Urby, Barry Wade and Steve Howlett held a two-shot lead going into the last end only to draw the match 18-all.
The grade five teams made it a boom Sunday with a four-point win over the Forster Club on their own greens.
Nico Duynhoven, Bob Charman, Clive Redman and Rob Hayes went down 21 to 18 while there were wins to Peter Green, Eric Latimore, Jim Whittaker and Terry Davies 22 to 18 and Kevin Waite, Ron Stepto, Don Beaumont and Tony Tersteeg 24 to 20.
Gloucester took the main board 64 shots to 59.
Last Thursday’s social bowls saw the green full, with seven matches going ahead and 32 combatants vying for the day’s prize.
In third place with 17 points and a four-shot winning margin were Terry Carson and Phil Wilson with their 22 to 18 win over Steve Howlett and Lu Urby.
In second place with a margin of eight and 17 points were Ray Smith and Bob Charman over Frank Wells and Terry Higgins 24 to 16.
First place with 18 points and a 17-shot margin were Ron Stepto and Eric Latimore over Vic Hebblewhite and Kevin Burley 28 to 11.
This coming week has social bowls on Thursday followed by pennants round three on Saturday with both grades against Taree Leagues Club.
Grade two teams are at home and grade five will visit Taree. Starting time is 1pm.
On Sunday the first round of the championship singles takes place.
If you are not playing please volunteer to mark a game and get involved. Games start at 9.30am. The preparation of the new synthetic green goes ahead on schedule and new seating is earmarked for around the green.
The seating will reflect the club’s history and famous families and players with naming rights up for grabs.
See Vic Hebblewhite if you are interested in named seating.