Gloucester Bowling Club has resumed play following the COVID episode with many players keen to test their ability after a lengthy spell.
Twenty seven players turned out on Thursday with the ever consistent Lu Urby combining with the up and coming Chris Pritchard winning the major prize def Terry Higgins, Charlie Faulkner 30-18, Neville Atkins combined well with the new bowler Steve Huworth def Robert Hayes, Don Mehieloff 23-15, Vic Hebblewhite, John West def Bob Charman, Jim McIntosh 28-17, Phil Walls, Robbie Bowden proved to strong for Kevin Burley, Luke Doyle winning 26-16, John Andrews, Col Beattie def Kevin Everett, Peter Sansom 24-19, Rob Heininger, James Davison def Nico Duynhoven, Alex Laurie 19-18 and Terry Davies playing as swinging lead had a close fought game with him and George Wisemantel narrowly def Mike Sheely and the swinger 24-20.
Saturday bowls consisted of something new with a Town versus Country match. Players living within the 60km zone took on the country bumkins living outside the 60km zone. The townies started hot favourites thinking the country players would suffer from 4WD lagg but as usual the boys and girls from the bush handled the cold conditions better proving to strong winning easily 179 to 131. The Country team of Mike Sheely, Nico Duynhoven won the Jack High restaurant voucher with the highest score but the only town team to put up a fight were Jason Cassidy, Terry Davies winning the voucher, a great day of bowls was enjoyed with 32 players and plenty of sledging and no doubt there will be a get square rematch soon.
The quarter finals of the major singles will resume on Saturday, July 4 with Jason Cassidy playing Andrew Henderson, John Andrews vs Col Hebblewhite, Graham Turnbull vs Aaron Kelly and Gary Spokes vs Tony Tersteeg and the winners will line up on Sunday, July 5 in the semi final with the singles final and the first round of the pairs to be played the weekend of July 11 and 12.
A huge thanks to all bowlers for their understanding during the shut down and with restrictions easing we anticipate bowls will be back to normal soon.