Last Sunday the Club Women’s Pairs and Men’s and Women’s Singles Club Championships were played in bright sunshine. The women’s pairs had last year’s winners, Sue Maddern and Sue Hutchinson pitted against the new pair of Felicia Johnson and Vanessa Loechal. Based on experience, one would have thought the game to go in favour of the current champions, but not to be outdone, Johnson and Loechal jumped to an 8-0 lead after the first few ends. They continued to maintain their advantage, with all ladies bowling to a high standard. Hutchinson and Maddern recovered to tie the scores at 15 all before running out winners 21-17. Congratulations to all the ladies on a brilliant game.
Both singles games were exciting and went down to the wire. The Women’s Singles was a repeat of last year’s final with the two Sues now competing against each other. The early ends were tight and a four to Maddern gave her an early lead which until she got to 13 shots held the advantage. However Hutchinson recovered and again, Maddern skipped away to 19 shots before a four to Hutchinson tied the scores at 19 all. Two shots on the next end gave Maddern a hard-fought 21-19 win. Congratulations to both ladies on a great game.
Geoff Deeble and Tim Anderson lined up in the Men’s Singles and also provided a nail-biting finish. Deeble settled quickly and jumped away to an early lead and after nine ends held a ten-shot advantage 11-1. Anderson quietly worked his way back into the game and after twenty ends narrowly trailed 14-16. Winning the next two ends, Anderson gained the upper hand and gained the lead 17-16, however a single to Deeble tied the scores at 17 all. Deeble won the next two ends to lead 20-17, but Anderson scored three shots to again tie the scores at 20 apiece. Anderson put his first bowl next to the jack, seemingly gaining the upper hand with Deeble’s bowls in close proximity.
Unfortunately for Anderson, one of his next bowls slightly moved his shot and gave Deeble the shot who went on to win 21-20. Congratulations to both Geoff and Tim for an excellent game of bowls.
What a great day!! Full rinks, with bowlers from both metropolitan and country clubs, graced our greens to enjoy a great day of bowls and social interaction.
The highlight was the luncheon, created by Gail VortRonald, where many were saying they would have paid their $20 just for the luncheon, let alone have the opportunity to play bowls. The incorporation of Beerenberg’s wide range of products used to accompany each dish was made known to all by Shelly prior to each sitting.
Competition throughout the day was fierce, with the overall result going down the wire between the rinks from Edwardstown and Aldinga. Both finished with
82 1/2 points, but Edwardstown won by 2 shots up.
Kathleen Hooker, on behalf of Beerenberg, presented the prizes. Her words leading up to the presentation gave all in attendance an excellent background to the history of the relationship between Beerenberg and the Paech family with the Hahndorf Bowling Club.
We thank all who made the day so memorable – the bowlers who attended, the volunteers who worked so hard, and most importantly Beerenberg Family Farm for their continued support for over thirty years.
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Schoolboy William “Will” Burt made his pennant bowls debut with his proud dad, Jamie, playing in his dad’s rink in first division. Showing no signs of nervousness, Will bowled consistently, particularly with a good line. He continually picked up members’ bowls, polished them, and was encouraged by both Hahndorf and Meadows bowlers throughout the game.
William, 10 1/2 years, is just able to hold his “00” bowls and is now awaiting his “000” bowls to make his grip much easier.
His interest in playing bowls started when he began playing social bowls and the encouragement and positive feedback he received from many members of the club. Whilst he plays soccer, golf, and karate, he has given cricket away to concentrate on his bowls. Dad, Jamie, maintains his main interest is that after bowls he can have a Bunderberg Tropical Mango drink plus a bag of chips.