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Written by: Young Bowling Club

Cherry Festival Winners

A very successful Cherry Festival Bowls Carnival was completed on Thursday morning with the fifth game of the Men’s Triples Tournament.

A Calcutta for this event was held on Monday night and was enjoyed by those in attendance. Special thanks to Ryan Brown who showed off his auctioneering skills during the evening. Ryan was representing Kevin Miller, Whitty & Lennon who were the major sponsors of this year’s tournaments.

The maximum of forty–two teams from many areas of the state participated in the Men’s triples. Despite the weather forecasts, the first two days saw play completed in good conditions.

Light rain was falling at the start of the final game on Thursday morning and stopped after about 45 minutes. With most players half-way through their lunch the skies opened up and the greens were soon under water.

After lunch the prizes were presented by Geoff Connelly – President of Young Services Club, John Gerrard – representing Kevin Miller, Whitty & Lennon and Bowls President Joe Bargwanna.

Only two teams won all five games with Geoff Holt, Terry Ricketts and Chris Grimson – all from local clubs – being the winners with a margin of 67 shots.

Second place went to the Albion Park team of Marty Weston, Peter Thelan and Brett Pieper whose margin was 63 shots.

Paul Roberts, Mick Galli and Kevin Fitzpatrick (Wenty Leagues) were third with 4 wins and a draw and a margin of 29 shots.

The composite team of Vytas Meiksha, Dave Croker and Scott Foster finished fourth with 4 wins and a margin of 55 shots.

Stu Ellem, John Heidtmann and Rick Malley were fifth with 4 wins and a 42 shot margin and Jim White, Jason Jones and John Harriott (Harden/Cootamundra Ex) finished sixth with 4 wins and a margin of 40 shots.

Thanks to the many people who helped ensure the success of the event – Mitch and Damien for the condition of the greens, George Somerville, Colin Powell and Tony Ruhl for their work on the greens and to Colin and Tony for their work with the raffles.

Thanks to the bar staff – particularly Garry, Leslie and Kristy for their long hours, to Elsie Hines and Damien for umpiring. Thanks also to the members of the Fishing Club for organising breakfast and to Rick and his staff for the lunches and to the indoor bowlers for the barbecue on Thursday.

Thanks to those club members who helped with any aspect of tournament – setting up and putting away the shades, setting up mats and jacks, collecting empty glasses, general tidying up.

The club is very appreciative of the great sponsorship support received from many local businesses for the two–week carnival.

The only local games to report on were those played in the Wednesday night division of the Guy Pickering Charity Challenge. The clear winners for the evening were Mellross Crew who scored 16 points on the night.

Some preliminary that the Fishing Club will be holding their annual Christmas Bowls afternoon on Sunday 12th December. The entry form is on the notice board and the event is for single entries with entries closing at 5.00 pm on Saturday 11th December.

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