Millicent wraps up big season

The Millicent Bowls Club is in the process of concluding a huge season with numerous events played in recent weeks.

This year 56 players took part in the Millicent Bowls Club’s annual RFDS Fundraising day.

The one game competition was played over 16 ends, before all the players retired into the club room to enjoy a lovely afternoon tea before the presentations took part and the drawing of the raffle.

Winners for the day, with a score of 29+6, was the Mossies team consisting of Garry Wilson, George Hobson, Merle Stevens and Lorraine Hyland.

Runners-up was another team of night bowlers, Jim Taylor, Barb Leicester, Chris Vearing and Jamie Vearing with a score of 28+13.

Over the entire season the club runs a wrong bias tin for players to add a dollar every time they put a bowl down on the wrong bias.

A highlight of the day was the donation of $1506.50 to the RFDS.

Numbers were up from 14 to 34 for the latest round of 2-4-2 bowls last Thursday.

The winning team for the day went to one of the triples in Orr Grosvenor, Garry Wilson and Iain Campbell with a score of 34+16.

Runners-up with a score of 33+12 were David Nuske and Derk Pietersma.

Other winning teams were Arthur O’Connell and David Reichelt 33+15, Garth Baker and Neil Whelan 33+12, Eddie Hann and Steve Carnellor 33+9, Sam Schofield and Peter Hyland 32+9, Chris Earl and Kym Stewart 31+4 and Lurlene Reinders and Peter Scanlon 31+3.

The Millicent Bowls Club Veteran Singles competitions were also on the line across the men’s and women’s grades.

In the ladies class all games were played to the first bowler with 21 shots.

The semi-finals were between Mary Campbell and Faye Hill, with the former receiving the accolades, while Heather Carthew defeated Robin Rolfe to also reach the grand final.

In the decider Carthew enjoyed a strong start and had a five-shot lead after nine ends.

But by the 21st end Campbell clawed her way back into the game and cut the deficit down to a single shot.

The game was played to 21 up and by the 26th end Carthew was able to reach the target of 21 shots and be awarded with the title of Millicent Bowls Club Veteran Ladies Singles Champion.

This will now allow her to take part in the Ladies’ Champion of Champion Veteran Singles for the Lower South East Bowls Association.

The Men’s Veteran Singles was also played the same day and Peter Hyland overcame Derk Pietersma in the all-important semi-final.

In the second semi-final, John Scudds was not good enough to stop Peter Scanlon from winning his way into the grand final.

The decider was a neck and neck game and by the eighth end scores were tied at nine shots.

After 21 ends nothing separated the players with both sitting on 18 shots.

Hyland won the next end to be sitting on 20 shots and only required one more for the win but on the final end Scanlon was able to clinch three shots to give him a thrilling win.

Last week the Millicent ladies went out to play their Handicap Pairs in 12-end games.

After the first two rounds it came down to the semi-finals where Del Parsons and Mary Clifford overcame Lyn Scudds and Mary Campbell.

In the second Semi-Final between Adriana Ross and Lorraine Hyland were too good for Jan Buhlmann and Faye Hill.

In the grand final, Ross and Hyland started one shot up with the score card sitting at seven shots to six.

But by the fifth end Parsons and Clifford turned things around and lead 12 shots to 10.

Parsons and Clifford won four of the next five ends to finish the game 26 to 12 and claim the Handicap Pairs Champions title in fine style.

The weekly Millicent Night Owls season concluded recently with the winners announced after countless ends of action.

Red Division was controlled by the Rovers after Steven Skeer, John Buhlmann, Roger Buckmaster and Mick Pedler collected 394 points.

Blue Division honours went to Grand Hotel, with 418 points from Jim Taylor, Bill Chapman, Chris Vearing and Jamie Vearing.

Sam Kent, Jez Jones, Luke Ferguson and Todd Craige helped the Pups, storm to victory in White Division.

Graham Watson (23), Jamie Vearing (27) and Bernie Bowman (26) claimed the most touches in the Red, Blue and White Divisions respectively.

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