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SK Underwriting Drawn Aussie Pairs
Javier Green BC
Report by Jonathan Barr, photo editing by Amber Dineen & John Carr.
27TH – 28TH JUNE, 2018.
For the third year running, Colin Johns, of SK-Underwriting along with our very own Joe Schulein, Vice Captain at JGBC, gave the 56 participating players from the Club a thoroughly enjoyable 2 days of bowling.
The format comprised 2 squads of 14 pairs who played in a Round Robin tournament of 4 games of 8 ends. The top 2 teams from each squad went on to battle it out for the top prize of a hefty 500Euros with 200E for the runners-up and generous cash prizes for the beaten semi-finalists. The teams in 3rd and 4th places fought a Plate competition, a straight knockout with the eventual Finalists receiving cash prizes. All the semi-finals and finals were played over 6 ends.
In the top 2 slots of the ‘Red’ squad, Pauline Bishop with Les Finch squared up to Felicity Jenkins and Mike O’Neill, Felicity and Mike won this tussle. Meanwhile the top 2 teams of the ‘Blue’ squad, Dick Baron and Mark Ivory went head to head with Ritva McAuliffe and Jean Gullidge, Dick and Mark won this bout.
So we arrived at the Top team from each squad who would now face each other in the Grand Final – the ‘Reds’ ( Felicity and Mike) took an early lead of 3 shots, the ‘Blues’ (Dick and Mark) retaliated and grabbed the next 6 shots, the ‘Reds’ then snaffled 4 shots on the 5th end and went into the last end 7-6 shots up. Dick and Mark dug deep and won the important 1 shot needed to tie the match at 7-7 all.
As is usual in a tied game, there was a one-end shoot-out to decide the contest. With each wood played, the advantage kept swinging from one team to the other, with some superb shots being played, but in the end, Dick and Mark inched it by just one shot to become overall Winners with 8 shots to 7. Well done Lads.
Meanwhile in the Plate semi-finals, Dave Carvath and Richard Day won out against Velia Wood and Jim Fletcher, whilst Phil Woodhead and Mary O’Neill lost out to Doug Bacon and Roy Lees. In the final, Doug and Roy prevailed by 11 shots to 4 to become the outright Plate winners. Congratulations Chaps.
There was over 1200E sponsorship funds with 6 teams winning generous cash sums.
On top of this there was a Spider competition open to all contestants for a 50E prize. Ken Davey got his bowl nearest the Jack and walked away with the Loot. There’s more – our very generous Sponsors brought a drink for everyone at the Club, so Cheers go to Colin Johns and Joe Schulein – thanks Guys for continuing to produce this very popular event.
Once the presentations and photo calls were over, we all convened in the courtyard for a celebratory BBQ served up by the lovely Jan and her Team with Music courtesy of our own Neil Fagen.
Lastly thanks go to Alan and Jan Phillips for all
their hard work in ensuring a well organised competition which was
enjoyed by One and All.