What an excellent year for the Novice events at the Joondalup Bowling club with sixteen men and eight ladies competing in the novice singles. Today we completed three rounds of Men’s singles and two rounds of ladies to have four worthy finalists who will play in the Grand Final to be held on the 21st of March. All men’s games today saw first to twenty one shots was declared the winner.
The men had eight rinks which saw some excellent games of bowls in round one with one game that was worthy of an open singles match. It was also especially pleasing to see two young players in Kian and Kaja who are both eleven years of age compete today. They both played some splendid bowls and did themselves proud but unfortunately they did not get through to the second round. Well done young men. Winners in round one were Blignault Olivier, Anthony Phillips, Mark Roemermann, Josh Vlahos, Chris Lewis, Craig Humphries , CJ Smith and Ren Plummer. The match between Craig Humphries and Kev Gary was an absolute cracking game with some fantastic bowling by both players. Craig eventually got through by one shot. The game between young Josh Vlahos and Ian Griffin took almost three hours to complete as they both played very well with Josh getting through by the barest of Margins.
Round two saw the level escalate with some very tight and wonderful games. Mar Roemermann and Josh Vlahos played a great game with Mark holding sway late to get through. Blignault and Anthony Philips took twenty five ends to get a result with Anthony finally getting over his close mate Blignault by five shots. Chris Lewis took on the all-conquering Craig Humphries in an excellent match with Craig getting through with some splendid bowling against a very determined Chris who also bowled well. Ren Plummer played against his mate CJ Smith with Ren who has been bowling well lately was too good in the end and had a good win.
The semi-finals got under way with Anthony Phillips taking on Mark Roemermann and Ren Plummer taking on Craig Humphries in the second final. Mark got away to a good start against Tony and held onto the lead for most of the game to force his way into the Grand Final. Well done Mark and congratulations to Anthony for getting to the semi-final. The second semi final was a wonderful game to witness as both players played exceptionally well. It was a very tight game with both players locked at nineteen all with two ends to go. Craig in a close call got the last shot to get up by two against a very tired and gallant Ren.
All players who competed today should congratulate themselves on how they played their games and also the great spirt in which the contest was played. Also sincere thanks to the volunteer markers and the players who did not get through for marking games as well.
Well done to the Match Committees for another successful and fun event.
A very good day at the Joondalup Bowling club for the Finalisation of the Men’s and Ladies Championship Pairs event. The first day of this event was cancelled due to the inclement weather and our bowlers were asked to squeeze a three week event into two. Congratulations to all the men players involved today as they all accepted the challenge to go on with finishing this event.
Also many thanks to the large number of supporters that turned up to witness some great bowling.
At the end of last week we had eight pairs who had won through to the Quarter Finals. The Quarter Finals (QF) commenced early at 9:30 in very warm but pleasant conditions. QF number one was between James and Noah Groves against Mark Ryan and Wayne Skipper. This was as excellent game that was very tight to the end with scores level with two ends to go. The Groves boys got their names in front with one shot going into the last end. A cracking last end with some excellent bowls from both sides saw Mark and Wayne get two on the last end to move to the semi-finals. It is great for our club that we have two brothers who are very young playing together and also playing at a very high standard so well done to James and Noah to get to the quarter finals.
QF number two was the Jeff Clarke, Kev. Gray pair taking on Dynamite Doug Peck and the smiling assassin in Tom Dennett. This was a very close game early but Doug and Tom pulled away at the end to get through.
QF 3 was Dave Stanick with Tom Vlahos versus Dave Webber and Greg Barry. Greg and Dave got off to a brisk start and were well ahead early in the game. Dave S and Tom rallied and with some great saving bowls they caught up only to stumble on the last end and go down. Dave Webber and Greg advanced through to the semi-final by a two shot margin.
QF number 4 was a great game between some of our best bowlers with Koro and Pikey taking on Joe Wedlock and Tony Mirto. Tony and Joe also go off to a flyer only to have Koro and Donny fight back. In a very exciting game it came down to the last end with Koro and Donny Pike getting up by the barest of margins.
To the semi-finals. Mark Ryan with Wayne Skipper played the combination of Dave Webber and Greg Barry. This was also a very intense game with Dave and Greg holding a slim lead. When it came to the last ends Dave and Greg had increased their lead to five shots. They were holding more shots on the second last end when Skipper Mark killed the end with a great bowl. Mark secretly joked that he was willing to kill multiple ends in an attempt to wear down the opposition. Greg and Dave survived to win through to the final.
Michael Korycin (Koro) and Donny Pike took on the all-conquering Tom Dennett and Doug Peck. This was an excellent game with all four players playing some exceptional bowls. It was a pity there was a loser in this game as all four players played some crackers but Don and Koro had a very good win in the end.
The Grand Final.
Don and Koro got off to a flyer and were well in front early in the game with some excellent bowling. Greg and Dave did not have much luck but rallied late to get back into contention mid-way through the game. Koro and Donny realising there was a challenge they upped a cog and played some splendid bowls to have a convincing win. What a great effort as Don is not getting any younger and he was required along with the others to play forty eight ends. This was a great effort by all.
Well done to Dave Webber and Greg Barry who were gallant in defeat but played very well all day. Congratulations to Michael (Koro) and Donny Pike for a great day of bowls to become the Joondalup Bowling Club 2021 Men’s Pairs champions.
Sincere thanks to Andrew, Barb and their match committee teams for the running of another successful event.
Men's Triples Report
First Semi Final.
The Clarke team of Jeff Clarke, Kev Gray and Brett Driscoll took on the Mark Ryan team of Mark and Glenn and Kim Oakley. This was an extremely tight affair early with both teams playing some great shots. The score card had both team equal on points at the thirteenth end, but with some exceptional bowls played by Mark and his team they came away with a good win.
With the defeat of the Clarke team early in the day there was a positive outcome, as the bar profits at the JSA had a steep rise that afternoon.
Second Semi Final.
This game had the Groves team, consisting of James as skip with Andrew playing second and their good friend in Matt Buttsworth playing as lead. They took on the Keith Willett team of Keith, John Wills and Dave Farrow. As per Semi-Final One this was a close fought game right up to the last few ends. The spectators witnessed some great bowls by skipper James and skipper Keith, with the Willett team getting some valuable shots in the later ends to come away with the victory.
The Keith Willet team versus the Mark Ryan team. This game started in some very windy and cool conditions, which was the only cold thing about it as there was some very hot bowling happening. Both teams played a very high standard of bowls that they all should be very proud of.
The game was again extremely close all day and with some more exceptional bowls by Mark and his team they came away with a great victory. Congratulations to Mark, Glenn and Kim as they played very well all day and deserve the win.
It was great to see a number of club members come down to support the teams and especially thanks to the defeated teams in the morning who all stayed and supported the remaining teams in both the Ladies’ and Men’s grand finals.
Well done to our Club Captains in Andrew and Barb and their match committees for the successful running of the triples event.
Rink one. This was a very interesting competition with five of the players in last week’s men’s fours Grand Final being involved. The Clarke team lead by Jeff Clarke with Kev Gray as second and Brett Driscoll as lead took on the lovely persons in Clive Raymond with Lance Farrow and John Ferguson. The Clarke team got off to a flyer being eleven shots to one early but as you would expect with quality bowlers in Clive’s team they soon got back in contention and even in front. The Clarke team steadied and with some great bowls from skipper Clarke and his team came away with the victory 22 sots to 10.
Rink two. This rink also had a great contest with quality teams involved. The teams consisted of our new member and very good bowler in Tom Dangerfield with the best guy in town Wayne Skipper and their skip for the day in Mike Wyndham. They took on Alan Covell, Mike Batka and Tom Dennett. These guys had a tough tussle with the scores not reflecting the close competition. The Wyndham team came away with a 22 to 10 shots win.
Rink Three, This was between the very experienced Joe Wedlock team of Pa Pa John Kalajzic and Don Pike. They took on three of our favourite people in Jan Boekestein, Chris Beaney and Richard Gower. They had a lot of fun and all played some great bowls with the experienced team of Joe and his men coming through with a victory. If you want a fun day playing bowls go with Jan, Chris and Richard as they have a great sense of humour and make the game as it should be in a lot of FUN. They can also play great bowls.
Rink Four. This was the most popular game of the day with young Kian Mayne playing with Harry Pickford and Nigel Poulton. This game attracted a large following as Kian is only eleven years old and he played some great bowls but unfortunately for his spectators the team of Alan Taylor, Brain Vandervelde and Terry Furler came away with the victory at 25 shots to 5. Keep the great work up young Kian.
Rink Five. This seemed like Roger Federer playing a qualifier in the Aussie open as you cannot predict the outcome. This game was the experienced Keith Willet team of John Wills and Dave Farrow playing the ex- top basketball centre in Larry Young and his team of guards in Anthony Phillips and Blignault Olivier. This was a great game and the result did not reflect the quality of the game. The new guys should be congratulated on putting up a fine effort but unfortunately going down 22 to 12 shots. It is great to have these new guys in the club and look at in the future as their improvement is tenfold.
This game had one of our sides that is representing the club in the BPL Regional Finals to be held at Joondalup on the 6th of December. Ray Harris as skip with Mark Roemermann and Chris Lewis. They played the Keith Willett team who had a win in round one. This was another tough game with both teams playing some very competitive bowls and eventually the Willett team came away with a win 16 shots to 12.
This was the Groves team of Andrew, James and a replacement for Noah in a new bowler Matt Buttsworth. James played as skip with Andrew second and Matt as lead. They played against the Terry Furler lead side. Once again it was a tight struggle early with some great competitive ends. The Groves team came through with a win at 16 shots to 9. Well done to Matt who played in his first competitive game at the club.
This was a great game between two very evenly matched teams. The Clarke team took on the Mike Wyndham led team who both had a win in round one. The Wyndham team got off to a flyer with some great bowls and had a handy lead early. The Clarke team gradually got back into contention with some great saving bowls from skipper Jeff. With only four ends to go the Wyndham team managed to get a four shot advantage. The Clarke team did not give up and turned the tables in the last four ends and came away with a hard fought win winning by four shots. Both skippers in Mike and Jeff bowled extremely well.
This game was the Joe Wedlock team taking on the Mark Ryan team with Glen and Kim Oakley who had a bye in the first Round. This was a very exciting and high quality game which you would expect from this quality of bowlers. This was a very even right to the end and played in great spirit and a lot of fun. Team Ryan managed to get ahead in the last ends and won by two shots.
Next Week Semi and Grand Finals.
First Semi Final
Jeff Clarke, Kev Gray and Brett Driscoll versus Mark Ryan, Glenn Oakley and Kim Oakley
Second Semi Final
James Groves, Andrew Groves and Matt Buttsworth versus Keith Willett, John Wills and Dave Farrow.
Good luck to all the teams
On behalf of the Match Committee
The Men’s and Ladies fours championship was concluded on Sunday the 15th of November.
The weather was fine and there was some exciting games played.
Semi Final 1.
This saw the experienced Gentleman’s team In Tony Mirto as skip with Dave Kemp, Dave Farrow and Clive Raymond take on the Alan Covell team with Lance Farrow and the Scottish twins in John Ferguson and Tom Dennett. The game was extremely tight with scores being level after multiple ends. The heads were extremely impressive with all players bowling very well. The Alan led team we able to gain some extra shots nearing the end of the game to pull away and won 16 to 10. Well done to both teams.
Semi Final 2.
This was the game between the Mark Ryan team of Keith Willett, John Wills and everyone’s favourite cuz in Richard Wyatt. They took on the Jeff Clarke team with Kev Gray, Chris Street and Brett Driscoll. Unfortunately Wayne Skipper who played in this team last week suffered an injuring during the week which prevented him from playing both pennants and the men’s fours and Chris Street came in the team as a substitute
This game was also extremely tight with some excellent bowls being played. The scores were level most of the game with the Jeff Clarke led side having a very narrow victory by one shot at 20 to 19. All players should be congratulated on the way the game was played with a lot of fun and good sprit between the teams.
The Allan Covell to take on the Jeff Clarke team.
The game did justice to any Grand final played at ou club in recent years with all players playing some cracking bowls. Credit must go to the two skippers in Alan and Jeff as they both bowled extremely well and saved their respective teams on many occasions. You could not pick out any one player who was the difference in the teams as all players did themselves proud as they all bowled very well at times. The scores were very close up to the fourteenth end when the Covell team scored three single shot ends in a row to led by three. On the eightieth end the Covell team did very well to win by five shots with the scores then at nineteen to eleven. The Jeff Clarke team were then under the pump and were lucky to win by three shots on the ninetieth end and by two shot on the twentieth end. The scores with one end to go was nineteen to the Covell team and sixteen to the Clarke team.
The last end was very exciting with some great bowls around the kitty early. It then got more interesting when the kitty was sent into the ditch by a great bowl from Kev Gray in Clarke team. This resulted in a nail bitting finish with the Clarke team winning the last end by four shots to clinch the victory by one shot at twenty to nineteen. What a great final that was enjoyed by a number of spectators who gave up their time to support both teams.
Congratulations to the Jeff Clarke team Commiserations to the Alan Covell team. You guys should be very proud of your efforts in the competition as you overcome some very strong teams to get into the final but also the way you played in the entire competition with some great bowls and the impressive sportsmanship you showed during the event and especially in the Grandfinal.
Sincere thanks to the Andrew Groves and Barb Lord led Match Committees for conducting another very successful tournament.
On behalf of the Match Committee
Sunday 8th of November saw the commencement of the 2020-2021 Men’s and Ladies four’s Championship at the Joondalup Bowling Club.
It was payed under very pleasant conditions although a mid to strong Westerly wind may have caused some issue with the players.
Men’s Round One.
The first round had some very competitive matches with a number of our top division men being cast against each other in the first round. Rink one saw a great game between young Wes and his chargers against Dave Stanick and his team. This was a great fight with Dave and his team winning on the last end by one shot. A special mention must go to our great mate Pa Pa John (Kalajzic) as he came in as a late replacement and played very well. Rink two had another great game that was eventually won by Tony Mirto and his Team. They beat the Oakley/Wedlock team in another great contest. It is wonderful for our club to have family bowlers in these sides like the Groves and Oakley families. Rink three was a David and Goliath meeting with Nigel Poulten and his team facing the highly fancied team with Jimmy Buchanan and his guns. This was a great contest early with the guns pulling away in the late ends.
Rink four was the Clarke and Vandervelde contest. A fun contest with a lot of great batter better the teams and it was completed with the Clarke team being successful. Rink five had one of the contests of the day going down to and extra end to be played to decide the winner. What a great game with the Mark Ryan and Dave Webber teams giving their all for a win with the Ryan team wining buy one shot.
The fancied team of Dave Stanick, Patrick Daley and their fellow division one players took on Tony Mirto and his ever reliable team. Tony and his boys played very well and came away with the win.
The big test was how to beat Jimmy Buchanan and his gun team however Alan Covell with John Ferguson, Tom Dennett and Lance Farrow were equal to the task and scored a very good victory.
Then there was the game between the Clarke men and the young team with Andrew Groves as the skipper. This was fantastic for the club as Andrew’s team included Mark Roemermann and his young son Max who is eleven years old and also James Jamisen who is just turned twelve. The contest was very good with some cracking bowls played by the young guys. It was great to see Andrew and Mark playing with the young guys. Their guidance during the game will be a great assistance in the development of these young players. I also must congratulate the Clarke team for also their encouragement and guidance with the boys.
The last game was an extremely hard contest between an experienced Mark Ryan led team and the Ben Leggett young guys. Ben had young Kian Mayne who is eleven years old with James and Noah Groves topping off the young team. Kian played some great shots and earned the respect of many spectators watching the game. What a great experience for Kian to play with Ben and James who are both top level bowlers in our club. The game went down to wire with Mark and his team getting through to the semi-finals.
Next week Finals.
The first semi-final is between Tony Mirto, Dave Farrow, Dave Kemp and Clive Raymond who will take on Alan Covell, Lance Farrow, Tom Dennett and John Ferguson
The second final is Jeff Clarke, Kev Gray, Wayne Skipper and Brett Driscoll who will take on Mark Ryan, Keith Willlett, John Wills and everyone’s favourite Cuz in Richard Wyatt.
Good Luck to all.
Good luck for the semi and Grand Final next week.