Wednesday 16th June


Doreen Dyson & Alan Dent regained top spot in division one of the Australian Open Pairs as they powered to a 25-9 win over Irene Bailey & Ken Hasnip.  The victorious pair took first place due to a superior shots difference over Liz Draper & Tony Powell who did not have a game and both pairs have played the same number of games.

Malcolm Pearce & Mike Norton clung on to third place after somehow salvaging a draw against Pam & Keith Dennett.  The Dennetts were in charge early on and led 7-0 but a couple of 3s helped Malcolm & Mike get back into the game at 8-7 behind.  Pam & Keith then regained the advantage by opening a 14-8 lead and looked set for the win but a 2 on the penultimate end gave Malcolm & Mike an outside chance which they gladly took by scoring 4 on the final end to rob Pam & Keith of the win they deserved.

There was an excellent low-scoring game between Barrie Scott & John Clayton and Gill & Pete Fletcher which saw Barrie & John starting well by opening up a 7-0 lead.  This became 9-3 before the Fletchers chipped away at the deficit to take it to a last-end decider with Barrie & John hanging on to win 9-8.

There was another cracking game where Ros & Barry Toyn just kept their noses in front against Lorraine & Dave Evans until the twelfth end when, with the Toyns leading 9-6, the Evans came up with a score of 6 to take a three shots lead.  They then scored 2 on the next end to effectively clinch the game although Ros & Barry went down fighting by grabbing a 4 and only lost 14-13.


Tuesday 15th June


Another round of fixtures and another win for Morning Triples league leaders Jack Rabbits who can't seem to do anything wrong at the moment although they were given a tough time by Wasps.  The Rabbits won the first two ends and had a six-shots lead but Wasps chewed away at the deficit and got within one shot going into the final end where they were so close to gaining at least a draw until Rabbits' skip removed an offending bowl and then bowled in for a count of 3 to give Rabbits a 13-9 victory.

Only two points separate the next six teams with White Rose staying one point in front of the chasing pack despite not having a game.

Dolly Mixtures tasted success when coming good in the second half of their game against Falcons.  It was close up to end seven with Falcons ahead by one shot but Mixtures scored two 3s over the next three ends to go 12-8 in front and hold out for a 14-10 victory.

It was a similar story for Wishfuls who had trailed Meridian by 6-2 before winning the next five ends to go four shots ahead and eventually win 12-8.

There was a cracking game between Ravens and Mudlarks which started in spectacular fashion.  Ravens opened with a 4 but Mudlarks also bagged a 4 on the second end and followed with two 2s to lead 8-4.  Ravens responded with a 5 and added two 3s and a single over the next four ends to go 16-10 in front.  Mudlarks came back with single shots on the next three ends and then grabbed three shots on the final end with the game finishing in a very honourable 16-16 draw.



Thursday 10th June


Despite not having a scheduled game Jack Rabbits remained clear at the top of the Morning Triples league as the rest of  the teams continued to beat each other with positions changing regularly.  White Rose nipped into second spot after coming good at the end of their game against Mudlarks.  In a tight game they had a 6-5 lead after eight ends but then won the next four to finish 15-5 victors.

Meridan lost second position as they were given a mauling by Dolly Mixtures who scored 6 on the first end and had a 15-0 lead after seven ends.  Meridian did perk up a bit after that and damage limitation saw the score finish at 17-8.

Two big ends helped Wishfuls power to a 19-5 win over Wasps.  A 5 put Wishfuls 6-2 ahead and a 7 two ends later put them in command at 13-3.

Ravens fought back from 4-1 down to lead 9-4 against Falcons but then fell prey to a score of 5 as their opponents drew level and got themselves in a flap as Falcons went on to win 14-10 and move off the bottom of the table at Wasps' expense.


Wednesday 9th June


Charlie Briggs & Richard Tyrell lost their advantage at the top of division two of the Australian Open Pairs when beaten 13-10 by Wendy & Peter Neve.  The scores were level after six ends but Wendy & Pete scored a 5 to give themselves breathing space and their opponents couldn't pull it back.

This gave Bernice Culham & Sandie Siddle the opportunity to move level on points at the top as they won 18-13 against Wendy Porter & Fred Bradley who was standing in for Vanessa Drewery.  It was a similar story to the previous game with the scores level after eight ends until Bernice & Sandie scored  a 5 and also won the next three ends before Wendy & Fred finished on a high with a 4 on the final end.

In the battle of the bottom two pairs Tony Hunter & Joe Yensen just got the better of Barry Bishell & Phil Hodgkinson in the 17-12 scoreline.  Barry & Phil scored singles on the first three ends but Tony & Joe then scored a 5 and opened a 10-3 lead.  Barry & Phil pulled back to within one shot but Tony & Joe grabbed another 5 on the next-last end to seal the win.

It was a fairly close tussle for most the game between Roger Orme & Terry Cornwall (standing in for Heather Masters) and Chris & Bob Tice but Roger & Terry won four of the last five ends to run out 18-6 victors.


Tuesday 8th June

Morning Triples league leaders Jack Rabbits were quick off the mark in their game against Ravens and opened up a 13-3 advantage after seven ends but Ravens won the next five ends to close the gap to four shots before Rabbits limped over the line by winning the final two ends for a 16-9 victory.

Meridian replaced Ravens in second spot after a similar game to the above with the same scoreline. Meridian had led 12-4 against Mudlarks before being pegged back to 12-9 but a 3 and a one over the last two ends secured the victory.

White Rose eventually finished comfortable winners over Falcons despite it being a close game after eight ends. At that stage White Rose only led by two shots but they won the next four ends including a 4 and a 5 over the final two ends to run out 21-6 winners.

No problems for Dolly Mixtures who enjoyed a surprisingly simple victory over Wishful who could only manage three singles. Mixtures led 14-1 after seven ends and later scored a '5' to finish convincing winners by 23-3.



Thursday 3rd June

Another win for Jack Rabbits sees them clear at the top of the table whilst the rest of the teams continue to beat each other. The leaders won the first seven ends against Meridian before their opponents got on the scoresheet but Meridian only scored again on the last two ends as Rabbits eased to victory. For the good of the competition they need to be stopped !

Ravens are perched in second spot after just getting the better of Wasps. In a close contest the scores were level at 6-6 after ten ends before Ravens scored two 3s to give themselves breathing space and hang on to win 12-10 as Wasps grabbed a 4 on the last end

Another cracking game saw White Rose edge a 13-11 win against Dolly Mixtures. White Rose started well and had a 9-2 lead before Mixtures found their form and came back to draw level at 9 each. White Rose went ahead again with a 3 but Mixtures then grabbed two singles but it was White Rose who grabbed the vital shot on the final end.

An 8 on the fourth end saw Falcons take a 11-3 lead against Wishfuls but nearly squandered their advantage as their opponents reduced the arrears to four shots. Falcons responded with two 2s and a couple of ends later scored a 6 to go 21-8 ahead and eventually win 22-11.



Wednesday 2nd June

In the Australian Pairs, division one, a second defeat in three matches for Malcolm Pearce & Mike Norton makes the defence of their title much harder. They were beaten 15-12 by Liz Draper & Tony Powell in an excellent game which wasn't decided until the final end when Tony bowled in to make two shots. Liz & Tony have won their three games but remain in second spot on shots difference behind Doreen Dyson & Alan Dent who also have full points from three games. They enjoyed a simple 25-7 victory over Barrie Scott & John Clayton.

There was also a comfortable win for Derek Woodforth & Malcolm Skelton (standing in for the Dennetts) who beat Ros & Barry Toyn 26-7.

Gill & Pete Fletcher going nicely in their game against Irene Bailey & Ken Hasnip with a 13-5 until Irene & Ken grabbed a 5 on the penultimate end to make it an interesting finish but the Fletchers got the vital shot on the final end to secure a 14-10 win.

Only three of the scheduled four games were played in division 2 of the Australian Open Pairs on Wednesday morning where a convincing victory for Charlie Briggs & Richard Tyrell kept them at the top of the table with maximum points. They only led 8-0 after five ends but then ran away with the game only allowing the inexperienced opposition of Barry Bishell & Phil Hodgkinson to win two ends.

It was a similar story for Heather Masters & Roger Orme who dominated the first six ends against Wendy Porter & Vanessa Drewery but even when the latter pair scored a 5 on the next end any hopes of a fightback were dashed when Heather & Roger fired back with a 5 of their own and won four of the next five ends to finish comfortable winners.

There was a closer game between Sandie Siddle & Terry Cornwall (standing in for Bernice Culham) against Chris & Bob Tice, at least for the first six ends when the score was 5 shots each. Sandie & Terry then won seven successive ends and eventually secured a 15-6 victory.




Tuesday 1st June

Current Morning Triples league leaders Jack Rabbits can do little wrong at the moment and they merrily scampered to a fifth successive win when beating Dolly Mixures 18-5. The Mixtures were restricted to five singles whilst the Rabbits picked up four 3s in their tally.

Mudlarks looked to be set for a comfortable win when they led 11-1 after five ends but opponents Wishfuls won five of the next six ends to get back to within two shots only for Mudlarks to slide over the line with two singles on the last two ends for a 14-10 victory.

Best game of the session was Wasps versus White Rose with Wasps winning the first two ends before White Rose blossomed over the next four ends to go 7-3 ahead. Wasps then won three of the following four ends to regain the advantage at 11-8 only for White Rose to

grab four shots on the penultimate end before Wasps earned a draw with the vital shot on the final end.

The other game saw Meridian beat Falcons 16-10 but as their scorecard was not to hand I can't provide details.

We are now looking at the format and make up of the winter leagues. It would be appreciated if those team captains and pairs players who have not yet indicated their intentions could do so as soon as possible. If anyone wishes to enter new teams there are vacancies in ALL leagues !