THE old saying “bowls are bowls and it all depends on the day” rang true on Sunday morning at the Gerringong Bowling Club when the club fours final was contested. Having completed the semi-finals the previous day where the eventual finalists put on a great display of bowls, the stage was set for a close contest in the decider.
Sunday morning dawned cloudy and a little wet as the combatants tested the green with the traditional roll up, shook hands and started what everyone expected to be a close encounter. No one was game to predict the winner.
Facing off for the title were team Gilbert, made up of lead John Tunstall, second Bob MacPherson, third Lyle Stuart and skip Ian Gilbert, facing team Benson, consisting lead Merv Keith, second Dennis McKeveney, third Bill Walsh and skip Glen (Noisy) Benson.
It wasn’t long into the game that team Gilbert gave notice they were in for the kill thanks to absolute perfect bowling by the star lead John Tunstall.
Both teams oozed talent and confidence despite the fact that one team had a virtual novice in John Tunstall, who was playing his first competition ever.
As the game progressed, team Gilbert was relentless in their pursuit and really turned it on with superior bowling.
At the 17th end Benson pulled the pin and the championship was over for his team with a final score of 27–8 in team Gilbert favour.
Congratulations to the new champions, they certainly were the better team on
In the toast of the coast
competition 36 bowlers, representing six clubs, braved the elements on Friday for the popular tournament. Just after midday the temperature rose to an uncomfortable level
so play was abandoned for
the afternoon session. In a show of goodwill president Merv awarded the prizemoney in full despite playing one game less than the advertised program.
First place went to the
composite team from Berry/Gerringong of R. Tulloch, Bob Mark and Ian Cartwright. Runners-up from Oak Flats were Henry Tranby, Peter Mead and Luke Cocksedge.