Games shortened in heat

VIEW: A beautiful night for bowling captured by the Standard senior journalist Peri Strathearn before the Christmas break. Photo: Peri Strathearn.
VIEW: A beautiful night for bowling captured by the Standard senior journalist Peri Strathearn before the Christmas break. Photo: Peri Strathearn.

Resuming after the Christmas/New Year break last week, Night Owl players found conditions rather warm for their return to bowling, especially on Thursday night.

It was not the pace of the competition, but rather the weather.

On Thursday night the start was delayed for half an hour and the game shortened to 12 ends due to the heat.

Wednesday

Wednesday night saw all teams front up eager to resume bowling with most matches a little lop sided.

Dad’s Army, Hill Street Hoods and Rough Reds all won their games by 15 shots, with Mypo winning theirs by 14 shots.

The closest games for the night were those of Bluds (Zoobies) and Punch Lines (Hell Raisers) with nine shots the difference. These were unusual score lines to most weeks.

At the end of the night, the overall winners were the Dad’s Army team of Jayne, Kaye and Andrew Hughes with Brenton Sinclair.

Consolation winners were Helen Geier, Terry Constable, Natasha Coghlan and Ian Heitman of the Humpty Doo team.

Position winners were:

  • Leader: Judy Warner (Off Roaders) 
  • Second: Russell Matthews (Rough Reds) 
  • Thirds: Steve Harrison (Hill Street Hoods) 
  • Skipper: Janelle Traeger (Mypo)

Thursday

Thursday Night’s competition as I said was reduced due to the heat with some quick programming changes necessary with three teams not turning out.

Most matches were closely fought with Home Detention (Classic Fours) and River Glades (Olsen Court) only getting in by three shots.

Watching from the start, players were well onto the kitty as if they hadn’t had a few weeks off.

It was also the end of the minor round for these teams as from next week they begin their sectional play which will be a round robin contest over seven weeks, with each team in the section playing the other seven teams of that section.

Overall winners at the end of the night saw the Green Masters team of Barry Griffiths, Bob Hancock, Ray Morris and Ben Bowman feeling like professionals with their “prize money”.

Loser’s Consolation winners were the Classic Fours team of Mark Ward, Kristin, Robin and Matthew Hundertmark.

Position winners were:

  • Leader: Ian Schubert (Chokers),
  • Second: Shane Morris (Roof Rats)
  • Third: David Brehaut (River Glades)
  • Skipper: Graham Wilmshurst (Home Detention).

The annual exchange with Lobethal will be held on Friday the 23rd February in Murray Bridge.