The final of the Wellington bowling club Four Wood Club Singles was between Martin Speakman and Nick Channon.
Several years ago Nick was encouraged to take up the game by Martin and having lured him into the game gave him coaching lessons to get him started.
Nick Channon became an extremely capable bowler and this final against his old tutor created some interest.
Both players picked up four shots in the first three ends so the two were level and battle commenced in earnest. The game swung this way and that but after twelve ends the two could not be separated, having 12 shots each.
Some very accurate dbowling followed and after twenty ends Channon led by one shot, 18 – 17. Both needed those few elusive shots to get to the all important 21.
In the final end Speakman held shot but Nick Channon played the perfect bowl. He picked up the jack and rolled it back to a waiting wood behind to take two shots and become the Club Singles Champion 2016. Martin congratulated Nick on a well deserved victory.
The quarter-final of the Four Wood Open between the experienced Mike Connor and the enthusiastic Ernie Windsor was watched by several interested spectators.
Windsor was the first to settle to his game and led 8 – 3 after six but Connor fought back and overtook to lead 14 – 10 after fifteen ends.
After nineteen, honours were even. The two were level on 15 shots apiece. The finely balanced game then swung Ernie Windsor’s way. He picked up eight cleverly crafted shots in the final five ends to take it 21 – 15. Ernie will play Rod Troake in the semi-final.
In the Semi-finals of the Amy Stanton Handicap Pairs, husband and wife team Simon and Monica Spalding took on father and son Vic and Jay Merrell.
The Spaldings were in top form in this game and were comfortable winners on the day 21 – 4.
In the other semi-final, two husband and wife teams faced one another. Mike and Carol Connor played Rod and Diane Troake.
This proved to be a very close game with first one team picking up a shot and then the other team doing the same. There was little between them but the Connors took the lead and held it until the end.
The game lasted a very long and wearing three and a half hours but the result went to the Connors 21 – 10.
In the Men’s Pairs Competition there was a tight semi-final between Ian Stewart and Paul Kelly v Mike Twyford and Rod Corkett.
Stewart and Kelly took an early lead although there was not much between them after eleven ends the scores were 11 to Twyford and Corkett and 12 to their opponents.
Stewart and Kelly settled to their game after that and moved on to a closely fought victory 23 – 17.
Ian Stewart and Paul Kelly must wait to find out who will be their opponents in the final.