Thank you to those that were not playing but assisted with spotting games. Also to Diane, Robin for assisting with Referee Duties and Gayle, Francis, Daphne, Glenda and Ros for spotting/score boards during the finals.
UPCOMING EVENTS - 2017
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While entries were down all around, the ladies made my job a bit easier in the pairs by having a straight number set to play. The men on the other hand were one short. But thanks to Mr Vince Lakin we were able to avoid an extra game. When it was all said and done it was a family connection that took out both events with Kaylene and Monique Weir taking out the ladies and Errol Weir and Ryan Wiegand taking out the gent’s pairs. Although the scores may not have shown it, they were made to earn their titles when taking on Dulcie Casey and Pat Wanka, and Richard McLachlan and John Senior in their respective games.
Local bowlers Sheree Lowry and Ros Richter defeated Jean Brown and Judy Klein in the ladies consolation final as did Glenn Casey and Ted Wanka over Angus Young and Ian Bailey.
The singles was a close fought affair with giant killer Bev Brown taking out the final after a come back over David Stoker. Bev is only the second lady to take out the open singles, and the first in a few years. This game would have gone either way with Bev holding her nerve to take the title. (Bev did seem more nervous about her speech the next day as opposed to her determined concentration the day before!)
Jean Brown and Ryan Wiegand had a tight tussle in the consolation final with Jean edging Ryan to take the consolation final.
The Triples finals were very similar to the pairs with the Weirs making two finals. While a tight game, Justin, Haydn and Monique Weir had control of the game most the way through (and with a bit of head shaking from a certain skip) they were able to hold on to nudge out a fighting Glenn and Dulcie Casey and Pat Wanka. This giving Monique her second title for the weekend and also ensuring all the Weir family left with a title over the weekend. (In my few years here I do not remember seeing that outside of a rinks event).
The consolation final saw Ryan Wiegand in his third final for the weekend, combining with Errol and Kaylene Weir to take on President Carmel Blyth, Jody Moore and Holly Blyth. After opening a lead at the start Errol and co fought their way back into the game, but Carmel Jody and Holly managed to keep their lead to run out winners of the Consolation Triples.
All games were played in great spirit with no major issues to report. I did receive a suggestion of how to speed up the games a little in regards to lunch breaks. This would have worked well yesterday but unfortunately it was too late at the time to implement it, but I believe that will work well for next year. Thank you Janet for your suggestion. If anybody else has any suggestions, please let me know.
Thank you to Pittsworth for setting up for the event as well as those that helped with the running of the day. Also to Vince Lakin who stayed late to assist with referee duties for the Pairs and Singles Finals.
Jnr Vice / QLD Games Director
2017 National Championship
The Championships held in Devonport Tasmania have come to a close.
Congratulations to all the members of the Queensland Team that fought hard for their state. On behalf of myself, Elise Dunstan and Janet Stockel, thank you for all your support this year as your liaison officers.
Queensland managed a respectable third in the Jack Gore Trophy Standings and Fourth in the Bill Newman Trophy Standings.
Congratulations to the winners of medals from Queensland for this year:
Men's Pairs - Errol Weir, Ryan Wiegand. Third medal in a row - Bronze, Silver now Gold.
Men's Triples - Bradley Stoker, Kyle French, Haydn Weir, Ian Long (Sub),
Sixth Medal in a row for Haydn, Silver, Gold, Gold in Juniors, and Gold, Gold and now Bronze in Senior level.
Third Medal in a row for Kyle and Bradley, Gold, Gold and now Bronze.
Hosted by Nambour: Open Winners: Callide Valley (Robin and Jenny Cruikshank)
Open Runners Up: Toowoomba (Errol and Kaylene Weir)
Consolation Winners: Dalby (Dulcie Casey and Deborah Wenham)
Consolation Runners Up: Nambour (Janet Stockel and Nelson Thomas)
Australia vs NZ Test Match
New Zealand retained the Henselite Trophy at Mounties when defeating Australia 41-25
While Australia were still in the match heading into the final day, New Zealand dominated the opening session with only the Men's Fours able to get across the line. Australia then needed to win every game in the final session to get the unlikely victory, but unfortunately were unable to do so.
Congratulations to Queensland's debutants Kyle French and Haydn Weir in the successful Men's Fours team managing the clean sweep but unable to get across the line in the Triples. Carmel and David Blyth came up against New Zealand legend Grant L'Ami in the Mixed Fours and then probably New Zealand's best player currently Ashley Diamond in the Mixed 8 Bowl Pairs. Although they couldn't get across the line, just like the Men's Triples, they made their opposition fight to earn the win in very hard fought matches.
Congratulations to all members of the Australian Team on a great week and taking it to the kiwis. Although they got the win, all the matches were played in the right spirit.
On a sad note, Tony Simpson, Australian Captain, has announced his retirement. I am sure I speak for Haydn as well when I say it was a pleasure and honor to play with a legend.
Australia will get their next shot at the Matt Blacks in Invercargil in two years time. Watch out Matt Blacks – we are only going to get better!
Day 1: New Zealand 12, Australia 10
Day 2: New Zealand 12, Australia 10
Day 3: New Zealand 17, Australia 5
Aggregate: New Zealand 41, Australia 25
Results: NZ Names first (Australasian Medals decided in brackets)
Men’s Singles: Ashley Diamond (NZ) bt George Draffen (Aus) 24-23, 29-18, 28-12 (NZ);
Women’s Singles: Teri Anderson (NZ) lost Jodie Jones (Aus) 21-22, 22-24, 25-15 (AUS);
Men’s Fours: Simon Thomas (s), Gary Low, Grant Rayner, Daniel French (NZ) lost Tony Simpson (s), Simon Zaporozec, Kyle French, Hayden Weir (Aus) 10-22, 12-13, 18-27 (AUS);
Women’s Fours: Lois Randall (s), Linda McCurdy, Sheree Holmes, Denise Clarkson (NZ) beat Monika Korn (s), Anne Draffen, Julie Zaporozec, Meredith Norton 8-18, 19-11, 34-10 (NZ);
Mixed Fours: Grant l’Ami (s), Paul Smith, Fiona Keegan, Suzanne Mackie (NZ) bt David Blyth (s), Ian Ogilvie, Carmel Blyth, Barbara Hill (Aus) 23-7, 13-11, 17-13 (NZ)
Men’s Pairs: Grant l‘Ami (s), Paul Smith (NZ) bt Tony Simpson (s), Simon Zaporozec (Aus) 16-15 25-23, 22-10 (NZ);
Women’s Pairs: Fiona Keegan (s), Suzanne Mackie (NZ) lost Monika Korn (s), Anne Draffen (Aus) 7-29, 12-14, 19-20 (AUS);
Mixed 8-Bowl Pairs: Ashley Diamond (s), Sheree Holmes (NZ) bt David Blyth (s), Carmel Blyth (Aus) 32-11, 22-12, 19-17 (NZ);
Mixed 6-Bowl Pairs: Grant Rayner (s), Teri Anderson (NZ) drew Ian Ogilvie (s), Jodie Jones (Aus) 25-14, 20-24, 17-17 (NZ on a countback);
Men’s Triples: Simon Thomas (s), Gary Low, Daniel French (NZ) bt Kyle French (s), George Draffen, Hayden Weir (Aus) 24-15, 27-19, 26-20 (NZ);
Women’s Triples: Lois Randall (s), Linda McCurdy, Denise Clarkson (NZ) lost Julie Zaporozec (s), Meredith Norton, Barbara Hill (Aus) 18-25, 15-17, 21-14 (AUS).
2017 COMMITTEE OF MANAGEMENT
President: Carmel Blyth
Secretary: Annette Dunstan
Assistant Secretary: Diane Knight
Treasurer: Ros Richter
Senior Vice: Daphne Ladlow
Junior Vice /Games Director: Kyle French
Junior Vice / Registrar Philip Lowry
Publicity Officer: Sheree Lowry
Patron: Robin Cruikshank
STATE TITLE EVENTS
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