SPORT REPORT: Singles bowlers go it alone

Competition runner-up, Michelle Steele congratulates Club Singles women's champion, Alice Howe on her impressive form.

A chicken competition held on Freedom Day attracted a reasonable field last Thursday morning.

The old adage of ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again’ was certainly the case for Newcastle Bowling Club President, Monty Steele, who on winning the chickens with his team of Piet Reyneke and Trevor Moore, stated this win was certainly due after years of trying.

The Club Singles Championships got under way last weekend.

The entry of eight women was soon whittled down to four semi-finalists as a knockout format was used.

In these games, Michelle Steele showed who was boss by playing excellent bowls in beating daughter, Sam Shaw, while in the other semi-final Alice Howe beat Lindsay McArthur.

The final between Michelle and Alice was a close affair, with both players determined to annex the title.

On the fifth end, the score was five-all, on the 13th end it was 10-all and on the 18th end 14-all.

Alice then scored five shots on the next three ends to move into a 19-14 lead.

Michelle retaliated with three and one on the next two ends, to narrow the gap to 18-19, before Alice scored two singles to again lift the title and continue her amazing run of form at all levels.

The men’s entries were divided into seven sections with the following section winners qualifying for the knockout stage: Trevor Smale, Lukas Niemand, Gert Roos, Henk Zaal, Ron Howe, Stephen Shaw and Sid Price.

Trevor then beat Lukas, Gert got the better of Henk and Ron accounted for Stephen.

The semi-finals between Trevor and Gert, and Ron and Sid will hopefully be played this weekend, followed by the final.

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