Carnival continues on Coast

THE Winter Bowls Carnival may be over for another year but it is not for the many hundreds of bowlers here on the Gold Coast with the ladies carnival still in progress and the men and lady bowlers in full practice mode for the upcoming Pennant season in the first week of August.

The circuit of bowls events is never ending and clashes occur more often nowadays when events unfortunately overlap especially at this time of the year.

The winter carnival “Blue Ribbon” event - the open singles was won by “Mr Consistent” Brian Baldwin from Musgrave Hill over the in form Robbie Allan from Mermaid Beach 25/16 in an entertaining final last Saturday.

Baldwin defeated his champion New Zealand pairs' partner in the semi final 25/17 and Allan won a tough match 25/18 against Neville Jenkins from South Tweed.

The final of the carnival singles clashed with the first day of the Wintersun singles at Ballina and Baldwin unfortunately withdrew from this prestige event.

The 60s and over singles proved the form displayed by Hec Beswick in the Tweed Prestige singles was not a flash in the pan and this evergreen champion bowler proved just a little too strong for long-time friend Ray Glasser in the semi final with Beswick taking the honours 25/23.

Lou Beckman outed long time supporter of the winter carnival Ray Pickard 25/13 to reach the final against Beswick.

The final was close all the way but Beswick got up 25/21 and on the form shown last Saturday will be a big threat in the upcoming Golden Nugget in 10 days time at Tweed Heads.

Beswick won the wildcard into the Nugget with his equal third placing on a count back from the unlucky Mark Casey.

The carnival open and over-60s pairs played at Tweed Heads indoor last Thursday resulted in a good win to Helensvale's Anthony Fantini and Nathan 24/14 over Chris McKibben and Sean Baker in the open event, while brothers Stan and Ray Glasser combined to defeat Victorians Les Moore and Ray Morrissey 24/8 in the over-60s.

Other event winners during the two week carnival were Keith Farrelly and Gail Waitai who won the mixed pairs 24/8 over Kylie Morris and David Wilcocks, while Lyn Cuthbertson, Greg Hardman, Ray Pickard defeated Ken Hanson, Chris Hawkins and Col Hawkins to win the Mixed Triples.

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  • THE Ladies Winter Carnival is still in progress with the final of the Mixed Fours on Friday night at Tweed Heads indoor starting at 6.30pm.

Ann-Maree Hardey will play L Bailey (NZ) and Roselyn Griffin will play Jenny Blythe on Saturday morning at Tweed Heads.

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  • THE quarterfinals at the Ballina Wintersun singles produced some interesting results and score lines with defending champion Mark Casey defeating Neil Burkett 25/11, Maria Rigby 25/24 against Anne Johns, Jessie McKenzie 25/22 over Kris Lehfeldt and David Holt 25/16 against Vic Ross.

Casey went into the final after winning 25/4 against Rigby and Holt won 25/22 against McKenzie.

The final scoreline of 31/12 in David Holt's favour against Mark Casey is hard to believe and just maybe another example of how much advantage in winning the end and then giving away the mat and therefore playing the last bowl.

There are many examples of very wide scores between top bowlers where one player keeps this advantage and gets maximum value from this last bowl time after time.

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  • YOUNG gun Mathew Pietersen from St Johns Park won the Ford open singles at Park Beach on Friday winning 25/20 against Shannon Gittoes from Musgrave Hill.

Both players reached the semis with good wins against class opposition.

Pietersen defeated Wayne Turley 25/24 and Gittoes won 25/16 against Brian Morton.

Pietersen, runner up to Steve Glasson in the 2007 Golden Nugget and the youngest ever bowler to win the NSW open singles two years back, has the potential to play for Australia one day and no doubt the selectors will take note of this great win in a great field of top NSW bowlers.

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