Great start to Taylor Challenge

TWEED Heads got off to a great start in the first round of the Taylor Bowls Super Challenge last Saturday with all three sides winning against tough opposition from Paradise Point and Indooroopilly.

Playing at home in front of a good crowd, Tweed Gold won on three rinks to secure the six match points, running out 9-2 winners over Paradise Point.

New team member Steve Massey, who linked with Tweed Heads from Condong, got the Ospreys off to a winning start with a 31-21 triumph in the singles.

Al Kalnins and Keith Downy then scored a comfortable 27-12 win in the pairs but the Paradise Point Dolphins fought back with big wins in the triples and the pairs 2 to level the scores at 2-all with just the fours match to go.

John Wyper, Simon Bass, Rodney McAlpine and skip Boyd McAlpine claimed a 29-23 win for the Ospreys to give the local club the points in round one.

The Ospreys ladies Gold side just failed to get over the line in their encounter, going down by four shots with both sides winning a rink each.

Di Cunnington, back to her best form, led her fours team of star junior Lauren Wilson, Kristy Thatcher and Elizabeth Bradley to a 13-shot victory but skip Julie Dean won the triples for the visitors by 17 shots to deliver the Dolphins an upset victory.

The Ospreys Bronze 12 side, also playing at home against the Dolphins, were slow out of the blocks and were down on all four rinks at one stage with singles player Roy Nuttall the only Tweed player to lead the way.

With four matches complete and both having won on two rinks each, the final result hinged on the outcome of the pairs encounter with six match points on offer.

International coach Robbie Dobbins, skipping for the Dolphins, led from the start and scored one shot on the 20th end to lead by two shots against father-and-son combination Scott and Dennis Agnew.

Needing two shots to force the match into an extra end – there are no draws in Bowls Super Challenge matches – the Ospreys held two shots on the head with only one bowl to be played.

Ospreys skipper Dennis Agnew played the last bowl and it was near perfect, coming to a stop 450mm from the jack to grab three shots and win the match.

A great match and a great start to the season for the Ospreys with more to come when the Bronze 9 side returned from Indooroopilly later in the day, having won four rinks to one for a 10-1 victory.

The Bronze 9 side, men and ladies, host Logan City at home on Saturday from 1pm while the Gold and Bronze 12 sides travel to Algester for round two.

The final series for the Bronze competition will be played at Tweed Heads on Saturday, April 9, with quarter-final matches in the morning and semi-finals in the afternoon.

The grand finals for Gold, Silver and Bronze divisions for both men and ladies will be held on Sunday, April 10, at Tweed Heads Bowls Club.

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ENTRY forms for the $10,000 Easter Open Singles are now available online.

There is $3000 for the winner plus a special bonus prize for the best performed female bowler.

There will be two fills on Saturday and Sunday followed by the finals on Easter Monday.

Lawn bowls on the Internet www.thbc.co.au



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