2018 Summer Championships.
The Summer Championships was conceived as a pre-season tournament for those hardy souls who had braved the heat of summer. More recently it has been open to any Federated members and many who are returning to the area after spending their summer bowling elsewhere now make it a focal point for their return.
This year it was held in the beautiful setting of Benavista Lawn Bowls Club.
This year each of the disciplines was played through to its own Final.
Contested by two Santa Maria teams, the first few ends went to Pat Fisher, Simone Morgan, Sandie Guthgrie and their Skip Craig Lewis, who raced to anearly 12-1 lead and the talk in the crowd was of an early finish.
At 17-6 there was little sign of a turn around but a change in jack length brought immediate benefits to their opponents, June Baldry, Margaret and Gordon Kain and Tom Rogers.
Aided by an impressive "trademark" take out of an opponents bowl that had been lying second, Tom's team were suddenly right back in the game and the momentum changed,
There was a certain inevitablility as the scored grew ever closer and a final score of 26-23 completed the turnaround.
Veteran Malcom Greenwood was joined by Barry and Wendy Pemberton in an impressive tour de force that simply steam-rollered their opponents. The Benavista team were clinical in their finishing and even when their opponents - Santa Maria's Bill Davies, Jenny Parkin and Barbara Bartlett - held shot (and sometimes they were holding 3 or 4) Malcolm does what he seems to do all so often, and found a winning bowl. The score line of 22-6 was even more impressive as the match was conceded on the 14th end.
On this occasion Angie simply bowled that little bit better throughout the game to take a deserved 21-6 victory.
Kevin has something of a reputation at his home Club of being a Singles specialist and his perfomance in this Tournamnet will only enhance that. He bowled very consistently to take an impressive victory against a bowler of Mike's stature and at 21-7 the score did not flatter him.
On this showing Kevin will be featuring in a lot more singles finals this year.