Middleton Beach Green upset pennant fancies Middleton Beach Green in men’s local derby
Passionate Albany bowler Tim Scott is writing a fortnightly column for The Extra, keeping our readers up to date with the local bowls scene.
Men’s Lower Great Southern Bowling League’s pennants began in ideal conditions with an upset in division one on from the outset as Middleton Beach Green beat pennant fancies Middleton Beach Gold with a 5 (59) to 1 (52) in the first local derby of the round.
In the other derby Albany Gold won 6 (79) to 0 (57) over Albany Green in a hard-fought.
Albany Gold face a tough assignment at home next round, as they host reigning pennant holders Emu Point Red who began the season with a hard- fought home win over Mt Barker Golf 4 (64) to 2 (54).
Recruit David Bocjun impressed with a 21 to 15 win over Fred Holt.
Middleton Beach Black hosted Denmark with the visitors having a convincing victory over the newly promoted side 6 (83) to 0 (32).
In the men’s division two Mt Barker had a valuable early away win against Cranbrook 5(60) to 1(48).
Emu Point Purple also had a close away win over Mt. Barker White 4 (58) to 2 (52).
These wins will again prove to be advantageous later in the season.
Early division two favourites Walpole had a convincing win over Albany Brown 6 (86) to 0 (37), whilst Albany Grey started with a home win against Middleton Beach White 5 (71) to 1 (49).
The men’s division three competition also commenced with Green Range having a great start to record a “home” win against Albany White 5 (69) to 1 (47), whilst Mt Barker Golf Blue hosted Emu Point White to record an extremely close victory 5 (61) to 1(59).
In the “local derby” Denmark defeated Frankland in another close game 5 (67) to 1 (62).
Ladies’ pennants division one entered round 3 with Mt Barker Golf continuing their impressive start to the season with another handy away win over Albany Green 4 (49) to 0 (29).
Emu Point have also begun the season with three impressive wins to keep pace with the reigning pennant holders, after recording a solid 4 (56) to 0 (29) win over Denmark Orange.
The two Middleton Beach teams had contrasting results with Green having a convincing win over Albany Gold 4 (39) to 0 (16), whilst Denmark Aqua held off the beach challenge to win 3 (37) to 1 (32).
In the Ladies Pennants division two there was another close derby with Mt Barker Golf defeating local rival M. Barker 3 (40) to 1 (35).
Whilst the two Emu Point sides had contrasting results with Albany White defeating Emu Point Blue 3.5 (52) to 0.5 (28) and Emu Point Purple 4 (53) convincingly beating Middleton Beach Red 0 (30).
Congratulations to Emu Points, Matt Mitchell, who recently competed against a large field of quality bowlers to win the traditional Bowls WA season opener, the Mount Lawley Consistency Singles.
Mitchell convincingly defeated talented Joondalup youngster Ben Leggett in the final.
The consistency singles are run along a similar format to the traditional 100up singles, which many country bowlers are familiar with.
THE 8 Badge — with Mt Barker Golf’s, Marj Silvester
1. Where were you born?
2. Sports/interests growing up?
Tried all sports.
3. How/who got you into bowls?
4. Clubs played for?
Mount Barker Golf.
5. Favourite format?
Pairs and fours.
6. Most cherished moment on greens?
Equal third in Country Week fours and singles and giving Noeleen Abe a run for her money.
7. Best bowler ever seen/played against?
8. Why would you recommend bowls as a sport to play?
Because of the people you meet and the friendships made, and you get to travel.
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