The magnificent autumn weather continued as 20 men and 6 women competed in the 2014 WSNSW Classic Singles at the Everglades Country Club, Woy Woy.
As in the past, the Everglades Club proved to be most hospitable along with the exemplary organisers and volunteer staff who provided every assistance and support to the competitors and spectators. A special mention must go to Everglades’ Bowls Coordinator Beth Quinlan, who assisted WS NSW in organizing the competition and sourcing the markers.
There were new entrants competing for the first time and this ensured that there was a high standard of performances ensuring only the highest calibre of bowls would suffice to succeed in each round.
On the second day of competition it was the Women who competed first for the podium finishes. In the gold medal final Joanne Hunter continued her dominant form, defeating Lynn Smith and taking home first place. In the bronze medal playoff, Donna Ellis defeated Cheryl Benbow.
The third and final day saw a smaller field take to the rinks. After two tight semi-finals it was Eddy Gollan and Geoff Seaton who squeezed through. Geoff must be commended for the way he held Jim Newton out at the death to book his place in the final.
In a similar fashion, the gold medal game came down to the last end. Seaton, sitting two points off Gollan, narrowly missed the chance to snatch glory with his last bowl, giving Eddie Gollan his second successive first place finish at the Classic.
The Singles Classic continues to be a well-loved fixture on the WS NSW Lawn Bowls calendar and brings out the best in each of the entrants. Between now and September, competitors will be honing their skills as they prepare for the forthcoming Singles and Pairs event at Taree.
For more details on how you can become involved in the Lawn Bowls programme get in touch with Mark Wilson on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02 9809 5260.
Report courtesy of Allen Starrett.