Competition heats up at Robe

WOMEN'S SINGLES: Runner-up Jo Sykes with champion Valma Jennings. Pictures submitted.

ROBE Bowling Club held its Ladies and Men’s Singles Championships on Saturday in hot, muggy conditions, with a gentle breeze providing some respite.

In the women’s first round Barb Brown defeated Tracey Gray, Jo Sykes defeated Ann Moore, Robbie Dahler defeated Nesla Boundy and Valma Jennings defeated Bronwyn Matthews.

Sykes booked a grand final berth with a win over Barb Brown, while Jennings defeated Dahler to advance to the big game.

The final saw Sykes with a strong start, winning the first four ends.

That left Jennings to grind her way back into the contest and on the 17th end she won four shots to claim the lead and eventually ran away to win 25-14 and claim the title.

In the men’s first round Harold Manton defeated Dean Burgoyne, Ken Smith defeated Ali Douglas, David Robinson defeated Mark Murphy, Rob Lawrie defeated Paul Truelove and Errol Jennings defeated Dean Woodward.

The second round saw Jim Gray defeat Manton, Smith defeat Gordon Brown, Robinson defeat Stephen Kennett and Lawrie defeat Jennings.

Smith defeated Gray in the semi-finalo, while Lawrie defeated Robinson. The final presented entertaining bowling from Lawrie and Smith, as the scores seesawed throughout the game until the 29th end.

With the score on 22 each, Lawrie won the last three ends to claim the men’s title 25-22.

Championship bowls have now finished and Pennant will start again this weekend.

All players must be double vaccinated to take to the greens.

Social bowls on Thursday saw four teams play two games of 10 ends in hot conditions, vying for the Pastry Place vouchers, with each team winning a game and all on 30 points.

Dean Nankivell, Rob Lawrie and Errol Jennings won the vouchers on a count-back.