Losing trend continues

Although the Pirie Bowling Club’s Division One Side could possibly win two of the last three programmed matches left for the 2016/17 season they will certainly be sitting out of the finals series this year. The round 15 match against BHAS continues the disappointing losing trend set by the Pirie side during 2017 when only Peter Huckwell, Jacob Hallion, Kenton Franks and Matthew Traeger could register any points for Pirie. A good second half against Peter Davies saw "Matty" home five in front at game's end 28/23. Stephen Lynch's match up against Pat Vella looked promising until the tea break but Pirie's scoring dried up during the later part of the encounter and saw Pat over the line 24/19. A turnaround of six shots by Brian Siviour on end ten and ten shots during the second half had the rink three up with two ends remaining and victory in the making had it not been for Fred Searle's timely five shots that rescued BHAS 27/25. Two ends of five shots enabled Peter Orvad to close up on Trevor Gill mid way through the second term however the BHAS rink then put the foot down and powered to the line to finish up by nine shots 30/21. The news was much better for Pirie on the Division Two front after putting together two wins and a draw over bottom side Gulnare. At the bottom of the ladder but still very competitive Gulnare's mix of Men and Lady bowlers proved a formidable combination. Jeff Blackwell, Mick Daly, Peter Woolford and Des Laube  were only two up against Cindy Butt at the break but a strong scoring streak after tea saw them surge to a 29/17 result. Bill Williams mastery of the bowling arm gave Leon Conder, Ken Dohnt and Trevor Summers a good start on most ends. After establishing  a handy lead on Paul Thomas after just five ends the margin blew out to 16 by the 19th. However down but not out  the Gulnare rink found their range late in the game  and scored nine to one over the last five ends, luckily not enough to trouble their hosts who finished the day up by eight 25/17. Brian Condon, Barry Atkins, Serge Crosnier and Kevin Connor enjoyed a battle royal with Richard Burgess all afternoon. It was anybody's game for most of the day and ended in a draw 18/18. Gulnare's Mark Lemon was much too good for Pirie's John Rafanelli and took the points 20/26. Division Three held their number one position albeit by just three shots over Orroroo. For the second week in a row Jim Kassapis, John Teaha, Phil Paparella and Peter Fiddaman held the Side together. Peter's favorite score of 33 shots to 16 against Greg McNamara was enough to carry  John Yull 21/33 and Dianne Rashleigh 17/29 across the line up overall up by three 71/68. Division Four travelled to Caltowie where Phil Introna, Clare Flavel, Steve Stanley and Doug Key drew 20/20 with Robert Blanden and Barry Rees lost to Dennis Bonney 18/22

Stephen Lynch defeated Matt Traeger in the Pirie club's men's singles championship.

Stephen Lynch defeated Matt Traeger in the Pirie club's men's singles championship.

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