With 40 players from Khancoban, Merimbula, Tura Beach, Jindabyne, Adaminaby and Cooma the Cooma Ex-Services Club sponsored classic pairs was judged a great success by organisers, players and onlookers.
With $3,000 in prize money up for grabs the following were the successful pairs, from winners down to sixth place.
Mel Storta and Wayne Lodge 10 plus 47 (the only pair to win all five games), Mark Buckley and Ralph Fair 8 and 44, Kim Weston and Garry Taylor 8 plus 35, Ted Dean and Robert (Stumpy) Wallis 8 plus 14, Tony Gray and Neil McGregor 6 and 30, Brian Seears and Paul Schulz 6 plus 20. Best card on the first day not an eventual prize winner Ray Nichols and Dave Pastro 2 plus 17 and on the second day Jack Cox and Steve Seears 2 plus 4.
In minor singles last Wednesday Ron Wainwright made a great start against Keith Goodwin when he set up a 19-6 lead after just 13 ends.
Keith then found the range and by end 26 Keith trailed by just 23-24. Ron then showed his superiority and scored seven shots on the next two ends to win 31-23.
On Saturday Nelson Wallace would have been pleased with his start against Ignazio Mondello when he lead 18-10 on end 16 and extended the lead to 26-13 over the next seven ends. Then the drama commenced to keep the spectators on the edge of their seats.
Ignazio took the score to 27-30 and the umpire was called to decide a shot.
The end was declared even with Ignazio scoring one shot to trail 28-30. On the 38th end Nelson just managed to get the required one shot and move into the next round 31-28.
Colin Roberson was in fine form in defeating Steve Lapham in just 18 ends and allowing Steve only four shots. In major singles Geoff Venables and Ross Russell had an up and down start to be 14 all on end 19. Ross then took the lead for several ends but Geoff again levelled at 25 all. Ross scored six shots to one over the final four ends to win 31-26.
In the only social game on Saturday Simon Schoon, Renate Winckel and Paul Cannell had a real battle with Colin Whiting, Sergio Roncelli and Leonie Snell to have a narrow lead 15-13 on end 14. Thirteen proved an unlucky number for Leonie's team as they were anchored on that score for five ends, with Paul, Renate and Simon winning 25-15.
In district pennants Cooma 2 won two rinks against Adaminaby but suffered a big loss on one rink resulting in Adaminaby winning the match 1 rink 70 to 2 rinks 57 for four points Adaminaby two points Cooma 2.
Cooma 1 won all three rinks and the aggregate against Jindabyne for 74 aggregate and six points to Jindabyne no rinks 57 and no points.
In Monaro Shield Cooma 2 won 1 rinks 65 to Bombala 1 rink 40, four points to one and Cooma 1, two rinks 72 to Nimmitabel 1 rink 63, four points to one.
Point score in pennants, Cooma 1 18, Adaminaby 14 and a half, Cooma 2 three and Jindabyne 11. Monaro Shield Cooma 1 15 and a half, Cooma 2 11, Jindabyne 8, Nimmitabel 4 and Bombala one and a half.