The Cooma Ex-Services sponsored Invitational pairs was concluded at Cooma Bowling Club on Thursday and Friday, with 48 players from Bega, Tura Beach, Merimbula, Moama, Bombala as well as local clubs, Cooma, Jindabyne and Adaminaby.
Three game winners on day one were all from Cooma. P. Marsicano/G. Venables, S. Seears/G. Cox and M. Storta/W. Lodge. All three pairs won their first match on day two which set up an interesting situation, with two of these pitted against each other. Peter Marsicano and Geoff Venables defeated Mel Storta and Wayne Lodge in their match and Steve Seears and Gordon Cox lost their match, which altered the scene very much. The final placings were Marsicano/Venables first, Buckley/Caldwell second, R. Wallis/E. Dean (Tura Beach) third, R. Cock/A. Blacka (Bega) fourth, S. Seears/G.Cox fifth and M. Storta/W. Lodge sixth. Best wins on the final day who were not prize winners, N. McGregor/P. Schroeder win plus 17, B. Rusling/D. Pop (Tura Beach) win plus 16. At the conclusion of play event organiser, Mark Buckley, thanked all who helped with the day and made it a success. Thanks to you too Mark.
Saturday afternoon the semi-finals of the club major pairs were completed with Neil McGregor/Peter Schroeder against Tom Reed/John Schoon in one and Brian Seears/Paul Schulz against Peter Marsicano/Peter Caldwell. The two Peters never really got going against Brian and Paul with the latter winning 13 of the 18 ends played for a winning scores 28-8. In the other semi it was a similar story with Neil and Peter dominating against Tom Reed and John Schoon in winning 15 of the 20 ends played for a winning score 23-11.
Three major singles were also completed on Saturday with similar results to the pairs. A very fast green was probably a contributing factor. John Vincent made a great start against Steve Lapham to lead 14-6 after 13 ends. John kept up the pressure and ran out winner 31-10. Geoff Venables continued on his winning way from the invitational pairs in his match with Ignazio Mondello in handling the fast green better to win 31-6. Mike Mannille had a small lead 13-11 after 13 ends. This proved an unlucky number for Mike as he was held on it for seven ends while Mario Frezza went to the lead 20-13 and continued to outscore Mike and win 31-19.
District singles played at Cooma last Sunday with the following results: in state singles Steve Jackson forfeited to Dave Pastro, while Max Reeve forfeited to Paul Cannell in senior singles.
In state singles Tom Reed and Steve Harriden had 15 one shot ends in the first 16 ends with Tom holding a one shot advantage. At that point he gradually pulled ahead and eventually won 31-19. John Schoon got an early break on Graham Clarke to lead 12-1 after seven ends and went on to win 31-16. In senior singles, Terry Croker and Colin Peuker had a close match for the first 12 ends with Colin holding a 13-11 lead. Six ends for 13 shots to Terry put him in a winning position but Colin made him earn every shot on his way to a 31-23 win.
The remaining match of the day in senior singles was that between Neil McGregor and Sergio Roncelli.
While Neil had the better of the early stages he was unable to set up a commanding lead and Sergio drew level on end 32 with the score 22 all.
From that point on it developed into a real arm wrestle with Sergio holding game on two occasions only to see Neil pull off great saving shots. Sergio finally won 31-28 after 42 ends of great draw bowls.
Next Saturday morning the following matches, markers in brackets, are set down for play: Mens senior singles, S. Roncelli v M. Mayhew (N. McGregor), T. Croker v D. McDonald (C. Peuker), P. Cannell v L. Whitehead (M. Reeve), V. Weston v G. D'Amico (T. Reed), J. Vincent v J. Sajina (P. Harris), N. Wallace v M. Frezza (D. Steinfort), I. Mondello v R. Wainwright (TBA). In state reserve singles, G. Venables v P. Caldwell (K. Goodwin), K. Weston v S. Seears (M. Buckley), P. Marsicano v G. Griffen (P. Schroeder).
Due to the Povey green not yet fully returned to play and district singles commitments, there will not be green space for social play on Saturday 15 and Saturday 22. Sunday's are available as is usual.