Derek Cooper and Gill Inkersell took out the individual Timaru Indoor Bowls Association Championship Singles titles.
Ten men qualified. Cooper had a 14-6 win over Justin Thompson and Lloyd Prattley won 11-5 against Kevin Heslin in the bye round. Quarter final wins went to Nick Scriggins Alan Gibson Cooper and Prattley. One semi final between Gibson and Cooper had Cooper one point down going into the last end. Cooper continued his previous style and secured 3 points to take the win 13-11.The other semi final between Prattley and Scriggins was the usual nail biting game. With the score level at 12 all after the 12 ends a deciding end had to be played. Scriggins played a forceful shot to shift the jack back where he was holding several bowls but unfortunately the jack toppled off and the game went to Prattley 14-12. The final was all Cooper’s. With Prattley unable to adjust to a slower mat Cooper only allowed Prattley to score on one end. The final score 17-3 after Prattley conceded with still 3 ends to play.
For Inkersell in the ladies section it became another milestone and the win giving her the 6th bar to her Gold Star and 35 Championship events. Only 4 ladies qualified. Inkersell played Barbara Reid in one semi final and after a close game took the win 9-7. Christine Shand and Evelyn Duffield had a close encounter in the other semi final with the win going to Shand 10-7. The final between West End club mates had Inkersell take a 3 point lead after 2 ends. Shand replied with a 2 to be down one shot after three. Inkersell claimed 7 shots over the next 4 ends only allowing Shand a single shot then a 2 to be down 5-11 with 3 ends to play. Shand picked up 4 points over the last 3 ends to go down 9-11. The win has Inkersell the only Timaru Indoor Bowls player to accumulate 35 titles. It follows on from the 30 titles gained during the 2009 season that was also a first and still the only player with that record.
David Mealings and Lloyd Prattley successfully retained the Timaru Indoor Bowls Championship Men’s Pairs event for the third year running. With entries down on last year competition was still high with some excellent bowls played. Being early in the season many players will be eying up positions in the coming representative fixtures. Only 5 men’s teams qualified with Craig Ridden and Ian Taylor narrowly losing 7-8 to Wayne Williams and Brian Henry in the Bye round. The semi final between Williams and Nick Scriggins and Kevin Heslin was a oneway ticket to the final for Scriggins with a 14-1 win. Mealings played Lex Gibson and Derek Shepherd in the other semi final. With the score 6 all on the second last end it was anyones game but excellent bowls saw Mealings take the win 8-6. The final was all Mealings and Prattley with Scriggins conceding 3-13 with a complete reversal of the score from their semi final win
Rana Bleeker took out the Ladies section with the win giving her a second bar to her Gold Star for 15 Chanpionships. Teamed with Phillipa Browne they both played precision bowls and never looked like being beaten. With a larger entry than the Men’s nine teams qualified with the bye round going to Bev Nolan and Sylvia Robertson 10 points to 1 over Raewyn Campbell and Margaret Bunt. Nolan went on to secure an 8-7 win from Adrienne Caswell and Kaye Evans while wins also went to Barbara Reid and Lyn Brown 7-4 Bleeker and Browne 5-3 and Mary Mealings and Margaret Preston. 9-4 The semi final’s scores were not indicative of the great bowls played. Both Reid and Bleeker taking out the wins 10-7 10-5 respectively and meeting
in what turned out to be an all out win for Bleeker. Scoring 11 points on the first 3 ends was never going to see Reid recover and finally conceding 18-3 with 2 ends still to play.
Representative Fixtures 2013