IN THE KNOW: Bowls columnist Ron Pattinson.
IN THE KNOW: Bowls columnist Ron Pattinson. Brett Wortman

Thrilling finish to Coast Night Pennant

COOLUM Beach won the final of the Sunshine Coast Interclub Night Pennant played at Club Maroochy last Tuesday, but the result was in doubt up until the final bowl.

Brenda and David Balchin gave Coolum Beach a great start with a 14-shot margin in the mixed pairs against Leigh Fortington.

The mixed triples team of Yvonne Walsh, Pat Teale and Trevor Barbara set up a handy lead early in the match and hung on to defeat John Bird, Di Viterale and Nigel Melbourne by five shots, thus giving Coolum Beach a two-rink win advantage.

However, Club Kawana stayed in contention as the mixed fours and ladies pairs came back to pick up rink wins.

The Coolum Beach fours side held the advantage for most of the game but Club Kawana's Merril Kerss, Rebecca Rixon, Mike Stevenson and Peter Wibberley bounced back over the last three ends to win by three shots.

The rink score was heading to a 2-all draw as the Club Kawana ladies, Marilyn Emerton and Jane Bush, came from behind to edge out Lyn Joy and Kay Darling by seven shots.

The mens pairs battle was set to decide the Night Pennant Champion Club, as the score was all square at 18-18 with three ends remaining.

Coolum Beach pair Keith Wilson and Troy Somerville then won the next two ends with a 2.2 and were able to keep Club Kawana's Darren Muir and Kurt Brown to a single on the last end.

The 22-19 win gave Coolum Beach the 3-2 rink edge to take the Night Pennant honours for 2016.

BOWLERS from near and far fronted up for the annual Arm Bowlers Pairs at Kawana sponsored by Jason Currie and Club Kawana.

It was a team from near that collected the major prize with Geoff Geary (Mooloolaba) and Alaine Menanteau (Woombye).

However, it was teams from far claiming the rest of the prizes with Karen and Gary Parker (Pialaba) earning the runner-up trophy.

Round winners were teams of Lyn Gilbert(Capalaba)/Frank Farrall (Belmont), and Geoff Savill/George Truscott (Pialaba).

Any club which would like to host an Arm Bowls event should contact Geoff Cooper or Bill Roberts at Club Kawana.

PETER Dingle was crowned Cock of the Walk Singles Challenge winner at Mooloolaba last Saturday, following two months of challenge rounds.

Dingle played eight rounds for a 6-2 win result to reach the top of the Walk earning 93 points along the way.

Allison Brown grabbed second place with a 5-2 win/loss record (54 points), just ahead of Martin Dixson with a 5-1 (45 point) result.

AUSTRALIAN bowlers Natasha Scott (NSW) and Scott Thulborn (SA) each won World Champion of Champion singles playoffs at Helensvale last week.

Scott picked up the ladies title with a win against Hjh Amalia Matali (Brunei) 10-6, 7-4, while Thulborn defeated Welsh Champion Jonathan Tomlinson 9-6, 9-4 in the men's final.

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