Coco Sports - Sue Bryant, Thanongsak Klinson, Ko-ko Ontong
Ban Chang - Bryan Farino, Ken Leadstone, Arthur Hancock
Retreat 1 - Alan Austin, Keith Fortt, Darren Chatwin
Retreat 2 - Nigel Perry, Aaron New, Chris Bailey
Chiang Mai 1 - Colin Stratford, Marc Van L., Malcolm Tetley
Chiang Mai 2 - Paul Hassall, Martin Devlin, Leon Smiler,
Chiang Mai 3 - Richard Massey, Richard Birs, Gerry Cassidy
Chiang Mai 4 - Eric Shipley, Sam Torr, Roon Burr
100-UP SINGLES LEAGUE, 2017
After almost 2 months of competition the 100-up singles league has finally concluded. Competitions take a hell of a lot of thinking, worrying and organising. Congratulations to the organisers, Eric, Sam, Malcolm and Howard. She was a beaut mates. When's the next one ???
So to the results.
- Sam beat Eric 100 to 91 with the match a nail-biter from start to finish. It looked like Eric was going to take it because Sam was struggling to find his length until close to the finish. As with a few of his matches, Sam managed to come from behind and book his place in the finals.
- Leon beat Malcolm 104 to 101. The second last game ended in a tied game. The Gods were smiling on Leon Smiler as Malcolm agreed to a 7-3 result to bring the draw. Would a measure have resulted on an 8-2 result to Malcolm?? Anyway, great theater and Malcolm was the true gentleman and best of losers and full of praise for Leon.
Sam has gone close to winning a singles tournament and today he just sneaked past Leon to take the big money. It was a close match until the end with Sam winning a couple of high point ends at the death. Well done to Leon, a new bowler and a future champion (and a kiwi cobber). To Sam a well deserved win after some good fights along the way.
OPEN PAIRS COMPETITION, 10TH AND 17TH SEPTEMBER 9 AM
Don Bishop Trophy - 28, 29 November, 2017
Day 1 Round Robin
Eric Shipley and Richard Massey (again) put in the hard yards in organising this year's competition. A total of 20 bowlers assembled on time to start the round robin matches on a cool Tuesday morning. Unfortunately Lynda and Allan Vernal had to withdraw due to Lynda's ill health and we all wish her a speedy recovery. The 2 reserves, Don Bishop and Paul Hassall made up the final 20. The 5 groups of 4 players chosen at random played each other in their group. The results of the group play are shown on the below on the right and the standings after round robin play shown below.
SINGLES LEAGUE FEB, 2018
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After 2 days of fierce but friendly competition, the first Chiang Mai Winter Challenge triples tournament has successfully concluded. All visiting teams enjoyed a practice day on Friday and on Saturday everyone arrived on time. Chiang Mai teams were expecting tough competition but maybe not Darren Chatwin (who has recently won 2 major Thai tournaments), Chris Bailey (a past participant in the Australian Open Bowls comp.), and the Thai SEA Games team ! (Coco Sports). You can imagine the thoughts going through the minds of Chiang Mai 1 (Colin Stratford, Marc Van Lierbergen, Malcolm Tetley) as they faced the Thais in the opening game and can commiserate with their 22 to 2 pounding.
Four rounds were played on Day 1 and the big message was that the Chiang Mai teams were competitive and not the underdogs, winning 5 of the 11 matches against the visiting teams. Chiang Mai 4 (Eric Shipley, Sam Torr, Roon Birs) were the best of the Chiang Mai teams with 3 wins after some exceptionally good bowling by Roon. They were very lucky to beat Chiang Mai 3 (Richard Birs, Richard Massey and Gerry Cassidy) by 7 to 6 in the first round. Chiang Mai 2 and 3 each had 2 wins from 4 matches, a great result. At the end of Day 1 it was obvious that there were 2 exceptional teams - Retreat 1 and Coco Sports (the Thais) and they ended the day tied with 4 wins each.
Day 2 commenced with a nice wintery morning and some surprises in store. In Round 5, Chiang Mai 3 gave Chiang Mai 1 a 15 to 7 beating and then in round 6, Malcolm, Colin and Marc went from zero to hero beating the hot favorites Retreat 1 by 11 to 5. The Champions were simply outsmarted on Rink 1. Chiang Mai 2 (Paul, Martin and Leon) had a much better day winning all 3 matches, good enough for 3rd place overall. The last game of round 7 was really like the final with Coco Sports unbeaten with 6 wins and Retreat 2 with 5 wins. Retreat had to win by 7 points to take the money. They looked like they had it in the bag until the last bowl of the tournament when Num showed why he is Thai champion and took the last end.
It is a proud day for the Chiang Mai Lawn Bowling club. We know we are now competitive and that we can host a major tournament. With assistance from Paul Hassall and Andy Bridge, one man can stand tall as the outstanding organiser of this major tournament. Six months ago we had a match committee of 6 and then they fell by the wayside and there was only one man left - Eric Shipley. Well done Eric.
Chiang Mai Winter Challenge - January 27,28 2018
The bottom 8 players in the Day 1 round robin standings played off to decide the final 4 to go forward to the final. Last years winner MuMu Ormes and runner up Gerry Cassidy both got through to the final "through the back door" so to speak.
In the Trophy first round Paul Hassall was once again beaten by MuMu Ormes, on rink 1, first game of the morning - exactly the same result as last year. Deja Vous indeed. Garry Walker was a surprise winner over Norm Gazely in the Quarters and Joe Van Hout and Sam Torr advanced as expected.
The semi final results were surprising with tournament favorite Sam Torr going out to our new bowler from Austraiia Mai Reuphemie (Thai nationality). The other semi saw Joe Van Hout go out to Martin Devlin by 13 to 7.
And so to the final and a real nail-biter with Martin surviving some brilliant come-back bowling by Mai to prevail 14-12. Congratulations Martin - a worthy champion.
In the Plate, our top woman bowler Roon was beaten by Eric Shipley by 12 to 9.
Many thanks to the organisers Richard and Eric and to Andy Bridge for once again doing his magic with the results spreadsheets