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BLBC 2022 4-Bowl Singles

The 2022 4-Bowl Singles Tournament was a split affair, with the first stage being a round robin of four groups of three played over the course of September, and the winner of each game being the first to reach 16 points. The top two players in each group proceeded to the playoff round on Saturday, September 24.

Based on their performances in the round robin phase, the eight remaining contestants were seeded for the quarter-final round with 1 v 8, 2 v 7, and so on, resulting in a match up of Cris Benton v Phil Grattan, Sal Garcia-Lemus v Jim Corr, Rob Hoey v Cathy Dinnean, and Gary “Bing” Burns v Tom Birt. Those games, like the semis, were also played on the basis of first to reach 16 points. From the quarters, Phil, Jim, Rob, and Bing emerged to duke it out in the semis. The Jim v Bing match-up was close fought, tying at 12-12 before Bing gained one point on the 15th end, followed by a game-winning three on the next one. In the other semi, Phil led from the outset, and, while Rob sought valiantly to fight back, Phil ran out on top by 16-6.

The final was set up on the classic format of first to 21 points for singles events. Phil once again dominated. But Bing was determined to make it a real contest and came back from what could have been a spirit-sapping position of down 18-1 after seven ends to bring it to 19-12 by the 15th. However, with a couple of 1-pointers on the next two ends, Phil showed his determination not to let victory slip from his grasp and prevailed as the 2022 4-Bowl Singles Champion.

Congratulations to Phil and thanks to all who took part in the event including the early contenders. As always thanks to our hospitality crew for sustenance and to our greenskeeper for the quality of the green.

BLBC at the 2022 Aussie Pairs

Here is the Aussie Pairs Report with photographs credited to Jeff Schaper.
Bowlers: 

This year’s PIMD Aussie Pairs[1]  Tournament was held at Rossmoor LBC on Saturday April 23, with a full field of 84 hopefuls forming 42 teams on Rossmoor’s three beautiful rinks. A fun variation on the standard pairs format, the Aussie game tends to favor teams that show strength in both positions, allowing the traditional Lead to demonstrate their “skip shots” and testing the usual Skip player on the value of strong opening play. As usual for this event, a strong contingent of Berkeley bowlers was among the competitors. The BLBC players also turned out to be prominent among the winners. 

After the day’s three 10-end games, at the top of the list was Jim Corr, bowling with Micheal McClintock (Santa Clara) in resplendent “Jackson Pollok” shirts. Berkeley dual member, Ian Cameron with partner Tom Burnoski (San Jose) took 4th place, while in 6th and 7th place respectively were the Berkeley duos of Nick Christensen/Daniel Gorelick and Leslie Engler/Sara Allday (the highest placed all-women team). Prize money went down to the 14th position, which was held by Glenn Nunez and Liz Halton (San Francisco) who gallantly stepped up at the last moment to fill in for Berkeley’s Phil Grattan who had to drop out due to illness.

A long day of bowls—but, as always, better than a short day at the office. Congratulations to all the BLBC winning players!

[1] Australian, or more informally, Aussie Pairs is a bowls format that allows both team members to alternate between bowling as Skip and Lead. Sometimes referred to as “2-4-2 bowls,” it encompasses one team member bowling two bowls, followed by the other bowling  four, and finally the first team member playing his or her remaining two bowls. Team members then reverse their positions.

2022 PIMD Aussie Pairs Winners: Jim Corr (r) and Micheal McClintock (l)
2022 PIMD Aussie Pairs 4th Place: Ian Cameron (r) and Tom Burnoski (l)
2022 PIMD Aussie Pairs 6th Place: Leslie Engler (r) and Sarah Allday (l)
2022 PIMD Aussie Pairs 7th Place: Daniel Gorelick and [missing] Nick Christensen
2022 PIMD Aussie Pairs 14th Place: Glenn Nunez and Liz Halton

2022 BLBC 2-Bowl Singles Tournament—Final Result

2022 BLBC 2-Bowl Singles Tournament—Final Result, Report by Jim Corr

BLBC Bowlers,

The 2022 BLBC 2-Bowl Singles Tournament did not go quite as originally planned, but the outcome could have been predicted in advance with last year’s champion, Daniel Gorelick, making it a two-fer in the 2-Bowls in 2022.

After an initial round robin stage, the tournament finals had originally been scheduled as a one-day event for  Saturday, March 19th, but fell foul of a fickle weather forecast—it was the forecast rather than the weather which proved fickle, shifting from day to day but still predicting a substantial, steady rain and cold temperatures on the eve of the competition, so the Tournament Committee decided to call it off. As it turned out, of course, the Saturday was no more than overcast with a few meagre showers—what’s called a fine day for bowling in Scotland—and could easily have been held. 

Instead, the 8 bowlers who had qualified for the quarter-finals played  their individual games over the next three weeks and from that knockout process, Cris Benton and Daniel eventually emerged as the finalists, an intriguing match-up as, in combination, they had won the 2021 Pairs title together. In the event, the final (held on Thursday, April 7th), and played to the first bowler to reach 15 points, was a close affair for the first 16 ends, the lead trading back and forth several times. At the end of the 16th the score was 11-10, but Daniel managed to pull it off with two points on the next two ends and emerged the winner by 15-10.

Congratulations to Daniel! 

And a shout out to all those who participated, as well as all those who volunteered as markers, and a big thanks to Hugo Deaux as Tournament Director.

2022 Berkeley Triples Tournament

2022 Berkeley Triples Tournament, Report by Jim Corr and Rolayn Tauben

The 2022 BLBC Triples Tournament took place in pleasant bowling weather on Saturday, April 2. A nice round number of eighteen players, making for six teams, had signed up for the event, and the team formations were set by random draw after bowlers were first assigned as Skip, Vice, or Lead.

The preliminary round consisted of three 10-end games, at the end of which only one trio: Dave McMullen (Skip), Sal Garcia-Lemus (Vice), and Rolayn Tauben (Lead) had come through with a clean sheet, winning all three of their games with consistently fine bowling. Second in the standings at that point were Hugo Deaux, Cindy Moss, and Joseph Chow, edging out the team of Jim Corr, Glenn Nunez, and Des Simpson on scored points differential.

The stage was set for an interesting 12-end final, since Hugo’s team had suffered their sole defeat against Dave’s—and by a single point. Hugo, Cindy, and Joseph leapt into an early lead of 7 points and never relinquished it, although Dave, Sal, and Rolayn fought back valiantly to draw level on the 5th end before Hugo’s team turned it on and ran out handy winners by 16-9. 

So, congratulations to Hugo, Cindy, and Joseph as the 2022 Triples Champions! Certificates will be presented to them at our Annual General Meeting and their names will be engraved on the Club tournament winners board. 

Many thanks to BLBC’s Triples Tournament Director, Daniel G., for a fun and exciting tournament on Saturday, April 2, 2022. Much appreciation to our volunteers who helped expedite the games, especially Dave and Annie who rolled the green before the event, and to our Hospitality Committee for providing refreshments.

L-R: Dave McMullen, Sal Garcia-Lemus, Rolayn Tauben, Cindy Moss, Hugo Deaux, Joseph Chow

Berkeley Triples 4/2/2022

Many thanks to BLBC’s Triples Tournament Director, Daniel G., for a fun and exciting tournament on Saturday, April 2, 2022. Much appreciation to our volunteers who helped expedite the games, especially Dave and Annie who rolled the green before the event, and to our Hospitality Committee for providing refreshments.

We had 18 players that made up 6 teams:

Skips- Jim, Hugo, Daniel, Rob, Dave, Cris

Vice – Lennon, Annie, Bob, Glenn, Sal, Cindy

Leads – Bernie, Steve K., Des, Rolayn, Joseph, Charles

Alternates – Sarah and Phil

The format was a preliminary round with three 10-end games based on a blind draw of opposing teams and assigned rinks. The two teams with the best record of game points and point differential played in a 12-end Final championship playoff. Players of the final two teams were Dave, Sal and Rolayn, and Hugo, Cindy and Joseph.

Kudos to Hugo, Cindy and Joseph … our Club tournament winners! Certificates will be presented to them at our Annual General Meeting and their names will be engraved on the Club tournament winners board. 

It was a day full of skilled play and suspense.

Kudos to Cindy, Hugo and Joseph … our Club tournament winners!
Players of the final two teams were Dave, Sal and Rolayn, and Cindy, Hugo and Joseph.

BLBC 2021 Vet-Novice Tournament

On Saturday, May 8th, 2021, BLBC held what may not have been its first-ever Vet-Novice Tournament, but was the first in this writer’s memory covering 10+ years of membership.

The event was initiated by Club President, Ethan Bortman, who felt it would be an excellent way to start the 2021 Tournament season and get the newbies more wholly integrated into the Club and the sport of bowls. So, all current Novices (novice = less than two years membership in a recognized bowling club) were invited to sign up and six were able to do so on one of the date options available. Jim Corr, as acting Tournament Director, then found six of the Club’s leading Skips to join the fun—that offer was oversubscribed—and the teams were selected by random draw.

The format provided for each team to play three 12-end games, quite a demand on some of the newer bowlers who had not played more than one draw game in a day. Fortunately, the weather cooperated nicely and made for a very pleasant day of bowling throughout.

After two rounds, the teams of Ian Cameron/Jim Audas and Hugo Deaux/Sal Garcia were in contention for first place, being the only ones to have won both of their earlier games. In a hard-fought contest, Ian & Jim prevailed 13-8 over Hugo & Sal to “bear the gree,” as Robert Burns would have put it. Check it out. Congratulations to both and especially to novice Jim who literally “led the way,” and thanks to all participants as well as those other veterans who showed up to provide friendly but neutral advice and guidance  to any Novice who might have been uncertain about a technical issue or some of the more obscure Laws of the Sport.

And to top it all, the day was kicked off with the ever-popular “Spider,” with Jim Audas winning that and its prize of a bottle of wine too. When you’re hot, you’re hot!

BLBC Brings Trophy Back “Over the Hill”

2019 “Over the Hill” Challenge Players at Rossmoor LBC

The Berkeley Lawn Bowling Club sent seven triples teams to Rossmoor Bowling Club in Walnut Creek for the “Over the Hill” Challenge. The BLBC competed against them and indulged in a little bit of the friendly rivalry typical of the match since the Challenge began in 1969.

After a hiatus of twenty years or so, the clubs resurrected the event in 2016. Scheduling conflicts in 2019 prevented that year’s challenge from happening, so the clubs agreed to hold the 2019 version of the challenge on February 15, 2020 (the 2020 games will take place this August at Berkeley).

Berkeley went into lunchtime with a healthy advantage of 6 wins and only one loss. After the break, Rossmoor returned resurgent, as the afternoon games revealed. Some of the games went down to the wire, but Berkeley prevailed to win 5 of the afternoon games. The final total for the match: 11 wins for BLBC and 3 wins for Rossmoor LBC. Credit to Rossmoor for wonderful hosting and very sporting play. We’ll see them again in August!  Well done to everyone that bowled yesterday, especially to some members representing the club for the first time.

Berkeley Takes the Trophy