MICHAEL Abel (Soldiers Point) and Matthew Baus (Raymond Terrace) won their third consecutive 18-25 Years Newcastle District Pairs Championship last Friday evening under the covered green at Belmont, defeating Tom Taylor and David Hutchison (Belmont Sporties) 22-17.
Taylor and Hutchison led 8-4 after nine ends but Abel and Baus scored seven shots on the next four ends to hit the front 11-9 after 13 ends.
A five on the 17th end gave them a match-winning 19-11.
■ Tom Crockford (Toronto Workers) and Ricky Lewis (Boolaroo) edged out Jamie Dow (Redhead) and Corey Reid (Swansea Workers) 18-15 to claim the Newcastle District Junior Pairs title.
■ Defending titleholders Beresfield qualified for the semi-finals of the Beresfield Pre-Season No.1 Grade pennant competition with an impressive 54-35 victory over Maitland City, winning on all three rinks. Newcastle representative player Mick Brown recorded the biggest win, 20-8 over Eric Ryan, Warren Shipley downed Hayden Bojkowski 18-13 and Grant Morley beat Wayne Lambourne 16-14. East Cessnock claimed the final semi spot with an emphatic 58-36 win over Raymond Terrace No.2.
Simon Mitchell led the way, defeating Wayne Hughson 20-7. The semi-finals were scheduled to be played last night with East Cessnock opposed to Raymond Terrace No.1 and Kurri Kurri against Beresfield. The final will be held tonight.
■ Last weekend’s wet weather allowed only the first round of the District Fours Championship to be played under the covered greens at Soldiers Point and Raymond Terrace.
One of the highlights was the impressive win by 2011 titleholder and current Newcastle Bowler of the Year Kevin Robinson and his new teammates Jason Horn, Brian Bateman and Richard Girvan (Nelson Bay). They defeated Cameron Gibbs, Peter Callaghan, Robert Simmonds and Andrew Gardiner (Warners Bay) 30-3.
Second and third-round matches will be played next Saturday at Soldiers Point, Mayfield West and Wallsend, with the fourth round and quarter-finals to be played on Sunday at Soldiers Point.
Defending titleholders David King, Jay Walls, Jason Pietraszek and Terry Antram (Soldiers Point) meet Bob Wallace, Brian Wood, Garry Jennings and Chris Koulouris (Alder Park) in the second round.
■ Antram and Daniel Hill (Soldiers Point) were the best Newcastle bowlers in the Australian Open played at Darebin, Victoria.
In the Men’s Open Singles, Hill was defeated 11-8, 10-6 by Neil Crisp (Victoria) in the fourth round and Antram lost a tight quarter-final 8-8, 11-8 to Nathan Rice (Queensland). The title was won by 21-year-old Aaron Wilson (Victoria) who had a 12-3, 8-10, 4-1 (tie break) victory over 17-year-old Matthew Ayres (Western Australia) – two very talented young bowlers to keep an eye on.