The long weekend saw the influx of top bowlers eager to give their best shot in the prestigious Blue Water Fours Tournament sponsored by the Narooma Sporting and Services Club. Players came from as far afield as Sydney, Junee and Canberra to name a few.
"A field of 26 teams competed and the rinks were filled with close contests where one missed shot could make or break your weekend, Narooma Bowling Club spokesperson," Warren Bender said.
"The closeness of many of the matches and the ability of some of the bowlers in the tournament ensured that the spectators enjoyed every moment.
"The final placings were not decided until the last match was completed with a couple of teams falling at the last hurdle and others showing their best form at the end of the tournament," he said.
The winners were Chris Pollock, John Breust, Brad Thomas and Jay Breust (skip) from Narooma and Malua Bay who showed great form throughout the tournament to remain undefeated with eight wins and a margin of 61 shots.
Second place with seven wins and a margin of 71 shots went to Corey Hazell, Ethan Sainsbury, Craig Shaw and Martin Cousley (skip) from Junee. Third place with six wins and a 43 shot margin went to Jock Cummins, Roy Woodall, John Puttock and Brad Lange (skip) from Junee.
There was a tie for fourth place with Mark Langfield from Austral, Matt Dunn of Narooma, Bryce Billington from St Johns Park and Jason Mathers (skip) from Kiama and Bim Schofield, Tim Rossiter, Steve Wills and Brad Rossiter (skip) from Kiama with each team finishing with six wins and a 17 shot margin.
The final round had several teams in the top 10 playing another top 10 team which meant the leader board changed as each team that lost their game slid out of contention.
"Well done to all the teams who helped make the tournament so competitive, we look forward to seeing you back next year," Mr Bender said.
"A tournament like the Blue Water Fours could not be held without the generous sponsorship of the Narooma Sporting and Services Club and their sponsorship is much appreciated. The assistance of Merrie and Sue who did all the recording work in the background helping to make the tournament run smoothly, thank you. Thanks to the umpires, Clare, John and Peter for their diligent service and thanks again to the women's bowling club who provided the wonderful after game food and the assistants, Clare, Sue and Jo at the barbecue. Thanks to Clare and Dawn who bought and made sure everything was in order and to Neville and John who made sure the succulent Rapley's hamburgers and steak sandwiches were cooked to perfection and to Dawn and Vicki and their helpers for the wonderful bacon and eggs to start our days. Thank you to Brendan and the office and bar staff who catered for all the needs of the bowlers. In particular, a big thank you to Carl and the very able green's staff for producing the greens in such great order."
Ken Lee Memorial Trophy
As part of the Blue Water Fours a trophy, in memory of big Kenny Lee, was played for by teams with Narooma or Junee players in them. Ken was a well known and much liked Narooma Club member who loved to participate in the Blue Water Fours and it was fitting that his family and friends decided that his memorial trophy should be played for in that event.
"The winners of the Ken Lee Memorial Trophy were the Narooma team of Peter Dillon, Matty Morton, Graham Cummins and Greg Ryan (skip) with four wins and a 16 shot margin, well done to your team Greg I know Kenny's family and friends were very happy with the result," Mr Bender said.