Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Veterans Rise to Meet the Challenge

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Veterans Rise to Meet the Challenge

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Byline: ROLL UP with Arthur Sugden

TWO games of Veteran Bowls concluded at Gladstone Bowls Club last Thursday afternoon in trying conditions.

The afternoon was hot, the green fast with a strong, intermittent and fluky wind, which challenged all bowlers.

The final of the 2008 Veteran Pairs was won by E van Hagedorn and George Weatherby who defeated John Baxter and Bert Hunt. Evan is no stranger to final bowls, but this year he won the Championship Pairs for the first time.

This game was in the balance until the 13th end. The score was then 18-16, but Weatherby won the next eight ends to prevail 29-16.

The semi-final of the Veteran Fours; Doug Mason, Pat Lewis, Derek Wells and Brian Jenkinson versus John Longdon, Arthur Sugden, John Sircelj and Dennis Martin ended with the same margin 22-9. The13th end was vital for the victors, when they scored a four and two. Martin won the next three ends, but with only a single shot each end.

Analysis of the cards showed the game was closer than the scores indicated. …

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