It was a thrilling weekend at the Bowral Bowling Club as the Major Triples quarter-finals and semi-finals were played out.
On Saturday three quarter-finals took place with not a lot separating the sides.
Terry Butt, Carl Spilker, Mick Anderson def. Julie Hayden, Glen Giese, Brian Porter 27-19
This match was decided over the last four ends. Up until then the scores had been close all the way with Team Porter having a 18-17 lead.
Team Anderson scored 10 shots on the last four ends to claim an eight shot win to move into the semi-finals but it was a very plucky display by Team Porter.
Mick Spong, Ashley Lewis, Kevin Stafford def. Dugald Braithwaite's side 26-25
Team Braithwaite nearly pulled off the win when they had a 21-19 lead with four ends to play but dropped a six on the next end.
Although coming back over the last few ends they fell one shot short.
Terry Norwood, Gordon Lewis, Bob Crowley def. Ted McPhee, Eric Willacy, Robin Staples 22-21
Team Crowley had a 10-9 lead at the halfway mark and when leading 19-12, looked to be on their way to a comfortable win .
The last few ends were very tight and on the last end skipper Robin Staples very nearly won the match for his team. Had he directed his shot slightly more to his right he would have picked up the jack.
Team Crowley looked on tenterhooks but the shot missed and Team Crowley moved into the semi-finals.
The Bowral bowling community witnessed two classic semi-final matches on Sunday morning.
David Coltman (sub for Mick Spong), Ashley Lewis, Kevin Stafford def. Terry Butt, Carl Spilker, Mick Anderson 29-18
Although the winning margin was eleven shots the game was much closer than the score line suggests.
At the halfway mark Team Stafford had a 13-11 lead.
But Team Anderson was on a mission to cause an upset and with the match all square at 17-all, this looked a possibility.
From then on Team Stafford had good passages of play and scored eleven shots to move into the final.
The other semi-final was a cliffhanger that wasn't decided until the last end.
Andy Connor, Glynn Phillips, Josh Woodcock def. Terry Norwood, Gordon Lewis, Bob Crowley 19-18
Team Crowley had a 12-7 lead at the halfway mark and led 18-16 with one end to play.
Skipper Woodcock rallied his team for a final effort and they responded, scoring three shots on the last end to win by the narrowest of margins, one shot to move into the final.
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