The Mercury Bay Bowling Club

12 Oct 2021

The Mercury Bay Bowling Club continues to be a force to be reckoned with in Thames Valley competitions.

In the final of the Women’s Open Pairs championship, played in Thames on Wednesday last week, Mercury Bay’s Jayne Skinner and Irene Goss narrowly lost against Ruth Hitchcock and Pat Ridings of the Hauraki Club. “A number of our members travelled to Thames to support Jayne and Irene in their final,” says Judy Russell, president of the Mercury Bay Bowling Club. “Jayne and Irene started a bit slowly, but through some good shots, drew back into contention and were ahead with a couple of ends to play. Unfortunately on the last end they were holding the winning shot, but a perfect draw bowl by Ruth with her last bowl sealed the win for Hauraki.”

Last weekend, 60 mixed pairs competed in the Thames Valley 2 x 4 x 2 competition at the Thames and Thames Coast Bowling Clubs. Six teams from Mercury Bay competed with two of the teams qualifying for post section play. After three rounds of post section play, Mercury Bay’s Colleen Sexton and Doug Sargent met Val and Mark Matthews (a mother and son combination) from Thames in the final. “While Colleen and Doug were up 9 - 8 going into the last end, they unfortunately lost the last end to become runners up, a really great effort,” says Judy.

Pictured are Irene Goss (left) and Jayne Skinner on Wednesday last week.