Dumbleyung Tennis Club - Lawn Classic 2019
What a fantastic day, Saturday, to start the annual Lawn Classic, with the courts in magnificent condition. With 54 players vying for the elusive win there was some awesome tennis played. With quite a few new players making their debut for the Classic and the stalwarts once again making their presence felt - the Cowaramup Crowd. A last minute inclusion from Dudinin the night before saw the A Grade winners Deb Doney and local talent Carmen Bairstow take out this event winning all 5 sets. Runners-up, the ever reliable Jane Smith and her partner from Kojonup, Jenny O'Halloran with 4 sets. The B Grade Ladies winners making their first appearance on the grass courts and the Lawn Classic from Wickepin/Williams in a very close finish were Renae Bransby and Brooke Duff - 4 sets 29 games with runners-up Amanda Davidson and our ex local girl Carly Smith 4 sets 27 games.
The Men’s competition was keenly fought with many close encounters over the day with final winners with 6sets, Angus Armstrong and Kylie Angwin from Toolibin, making a comeback together, after splitting the previous year. Runners-up with 3 sets 22 games, Jon Ward and Kim Gooding. Kim did mention that he was 2nd choice after Jon was turned down by Chad Davidson. Having such a great energetic keen fit partner, Kim was extremely pleased with their win.
The Mens B Grade saw an exciting finish with scores even closer, both on 3 sets 23 games had to go to a games against, with the new blood from Beverley in Brett Shaw and Damian Murray winning with 10games. The runners-up local Scott Angwin and another regular stalwart in Tate Barrett from Highbury 15games. The Beverley boys hope to bring a couple of car loads next year.
The C Grade Mens saw Bob Oates, the Spanish Cowaramup man, score a winning teamwhen he snared Jamie Frost as his partner, winning 4 sets and locals Howie Ward and John Lee as runners-up with 3 sets 30 games. An oversight saw John traipsing off to Popo for a night of dancing before he knew of his win - apologies all round there John. Thank you to Chris Tyson of Bunge and Carmen Bairstow of Flexitrans for presenting their trophies.
The meal was superb as usual with Michelle and Jane organising a delicious roast, they outdo themselves every year. The cricketers after their great win against Pingelly, came in to celebrate an awesome day. The burger lunches were a hit with all. Thank you to Joy Angwin who made all our lives easier on the day, looking after all our needs from the kitchen. And to our Captain Glenn Ball and President Jamie Dare who did a magnificent job over the day’s play to keep everything running smoothly. The draw was done to perfection after many years of experience in running this event.
Sunday the beautiful weather continued. A great roll-up for the very popular mixed doubles event with husband and wife teams, girlfriends and boyfriends, Mother and daughter and Dad and daughter teams. The end of the day arrived with the presentations and a big thank you to all our sponsors: Bunge, Dumbleyung Ag Supplies, Wishbone Transport, Churchview Wines, Flexitrans and Dumbleyung Roadhouse. The Windsor Lodge for 1 night’s accommodation was won by Carly Smith. 2nd prize, the Mystery Box, organised by Margie Ward was won by Elaine Stoeckel/Willmott who is visiting family and still enjoying playing tennis. Thank you to sponsors, Scott Jefferis & Hannah Chiswell of Dumbleyung Ag Supplies for presenting the great trophies.
Results of the Mixed Doubles with the Days play being 1st to 7 tiebreaker, 6 all. The blooper of the day and the first game off with the pairing only playing to 6, Captain Glenn Ball had to return to the courts to actually finish this game, though to be honest there was another pairing that were sent back on to finish their game as well.
The ex Korda pairing of newcomer Tristan Storer who plays for Wagin now and our own Jane Smith took out the A Grade in a close tussle winning 4 sets 34 games from last year's winners, being runners-up Chad Davidson & Michelle Ball 4 sets 28 games. A big thank you to Chad for filling in after Michelle's partner injured his fetlock on the Saturday.
The B Grade was also a closely fought event with the Katanning pairing of Peter Battersby and Emily Pinney eventually winning 4 sets 34 games with runners-up Jon Ward and Jodie Ditchburn on 4 sets 31 games. The C Grade saw the legends of Mixed Doubles of Dumbleyung Tennis Club, Howie and Margie Ward winning 4 sets 28 games, runners-up Chris Da Almeida and Bellinda Devine on 3 sets 27 games. We believe that Bellinda has been attending the Classic for 16 or 17 years, starting when she was just a whipper-snapper. The D Grade was decided on a countback of games against, with Plumber extraordinaire, Malcom Roberts and Candice Lloyd taking out the event with 3 sets 27 games for and 17 against from Jamie Frost and Leonie Nolte 3 sets 27 games for and 24 against. When asked the secret of success of Malcom's fitness, we were informed that he was hard in training for the footy season.
Seedings on both days were close to spot on with every one enjoying their tennis and promising to return next year.
Article by Tamara Bartram
Kukerin Dumbleyung Cricket Club
With it being a bit of a struggle to get a side together, we strolled onto the field with a full compliment thanks to big Rob Schreiber who was summoned from the reefinator at Tarin Rock to come and play. Early pressure was put on the Pingelly openers with the first wicket falling with 10 runs on the board. The total was slowly ticking over for the visitors as the bowlers kept the pressure on but a good partnership in the middle order broke the shackles a bit for Pingelly as they finished their innings on 216 after 45 overs. Some highlights in the field include a superb dropped catch from wicket keeper Peter Joyce, a half-baked effort from Ben Hall to get to a catch and a catch taken by Dame Leo off a rebound from a Matt Gilfellon dropped catch. So an interesting day in the field was had by all!
Bowling: S.Gray- 3/56
The run chase began in usual fashion with Dame getting out for not many and then Matt and Kal putting a few runs on before Matt was out for 32 with the score being 2/59. Scotty Jefferis joined Kal and they began to rebuild the innings with a fantastic 126 run partnership that really set us up for a crack at getting over the line. These two fell in quick succession along with a couple more quick wickets but a cameo from David Head was enough to allow Pete “Cool Hand” Joyce to close it out with 4 balls to spare.
A great fighting win by the boys which keeps us in the finals race with two games remaining.
Thanks to the WAGS for supplying arvo tea which was superb as usual.
This Saturday is in Kukerin and everyone is welcome to come along.
Article by Damion Leo
Kukerin Bowling Club
The ladies commenced their club singles on Friday afternoon in hot conditions. Two games of the round robin format that is used were played with some very close games. The competition was finalised on Sunday. The final game between the two undefeated players, Debbie Smith and Beverley Davidson saw Smith take a good early lead but Davidson came back strongly to gain a narrow lead. Smith regrouped however, and gained control to win a very good game. Debbie will now be Kukerin’s representative in the League championship.
The men’s semi-finals, as expected, proved to be two very good games. Ross Ditchburn against Clive Bahr saw Ditchburn in control early but Bahr clawed his way to the lead. Both players then had their moments until Clive finally won a very good game. Matthew King versus Phil Adams proved to be a game of two halves. King bounced out of the blocks to take a commanding lead however Adams then found line and clawed his way into the game and going into what proved the last end either player could have closed out but King managed to gain the two shots necessary to win what had been a very good game of bowls.
The final was played between Clive Bahr and Matthew King, and proved to be another titanic struggle of high class bowls between these two champions of the game. It was a close contest from the beginning with neither player able to gain control at any stage of the game. Bahr eventually won this high class game to become champion for season 2018—19. Clive Bahr will now represent the club at the League championships next month at Kondinin.
The plate semi-final between Tim Adams and Ian Faulkner was won by Tim in a close contest. The final saw Graeme Smith gain early control against Tim Adams which he maintained to win comfortably.
Next Saturday Kukerin travel to Karlgarin for pennants. It is planned for players to travel by bus departing Kukerin at 11.45 am. Sunday Kukerin will be at home to Kulin in the final game of the season before finals. There will be pennant practise for all who can be available from 5.00 pm on Friday afternoon.
Article by Phil Adams