by Rob McGuire on January 8, 2022

Heavy overnight rain with the threat of more rain on Saturday threatened to derail the start of Bowls Tasmania’s Gala Week which commenced on the North West Coast on Saturday.   Whilst greens were slow due to the rain, the sun shined brightly, and all scheduled games were completed.

COVID-19 impacted the field in the prestigious Mixed Open Pairs Championship with almost 10% of the field forced to withdraw from the event due to COVID19 isolation and close contact requirements.

With some very close games in the Mixed Open Pairs, section winners were Luke Patterson and Lisa Coppe, Isaac Maughan and Michelle Moate, Dee Harman and Adrian Feltham, Josh Walker-Davis and Rae Simpson, Ricki Richardson and Karen King, Luke Turner and Crystal Brooks, Jason Barker and Kirsten Viney, Josh Appleyard and Zoe Whelan, Rob and Jess McMullen, Jarryd Brown and Kelly Gilchrist, Grant Alford and Peta Barnett, Eden Moore and Gail Thow, Tim Douce and Courtney Hobbs, Taelyn Male and Bronwyn King, Chris Murray and Linda Rose, Gene and Candice Ayton and Michael Sims and Lauren Banks.

Sectional winners in the Bowling Arm Pairs Championships were Gordon Hurst and Owen Preston, Keith Beavis and Vaughan Eaves, Geoff  Buchanan and Joe Reissig and Peter Thow and Tony Lynd.

In the Boys Junior Pairs, sectional winners were Bailey Bellchambers and Codi Marshall, Fletcher Felmingham and Jack Watson and Blair Fidler and Lachlan Thurley.

Gala Week continues on Sunday with post-sectional play and quarter finals in the Open Mixed Pairs and finals in the Bowling Arm Pairs with all games being played at Burnie.  

The second round of the Juniors State Wide Challenge involving junior representative teams from the North West Coats, Launceston and Hobart will be played at Burnie on Sunday.

Bowls Tasmania will be live streaming the Bowling Arm Pairs grand final on its Facebook page on Sunday afternoon.

CLICK HERE for more detailed results.