Scratch team takes fours
An incredible victory by a team that could best be described as a throw-together combination yesterday capped off three days of close bowls results in the third annual Coffs Coast Easter Carnival.
There was barely a struck match deciding all three tournaments within the carnival, a joint project between the Sawtell, Park Beach and Coffs Ex-Services clubs.
Coffs Ex-Services teams claimed the men's triples on Saturday and mixed fours yesterday, while Sawtell duo Ray Grandemange and Sam Scaysbrook picked up the men's pairs on their home green on Friday.
The mixed fours produced an amazing victory for a 'scratch' team from Coffs Ex-Services, led by Frank Tarman and organised by Peter Quinn.
"I don't know too many lady bowlers, so I just said to Peter that if he was interested in playing to grab a couple of ladies," Tarman explained.
"He got Helen Tonkin and Ruth Humphries and they both played very well."
Tarman's team (two wins + 27 ends) narrowly edged out Phil Cuss's team on two wins + 22 ends.
Even though Tarman didn't know much about his new team mates heading into the tournament, he was still reasonably confident of going home with the winners' purse.
"I knew Peter was a good bowler and I was fairly confident myself," he said.
"I knew we only needed two wins and the rest would take care of itself."
Tarman also hinted that it might not have been the last time the foursome would team up.
"Well, it was good fun, we had two wins and a few beers along the way; you can't get much better than that," he said.
Tarman's victory wrapped up a good weekend for Coffs Ex-Services bowlers, with Alan Carver's team claiming the triples on countback from D Brown and Don Wood.
On Friday, Grandemange and Scaysbrook (31 points) pipped Dallas Cole's team (28) and another Sawtell pairing, Dennis Scott and Anthony Clarke (27).