Bruce Magilton has taken out the 2024/25 Lightning Singles at Tuross Head Bowling Club and has been awarded the Barry Sloane Memorial Trophy.

John Fahey Presents Bruce Magilton with the Barry Sloane Memorial Trophy

The Lightning Singles is a special competition that has become a very popular event at Tuross Head.  Players take part in a variation of lawn bowls that is based on quick matches that are played in the set format.  Each game consists of 2 sets of five ends with a one end tie breaker if the sets are shared.  In the first section players are placed in groups of three after a random draw.  They then play a round robin with the player with the bye acting as a marker.  The eight players with the most points progress into a knockout to determine the overall winner.

The winner receives the Barry Sloane Memorial trophy in honour of club stalwart, master of draw bowls and the inaugural winner of this event!

This year there were 24 players in the open gender event. The nature of the draw is such that some of the fancied players were in the same group.  The defending Champion – Irene Macdonald – was drawn with Marcel Kors and Geoff Lee making her chance of retaining the trophy very difficult.

After the round robin games the top eight was clear cut with a mixture of predictable players and some well-earned ‘surprises’!  These players again randomly drew for their position in the finals draw.

Once again the random draw played tricks with the top qualifier, Bruce Magilton, drawing Marcel Kors in the quarter finals.  It did not start well for Magilton with Kors running away with the first set 7 – 2.  However, Magilton fought back well and he forced the game into a tie-breaker with a 6 – 0 win in the second set.  He then won the game with a great onshot in the extra end to move into the semi-finals.

Stephanie Dennet was the real surprise packet in the round robin winning both of her games.  She proved this was no fluke when she outplayed the very experienced John Fahey 4 – 1 and 7 – 0 in their quarter final.

Mark Velder was another relatively new bowler to have a great day.  He won his two games in the morning and proved too good for Di Challice in the round of eight.  He ran away with the first set winning 9 – 1 with Challice showing signs of fatigue.  She made Velder work for the second set that ended in a 3 all draw which was enough to allow Velder to progress.

In the final quarter final Peter Macdonald looked well in control of his clash with Lorraine Johnston when he won the first set 9 – 2 and was ahead 4 – 0 in the second set.  Johnston, however, had other ideas.  She won the next three ends but fell short of the win she needed.  The set was drawn 4 all for Macdonald to move into the semi-finals.

Velder played Macdonald in one semi-final and was well on the way to a major boil over when he won the first set 8 – 2 and led the second set 3 – 1 with one end to play.  Macdonald forced the game into a tie breaker when he was able to pick up 3 shots on the last end.  He then controlled the tie breaker to win 2 – 0 and take a place in the final.

Dennet’s good day came to an end when she found Magilton just too good in their match.  Magilton took the game 7 – 4, 5 – 0 to move into the final.

Magilton proved a worthy winner of the event when he dominated the final.  In the first set he was ahead 6 – 0 after 4 ends before winning 6 – 3.  In a tight second set Magilton had control of the play and won 6 – 2.

A happy Magilton was presented with the impressive trophy by John Fahey a very close friend of Barry Sloane.  Sloane would have been very pleased with the quality of bowls that Magilton displayed throughout the day!