Experience has been the key factor in the semi-finals of the Consistency Singles Championship. In both games the winners turned out to be the more experienced players. It was their experience that allowed them to play with the consistency needed to win in this competition. Both of the defeated semi-finalists played their fair share of good bowls but could not match the consistency of their opponents.
Noel Downie played Mick Challice in one game and used his experience to counter the very hot conditions and not being in the best of health! The players shared the early ends and by the eighth end Downie had a narrow 44 – 36 lead. Over the next three ends he was able to put a gap between the players building a good 69 – 41 lead.
Downie continued to dominate and by the sixteenth end held a 95 – 65 advantage. Challice was able to reduce the margin, with a good run of ends, to 109 – 91 after twenty ends. Once again Downie’s experience came to the fore when he skipped away to a 149 – 111 lead after twenty five ends basically securing the match. The final score of 153 – 117 didn’t really reflect the tightness of the game.
The other semi-final between John Fahey and Chris Coddington followed a very similar pattern. The match was close early with Fahey leading 29 – 21 after five ends. He then dominated the next period of play to establish a very good 60 – 30 lead after nine ends.
While Coddington was playing some good bowls he could not match the consistency of Fahey’s play. Fahey, who has been in very good form of late, always seemed to have the answer. Over the 25 ends that the game lasted Coddington was only able to take the majority of points on 5 ends! On four other ends the points were shared. Fahey won his way into another final with a 154 – 96 vicory.
The final between Downie and Fahey should be a great game with the most consistent draw bowler in the Club – Downie – up against Fahey – probably the form player at the moment.