Noel Downie has won yet another Club Championship when he took out the 2023/24 Consistency Singles final. He went into the final against John Fahey as favourite as this format of bowls suits his game. He has proven over many years that he is an excellent draw bowler who can consistency place his bowls close to the jack.
Fahey, who has been in great form in recent months, is at his best when he has the opportunity to play ‘on shots’ with the aim of moving the jack. In this format there is no advantage to moving the jack as it is always moved back to its original position. In recent months Fahey won the Mixed Pairs Championship and was a very close runner up in the triples.
The final of the Consistency Singles was played in ideal conditions both in terms of the weather and the state of the green. Downie started well but Fahey clawed back an early deficit to be only 4 points of the pace at 42 – 38 after 8 ends. Downie’s ability to have more of his bowls in the vicinity of the jack started to take its toll. He managed to win six consecutive ends from the 12th end to set up a match winning lead of 107 – 63 after 17 ends.
Downie continued to dominant the game though Fahey made him to play for 25 ends, before he finally closed the game out at 152 – 98!
It was great to see a good number of club members at the game to support both players! Congratulations to Downie on an excellent display of draw bowling that enabled him to chalk up another Championship victory. Well done to Fahey for making it to the final.
The next Championship event to be played is the Open Fours that starts on Saturday October 7.