Stevens retires at 96-years young

96-year-old Peter Stevens enjoys his last game of Pennant bowls for Kooweerup on Saturday. 388172 Pictures: STEWART CHAMBERS

KOOWEERUP BOWLS

SATURDAY

Kooweerup had a win and a loss on Saturday as the club said goodbye to 96-year-old Peter Stevens who played his last game of Pennant Bowls for the club.

The final round of home-and-away games was played and for the second game in three weeks Division 8 managed to win a close game after trailing with a couple of ends to play.

Going to Mornington Civic and playing on grass (a little novelty these days) we managed to scrap out a 62-57 win to finish on top of the ladder.

A swap of positions for the two Jim’s (Watts and Jenkins) did not seem to worry either of them and they combined with Steven Jenkins and Arthur Giaccotta to win 25-20.

The win came after being down 10-18 with seven ends to go, with two ends of five shots turning the result around.

It was another day of two halves from Wayne Stevens, Rob Matthews, Rex Alexander and Cam Davey that saw them go from a 13-5 lead to a 17-21 loss.

Keeping the game to a 13-13 score after 16 ends, Brett Condron, Peter Butera, Bec Watts and Daniel Price also scored a five late in the game to win 20-16.

A visit from Hastings for Division 9 saw a 28-41 loss to end the season.

Struggling for most of the game Margaret Royle, Erin Price, Peter Stevens and Mary Masters were comfortably beaten 13-27.

In a close game, with a final score of 15-14, Tim Katz, Jacqui Butera, Mav Katz and first-gamer Maggie Prosser finished the season well.

MIDWEEK

The final round of home-and-away games saw Kooweerup’s Tuesday Pennant team playing at Karingal in a battle for fourth position.

Despite winning one rink and drawing another, Kooweerup was defeated 43-54 and dropped out of the finals.

It was a difficult day for Trevor Kitchin, Arthur Giaccotto, Jill Roissetter and Helen Ralph.

Level early in their game they could not match their opponents losing 10-23.

Level at 10-10 after 11 ends the rink of Jim Jenkins, Margaret Royle (using borrowed bowls), Cam Davey and Stephen Payne had to fight hard for a 19-17 win.

In front, behind, and then level, was the story of the day for Joy Jenkins, Charles Poulsen, Pauline Gray and Rex Alexander; scoring two shots on the final end to draw 14-14.

Despite dropping out of the finals, the Tuesday team had a good season and now look forward to preparations beginning for 2024/25.

-Rex Alexander-