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Following on last week's annual Masters singles tournament, 24 selected bowlers participated in a newly inaugurated men's and women's Masters pairs competition at the Ramat Gan club.

First-time winners in the two-day competition were Ramat Gan's George Kaminsky paired with his club mate Chaim Schneider, and in the women's section Haifa's Irit Grencel together with Kiryat Ono's Miri Goldfarb.

Heading the men's section were Ra'anana's Raymond Sher together with his club mate Denis Phillips, and they were the sole pairing who went through winning all their five sectional games.

In the final they were up against Kaminsky with Schneider, who lost one of their five games but came through on shot difference against Ra'anana's Gordon Silberstein and Kiryat Ono's Moshe Ayoun.

The final produced an excellent game of high standard, but on the day's play it was Kaminsky who produced consistent winning shots, rarely failing with draws and drives when necessary. His opponents, somewhat frustrated, conceded the game at 13-4 down after 11 of the 16 scheduled games.

Bronze medals went to the pairings of Silberstein/Ayoun and Ramat Gan's Boaz Marcus with Ra'anana's Selwyn Hare.

In the women's section it was Grencel with Goldfarb who led with four wins and one loss against Netanya's Dolores Linde and Ramat Gan's Sari Fridman, and in the final they faced up against the Ra'anana couple of Louise Braverman and Beverley Polatinsky.

The latter had come through on shot difference with three wins level with Ramat Gan's Yael Bar-Ner and Ra'anana's Denni Galland, and with Ramat Gan's Tzila Gavish and Tova Melockier.

The final started off at level pace, and at the seventh end Braverman led 8-5. The next end brought a dramatic change when the Ra'anana pair lost a 7 count, and thereafter it was Grencel/Goldfarb in control with a final 20-11 win. Bronze medals went to Bar-Ner/Galland and Gavish/Melockier.