Mixed fortunes at Zone One champs
By IAN McKNIGHT
THE Zone One championships continued last Sunday at Brunswick Heads where the three Zone Pairs were successfully completed.
The day's play provided mixed results for the Tweed Byron District. In the Major Pairs semifinal Ocean Shores' J.T. Gray and Troy Makin were up against Kyogle's G. Currie and Terry Knudson, a very experienced campaigner but the Ocean shores youngsters took the game 21/12 to earn a place in the final against Grafton Ex-Services' T. Scott and P. Chorley. The Clarence River Pair got away to a good start and opened up a handy lead over the Ocean Shores duo but to their credit they fought back to reduce the deficit and even hit the lead shortly before the finish. However they had to lower their colours by the narrowest of margins with Scott and Chorley getting home 20/19 to claim the final.
Tweed Byron fared better in the Senior Pairs where Cabarita Beach's Bryan Lambert was making his third successive appearance in this event and with new partner Graeme Lake survived an enthralling encounter in the semi final against Lismore City's W. McPherson and I.J. Bird to win the match 21/18. The final saw a match up between the Cabarita Beach pair and Maclean's K. Denny and Doug Starr another bowler with vast experience. However Lake and Lambert continued on with their good form from the morning game to stride to a commanding lead and finally took the final 24/8. Lake and Lambert have now booked themselves a place in the State Seniors finals which will be held at Roselands in September.
The Murwillumbah pairing of Michael McCrory and Tom Knight suffered a heartbreaking loss in the Reserve Pairs semifinal when they were pipped at the post 19/18 by East Lismore's D. Sirach and T. Kirkland in yet another blanket finish. In the final Sirach and Kirkland overcame Maclean's J. Cummings and A. Daniels 25/24 to claim the second final of the day for the Northern Rivers District.
The Zone championships will now take a short break and will resume on Sunday, August 12 at Pottsville where the Zone Triples will be held. Cabarita's Graeme Lake and Bryan Lambert will team up with Charles Klaverstyn to make yet another assault on a Zone championship.
The following Tweed Byron players who have been named in the Zone One side that will participate in the State Inter-Zone Sides championship on September 7-9 are M. Anderson, T. Makin, L. Wade, K. Lehfeldt and A. Boston. Any player who is unavailable is asked to contact Geoff Pascoe on 6687 7632 or Kevin Locke on 6628 1814.
THE District Umpire's Association will be holding its annual general meeting at the Brunswick Heads BC on Saturday, August 4 commencing at 11am. This will be followed by the umpire's annual bowls day commencing at 1pm and every umpire is asked to bring a team of non-umpires, both men's and ladies teams are most welcome.