Pottsville's Latif wins singles title

By IAN McKNIGHT

THE District Champion of Club Champions singles final was successfully completed last Saturday at the Cabarita Beach club where Pottsville's Abdul Latif and Ocean Shores' Dave Matheson did battle in order to become Tweed Byron's club champion singles titleholder.

Following a tense struggle early it was Latif who drew away to open up a handy lead and eventually went on to take the final convincingly by 31/20.

Latif is a young man whose star is definitely on the rise and he will now progress to the Zone Champion of Club Champions Singles to be played on September 23 where he has been fortunate to receive a favourable draw, obtaining a bye in the morning and in the afternoon will play the winner of the semi-final between Clarence River and Northern Rivers champions at the Brunswick Heads club.

THE District Champions of Club Champions pairs championship was also brought to a conclusion last weekend at the Murwillumbah club where the current district pairs champions J.T. Gray and Troy Makin were favoured to add yet another title to their CV.

First-round results provided no surprises, as H. Stewart/P. Laureston d N. Sharp/ M. Danswan 21/18, G. Searle/M. Azzopardi d P. Dawes/D. Blunden 25/9, Makin/ Gray d N. Bradbrook/R. Corney 24/15, T. Lee/J. Knight dG. Lightfoot/R. Henderson 21/20 in a cliffhanger.

In the semifinals Lee and Knight almost caused a boilover when they took the favourites Gray and Makin right to the wire before going down in a tight finish 31/29. In the remaining semi, Searle and Azzopardi recorded a solid 21/11victory over Stewart and Laureston and all were set with expectations high for a great final. However, this did not eventuate as Gray and Makin quickly set about obtaining the ascendancy which they achieved with devastating effect. Finally the Ocean Shores duo went on to record a convincing 34/8 victory, also earning themselves a place in the Zone Champion of Champions Pairs at Brunswick on September 23. They will play the Clarence Rivers champions first up, with the eventual winners to play the Northern Rivers champions in the afternoon final.

THE Zone One side is currently en route to Sydney to take part in the annual Inter-Zone Sides Championship at the Harbord Club, and following on from their excellent result of last year when they made the semifinals the side will be keen to do well again.

However, it will need to perform at its peak as it has drawn a tough section that, apart from containing Zones 3 and 11, also includes Zone 12 (metropolitan) which boasts a number of NSW's best bowlers among its playing ranks.

NEXT week our zone senior singles champion Ron Erickson of Murwillumbah and zone senior pairs champions Graham Lake and Bryan Lambert will also make the trek to Sydney to take part in the sate finals of the RNSWBA seniors' state titles at the Roselands Club. Both Erickson and Lambert have made this trip before, so they will be well aware of what is required to be successful in a state event and will be hopeful for a better result this time round and maybe bring home a state title.

THE Mullumbimby club will conduct a triples tournament next Saturday with a 12.30pm start. Men's, women's or mixed team entries will be accepted.

There will be cash prizes on offer. To enter please call the club on 02 6684 4150.



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