Officials don't seek re-election
THERE was a noticeable changing of the guard at Zone One following its annual general meeting earlier this week when several long standing officials did not seek re-election.
Outgoing President Wilf Clark, Secretary Alan Meres and Treasurer Richard Carbines all decided it was time for a change and an opportune time to introduce a new Executive.
Outgoing Tweed Byron District president Ron McCauley was elected President and he will bring a wealth of administrative experience and continued stability to the position.
Also elected were Alan Meres who was returned as State Councillor, vice president Charlie Nelson and secretary Ron Woodward both from the Clarence River District, while Tweed Byron's John Rae is the new treasurer.
Tweed Byron's Dick Aldridge is the new publicity officer, while Pedro McHenry of Clarence River is the new junior's co-ordinator.
The Northern River's Kevin Bulmer (Bowls Co-ordinator) and Geoff Pascoe (Side Manager) were both re-appointed to their respective positions while Vince Schipp, Phil Bonnor and Wilf Clark were appointed as zone patrons.
The zone is now gearing up to finalise its side and the arrangements to travel to Sydney for the Inter-Zone Sides Championship in September.The Zone One Championships continued last Sunday with the three pairs disciplines being successfully completed on the Grafton Services Club's artificial greens, which incidentally have received good reports from officials and players alike.
The Tweed Byron was well to the fore in the Major Pairs event with Mike Anderson (ex Byron Bay) and Troy Makin (ex Ocean Shores) both now playing out of Ballina combined to take out the title and a earn a place in the State Pairs Championship to be held in October.
In the Reserve Pairs Championship again it was Murwillumbah players to the rescue for Tweed Byron in Kevin Kelly and John Ferguson who following a tough battle emerged victorious to claim the title and also earn a place in the State Reserve Pairs finals.
Despite battling valiantly Tweed Byron's Bob McClelland and Vic Caldwell could not claim the senior pairs as their own, with victory eventually going to Northern River's duo Roly Pepper and Viv Ross from Ballina.
They will now make an appearance in the State Senior Pairs finals.
The action will continue this coming Sunday (July19) at the Maclean Bowling Club when the Triples championship being held at that venue.
In the morning semi final the Northern rivers and Clarence River champions will clash with the eventual winner earning the right to challenge the Tweed Byron trio of serge Brecard, Graeme Condie and Rick Barnes of Mullumbimby in the afternoon final for a place in the State finals.The Zone One Senior side travelled to Coffs Harbour last week to contest the Senior Inter-Zone Sides Championship, but unfortunately it could not repeat last year's effort when it reached the semi finals.
On this occasion Zone One failed to win a game but the event has now evened out with any of the 16 Zones capable of winning.
The weather turned nasty with strong cold winds prevailing and heavy rain at times flooding the greens.
This eventually forced the final to be postponed to a later date when the two finalists namely Zone 16 (Illawarra) and Zone 10 (metropolitan) will play off.