A little bit of wind and drizzle wasn't going to stop the hardened Bert Barker, 86, from honing in on the jack at Club Banora yesterday.
A little bit of wind and drizzle wasn't going to stop the hardened Bert Barker, 86, from honing in on the jack at Club Banora yesterday. Blainey Woodham/Tweed Daily News

Cream of the crop compete

THE world’s best inter-club competition concludes this weekend with the top four sides playing off in the finals of the NSW Premier League.

Taren Point, Engadine, Cabramatta and Raymond Terrace will clash on Saturday in semi finals and only two sides will remain for the grand final on Sunday.

Boasting many of the best players in the world of bowls, the NSW Premier League preliminary finals last week provided spectators with a taste of thing to come this weekend.

Fourth placed Cabramatta Bullants played off against the fifth placed Warilla Gorillas on Saturday in a knockout match that went down to the last bowl.

Cabramatta’s Peter Bellis down 0/13 early in his match against Tom Ellem clawed back from 2/15 down to hit the lead on the final end 20/19 but Ellem picked up two to win 21/20.

International Neil Burkett trailed the jack on the final end against Jeremy Henry to win 27/22 and Cabramatta led overall by two shots coming into the final end.

Warilla’s Matt Sargeant held two shots before Ryan Bester played his best bowl of the match to hold three shots and Sargeant was unable to convert, with his final bowls giving Cabramatta a berth in this weekend’s minor semi final against Raymond Terrace.

The Roseland Devils also staged a comeback after an early deficit and, with the lead changing throughout the match, it wasn’t until the final three ends that Raymond Terrace gained the ascendancy, with four shots and three shots to skippers Richard Girvan and Steve Anderson.

The Jets won 62/54 in a great match.

Finals rinks scores for both the preliminary finals were – Cabramatta def Warilla 65/62 – P Bellis lost to T Ellem 20/21, R Bester lost to M Sargeant 18/19, N Burkett def J Henry 27/22.

Raymond Terrace def Roselands 62/54 – S Anderson def A Klose 20/19, R Girvan def R Chester 25/13, Shane Globits lost to Cameron Curtis 17/22

The NSW Premier League finals will be played at Raymond Terrace on Saturday and Sunday on the magnificent artificial under-cover green, with the winner of the major semi final between Taren Point and Engadine progressing direct into Sunday’s grand final.

The loser will play the winner between Cabramatta and Raymond Terrace on Saturday afternoon.

Australian champion Steve Glasson will compere the Grand Final Brunch on Sunday morning before the grand final which starts at 11am.

The grand final will be televised by the same company that televised the Golden Nugget earlier this year and hopefully shown on Fox Sports – watch this space.

The juggernauts of Queensland, Club Helensvale once again proved to be the best side in the state by winning the State Pennant final on Sunday against 2008 winning side Pine Rivers.

Both side were undefeated in sectional play going into the final on Sunday, and Helensvale jumped away to an early lead and were never headed during the match, winning by 15 shots overall.

The final was interrupted by a short storm at Bribie Island and after a renewed attempt to go back on the green, the game was declared and Helensvale richly deserved the title as the best bowls side in Queensland for 2009.

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