No spoils to bring home at Maclean
THE 2009 Zone One championships came to a conclusion last Sunday with the playing of the Zone Champion of Club Champion Singles and Pairs championships at the Maclean Bowling Club.
Unfortunately, there were no spoils for the Tweed Byron representatives.
In the Singles event the Tweed Byron's Adam Maloney of Murwillumbah was up against Yamba's John Collins in the morning semi-final.
Collins went on to claim the match and earn a place in the final. Waiting in the wings was Northern Rivers champion Gary Burt of Casino RSM who would have been fancied to take out the event but Collins defied the odds and took the game right up to Burt and eventually went on to claim the final and a place in the State finals.
In the Pairs competition the Tweed Byron champions Greg Sawtell and Kris Lehfeldt of Pottsville made an appearance in the morning semi-final against the Clarence River champions Keith Moore and Jamie Eichorn of Yamba.
The Pottsville duo had their colours lowered by the Yamba champions who went on to claim a place in the final. Waiting for them were the Northern Rivers champions David Zorzo and Richard Latta of Ballina who held sway for much of the match and led by four shots entering into the last end.
However, Moore and Eichorn held seven shots for the match until Latta with his last bowl put the jack in the ditch for one shot and victory. The winners progress to the State finals on November 17-20 at the Penrith Club in Sydney.
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ON A happier note for the Tweed Byron, the Zone qualifying rounds of the inaugural RNSWBA Rookies championship have now been completed and local bowlers will feature in both the Singles and Pairs State finals that will be held at the Raymond Terrace Club on October 3-4.
Cabarita Beach's Greig Goode took out the Zone Rookies Singles qualifying to earn a place and Murwillumbah's Kevin Kelly teamed up with South Lismore's Glen Pitt to overcome all opposition to claim the Pairs qualifying final and earn a spot in the State Rookie Pairs finals.
New bowlers are very keen to be involved in competitive tournaments against other bowlers of similar experience before they progress on towards the more high profile events that feature on the bowling calendar.
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THE Bangalow Men's Bowling Club will be conducting an Open Pairs tournament on October 4 from noon.
There will be prize money on offer to the winners, runners-up and round winners. Entries will close on October 3 and to enter phone Gerry Swain on 02 6687 1142 or the club on 02 6687 1235.