Northern Star

Pennant top four hard to displace

WITH only four rounds to be played in Division One of the Gold Coast Tweed Pennant competition, the top four sides on the leaderboard look to have a stranglehold on their positions.

Broadbeach on 14 points hold a one-match advantage over rivals Helensvale and South Tweed, with Musgrave Hill in fourth position on 10 points, also one match clear of Paradise Point in fifth position.

This coming weekend is the second of the double headers, and all the top four should win on Saturday and again on Sunday, with the match of the round on Sunday when second-placed Helensvale host third-placed South Tweed.

The outcome of this match will most likely decide which team will have the coveted “double chance” by finishing in the top-two position on the table.

Broadbeach looks secure in top position after a convincing 23 shots win over final-four contenders Musgrave Hill on Saturday.

Rounds 10 and 11 will complete the home-and-away season for Division One on Saturday, September 26, and October 3, before the finals weekend on October 10/11.

  • RECENTLY appointed Bowls Queensland development manager Keith Fullerton has taken over the reins from Peter Turnbull as the chief administrator of bowls in Queensland. Turnbull recently resigned as the CEO of Bowls Queensland

NSW powerhouses Taren Point and Cabramatta were joint favour- ites going into the Henselite National five-a-side challenge at Helensvale last week, and the punters were right on the mark when both sides met in a thriller final last Thursday.

Taren Point fought off a determined East Cessnock side in the semi final to win by only four shots after both sides won two rinks each.

After the pairs and triples were squared off at one rink each and shots level it was down to the singles and fours. Ali Forsyth for Taren Point lost to Aron Sherriff 16/21 in the singles, but Mark Jacobsen skipped the Point fours team to an 18/9 win over Brody Pitham.

Cabramatta won through to the final, easily accounting for Pine Rivers on three rinks - pairs, triples and singles before Michael Brown for the Pine won the fours.

In the final, Ryan Bester (Cabramatta) won the pairs by six shots, but Wayne Turley defeated Peter Belliss by five shots in the triples to have a one-shot lead before the afternoon singles and fours en- counters.

Forsyth won the singles 21/12 over David Holt for Taren Point and Jacobsen held off Bester in the fours by five shots to clinch victory and the $12,000 prize on offer.

The NSW side from Taren point comprised Wayne Turley (NSW), Barrie Lester and Mark Jacobsen (Victoria), Robbie Thompson (Qld) and Ali Forsyth from New Zealand.

The Cabramatta side comprised of David Holt (England), Ryan Bester (Canada) and Andrew Todd, Peter Belliss and Rohan Brassey all from New Zealand.

The international and interstate flavour of club sides has changed over the years, and many of our top players now play in Premier Leagues in two or more states, especially now that NSW play Premier League from September till December, whereas Queensland runs from January to April.

  • FRIDAY Night Live Scoreboard for the NSW Premier League over the internet is on again, with Taren Point Power hosting the Mt Lewis Lions from 6.00pm.

Mark Jacobsen versus Nathan Rice, Wayne Turley versus Brett Wilkie and Mark Casey versus Gary Willis.

Link to Taren Point on the THBC web site on Friday night

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