Triples championship still wide open

THERE were plenty of surprises and upsets on the green when the District Triples Championship got underway at Pottsville on Sunday.

Cudgen Hornet's Les Browning, Ian Turnbull and Peter Schofield caused the first boilover of the day when they accounted for Condong's Scott Reading, Peter Martain and Steve Halmai 30-26.

The upsets continued when Terry Fuller's Pottsville trio eliminated Brunswick Heads champion Luke Wade's outfit 23-15 while Mullumbimby's Graeme Condie and Rick Barnes combined with Serge Brecard to signal a triumphant return to the Tweed Byron scene by dominating John Felton's Murwillum-bah trio 27-2.

In other matches, Condong's Mick Knight fell over the line against Byron Bay's Jim Clark 21-20 and Burringbar's Steve Robson scraped in against Cabarita's Ken Doolin 24-23.

Other first round winners were Abdul Latif, Brian Laybutt, Brian Ayres, Richie Northcott, R Erickson, Mick McLeod, Charles Klaverstyn and B Sheppard.

Most of the afternoon matches followed the scripts and in an ominous warning to their rivals Brunswick Heads' Vic Caldwell, Bob Montgomery and Northcott, fresh from their District Four's victory, comfortably accounted for Ron Erickson's Murwillumbah team 30-13.

Barnes overcame Knight 26-14 and Schofield's team completed a great day for the Hornets by proving too strong for the sole Burringbar team, triumphing 27-11.

Kris Lehfeldt showed that he meant business by demolishing Pottsville counterpart Barry Sheppard 34-7 while Ocean Shores' J.T. Gray, after a titanic struggle, edged out Brunswick's Gary Rendell 24-23.

Klaverstyn, from Ocean Shores, also had a narrow win, prevailing 19-17 win over McLeod, Ayres (Condong) beat Fuller's team 26-20 and Latif accounted for Laybutt 29-24.

The winners advanced to the third round which will be played, along with the semi-finals, at Condong on March 8.

THE Triples Championship will take a back seat next weekend with Tweed Byron to host Gold Coast at Pottsville on Sunday with the “Phil Bonnor Shield” again at stake.

Selected players should be in attendance at 9.15am (NSW) as play is scheduled to commence with a 9.45am roll up.

ENTRY forms for the District Pairs, Senior (over 60) Pairs and State President's Reserve Pairs (Grade 5 pennants or lower) championships have been distributed to all clubs and will close with the District on March 9.

Bowlers must choose which event they wish to enter as the RNSWBA Conditions of Play permits a bowler to enter only one of these events.

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