Pennants playing catch-up after downpour

The Illawarra Zone 16 pennants season will have an early catch-up round after last Saturday's opening day was virtually washed out for the second straight season.

The first round last year was plagued with washouts and some of the heaviest rain in months left just a couple of lower-grade matches on the opening day to proceed at the indoor facility at Warilla BC.

Zone 16 officials moved quickly to alert clubs that round 1 would be rescheduled to Sunday April 28, the day after round 8 in Grade 1.

Shellharbour and Wiseman Park officials are looking at a separate date to reschedule their Grade 1 match.

However, if another pennants round is washed out in the next few weeks, Zone 16 officials will have to use the spare Saturday of April 13, which is currently pencilled in as a general bye weekend due to the Bowls World Cup at Warilla BC.

A number of clubs will unveil their new players in Saturday's round 2 including Thirroul, who have signed former Ireland under-25 rep David Dilworth as their new bowls co-ordinator.

Wiseman Park have lost Matt Sargeant, but signed South Pacific pairs finalists Hemi Palmer and Scott Bateup, while promoted Towradgi Park have been particularly active in the off-season picking up six players from Grade 2 clubs Fairy Meadow, Bulli and Woonona.

In round 2 of Grade 1 pennants on Saturday, Thirroul host defending champions Dapto Citizens, Oak Flats are at home to Shellharbour, Figtree RSL welcome Towradgi, Wiseman Park host Albion Park and Warilla are at home to Corrimal.

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