Warilla's triple treat adds to anniversary success

Jeremy Henry, of Warilla, in action. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Jeremy Henry, of Warilla, in action. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Warilla Bowling Club's 50th anniversary has turned into a championship celebration after the powerhouse club clinched a fourth Zone 16 title in 2014 with victory in the Illawarra Triples on Sunday.

World Cup champion Jeremy Henry and Jamie Mitchell added to their fours crown in February by combining with Wayne Crane to beat Scott Bateup-skipped Dapto Citizens side 30-20 in the triples final at Albion Park BC.

Warilla have now won four of the five zone championship events in 2014, with Geoff McGillivary taking out the senior singles and Jamie Nabbe winning the president reserve singles last month.

In 2014, Warilla also won the Grade 1 pennant and the Reg Evans Shield, while young gun Aaron Teys took out South Pacific singles and pairs.

Figtree RSL's Brett Pieper is the only non-Warilla Zone 16 championship winner this season after last month making it back-to-back Illawarra singles titles.

"It's great to have success in our 50th year," Henry said.

"I haven't played a lot of zone championship events over the years but was hoping to do well in a big year for the club.

"Myself and Craney [Wayne Crane] are playing the [zone] pairs but I reckon our luck might have run out given the run we've had," Henry said.

Warilla led the triples final 23-10 before Bateup and partners Peter McCauley and Trevor Gillis picked up 10 shots in three ends to only trail 23-20.

Henry saved the next two ends with drives before Warilla regained the momentum to take the title.

Bateup advanced to the final with a 27-12 win over Geoff McGillivary in the quarter-finals and 32-16 victory over Dapto's Rod Taylor in the semis.

Henry overpowered Pieper 24-7 in their semi-final, after edging out Albion Park's Dean Aitken 23-20 in the quarters.

The championship season continues on Saturday with the early rounds of the open pairs, senior pairs and president reserve pairs.

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