Pieper targets more pennants with pre-season innovations

Illawarra singles champion Brett Pieper wants to make his new club Corrimal a force again in Zone 16. Picture: ROBERT PEET

Illawarra singles champion Brett Pieper wants to make his new club Corrimal a force again in Zone 16. Picture: ROBERT PEET

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Brett Pieper has joined Corrimal Bowling Club as Bowls Co-ordinator, with lifting the profile of the northern suburbs club a priority.

Last June, Pieper became the first player in almost 30 years to win back-to-back Zone 16 singles championships and has linked up with Corrimal BC after four years with Figtree RSL BC.

"I want to see Corrimal do well," Pieper said.

"I'm bringing a few ideas across from Figtree, such as a pennant preps before the new season which is great for club bonding and bringing the players together."

Pieper also wants Corrimal to host Illawarra championship and district events and make the club more active within Zone 16.

Corrimal reached the Grade 1 pennant semi-finals last year but struggled in 2014, and didn't have a team in the pennant semi-finals.

The club lost their bowls co-ordinator and best player Eric Johannes early in the 2014 season, while Eric's son Kyle has left and joined Dapto Citizens.

Pieper, who was omitted from the Zone 16 squad for next month's Inter-Zone Championships, confirmed Barry Martin from Woonona BC and Geoff Hancox from Towradgi Park had signed on with Corrimal.

Pieper was confident of more recruits to give Corrimal a reasonable shot at improving in Grade 1 pennants in 2015.

Meanwhile, Pieper has been handed a tough first-round draw against defending champion Ben Twist in the State Singles Finals at Ettalong Memorial BC in October.

"It's win or bust," Pieper said.

Finally, Figtree RSL BC are preparing to host the inaugural Junior 7-A-Side Championship on August 23-24.

Seven players from each of the 16 zones in NSW will team up in singles, pairs and fours with Figtree RSL to host the event again in 2015.

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