Zone 16 Champion of Champion Pairs contest heats up

 Fairy Meadow's Mark Halsey is in contention for the Illawarra Champion of Club Champion Pairs. Picture: ROBERT PEET

Fairy Meadow's Mark Halsey is in contention for the Illawarra Champion of Club Champion Pairs. Picture: ROBERT PEET

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Eight Illawarra pairs combinations are within three wins of the Zone 16 Champion of Club Champion Pairs title and a shot at winning a state title in November.

Wretched weather forced the quarter-finals and semi-finals to be cancelled last Sunday with the final eight showdown set down for Woonona Bowling Club on Saturday afternoon.

The semi-finals are on Sunday morning with the final in the afternoon.

Towradgi Park's Wes Falconer won the Zone 16 Champion of Club Champion Singles earlier this month and is through to the Pairs quarter-finals with partner Brian Harriott.

The Towradgi team take on Helensburgh Major Pairs champions Glen Hillen and John Hillen with the winner to face the victor of the clash between Dapto Citizens' Chris Green and Steve Green against Warilla's Jesse Noronha and (sub) Robbie Glen.

Noronha won the Warilla Major Pairs with Aaron Teys, but Teys played for Warilla's NSW Champions League side last Saturday, leaving Robbie Glen to be the sub for the Pairs tournament.

After seeking an explanation into the use of the sub by the Warilla side, Illawarra officials were satisfied and approved Robbie Glen and Jesse Noronha to take on Dapto Citizens in the quarter-finals.

Robbie Glen has already had some success this championship season skipping a Warilla team into the quarter-finals of the Zone 16 Fours last February.

Meanwhile, in the bottom half of the Champion of Club Champion Pairs draw, Fairy Meadow's Peter Grubb and Mark Halsey face Dapto's Peter Kendall and Brian Suckley in a quarter-final.

Halsey reached the final of the Champion of Club Champion Singles and is looking for another impressive finish in the pairs.

The Fairy Meadow team were involved in the standout match of round two, scoring a final end 17-16 win over Windang's Michael Murphy and Paul Webb last Saturday. The other Pairs quarter-final is Paul Wesley-Ian Barrett (Albion Park) against Wiseman Park's Jason Cheadle and Robbie Warren.

Eighteen Illawarra Major Pairs champions nominated for the event, with the winner to represent Zone 16 in the state finals at Nowra in November.

Warilla have been the dominant force in the 2014 championship season, producing victories in the Illawarra Fours, Open Pairs, Triples, Senior Singles and President Reserve Singles.

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