Warilla NSW penannts reign over, top Zone 16 rookies face off

Title defence: Jeremy Henry will focus on the Australian indoor titles after Warilla's pennants defeat. Picture: Adam McLean
Title defence: Jeremy Henry will focus on the Australian indoor titles after Warilla's pennants defeat. Picture: Adam McLean

The NSW rookie singles finals will be played at East Berkeley and Kiama bowling clubs this weekend.

Representatives from Kiama, Berry, Bomaderry, Warilla, Oak Flats, Windang, Corrimal, Dapto Citizens, Albion Park and Easts Berkeley will meet in a six-section draw for the preliminary rounds on Saturday.

The winners of each section will advance to the semi-finals on Sunday morning, before the Zone finals is played on Sundat afternoon at Berkeley Sports Club. 

The winner will advance to the NSW finals to be played on September 2, with Ballina (Zone One), Bathurst City (Zone Four), Picton (Zone Five) and Narooma (Zone Seven) already qualified.

The NSW rookies pairs will be played at Kiama on August 26-27, with the Zone 16 winners advancing to the state finals on September 3. 

Ballina, Bathurst City, Picton and Tuross Head already await them, with the rest of the zones qualifiers played this weekend.

  • FELL SHORT

Warilla were knocked out in the state pennants semi-finals, after losing all three rinks to Mt Lewis.

Falling 69-42, Jeremy Henry’s team went down 23-15, while Jesse Noronha (26-14) and Aaron Teys (20-13) were also beaten.

Cabramatta went on to claim the NSW grade one pennant with a hard-fought, three-rink, 69-42 victory over Mt Lewis last weekend. 

Warilla were the defending champions heading into the competition.

It was a tough weekend for Zone 16 representatives, with Towradgi Park also missing the decider after a three-rink, 70-38 loss to Taren Point in grade three.

Henry will now turn his focus to defending the Australian indoor singles crown, with the finals played at Tweed Heads on August 28-31. The Warilla representative automatically qualified as the reigning champion, with clubmates Harley McDonald, Matthew Miles, Noronha and Teys turning rivals for the tournament.

  • OPEN ARMS

The NSW Bowlers Arm open pairs pairs tournament will be held on Sunday for those uses an unmodified aid on the rinks.

The tournament includes four games of three-bowl 10-end pairs at Beresfield.

  • HOLIDAY TRIPLES

Neighbours and rivals Figgy Bowlo took away the top prize at the $2000 Collegians/Orb annual bank holiday triples.

Tommy Dunn’s team finished first overall, with David May second and Adam Rogers third.

There were 20 teams competing on Monday, with high wind causing some at times difficult conditions for play. 

It is one of the major events on the Orb’s calendar and a major thank you to the bowling club’s sponsors.

Collegians/Orb officials now looking ahead to the ‘Allman Industries’ event later in the year.

  • ZONE 16 CALENDAR

Saturday: Corrimal Gold Medal Triples

Saturday-Monday: Kiama Presidents Fours.

Monday: Fairy Meadow Mad Monday Pairs

August 19-20: Albion Park Classic Triples

August 27: Dapto Citizens father and son tournament

August 28: Shoalhaven Heads Jerry Bailey Men’s Triples, Wiseman Park Wollongong City Over 50s Pairs.