The inaugural Zone 16 President’s Reserve Fours and Senior Fours is set for an exciting conclusion on Saturday with seven clubs in contention to win a title and earn a crack at being a state champion later this year.
Zone 16 has been a big supporter of the expansion of zone championships in 2019 with the introduction of the Senior Fours for over 60s bowlers, and President’s Reserve Fours for those in grades 5-7.
Previously, senior and lower grade bowlers could only play in Singles and Pairs at zone level but now are also able to compete for a zone and state title in Fours and Triples, giving them the same opportunities as players in Open events.
Last weekend 25 teams from 13 clubs competed in up to three rounds of President’s Reserve Fours, while 19 teams from 11 clubs went head to head over two days to reach the semi-finals in the over 60s Fours.
The Senior Fours semi-finals will feature new Wiseman Park signing Ray Parkes and his partners Brian Bott, Paul Robertson and Brian Suckley against Dapto Citizens’ Brian Harriott and his rink mates Noel Davis, John Jovcevski and Tom McCauley. Parkes and partners were almost eliminated in round one, but produced some brilliant bowls in the last couple of ends to beat Rod Busst’s Towradgi side 18-17 at Corrimal BC.
Parkes also had a tough 22-17 win over Rick Malley’s Dapto Citizens side in round two, before again being tested in a 23-18 win over Lube Brglevski (Oak Flats) in last Sunday’s quarter-final at Warilla BC.
Harriott beat Figgy Bowlo’s Mark Sunderland 24-13 in round two and then beat their Citos’ clubmates skipped by Bazil Connell 25-21 in the quarter-finals.
In the other semi-final this Saturday morning (9.15am) at Warilla, new Corrimal signing Col Cheadle and partners Barry Cavanough, Robbie Fahey and Ken Hunt take on the Woonona rink of John Ritchie, Denis Lamb, William Sweeny and Jack Forbes (skip).
Forbes beat Towradgi’s Dave Roberts 23-15 in their quarter-final, while Cheadle defeated Kiama’s Mick Weir 32-14.
The Senior Fours, President’s Reserve Fours and Open Fours semi-finals and finals will be played together at Warilla on Saturday.
In the Reserve Fours, Bomaderry’s Tony Collin, Harry Griffith, JJ Martin and Gerry Webster (skip) take on the Windang side of Robert Jordan, Philip Lake, Phil Cable and skip Paul Cable in one semi-final.
It’s Warilla vs Woonona in the other semi, with Donald McLeod, Aldo Dimartino, Scott Kicks and Chris Cusack (Warilla) against the Woonona rink of Gary Ford, John Brown, John Walker and skip Steve Klaus.
Meanwhile, Warilla have two teams into the semi-finals of the Open Fours with Aaron Teys (skip), Jeremy Henry, Corey Wedlock and Gary Kelly to take on Wiseman Park’s Scott Bateup (skip), Mick Thorne, Guy Vozza and Brett Pritchard.
In the other semi, Warilla’s Jesse Noronha (skip), Jamie Mitchell, Shane Leonard and Brendan Aquilina face Towradgi Park’s Anthony Jones (skip), Damien Lateo, Adam Martin and Russ Taylor.
Finally, a big four days at Warilla BC in the NSW 5-A-Side is entering the business end, with the final on Friday.
The event features the men’s and women’s National teams as they prepare for the Asia Pacific Championships, plus some of the best local and NSW club teams, chasing a prize pool of $30,000.
The field of 20 includes host club Warilla, plus Oak Flats, Dapto Citizens, Towradgi, Wiseman Park, Kiama and Corrimal along with a string of Sydney teams led by defending champions Cabramatta.
Entry to Warilla BC is free, with the some of the world’s best bowlers in action.