Armidale City side undefeated in West Coffs triples victory
By STEVE ARCHBOLD
UNIVERSITY Games commitments in Maroochydore meant Jay Porter had to leave his Armidale City side before their final match in the West Coffs Master Triples bowls carnival on Sunday. Solid wins over teams skipped by Barry Isaac, Brian Ingall, Geoff McGillivray and Paul Ward on Friday and Saturday had given Armidale City an unbeaten round and they had led on percentages after the second round. With Porter having to fly out on Sunday, former Armidale resident and now Coffs Harbour bowler Bill Tomkins answered the call andstepped in to replace Porter for the final game on Sunday where they defeated the Coffs Ex-Services team skipped by Dallas Cole. This gave the team a perfect record for the carnival enabling them to take away the $3000 first prize from runners-up Rod Adamson, Peter Barrett and Col Morrison from Tuncurry. This was the first carnival Porter had Terry McMillan as his lead although he had played alongside Ahoy to collect fourth place in the same tournament last year so they knew what to expect. Porter said he had no idea how the new combination would perform although two wins in the opening round on Friday gave the team a perfect start and they built on that momentum. "Terry had them around the jack all day and Billy played some great conversion shots which meant I didn't have to do a lot of work," Porter said. Porter only started playing bowls seven years ago at Armidale City and since then has grown in stature to the extent he was selected in the NSW seconds touring side last year. "It was a great experience travelling around with such a good side playing in different country centres throughout NSW," he said. The bowls extravaganza continues with the Coffs Ex-Services Master Pairs which starts today and runs through to the final on Thursday evening. Woolgoolga host the fours carnival from Friday to Sunday with the Park Beach Open singles starting on July 10.