Members of the West Coffs number four pennants team who will meet Westport in the Zone final at Nambucca Heads on Sunday.
Members of the West Coffs number four pennants team who will meet Westport in the Zone final at Nambucca Heads on Sunday.

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By PAUL CHAMBERS

FOR THE first time in many years the Grade 4 pennant bowls team from West Coffs has won the Mid North Coast competition.

The Zone 14 final will be played against Westport Bowls Club at Nambucca Heads on Sunday.

Team manager, Ray Bourne, was thrilled with his team's performance so far this season and excited by their achievements and their prospects for the final.

"Our season kicked off in a very dull fashion, so much so that at one point it looked as though the only thing we would be winning this year would be the wooden spoon," he said.

"We were not at all balanced in our early games and it really affected our performances."

When asked about the turning point of the season or the secret ingredient which enabled his team to transform themselves from wooden spooners to champions in the space of a few weeks, Bourne pin-pointed team work.

"After such a poor start we really rallied together and produced some great teamwork," Bourne said.

"In the end it was our good team bowls instead of the individual bowls we played at the start which proved to be the winning factor, this allowed us to win our last four games in a row to take out the title."

The achievements of the team also mean a lot to the whole club, with all connected with it getting a real boost from the teams success.

"This is the first time in quite a few years that the club has achieved this, so everyone is really proud of us, especially as the clubs playing numbers are not real strong this year due to retirements, players switching clubs and moving away," Bourne explained.



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