High fives for Woolgoolga
By PAUL CHAMBERS
FOR the first time in six years a team from Woolgoolga Bowling Club has won the Grade Five Mid North Coast district championship to qualify for the Zone 14 Bowling Association pennant final on June 26.
Everybody connected with the club is ecstatic about the team's success and hopeful of their chances in the next game.
No one is happier than the team's manager, Tom Graydon.
"The season has been very good," Graydon said.
"The boys started really well with two wins straight up but at the half way point they seemed to take things too lightly and fell off their game a little bit.
"We left our finals run a bit late, but won our last five games in a row to ensure we took the title in style."
In the end only one point separated the top three sides, which shows the high standard of bowls, the closely matched teams and the achievement of the Woolgoolga team.
Graydon thinks that the major characteristics that ensured his team won the competition were their excellent teamwork and the spirit they displayed.
"My boys always played as a team in every game and not as individuals which helped them when things got tight in some of the closer matches and they showed tremendous pride in playing for their club," he said.
In the Zone 14 final Woolgoolga will play Port City Bowling Club in what should be another close game.
When asked what he thought his team's chances in the final Graydon, while being cautious of his opponents, is quietly confident.
"If we can maintain the really high standards of performance and attitude that we showed in winning our last five games, we will put up a good fight and be hard to beat," Graydon said.
"The team badly want to win the Zone final for themselves and the club."