The Park Beach number four pennant team, from left, back row, Stan Milham, Peter Baehnk, Matt Hopper, David Hyde, David Vievers
The Park Beach number four pennant team, from left, back row, Stan Milham, Peter Baehnk, Matt Hopper, David Hyde, David Vievers

Park Beach chase State flag

By GREG WHITE

THE preparation hasn't been ideal and Plan B (and C) have been fallen back on more than once but Park Beach Bowling Club's No 4 pennant squad is finally 'all systems go' for the State finals in Lismore this weekend.

"Practice matches were washed out so we concentrated on social play and roll up's to get everything happening," team member Vic Watkins remarked.

"All the skips have performed well and every side has a solid combination so we expect a bold showing."

The squad took time to find their feet at first.

"We didn't set the world on fire at the start of the year being more consistent than anything else," Watkins said.

"But a couple of subtle changes were made to the lineup and the form got better the longer the season went."

Placed fourth on the premiership table going into the final round of the district competition, Park Beach grabbed a miracle result with a 6-0 win over the district competition favourites before rolling hotshot fancies South West Rocks in the zone playoff.

Watkins said that victory confirmed the team was on to something.

"It was a super win particularly on the Rock's own dunghill," he said.

"Having to play away from home is not going to be a problem."

Sectional play begins at South Lismore this Saturday with first up opponents Western Suburbs Leagues, Huskisson and Gundagai.

If successful, it's the semis on Sunday and if that goes according to plan, the final at Lismore Workers on Monday morning.

"We can do it," Watkins said.

"The momentum is with us so anything is possible."

PARK BEACH SQUADS: Team One: John Holmes (lead), David Hyde (second), Vic Watkins (third), Hugh Betts (skip)

Team Two: Stan Milham (lead), Dave Vievers (second), Peter Baehnk (third), Gary Launt (skip)

Team Three: Tom Dowley (lead), Alan Bebb (second), Les Seabrook (third), Phil Cuss (skip)

Reserves: Matt Hopper, Tom Blow and Jim Gorman. Manager: Joan Watkins.



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