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Representative match washout

Coffs Ex-Services bowler Alan Carver will be out to prove to selectors he was worthy of a place in the State side when he plays
Coffs Ex-Services bowler Alan Carver will be out to prove to selectors he was worthy of a place in the State side when he plays



The annual fixture between the Mid North Coast and the Central Northern District was unable to be played due to the sporadic weather leading up to the weekend.

Intended to be played at Macksville, the match was in doubt as of Thursday due to the heavy rain.

Alternative venues were sought however with the continued rain on Friday there was no other option but to cancel proceedings with the high cost of travel for the Tamworth side a major factor.

With a minimum cost somewhere around the two thousand dollar mark it was best to make an early decision.

But in typical Coffs Harbour fashion, the weather cleared for the majority of the weekend proving frustrating for players and officials alike.

Tamworth, who are gearing up for another season in the statewide Premier League Event, will suffer without this event as it has proven to be a top warm up for the matches that lie ahead.

As nothing can be done to salvage the event for this year the local representatives will just have to hold out for the 2006 season.

The next event on the horizon for local bowlers is the Zone 14 side's clash against the NSW state reserve team on Thursday, December 8 at Sawtell.

With state selectors in attendance many will be looking to prove their ability against the big guns.

State singles runner up Alan Carver and NSW Country rep Mark Pryor two in particular with a point to prove.

Play commences at 1pm.

Old hands too good

THE Park Beach Club mixed pairs has reached completion with the evergreen John Flutey and Isla Donkin victorious in the final over Peg and Stan Milham 26-9.

The Milhams had no steam left after a nailbiting semi final with John and Isla winning comfortably playing only eighteen ends. John and Isla reached the final with a comfortable 30-11 victory over A Witjes and R Shephard.

The Milham's had to battle to overcome A Blackwell and J Holmes 21-19 to book their place in the final.

The clubs Tyro singles also reached the final stage with the semi finals also played last Saturday.

In the first semi final Trevor Messenger shot out of the blocks against Mario Muscat for a 22-10 lead.

Mario replied by scoring the next ten shots before Trevor regained his composure and battled through for a 31-25 victory.

The second semi was a similar story with Colin Ripper bursting out to a 17-6 lead over Kevin Parkes.

Kevin fought back taking the lead 23-22 before Colin rallied to take the lead back 27-24.

A count of three however on the 35th end seemed to spur Parkes on, eventually running out the victor 31-28.

The final managed commence with both players scoring early before rain halted play.

When the match resumes Kevin Parkes will take a narrow two shot lead over Trevor Messenger with the score being 11-9.