West Coffs juniors shine
THE young West Coffs Junior side proved that although many are in their first year of competition, they are certainly a force to be reckoned with after narrowly winning the champions tag in the final round of the SSS Trophy.
With a committee meeting held prior to the commencement of the final round to clarify the official point score it was determined that both West Coffs and the Woolgoolga team were even on points going into the final round.
Nambucca Heads and Bellingen were both still able to win the crown but were always going to struggle in their bid for glory.
From the outset it was clear that West Coffs was heading for victory against Bellingen with the lead bowls of Sarah Cooke a standout for the West Coffs team.
However, Woolgoolga's Matt Miles was also steadily steering his side to victory over rivals Nambucca.
As the match wore on West Coffs continued to dominate eventually running out victors on all three rinks for a maximum result of three to nil.
Nambucca Heads bowler Mitch Sullivan and his side spoiled the party however for Woolgoolga stealing a valuable point from the Woopi team, with Woolgoolga eventually claiming victory two points to one, leaving West Coffs clear on top after the dust had settled.
The closeness of the final scores in this event is a credit to all juniors and coaches involved with the large gallery of spectators in awe of the improvement in skill levels of all the youths.
The presentation of the SSS Trophy was made following a BBQ and a spyder event for the juniors, ensuring an enjoyable time was had by all.
With plans already under way for the 2006 event, Coffs Ex Services club have announced they are planning on entering a stand alone team in the next event as their junior numbers have increased substantially in recent weeks.
It is believed that at the current time there is now approximately fifty juniors among just seven clubs in the Mid North Coast with the other seven clubs also with juniors amongst their ranks.
West Coffs is leading the way in this regard with 17 members at the current time, a big factor in their success in the SSS Trophy.
They are hopeful of fielding two sides in next year's event.
Also on the cards in the coming months for junior bowlers is a four-a-side tournament and a junior-senior Pairs.
The junior committee would like to thank SSS for the donation of the trophy and sponsorship as well as the West Coffs/Catholic Club for the use of their greens and the barbecue that was provided.
Special mention must also go to Trevor Baker, who has been the driving force behind this event and the promotion of juniors at the West Coffs Club.
The West Coffs winning team comprised William White, Brendan Hicks, Ben Watson, Sarah Cooke, Josh MacMaster, Anthony White and Nick Stanlan Velt.
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