Giants of the bowling green
In what was an otherwise disappointing set of Zone finals for the Mid North Coast Champions, the victory from Whelan and Womersley was easily the highlight.
Having defeated reigning state champions Wayne Rowbottom and Col Pritchard to clinch the district crown, the pair had already earned the respect of the MNC fraternity but were still heavily regarded as underdogs against zone legend John O'Neill and his partner.
The duo though weren't overawed and produced yet another fine win to book a place in the last 16 in the state in September.
The other successful MNC entrants were Cory Daley and Danny Gilmore who won the open and junior singles respectively to advance to the state finals with Gilmore set to experience his first taste of the state championships.
Daley also teamed up with John Bain and Greg Randell to take out the triples but this was the last victory to be recorded by the MNC representatives.
Lower North Coast sides were dominant in the junior fours, senior and reserve singles and open pairs.
There are three local combinations that can count themselves very unlucky not be off to the state finals as they were all defeated by just a single shot.
In their first zone final, Josh MacMaster and Kenita Monks did themselves proud but were placed in an unwinnable situation on their final end despite their best efforts in the junior pairs.
David Hicks and Dave Wills were also one shy in the reserve pairs final, after clawing their way back into the match late.
The open fours came down to the last bowl, Cory Daley driving and hitting his target only to see the jack ricochet and finish next to an opposition bowl, completing the treble of narrow losses for the MNC.
Had just two finished in favour of the MNC then they could lay claim to bragging rights over their southern counterparts but winning them back will now have to wait until the Kelly Shield is to be fought out at North Haven on June 15.