State honours on line
EIGHT Coffs Harbour women bowlers will do battle for New South Wales honours in August.
C.ex Coffs Women's Bowling Club grade three pennant players have capped off a terrific season by qualifying for the NSW Pennant play-offs in Port Stephens, the club's first state representation in 19 years.
After losing only one game in the Mid North Coast District pennant season, they progressed to the regional play-offs in Grafton where they faced strong opposition from the Clarence River, Northern Rivers and Tweed-Byron District teams.
Day one saw a nail-biting finish with the team winning on the last end against Yamba, 43-40.
Their second game of the day saw a hard fought win against Condong, 42-31.
The team was spurred on by a vocal busload of supporters who had travelled from Coffs Harbour.
Their final score of 42-31 against a very strong Alstonville team was no indication of the tough battle out on the green, with the Coffs team trailing for the first two thirds of the match.
When the team travels to Port Stephens at the end of August, club supporters will once again travel to cheer on the team.
Team manager Trish Welsh said with their last representation at a state play-off being in 1995, club members were justly proud of the group.
"They have displayed great sportsmanship and good bowling at District and regional level which has now seen them reap the rewards of playing for a state title," Trish said.
"All club members wish them good bowling.
"Also, congratulations to Nambucca Heads women's grade two team for also making it to the NSW play-offs and wish them the best of luck."