Title eludes bowlers
IT WAS a case of so near yet so far away for the local North Coast CHS lawn bowls team at Park Beach yesterday.
Playing in the state final against South Coast, the locals couldn't manage to grab a vital shot or two on either rink and eventually went down to the strong South Coast outfit led by player of the tournament Kyle Johanes from Warilla High.
Championship convenor Gavin Holburn said that for North Coast to reach the final was an amazing effort considering he thought early in the week that it was unlikely they would even reach the semis.
“They snuck through to the semis by the skin of their teeth winning only three-and-a-half of their five games,” Holburn said.
“I've never seen a team go through with that record before.”
While the North Coast team was disappointed not to claim the title three local bowlers were at least given a big consolation.
The Bellingen High pair of Corey Wedlock and Josh Forbes as well as Coffs Harbour High student Kenita Monks were selected in the NSW CHS team with Johannes and Tayla Conway (Callaghan College), Thomas Webb (Corowa HS), Sean Smith (Junee HS), Jamie-Lee Worsnop (Cecil Hills HS), Ben Treuer (Warilla HS), Stephanie Hili (Warilla HS), Sean Mawdsley (Dapto HS), Dawn Hayman (Keira HS), Dylan Skinner (Bomaderry HS), Darby Lewis (Springwood HS) and Jesse Henry (Mudgee).
The number of girls who made the state team was considered a big pat on the back for the development of ladies bowls in the state but selectors weren't surprised.
Holburn was one of the selectors and he said the inclusion of the girls was relative to the fact that 13 of the 80 bowlers at Park Beach Bowling Club this weekend were girls.