Semi-Final and Finals
Two of the closest and highest quality Semi-Finals in recent history were fought out in the State Fours at Northmead BC on Saturday, with both games coming down to thrilling last ends. The all Merrylands clash between Sean Thompson and Zeljko Trbara was tied on the 20th end, after the Thompson side collected 2 shots on end twenty. The Thompson team then held game with just three bowls to come, until Paul Webb draw the absoluter with his last bowl and with Sean Thompson’s two attempts to sit the shot or trail the jack for game just missing, Zeljko and his cohorts qualified for the Final. The other Semi-Final between last year’s State Champions Neil Burkett from Merrylands and the Wenty League side led by Craig Maythers was just as tight a finish. Two shots ahead with just two ends to play, it was looking as though the Final would be an all Merrylands affair, but after a disastrous 20th end that saw Wenty collect four shots and take a two shot lead, the tables had turned, and having escaped the fire the Wenty boys were not going to be denied, picking up a shot on the last end to win a place in the 2016 Final.

Having been knocked out in a surprise loss in the first round of last year’s competition, the team of Peter Williams, Matt Phillips, Paul Webb and Zelkjo Trbara were determined to make amends and it was in that vein that they came out firing in the 2016 Final, going ahead 10 to 1 after just 5 ends through some stellar shot making and deft draw shot play. Being nine shots behind a team of this calibre, it would have been understandable for the Wenty team of Chris Couchman, Mark Barton, Sean Nelson & Craig Maythers to just go through the motions in what many thought was a forgone conclusion, but to their credit the Wenty team kept their heads up and continued to plug away, reducing the deficit to just three shots, 9-12 behind after 11 ends. The next several ends were tight, with both teams killing ends at times, but it was the Merrylands side that were making the clutch shots while Wenty were absent the little bits of luck you can often expect in bowls, their shots just sliding away or not getting results that could have been reasonably hoped for. As the ends ticked away Merrylands score mounted and on end 18, with writing very much on the wall, a gracious Craig Maythers conceded the match to his Merrylands opponents, who were victorious 25 to 10.

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MERRYLANDS Club Coach Neil BURKETT has continued his stellar form to Skip Magic teams to his Fourth Zone Title this year, simply an amazing feat. One can only wonder if Neil didn’t have to fly to The Park Beach Singles, could it have been a Zone Grand Slam? Fours: The Merrylands Magic team skipped by Neil Burkett has taken out the 2015 NSW State Fours Championship, outgunning David Ferguson’s Wagga Rules team in the final at Ettalong on 25th Oct. The team of Gareth Lewis, Mason Lewis, Michael Clarke and Neil Burkett held a slight advantage after a very tight start to the match, leading 7-3 after the first 9 ends. The opening exchanges were extremely tight and included a tied 6th end. The Wagga Rules team skipped by David Ferguson then made a charge, winning the next 4 consecutive ends to grab a 9-7 lead. The fate of the final was broken over the next 5 ends. Brilliant bowls on the 14th saw the Merrylands men score a game breaking 6 shots and take back the lead. A single to Ferguson on the fifteenth end closed the margin to three shots before a crucial 4 on the 16th end stretched the score to 17-10. The outcome was almost academic after a pair of singles then stretched the score line to 19-10 after 18 ends. The Wagga Rules team needed a miracle final end after they were restricted to a pair of singles on ends 19 and 20. The final end was killed twice, but the title was sealed with a three to Merrylands on the final end to stretch the final score to 22-10.

CHAMPION of Club Champion Singles

Merrylands' Mathew Phillips has won the last of Zone 10s' 2015 Open Championships in defeating Paul McCarthy from Denistone Sports, 31 - 24 in the final of the Champion of Club Champion Singles played at Denistone Sports Club yesterday. This victory earned Merrylands its seventh Zone 10 Championship title for 2015, six of which were in the open category, and Matt the right to represent Zone 10 in the State Finals of the CoCC Singles at Port City BC on November 18th.

CHAMPION of Club Champion Pairs
South Tamworth Take Title

Nick Golledge and Chris Herden (South Tamworth) have claimed the 2015 NSW State Champion of Club Champions Paris title, beating Gareth Lewis and Neil Burkett (Merrylands) in the final at Port City Bowling Club.

The final began as a close struggle, Golledge and Herden leading 8-7 after 9 ends, before claiming an early advantage scoring 6 unanswered shots over the next 4 ends, Burkett scoring a single on the 12th end to have the score at 12-8 in favour of the South Tamworth duo.

A count of 6 on the 14th end powered South Tamworth to a 10 shot lead. A single on the next end reinforced the lead before Burkett closed the gap to 19-13 over the next 3 ends. A single on the 19th left the Merrylands combination the task of scoring 7 shots in two ends, but the task proved too difficult.

It is the first State title for both Golledge and Herden, Golledge was Runner Up in the 2010 NSW State Fours, while Herden has had success at junior level, winning the 2007 NSW State Junior Fours.

Burkett & Lewis won the 2015 NSW State Fours, while Burkett was also Runners Up in the 2015 NSW State Pairs.

Golledge and Herden were in sublime form in their semi-final, shutting out Eric Haynes & Graham Irons (Picton) racing to a 21-0 lead after 8 ends and running away with the game to win 30-7.

In the other semi-final Lewis and Burkett were locked in a close battle with Brett Pieper and Scott Bateup (Corrimal), with the scores locked at 5-5 after 9 ends. The Merrylands pair then took control of the match with scores of 4, 2 and 3 to lead 14-5 after 12 ends.

Pieper and Bateup fought back, winning the next 3 ends to close to 14-19 before the Merrylands pair again won three consecutive to push the score to 18-9 with 3 to play. Burkett then made sure that the lead was protected and took the game 19-12.

Zone 10 Finals
Merrylands again illustrated its supremacy in Zone 10 Championships yesterday, collecting its 6th Zone title of 2015 in the winning of the Champion of Club Pairs through the dogged and determined play of Gareth Lewis and Neil Burkett.

Squaring off against Northmead rivals Brett Hughes and Mick Debono in a Zone Final for the second time in 2015, having defeated them earlier in the year in the State Fours, it was looking as though history was to repeat with the Merrylands duo leading 12 – 7 at the games hallway point.

There are always ebbs and flows in matches of this calibre and this final was to proove no different, as the fighting chooks, in their newly acquired aqua blue finery, won five straight ends to surge ahead 18 – 12 after 16 ends and for a moment, one brief moment, it looked as though revenge was to be had and the run was to be halted.

Consistent success in any endeavour is no fluke however, and this is particularly true in a game as fickle as our bowls, and so it was, end after end, moment atop moment, shot upon shot, the Merrylands juggernaut clawed its way back; 13-18, 14-18, 17-18, then finally in front, 21 -18 with an end to play. Once there no amount of drizzling rain or inspired play was going to deter them from their task, one more shot on the final end to win 22-18, the cake iced, the beers shared and Gareth’s second and Neil’s fourth Zone Championship title of season 2015 placed upon the mantle.


Congratulations to Neil Burkett winning 3 Zone Finals:
Triples with Jordan Peisley & Adam Bowden.
Pairs with Peter Williams.
Fours with Gareth Lewis, Mason Lewis & Michael Clarke.
Mason Lewis winning the Singles.

Also to Joe Ivanic making it 3 Reserve Triples in a row, this year with Michael Phillips and Manny Galea.






Neil Burkett & Peter Williams


"Mozzie" Mason Lewis has continued his superb Singles form with another win, this time THE RICHEST SINGLES EVENT IN AUSTRALIA. With a prize pool of $30,000, and a first prize of $10k, Merrylands would like to congratulate Mason on this great achievement.
Mason joins a list of great bowlers to win this prestigious event, including : 
2007 - Tom Ellem
2008 - Steve Glasson
2009 + 13 - Mat Peitersen
2010 - Neil Burkett
2011 Jeremy Henry
2012 - John Bain
2014 - Rowan Brassey


In the State Singles, up and coming youngster Mason Lewis (Merrylands) defeated long time Zone 10 representative Craig Maythers (Wenty Leagues), 31 – 15.


MOZZIE HAS QUITE A STING Congratulations to Merrylands Mason Lewis on his recent victory in the NSW U/25 Singles Championship. Mason won the final 25-11, defeating the newly crowned 2015 Australian Open Singles winner, Aaron Teys. Mason now gets automatic entry into the Prestigious Silver Nugget at Tweed Heads Bowling Club 20th -22nd July against Australia’s Rising Stars including from NSW: Ben Glasson, Corey Wedlock, Jesse Noronha, Aaron Teys and Billy Johnson.


Raymond Terrace Bowling Club’s Natasha Scott teamed with fellow Jackaroo Carla Odger and Merrylands BC twins Samantha and Natalie Noronha to overcome Jan Agar, Sue Auman, Sharyn Renshaw and Beth Quinlan 15-14 in an epic encounter at the AUSTRALIAN OPEN WOMEN'S FOURS FINAL

Grade 1 & Grade 4 Zone Winners

Jordan PEISLEY'S 2 out of 3 Zone Junior Wins

Jordan, Michael Phillips & Kyle Breese dominated the Zone Junior Fours , winning 27-15.
Jordan then teamed up in the Zone Junior Pairs with Jack Walker from The Hills to win 29-19 over Michael Phillips (Merrylands) and Billy Harkins (Northmead).
Jordan then won through to the Final of the Zone Junior Singles, only to lose 31-10 to Billy Harkins.


Wollongong twins Natalie and Samantha Noronha are the smiling assassins currently in the NSW/ACT NTC Squad aiming for Australian representation

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2015 Zone Fours (State Qualifiers)

The 2015 Zone Fours Championship being played at Northmead Bowling Club has reached it's conclusion with the Neil Burkett led team of Gareth Lewis, Mason Lewis & Michael Clarke from Merrylands proving too strong for the local Northmead team comprising Mick Kelly, Mick Debono, Andrew Chapman & Brett Hughes, scoring an emphatic win 30 - 6 in the Final .

2014 Wenty Lgs MAGPIE TRIPLES Winners



Congratulations to our recently signed Merrylands member and ladies bowls coordinator, Val Smith for winning the Lansdowne District ladies singles.
With a draw plagued by byes and withdrawals, Val moved into the semi-finals after securing two good wins. She then went into battle against past Australian representative and current NSW State player Sharyn Renshaw of St John’s Park. After a close encounter with neither player giving an inch, Val came out the victor 25-22.
In the other semi-final another game of epic proportions was unfolding as Arleen Jeffery snuck to victory ahead of her St John’s Park club mate Corinne Crouch 25-20.
The final was yet another game of quality bowls with both players competing neck and neck until the final stages where Val managed to pick up a four to lead 24-20 and hold on to close out the win. The final score was 25-20. Val now moves on to the group playoffs in June.

2014 BCiB State Carnival

The 85th BCiB State Carnival has wrapped up in the Shoalhaven area, with an awesome foursome from Merrylands taking out the 2014 title.
New Zealand international Val Smith was joined by Betty Herbertson, Jan Rolph and Cheryl Gillard in the winning side from Merrylands, who beat the composite side of Lindy Lawson, Chris Keep, Julie Fuller and Bronwyn McPherson in a closely fought final.

 Val Smith Player Profile
Val Smith
Nickname:                     Smithy
D.O.B:                              29/07/1965
Place of Birth:               Christchurch, NZ – Lived in Nelson, NZ for 40 years
Occupation:                   Ladies Bowls Coordinator, Merrylands Bowling Club
Previous Occupation: Gardener
Marital Status:              Partner to Charlie Edgarton
Interests:                        Most sports, reading, movies, music, socialising with friends
Education:                      University Entrance, Trade Certificate in Amenity Horticulture and Gardening,                                           Diploma in Applied Fitness
Years Playing Bowls:   22
Bowls Achievements:
                                         2003 Debut for New Zealand
                                         2014 World Championship silver medal in singles and pairs
                                         2010 Commonwealth Games silver medal in singles
                                         2010 Australian Open winners in triples
                                         2008 World Championship gold medal in singles and pairs
                                         2004 World Championship bronze medal in triples
                                         Various medals in all disciplines in Asia Pacific Games and 6 and 8 Nation events
                                         Competed in 11 Trans-Tasman series
                                         3 National (NZ) titles
                                         Represented Nelson for 17 years
Other Achievements: Represented Nelson in 8 sports


Australian Champion of Pairs Champions 2013

The more the merrier
Club Merrylands duo Farrell and Herbertson claim National Champion of Champions trophy
Club Merrylands duo Kerry Farrell and Betty Herbertson have attained the 2013 National Champion of Champions women's pairs title after downing Western Australian golden girls Rechelle Cole and Kristina Krstic at Ascot Park, South Australia this morning.

Farrell and Herberston were quick to draw first blood in the wet and windy conditions offered up in the Festival State this morning, a stark contrast to the glistening sunshine on display during yesterday's three gold medal matches, pinching 4 shots over the opening two ends before the Manning Memorial pair burst to life and put a holt on their progress.

With the harsh elements proving troublesome and making big counts hard to come by midway through proceedings, it was Farrell and Herbertson who adjusted to the conditions quicker, with four ends of 3 shots over six ends providing them with some breathing room and a large enough margin to secure victory without scoring on the penultimate and final end, 19-17.

"It was a real struggle right from the word go," Herbertson said after sealing her fate.

"Three bowl pairs is a pretty hard game, I don't think I have ever played it before in my life really but we managed to get through and it's a real thrill to have Kerry on board, it was her first state title, when we won the NSW state title, and now its her first national title so it's a huge accomplishment.

"I've been around for a long time so I've won a few myself and while I'm still competitive I'm not going to give the game away.

"You have to play with a decent player in your club pairs now where you didn't have to do that before, we played Julie Keegan and Claire Turley in the final of our state and that was a magnificent game so we were thrilled to get through that one, let alone these ones, and we're really wrapped to be winners of the National Champion of Champions."

Asked whether she would commence the process of defending her new title next year, Herbertson said she would instead begin afresh with a new partner in order to help another Club Merrylands' team-mate catch the eye of state selectors.

"I've organised to play with another lady next year, I went in the club pairs with Kerry in the hope that I could get her state game, and I reckon she is played well assured of a state game now, so I'm playing with someone else in the club event next year to give another person a chance and hopefully I can do well with her."

Bowls is Fun for Everyone..............

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