ZONE 10 - 2016 STATE FOURS CHAMPIONSHIPS
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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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
Name: Val Smith
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
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
Bowls is Fun for Everyone..............
Merrylands Bowling Club is proud of its wonderful bowls tradition and accomplishments, we appreciate that not everyone who bends the knee wants to play in representative or social competition.
One of the great things about Bowls is that it's a game for the whole family. A game for people from 8 to 80 - there is no limit.
Taking up Bowls is easy: you start out as a social members, get six free lessons, enjoy a couple of "roll-ups" to play and your on your way to becoming a full bowling member for just $39 Women and $54 for Men.
For more information on how you can get involved in this great game, contact the Bowls Office, on 9682 8018.
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Associated Bowls Websites:
www.rnswba.org.au www.bowls-aust.com.au www.womensbowlsnsw.org.au