ALBURY District Bowling Association’s representatives in the Zone 8 (Riverina) champion of champion pairs last weekend were eliminated in a semi-final at Temora on Sunday.
North Albury’s Alan “Salty” Ross and Stephen Broad had a bye and advanced to meet the winner of a preliminary between the Riverina and South Highlands.
Narrandera’s Mark Thornton and Christian Morgan (Riverina) had a runaway 34-7 success against Leon Flew and Chris Skein.
Thornton and Morgan won by 10 shots, 25-15, against Ross and Broad to reach the final.
In the other half of the draw, Wagga’s Isaac Rayner and NSW representative David Ferguson won their preliminary game 25-9 against the representatives from the host district Southern Slopes, Michael Anthony and Rick Potter.
Rayner and Ferguson met South West’s Peter Watts and David Quigley in a semi-final, the Wagga combination getting home by one shot 23-22.
Similarly, the final was outstanding with some exceptional draw bowling.
Rayner and Ferguson got home by one shot, 24-23, against Thornton and Morgan.
Both Rayner and Ferguson play pennant for Wagga RAFC and qualify for the state playoffs.
Ferguson, a regular representative in the NSW team, is the bowls co-ordinator at the club.
The singles will be played this weekend with Albury’s representative, Phil Slater (Howlong), having a bye.
He meets the winner of the game between Morgan and Wagga’s David Inglis on Saturday afternoon.
Tim Crampton (Southern Highlands) and Bruce Lack (Southern Slopes) clash in a semi-final in the other part of the draw.
- LAVINGTON Panthers’ Les Waldron was singing the praises of a new bowls marker.
Chalk and more recently a chalk-based spray has been used to mark bowls.
But Waldron had a new product and said it was so good his club should get boxes of it.
Closer examination by club secretary Rob Rankin revealed Waldron was using sunscreen.
It reminded people of an incident many years ago involving then SS & A bowler John McDonnell.
He thought he was applying sunscreen to his balding head but it turned out to be “grippo” which is applied to help hold the bowls.