Blake slowly climbs to the top

Blake Bradtke and Trent McGuire of Dubbo with their bronze medals for third place in the State CHS lawn bowl pairs championship at Warilla. Blake competing in a pennants game recently in Grenfell.


This coming Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17, is a most significant time for the district Grade 3 champions of zone 5.

The reason for this is that they will come together for the play-off period to decide the zone champion for 2012.

These zone play-offs are scheduled to be contested at the Grenfell Bowling Club, and so the local club should be in for a very busy weekend of bowls and associated activity.

What makes these zone play-offs very important for the local club is that it has a grade 3 team involved in the play-off competition.

The Grenfell team selected for the weekend round robin of bowls comprises Brenden McAlister, Ross Hunter, Keith Brus, Graeme Hunter (skip), Tim Fowler, Bradley Galvin, Sam Brown, Stephen Galvin (skip), Dylan Troy, Matthew Reid, John Joyce, Andrew Brown (skip), with the reserve players being Blake Bradtke, Rodger Baker and Barry Jones.

The first matches of this play-off series will commence at about 9am on Saturday, June 16.

Following these there will be further play on Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday, June 17.

At the completion of matchplay on Sunday, zone 5 will have a new grade 3 champion for 2012.

This team will then be entitled to go on to contest the state play-offs, staged at the end of July, to determine which club will be the State grade 3 champion for 2012.

Visit the Bowling Club on the weekend and support the local boys.


The jackpot has been permitted to increase in size again because it failed to go off at the draw conducted on Monday, June 11.

The required elements produced by this draw were (i) an odd rink, (ii) end number 17, and (iii) plus nine shots.

A big ask for this one to go off!

To stand any chance of winning this, you had better play social bowls this afternoon, Wednesday June 13.

Friday might be a difficult option because green space will be required for zone play-off practice.


The week commencing Monday, June 4 saw the NSW Combined High Schools Bowls Championships conducted at Warilla Bowling Club (Note: Warilla is a coastal suburb of Southern Wollongong and is in close proximity to Lake Illawarra).

A number of Grenfell Bowling Club’s junior bowlers competed in this prestigious event.

These included Dylan Troy and Blake Bradtke.

The only results provided to the writer were those of Blake Bradtke.

He managed to finish in tenth position overall in the state CHS singles event.

A big improvement on his 26th position in 2011.

In the pairs section of the bowls programme, Blake teamed with T McGuire from Dubbo.

This proved to be a highly successful pairing because these lads finished with bronze medallions for third placing in the event.

Blake, you should take lots of heart out of this because your results are very encouraging.

Be seeing you at the local Bowling Club for the zone 5 grade 3 pennants play-offs this weekend.

Yours in bowls,

“Possibly worth a thought: If the green is OR seems heavy, play weight to an imagined object behind the jack”, with “Keep Rollin’”

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