We are the Champions

Back Row from Left to Right: Graeme Hunter, Dylan Troy, Tim Fowler, Brenden McAlister, Keith Brus, Andrew Brown, Blake Bradtke, Richard Hasler (Manager). Front Row from Left to Right: Matt Reid, Steve Galvin, Ross Hunter, Sam Brown, John Joyce, Brad Galvin, Rodger Baker.LOCALS “BRING HOME THE BACON”
Nanjing Night Net

As was previously written, the zone 5, grade 3 pennants play offs to determine the 2012 champion club were contested at the Grenfell Bowling Club last weekend, June 16 and 17.

“Lo and Behold”, the local team claimed the championship ensign.

Yes, Grenfell’s grade 3 team “brought home the bacon”.

On Friday last, June 15, five visiting teams converged on Grenfell.

These were the grade 3 teams of Camden, Molong, Lithgow City, Mudgee, and Kingswood Bowling Clubs.

This play off was based on the “round robin” formula with all teams, including Grenfell, playing each other.

As you probably know, Saturday was a very rainy day, however, the matches had to be played and they were.

The weather turned for the better on Sunday with a most noticeable absence of precipitation although the temperature was a bit on the nippy side.

The Grenfell team must be congratulated in that they did not lose a single play off match.

In fact, their final encounter against Mudgee Bowling Club was virtually a grand final, but this did not deter the Grenfell players.

They won it by the outstanding margin of 25 shots on the “big board” and did not drop a rink of the three played.

To their credit, the three Grenfell foursomes played as a team in that if, for example, a lead player failed to accomplish his task, a following team member would assume that role.

This is the essence of team play in lawn bowls, and Grenfell players demonstrated that they were very aware of this principle.

Grenfell’s three team skippers, namely Graeme Hunter, Steve Galvin and Andrew Brown were inspirational for their respective team members.

They, at all times, play competitively and when required, with aggression.

One might say that this trio was “cool, calm and collected”.

At the completion of this competition, the Grenfell players and reserves were awarded the zone 5, grade 3 winners’ flag for 2012, and each member received an impressive badge for the memory.

The commencement of the month of August will see Grenfell’s grade 3 headed for the northern NSW town of Inverell.

It is at this venue that the team will contest the 2012 State Championship pennants play off for grade 3.

Quite a “feather in Grenfell’s bowling cap” to reach this prestigious level, isn’t it?

Many visiting bowlers and their companions commented to the writer that they were impressed by the Grenfell Bowling Club’s tournament organization and associated facilities.

In addition, they were also highly taken with the Grenfell township and its amenities including accommodation.

When all is said and done, one can only say “Well done Grenfell”.

NEW CHAMPIONS

Last week the final of the Grenfell Bowling Club’s Minor Pairs Championships was contested.

This was played between the schoolboy pairing of Dylan McAlister and Dylan Troy, and comparative bowling newcomers Michael Garity and Carl Brus.

This was a competitive final, as one would anticipate, with many a good bowl put down by all four combatants.

However, the consistency of good bowls from the two Dylan’s was the deciding factor with them coming out winners by 23 shots to 16.

The consequence of this match is that Dylan and Dylan are the new Minor Pairs Champions for 2012.

However, the runners up, Michael and Carl, will have the opportunity to achieve that goal in 2013.

Congratulations to the four of you on your competitiveness and true sportsmanship.

BOWLERS’ JACKPOT

As was the case previously, there was no jackpot winner this time around.

The draw conducted on Monday morning, June 18 produced these essential elements (i) an odd rink (ii) end number nine (iii) minus five shots.

And so, the new jackpot steadily climbs to $82.

MORE ZONE PLAY OFFS

The zone 5, grade 6 pennant play offs are scheduled for the Grenfell Bowling Club this coming Saturday and Sunday, June 23 and 24.

Unfortunately, Grenfell does not have a team involved, so we had better support the Lachlan Valley Champion Club for 2012, namely Cowra.

There will undoubtedly again be some very good contests and bowls played.

You would expect so at play off level.

Over this weekend of play off activity, some assistance from Grenfell Men’s Bowling members would most certainly not go astray.

Yours in bowls “Always watch your last bowl played intently, as you will next correct on its shortcomings”,

With “Keep Rollin’”

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.