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What an exciting time it has been of late for Tweed Byron District (TBD) bowlers with region and state competitions being conducted.

The first week in August saw our women down at Coffs Harbour for the Region One Championship play-offs. Senior Fours, skipped by Joy Lake (Cabarita), were unlucky to get pipped by Ballina in the semifinal, the eventual winners of this event.  Coral Withers, skipping Pottsville’s Open Fours team, won their semi against a CRD team, but unfortunately went down to Alstonville in the final.

In the Triples, Barbara Sprengel’s Ocean Shores team went down to the northern rivers team from Ballina in a very hard fought semifinal.  Come the Pairs with Coral Withers (skip) and Wendy Fielding from Pottsville, representing TBD, it was a totally different story.  The girls won their semi against a mid north coast team and then, in a nailbiting final, got up by one shot against Alstonville to take out the title and therefore qualify them to contest the state title in October.

Coral, who had already won her club singles, went on to win the District Singles, qualifying her for a spot in the Regional Championships.  Displaying great bowling prowess, Coral had very convincing wins against the CRD and NRD representatives to become Region One Singles Champion.  This very fine bowler is  now also going forward to challenge at the State Championships at Tuncurry in October.  Great bowling, Coral.

In the week commencing August 12, the State Pennant Play-offs were conducted at Port Stephens.  The Pottsville ladies, winners of the Region One Grade 2 Pennant Flag, had a fairytale ride as they waltzed through their section gathering 17.5 points out of 20 to give them a berth in the final of the play-offs.

The round robin final had supporters on the home front chewing their nails right down to their elbows as they waited on results to come through.  These fine bowlers went out in top gear and were able to overtake the Ulladulla side in round one, therefore cementing their place in the final.

In a really tough game, while fighting hard, the girls were unable to harness in the Cabramatta side.  What a wonderful effort from the Pottsville women.   They have done themselves, their club and the district proud.  To make the state final with four wins, one draw and no losses is just the ultimate.  Heartiest congratulations to the victorious state Grade 2 Pennant runnersup, Pottsville, from all members in the Tweed Byron District.

Meanwhile, back here in Tweedsville, the Ocean Shores Club Pairs Final was won by Johnnie Busch and Noela Gartner in a game against Marjorie Flesser and Lynette McGowran.  Down at Brunswick Heads, Sadie Iverson (sub), Julie Sanderson and Judy Wright came from behind to defeat Edie Beddoes, Karen Pacey and Bev Rose in the Club Triples final.  Up at Cudgen, Liz Fleming overtook Pat Pieterse to win the Joan and Bill Deal-sponsored Consistency Singles.  Well done, everyone.
Still at Cudgen Leagues WBC – congratulations to Elizabeth Fleming who has been presented with Life Membership.  Liz is the very first member of their club to have this honour bestowed on her.  Well deserved, Elizabeth.

Diary Notes: District Veteran’s Day will be held at Condong BC September 16.  Please check your club noticeboards for info.  Inter-district Competition to be held at Cherry Street Bowling Club, Ballina. Pottsville Gala Day will be held 23 September.

See you on the greens.  Good bowling everyone.



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