Blessed with perfect spring weather, 128 bowlers converged on Cherry Street Bowling Club, Ballina, for this annual competition of three games – each of 15 ends. Each of the four districts in Region 1 – Northern Rivers, Clarence River, Mid North Coast and Tweed Byron – entered a squad of 32 players. The eight teams from each district then prepared to fight for district, for glory and, of course, for THE trophy.
Competition at this event is always quite fierce, but off the greens there was a wonderful aura of camaraderie among the contestants as old friendships were renewed and new ones made.
Thursday afternoon saw the TBD ladies win seven games out of the possible eight against NRD to place them in top position on the leader board on day one. Come Friday and round two in their confrontation with CRD, the ladies scored a further 7.5 points to hold their place in top position with no change to the place-getters.
In the third and final round the TBD girls were up against a tough MNC side. It was imperative that they win two rinks to hold onto the lead. The MNC side definitely had a different idea! They entered the seventh end of this nail-biting contest holding six rinks against Tweed Byron’s two. But it wasn’t over yet! The Tweed Byron girls dug deep into the concentration pot, stepped up a notch, knuckled down, and came home winning four rinks. This absolutely splendid effort cemented an overall win at this year’s tournament – following their success in 2012.
Two successful Inter-District Campaigns in a row! How good is that! Congratulations to this wonderful TBD squad. You are the greatest.
Final Results: Tweed Byron 18.5 pts, Agg 390; Mid North Coast 13.5 pts, Agg 370; Northern Rivers 8.5 pts, Agg 284; Clarence River 7.5 pts, Agg 312.
A big thankyou goes to the Cherry Street Bowling Club, hosts for this year’s challenge, for their wonderful friendship and hospitality during this event.