Mark Alexander, Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Following the pattern of the Pairs and Triples earlier in the week, none of Zone 9's representatives in the Singles progressed beyond the sectional rounds at the NSW State Championships, though Brad Landi came up just short in the Senior Singles.

In the Open Singles, Harbord's Paul Leckey recovered from his traumatic opening day, where he lost 22/31 to Temora (Z8) before having to forfeit due to illness part way through his Round 2 match against Tuncurry Beach (Z11), to take his place on the green this morning up against Raymond Terrace (Z2).  It proved a close match throughout, with the lead changing hands several times, before Paul ultimately went down 24/31.

Mona Vale's Brad Landi has enjoyed a tremendous 2019 having been part of the Mona Vale side that won the State Grade 2 Pennant and the Zone 9 side that won the NSW Senior Interzone.  These successes hopefully softened the disappointment of having come so close today to qualifying for the semi-finals of the Senior Singles.  At the end of the opening day, courtesy of wins over Cabramatta (Z12) by 31/28 and WPWC (Z16) by 31/25, Brad sat atop his section.  Today's Round 3 match saw Brad a little slow out of the blocks against his Grenfell (Z4) opponent, trailing 0/6 early on, before rallying to take an 18/16 lead.  From thereon, the match tightened and tension increased as both players realised that a win would see them through to the semi-finals.  Unfortunately Brad narrowly lost 28/31, a result that saw three players in the section finish on 2 wins each, with the section winner (Cabramatta) decided on for-and-against.

In the Reserve Singles, Lane Cove's Scott Bonthrone experienced a mixed opening day with a first-up 31/18 win over Peak Hill (Z4) before being on the receiving end of a dynamic performance from his Bomaderry (Z16) opponent who crushed Scott's hopes to the tune of a 3/31 loss.  In today's Round 3 contest against Wingham (Z11), Scott trailed for much of the match, eventually going down 21/31.  In the aftermath of his first taste of bowls at a State Championship, Scott commented that he thoroughly enjoyed the experience and had gained some insight into what it takes to succeed at this level.