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25 Jun 2019 SOMETHING SPECIAL HAPPENED IN THE PRESIDEN'T RESERVE'S FINAL
25 Jun 2019 BRAD LANDI ADDS ANOTHER SINGLE'S TITLE TO HIS ZONE RECORD
25 Jun 2019 THE FOURTH BOWL PROVED A GAME CHANGER IN THE OPEN SINGLE'S FINAL
24 Jun 2019 ZONE PRESIDENT'S FINAL
24 Jun 2019 ZONE SENIOR SINGLE'S FINAL
24 Jun 2019 OPEN SINGLE'S FINAL
23 Jun 2019 ZONE 9 SINGLES - WINNERS/RUNNER'S UP
23 Jun 2019 ZONE 9 SINGLES - Champions!!
22 Jun 2019 ZONE 9 SINGLES - Semi-finalists Decided
19 Jun 2019 2019 ZONE 9 PAIRS - Draws
15 Jun 2019 ZONE 9 SINGLES - Rounds 1 & 2
4 Jun 2019 BELROSE BULLS REACH STATE GRADE 1 PENNANT FINALS
 

SOMETHING SPECIAL HAPPENED IN THE PRESIDEN'T RESERVE'S FINAL


ZONE PRESIDENT'S RESERVE 2019 SINGLES MARK WALDEN (PITTWATER) (R./UP) WITH WINNER SCOTT BONTHRONE (LANE COVE)
Photograph:IAN GLOVER
I Glover, Tuesday, 25 June 2019

  SOCIAL  GAMES  SELDOM 

       EXPERIENCE  THIS  MUCH  FUN . . .

              AND  THIS  WAS  A  ZONE  FINAL

NEVER has so much laughter and congratulatory comments, commiserations and general congeniality ever occurred between two zone President's Reserve finalists.

While Scott Bonthrone and Mark Walkden may have created history, unfortunately this is probably a one off and may never be witnessed again.

Just as the game appeared all but over, darkness had descended and threatening clouds accompanied by a light sprinkle had officials deliberating as to possibility of relocating to the lower Harbord green due to the overhead lighting.

This would have been the last thing on the mind of a smiling Scott Bonthrone, as he casually strolled up to assess the head.

He had been on 30 for three ends and his second visit.

With less than 12 months in the sport, perhaps this had been emphasised by his coach.

Keeping in mind "Rocket" Jones was very eloquent and a tad more than helpful in his capacity of marker.

Meanwhile, Mark who was defending his 2018 title, had been left stranded 27 when the scores were lock and consumed 31 ends.  

As Scott only scored singles on his way up the springboard to reach the magic 30, Mark was understandably quite anxious.

Sure enough his break came with a two, followed by a single and at 30-all they were both back to square one. 

In that unforgettable end, other than the jack, everything else on the rink moved.

With the game done and dusted, camaraderie prevailed in post game celebrations.

 FINAL SCORE: SCOTT BONTHRONE 31 def. MARK WALKDEN 30

MARKER: PAUL JONES                                                                                                                                UMPIRE: STEVE GIBSON  

   

 

 

 

BRAD LANDI ADDS ANOTHER SINGLE'S TITLE TO HIS ZONE RECORD


ZONE 2019 SINGLE'S FINALISTS: ROD SILBER (R./UP) WITH WINNER, BRAD LANDI
Photograph:IAN GLOVER
I Glover, Tuesday, 25 June 2019

 

 SURELY SINGLES COULD  BE  

             REDUCED  TO  25  UP

                   FOR  SENIOR  BOWLERS

THERE was no mention or excuse re the above by Mona Vale's Brad Landi or Rod Silber (St Ives) after the Senior's final.

However, considering the number of ends in the morning semi final can run into the mid thirties, it's a big ask for the 70's plus for a repeat performance, particularly after barely a 30 minute lunch break.   

Whether more bowlers are turning sixty or the absence of Crawford Linton, who until this year had a virtual mortgage on the Senior singles and to a lesser extent the pairs, two sections were still necessary.

Brad's first zone title was his impressive win in the prestigious 2017 champion of club champions event when a member of the Avalon club. 

After taking 33 ends to dispense with Turramurra's ever-green senior, Bob Hawtree he followed with this year's Senior single's title. Maybe he favours the four bowl discipline.

His opponent Rod Silber had mostly solid wins in the lead up rounds, although he was deeply apologetic about his performance in the final.

"I felt in good shape," said Rod, after his morning's semi win over St Ives club mate, Tim Walton. 

"I can't believe I play so badly in the afternoon," said Rod.

FINAL SCORE: BRAD LANDI 31 def. ROD SILBER 9

MARKER: BOB ABDALLAH                                                                                                                                UMPIRE: STEVE GIBSON

 

 

THE FOURTH BOWL PROVED A GAME CHANGER IN THE OPEN SINGLE'S FINAL


ZONE 2019 SINGLE'S FINALISTS: STEVE SMITH and PAUL LECKEY (WINNER)
Photograph:IAN GLOVER
I Glover, Tuesday, 25 June 2019

  SUNDAY'S  DIABOLICAL  WEATHER  

             FORECAST  PROVED  TO BE A  

                  BLESSING  IN  DISGUISE

A cold and blustery south-westerly wind may have been far from ideal for zone single's play offs, however it proved to be far better than predicted forecast.

Had the promise of continuous rain come to fruition, a postponement was inevitable, and a created a double problem, particularly as the zone pair's is scheduled for  this weekend.

Occasionally the intensity and close scores in semi finals are deserved of the final.

Although not so on Sunday, as the all day spectators who braved the arctic-like conditions were rewarded with an exciting double.

As two of the semi finalists are "men of the turf"  . . .  one could be described one as the "smokey" in the field.  

The name Chris Bailey wasn't a name on most bowling lips, although all that changed throughout the rounds that led to the Open Single's semis.

More particularly his winning trifecta included three past winners.

Neither Chris or his opponent and grade one pennant mate, Steve Smith could have envisaged an ensuing marathon 40 end semi final. 

Their game developed into a tit for tat one or two shot affair until until the 33rd end where Steve was on the springboard at 28-24.

Steve then agonised on 30 for four ends, as Chris clawed his way up to equalise, then normal breathing resumed when Steve fell over the line.

MARKER: BOB ABDALLAH                                                                                                                                    UMPIRE: STEVE GIBSON

THE FINAL . . .  THE DREADED FOURTH BOWL                                                                                                                                                           

The other finalist, Paul Leckey had time to spare after his win over James Brown (Belrose), led early then dropped a four.

Then the varied playing lengths were dispensed with and both players settled for longer ends.    

There was never much in the scores, although the game pattern was interesting.

When a player had the mat, he would retain it for possibly three or four ends, then his opponent would repeat the exercise. 

Due to the gusting wind, a player could hold a multiple, then agonise as the opposition's fourth bowl finished millimetres from the jack. 

In these situations Paul's ability and concentration frequently produced devastating turn arounds. 

With Steve 28-27 and the game well and truly in the balance, Paul produced a two, followed by two singles.

A final that under the conditions deservedly the equal to the best.   

       FINAL SCORE: Paul Leckey 31 def. Steve Smith 28       

MARKER: TERRY WARDER.                                                                                                             UMPIRE: STEVE GIBSON  

 

                                                                                              

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

ZONE PRESIDENT'S FINAL


PRESIDENT'S RESERVE 2019 SINGLES WINNER, SCOTT BONTHRONE (LANE COVE)
Photograph:IAN GLOVER
I Glover, Monday, 24 June 2019

ZONE  PRESIDENT'S SINGLE'S FINAL . . . STORY PREVIOUS PAGE

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SCOTT BONTHRONE

SCOTT BONTHRONE

MARK WALKDEN

MARK WALKDEN
 

ZONE SENIOR SINGLE'S FINAL


ZONE 2019 SENIOR WINNER, BRAD LANDI
Photograph:IAN GLOVER
I Glover, Monday, 24 June 2019

SENIOR SINGLE'S  . . .  STORY PREVIOUS PAGE

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ROD SILBER
 

OPEN SINGLE'S FINAL


PAUL'S ALSO A GOOD WEATHER MAN IF SHORT SLEEVES AND SUNCREAM ARE ANY GUIDE
Photograph:IAN GLOVER
I Glover, Monday, 24 June 2019

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PAUL LECKEY

STEVE SMITH

STEVE SMITH

STEVE SMITH
 

ZONE 9 SINGLES - WINNERS/RUNNER'S UP

I Glover, Sunday, 23 June 2019

 

OPEN, P. Leckey (Harbord) 31 def. S. Smith (Harbord) 28.

SENIOR, B. Landi (Mona Vale) 31 def. R. Silber (St Ives) 9.

PRESIDENT'S RESERVE, S. Bonthrone (Lane Cove) 31

                   def. M. Walkden (Pittwater) 30. 

 

 

ZONE 9 SINGLES - Champions!!

Mark Alexander, Sunday, 23 June 2019

The 2019 Zone 9 Singles - State, Senior & President's Reserve concluded today with a plethora of exciting matches thoughout a long day down at Harbord BC.

 

State Singles     Champion - Paul Leckey (Harbord)

In the final Paul defeated club-mate Steve Smith (Harbord)  31/28

In the semifinals, Paul defeated James Brown (Belrose) 31/20 while Steve overcame another club-mate Chris Bailey 31/30

Paul joins an illustrious group of bowlers to have won each of the major Zone Championships at least once; the Singles in 2019, the Pairs in 2012, the Triples in 2015 and the Fours in 2015 and 2017.

 

Senior Singles     Champion - Brad Landi (Mona Vale)

In the final Brad defeated Rod Silber (St Ives)  31/9

In the semifinals, Brad defeated Bob Hawtree (Turramurra) 31/23 while Rod overcame club-mate Tim Walton 31/19

 

Reserve Singles     Champion - Scott Bonthrone (Lane Cove)

In the final Scott defeated defending Champion Mark Walkden (Pittwater Memorial) 31/30

In the semifinals, Scott defeated Phil Lewis (Lindfield Rollers) 31/23 while Mark overcame Mark Bowen (Belrose) 31/26

 

 

ZONE 9 SINGLES - Semi-finalists Decided

Mark Alexander, Saturday, 22 June 2019

The semi-finalists have been determined following today's play in Rounds 3 & 4 of the 2019 Zone 9 Singles - State, Senior & Reserve.

 

The semi-final line-up for tomorrow's matches at 8.40am at Harbord BC:

 

State Singles

Paul Leckey (Harbord) v James Brown (Belrose)

Chris Bailey (Harbord) v Steve Smith (Harbord)

 

Senior Singles

Tim Walton (St Ives) v Rod Silber (St Ives)

Bob Hawtree (Turramurra) v Brad Landi (Mona Vale)

 

President's Reserve Singles

Mark Walkden (Pittwater Memorial) v Mark Bowen (Belrose)

Phil Lewis (Lindfield Rollers) v Scott Bonthrone (Lane Cove)

 

A reminder to all players and intending spectators that there will be limited car-parking available via the Bennett St entrance to Harbord BC tomorrow.  The Zone 9 Match Committee will monitor the situation and advise accordingly should there be the expected rain through the day.

 

2019 ZONE 9 PAIRS - Draws

Mark Alexander, Wednesday, 19 June 2019

The draws for the 2019 Zone 9 Pairs - State, Senior & President's Reserve have now been released and can be found listed under the 'Championships' tab.

There are TWO (2) sections in each of the State, Senior and Reserve Pairs.

Sectional play will be held over the weekend of 29-30th June with the post-sectional rounds at Harbord BC on Saturday 6th July.

 

ZONE 9 SINGLES - Rounds 1 & 2

Mark Alexander, Saturday, 15 June 2019

Results from today's play in Rounds 1 & 2 of the 2019 Zone 9 Singles - State, Senior & President's Reserve can be found under the 'Championships' tab.

Apologies to those who played in the State Singles at Pittwater Memorial BC as I only have the winners' names from Round 2, no match scores.

Many thanks to all those volunteers who marked Round 1 matches at the various Clubs and good luck to all competitors for tomorrow's Rounds 3 & 4.

(Note: 7.15pm - Results from Section 1 of the Reserve Singles held at Lane Cove BC have now been posted)

 

BELROSE BULLS REACH STATE GRADE 1 PENNANT FINALS

Mark Alexander, Tuesday, 4 June 2019

On the back of an outstanding start to the season which saw the Belrose Grade 1 side win five of their first six matches, the Bulls were able to survive a few stumbles towards the back-end and earn a much-deserved spot in the top 6 of the Metropolitan Grade 1 competition and direct passage through to the State Grade 1 Finals at Forster BC.

Unlike many of their Metro Grade 1 rivals, the Bulls did not rely on big-name imports ("fly-ins") but opted for the approach of being a champion team with a healthy mix of experienced locals and one or two new arrivals from other Zones seeking their own opportunities and challenges.

The Bulls' season opened with an impressive away win over Engadine followed by wins over Penrith and St John's Park, a loss to Taren Point and then further solid wins over Grandviews and Mt Lewis.  The 3-week break for the Australian Sides Championships and Easter appeared to have slowed the Bull's momentum when the double-header weekend saw them suffer a narrow loss to defending State Champions Cabramatta and a loss to Merrylands though they bounced back with a hard-fought win over local rivals Harbord.  A disastrous loss to Wentworthville Leagues in the penultimate round threatened to derail their earlier hard-work but a crucial (yet nail-biting) final round win over Northmead saw the Bulls through to the State Grade 1 Finals.

Belrose have been drawn in Section 4 at the State Finals along with Warilla, Terrigal and Casino RSM/Westport.

 

Players

The following players formed the bulk of the Belrose Bulls side for much of the season - James Brown, Matt Blackburn, Brad Franklin, Steve Gliddon, Steve Kerr, Crawford Linton, Steve Lowe, Adam Moody, Stuart Rigg, Mikel Smith, Tony Taylor & John Venteman - and they were well supported by Graham Hartmann, Alan McMaster and Peter Spray who played their part when called upon.

 

Congratulations to the Belrose Bulls Grade 1 Side!!

Good luck at the State Finals!!

 
 
 
 


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