Zone 11 bowls final won by Taree Leagues with Tuncurry Beach coming in close second

Runners up, Bill Hedges, Brian Smith and Stewart Bills from Tuncurry Beach. Photo credit: Noel James.
Runners up, Bill Hedges, Brian Smith and Stewart Bills from Tuncurry Beach. Photo credit: Noel James.

The semi finals and decider of the zone triples bowls were held in Forster on the weekend (Saturday, February 10), and the standard did not disappoint. 

All players are to be congratulated on the games that they played.

The first semi saw a clash of the Sporties team, skipped by George McCartney, and Tuncurry Beach, headed by Stewart Bills.

Scores were close early on, before George went on a run of seven ends where he scored 12 shots to establish a lead of 19-8.

Stewart’s team had a great come back, winning the next five ends, and tied the scores at 19-19.

Scores were then tied several times until they were 24-24 with just the last end to be played. Stewart scored a single shot to progress to the final 25-24.

The second semi saw the two teams from Taree Leagues skipped by Phil Lindfield and Bill Brett face off for a spot in the final. 

Winners, Peter Woolley, Warren Cocksedge and Bill Brett from Taree Leagues. Photo credit: Noel James.

Winners, Peter Woolley, Warren Cocksedge and Bill Brett from Taree Leagues. Photo credit: Noel James.

Again, we had a cracking game with scores close early on, until Bill scored a five to lead 14-8.

Phil then won six of the next seven ends and led 18-15, but it wasn’t over yet, with Bill coming back to lock scores at 19-19. It all came down to the last bowl of the game, with Bill managing to score a one to snatch a win.

The final saw Bill Hedges, Brian Smith and Stewart Bills from Tuncurry Beach up against Peter Woolley, Warren Cocksedge and Bill Brett of Taree Leagues.

The green had by this stage reached a pace of 16+ seconds and was running beautifully. After seven ends scores were five all.

Stewart’s team then won five of six ends and had a lead of 11-6. Over the next five ends the margin remained at five shots before Bill edged back to trail 16-15 with just four ends to play.

Stewart then scored a couple of singles to lead 18-15. Bill then played two telling bowls. Trailing by three, and one down at the head, he touched the jack to then hold the shot, and then with his second bowl he moved the jack again to make a score of four.

Bill then went into the last end with a one shot lead.

Despite the shot changing several times on this last end Stewart was unable to score that vital shot, and Bill scored a two to run out 21-18 winners.