Experience a factor in Zone 11 fours final

Zone champions: The Tuncurry Beach team of Lewis Williams, Rex Johnston, Steve Harris and Kevin Robinson after their win in the Zone 11 fours. They now head to the State finals.
Zone champions: The Tuncurry Beach team of Lewis Williams, Rex Johnston, Steve Harris and Kevin Robinson after their win in the Zone 11 fours. They now head to the State finals.

THE Tuncurry Beach Bowling Club combination of Lewis Williams, Rex Johnston, Steve Harris and Kevin Robinson are the Zone 11 fours champions.

This follows the semi-finals and final decided at Forster. Robinson’s combination defeated  Cory Fitzgerald, Malechai McTaggart, Ron Carder and Mick Ansell (Pacific Palms) in the decider.

In the first semi Mick Ansell took on the local Forster team skipped by Keeden McGuire. Ansell’s team opened proceedings with a three before dropping four ends running to trail 8-3 and then scoring a five to tie it up at 8-8. McGuire’s team then edged ahead 15-11. Over the next seven ends Ansell’s team scored 14 shots to nil to establish a match winning 26-16 lead and progress to the final.

Runners up: Cory Fitzgerald, Malechai McTaggart, Ron Carder and Mick Ansell from Pacific Palms.

Runners up: Cory Fitzgerald, Malechai McTaggart, Ron Carder and Mick Ansell from Pacific Palms.

In the second semi Kevin Robinson (Tuncurry Beach) played another Forster team skipped by Rob Northam. Northam’s team established an early 6-1 lead before being hauled in to only lead 8-7.  Robinson’s team then scored 13 shots straight, including a massive six, to lead 20-8. They were never threatened from there, and won through to the final with a 25-14 win.

So, the final saw Cory Fitzgerald, Malechai McTaggart, Ron Carder and Mick Ansell (Pacific Palms) versus Lewis Williams, Rex Johnston, Steve Harris and Kevin Robinson (Tuncurry Beach).  This game would be played in difficult conditions with the wind getting up and making life hard for all the players. The boys from the Palms were the outsiders, but showed the Tuncurry combination they were in for a fight by jumping to an early 7-1 lead. This was gradually pegged back, but they still led 9-7 after 10 ends. The experience in the Tuncurry side then came to the fore, and they won nine ends straight, scoring 18 shots in the process to run out comfortable winners 25-9. This was a commendable effort from the Pacific Palms team, with two juniors in the side, and one of them only having played the game for 12 months. On the way to the final they accounted for several teams rated more highly, and with much more experience than them. In the final the strong Tuncurry side rose to the occasion when it mattered.

Tuncurry Beach now progress to the State finals later in the year.

Meanwhile pennants for grades 2 -7 begin next Saturday.  Good luck to all clubs and players involved. May the luck be shared.

Noel James