Tuncurry tops in zone singles finals

Zone 11 singles champion Steve Harris from Tuncurry (left) with runner up Nathan Butler from Taree Leagues.
Zone 11 singles champion Steve Harris from Tuncurry (left) with runner up Nathan Butler from Taree Leagues.

TUNCURRY Beach bowlers scooped the pool in the Zone 11 singles championships, winning the open, senior and President’s Reserve finals.

In the open semi-finals Nathan Butler (Leagues) had a resounding 31-9 win over Mark Higgins (Sporties). Butler jumped out to a 7-0 lead and never looked in any danger. The other semi was a much tighter affair between Tuncurry Beach club mates Steve Harris and Ross Logan. Logan had an early lead but Harris pegged him back to a 7-6 lead and although Harris was never headed from there the scores were tied on several occasions, before Harrise ran out a 31-26 winner.

In the final it Harris grabbed the early advantage to lead 9-4, and although Butler fought back to trail by just the single shot at 9-8. But from here Harris was too consistent, winning six consecutive ends to finish off the match and record a 31-11 win.

Res Johnston (right) defeated club-mate Kevin Robinson in an all-Tuncurry Beach final of the senior singles.

Res Johnston (right) defeated club-mate Kevin Robinson in an all-Tuncurry Beach final of the senior singles.

In the first semi-final of the seniors Dave Crowe (Railway) came up against Kevin Robinson (Tuncurry Beach). Robinson had the early lead before Crowe came back and tied the score at 8-8. The lead then changed several times before Crowe led 15-12. Robinson then scored the maximum four shots to get the lead. 

Crowe scored a three and a one to hold a 19-16 lead. But Robinson powered home over the next six ends, scoring 16 shots and winning 31-19. 

In the other semi, former Australian representative, Rex Johnston (Tuncurry Beach) played Peter Woolley (Leagues). Johnston grabbed the lead early and was never headed.  Woolley fought hard, at one stage winning four consecutive ends, but they were all singles, where Johnston was scoring multiples.

Johnston ran out a 31-16 winner. In the final Robinson bounded out of the blocks and led 10-2 and then 14-3.  Johnston then started chipping away and narrowed the lead to three shots at 14-11. 

Robinson scored a few, and then Johnston grabbed a four to lead for the first time 19-18.  Robinson came again and led 22-19. The next three ends were decisive, where Johnston scored a four, two and two to lead 27-22. Robinson again responded with a couple of twos to trail by the single shot 27-26.  Johnston then finished too strongly for a 31-27 win.

President's Reserve singles champion Jared Small (left) from Tuncurry Beach with runner-up Ken Southern from Bulahdelah.

President's Reserve singles champion Jared Small (left) from Tuncurry Beach with runner-up Ken Southern from Bulahdelah.

Ken Southern (Bulahdelah) led all the way to defeat Dannie Curnow (Tuncurry Beach) 31-16 in the first semi-final of the President’s Reserve.

In the second semi Tuncurry Beach club mates Neville Brymer and Jared Small faced each other. Small came out on top with a 31-13 win. In the final Small scored first, and although he was never headed, this was a hard fought game.  Even though he trailed by as much as seven shots, Southern hung in there, and came back to only a single shot deficit at 19-18. Small then crept away and came home with a 31-23 win.    

The winners will now progress to the State finals at Ettalong in October and we wish them all the best of luck in their quest for a State title.