Tuncurry pair beaten in State final

Runner-up: Kevin Robinson and Matt Sargeant were defeated by Ben Morethorpe and Australian representative Aaron Wilson from Cabramatta.
Runner-up: Kevin Robinson and Matt Sargeant were defeated by Ben Morethorpe and Australian representative Aaron Wilson from Cabramatta.

FINALS of the Bowls NSW State Champion of Champion pairs and singles were played in near perfect conditions at Ballina.

This brings the final 16 in the State together from all the club champions throughout NSW.

Kevin Robinson from Tuncurry Beach qualified in both events and acquitted himself well in both, reaching the final of the pairs with Matt Sargeant and the semi-final of the singles.

With a walkover in the first pairs game Robinson and Sargeant came up against our near neighbours, Greg Brims and Peter Stockham from Westport in the quarter final and won 18/13. 

In the semi it was Phil Power and Michael Anderson from Austral who provided the opposition. This started out as a close game, with the score going shot for shot, with Robinson and Sargeant hold a slender 8/7 lead.

It was then that they powered away to record a 26/8 win.

The final was against Ben Morethorpe and Australian representative Aaron Wilson from the powerful Cabramatta club.This game began in a similar way to the semi, with the scores being close in the beginning, but after leading 7/6, the wheels fell off, and Robinson and Sargeant dropped seven ends straight, and could not recover from this, eventually going down 10/24.

Robinson began the singles with a 31/14 win over Shane Starkey from Umina Beach. 

In the quarter final he accounted for Terry Warder from Harbord 31/18. 

Things got a bit tougher in the semi against former Australian representative Michael Cronin from East Cessnock. 

Again this started as a close match, but Cronin kept applying the pressure and although Roninson was not playing badly, Cronin just seemed to find a way to get the shot and won 31/11.

This was a commendable effort from Robinson, over four tough days of bowls, against quality opposition.

Together with his results from earlier in the year, this may have him in consideration when Bowls NSW announces their Senior Bowler of the Year at their annual presentation and awards night.

Meanwhile, the zone rookie singles was played at Buladelah.

Players were divided into four sections with the section winners being Tom Williams, Terry Daniel, Col Lewis and Steve Barnard.

In the semis, Tom Williams defeated Terry Daniel 17/9 and Col Lewis defeated Steve Barnard 17/8.

Tom and Col both played good bowls in the final, matching each other shot for shot. After a 15/15 tie, Tom scored two singles to run out a 17/15 win.