2016 WS NSW State Championships.
Milton Ulladulla Bowling Club, 22nd-26th August-
(Courtesy of Rob Cattley, Milton Ulladulla Bowling Club)
This week saw the club host the Wheelchair Sports NSW State Championships for 2016 and it proved to be a very popular competition with contestants coming from as far afield as Boorowa, Finley, Newcastle and even the far North Coast.
Monday saw the opening ceremony with Mr. Fred Carriage, Elder of the Murramarang tribe welcoming the contestants; also present was Councillor Patricia White representing the Mayor, and Mr. Mark Wilson from WS NSW.
Weather wise, it didn’t look promising at all but we managed to get the pairs competition over and done with on the Monday & Tuesday and, even though the rain held off, it was still bitterly cold and a big thank you goes out to the hardy volunteers who did the measuring and umpiring. The competition was very tight throughout the rounds and in the end the gold medal game was decided in favour of Mark Whiteman & Michelle Campbell who defeated Geoff Seton & Gary Fish in a very entertaining game.
On the adjoining rink, the bronze medal playoff saw Brad Gilbert & Ryan Wood defeat Paul Webb & Cheryl Benbow in a very close run contest. The players then had to get their thoughts together and prepare themselves for the singles games over the next couple of days, with the weather sounding like it could play a big part in proceedings.
Wednesday turned out to be very challenging to say the least, with play getting under way on time under a very ominous looking sky. We managed to get in two very cold and windy rounds before the heavens opened after lunch which put a stop to proceedings.
Thursday turned out to be a fine, cold, sunny day with the greens playing exceptionally well after the 2 inches of rain that fell overnight – a great credit to the greenkeepers Peter & Jason. The rounds were completed on the Thursday afternoon and so the stage was set to play the quarter finals first thing Friday. In the quarters Jamie Reynolds def. Dave Parkinson, Gil Hicks def. Jim Sigsworth, Geoff Seton def. Ryan Wood and Mark Whiteman def. Doug Lambert.
The semis were next, and they saw Jamie Reynolds def. Mark Whiteman and in a real nailbiter Geoff Seton def. Gil Hicks 18-17 before time ran out and put a stop to Gil’s great fightback.
The gold medal game was as good a game of bowls as you would ever see. Jamie got away to a very handy lead but over the second half of the game Geoff clawed his way back to even the scores 20-20, but couldn’t quite sustain the momentum with Jamie claiming one shot on the last end (only just) to win the game 21-20.
Next door on the bronze medal rink Mark never really got into stride with Gil having a fairly comfortable win 21-9. It was a very enjoyable tournament with some great bowls being played, and the committee would like to thank all those members of both men’s and ladies clubs who gave their time to help make it such a success.