Bowls. As the Bowls North West season continues into a new year, Smithton Bowls Club sides are making an impact in the competition.
Earlier this month, the Division One ladies team defeated Port Sorell in an away match in what was a great effort by all.
Meanwhile, the undermanned Division Three side fought gallantly against Port Sorell to win on one rink and gain two points.
The Division Two men’s proceedings witnessed the first victory of the season for the Smithton side, winning on three rinks against South Burnie by 41 points. Following a short break, Aaron Amos, James Butler, Michael Neilson and Tony Fisher entered the competition revitalised to win by a convincing 27 shots.
Division Five played out a tight game on home turf to keep their finals hopes on track as John Jacobs, Ken Moore, Maurice Moles and Barry Cooper finished with a win.
In recent games, Division One ladies turned up the heat on Vermont last Thursday to secure a second win in as many weeks.
In Division Three, although the side was unable to claim a victory, the presence of the team in the competition is no doubt felt in their continued strength and determination.
The same can be said for the Division Two men’s side who finished with a similar result, however with the recent return of Neilson and the fine form of young players Butler and Amos, the club is pushing forward.
Fisher and Keith Reid are demonstrating outstanding play alongside stalwarts Len Gaby, Bruce Oates, Hans Driehuis and Nigel Pedley, playing at their best.
Division Five have continued on their winning way with another victory against Turners Beach as Moore, John Jacobs, Brian Bouncer and Barry Cooper carried the team to secure the game by two shots. However, despite having a win-loss ratio two games clear of any opposition, the side’s lack of rink wins prevents Division Five from claiming the top spot as one point separates first and third.
Smithton Bowls Club singles championships continue to be played this week as players take a crack at the Bobby Stewart title.
This week, Division Two will play at Railton while Division Five host their Railton opponents in Smithton.