Smithton’s championship showing

Bowls. The Smithton Bowls Club Division Five side travelled to Railton last Saturday to consolidate their third position on the ladder, 20 points clear of fourth place.

Throughout the Bowls North West encounter, Kevin Stanley’s rink of John Stronach, Garry Reddick and Ray Blazely made an impression on opponents with strong performances.

Meanwhile, in Smithton the Division Two side put up a strong showing against Railton, leading by 10 shots at the halfway mark before going down by seven shots.

With Len Gaby’s rink of Bruce Oates, Michael Berechree and Russell Hugo scoring their first win of the season, all rinks have now secured victories with only a team win to come.

In Ulverstone last Sunday, the representative team met with Ridgley in the Bowls North West B Grade Fours Championships.

They were Trevor Bryant (who thrives on a quick green), Rodney O’Halloran (who assembled a strong team), Terry Auld (forced to play his alternative hand and use colourful language) and James Butler (under the watchful eye of talent scouts).

Bryant, who frustrated opponents with his skill of the bowling arm, produced shots with confidence which highlighted his 25 years’ experience as a skip.

Meanwhile youngest player Butler had premier league clubs chasing him following the first two games played with confidence and class.

Smithton finished the championships in style by earning the title.

In the corporate bowls competition, the club has witnessed promising newcomers as potential pennant players for both men and women.

On Saturday, Division Five claimed the points while two shots ahead. The side continues to gain momentum following an interrupted start to the season to now sit comfortably on the ladder.

Division Two travelled to Port Sorell where, after leading at the break, the team was defeated by 10 shots however with three winning rinks the overall points difference was minimal.

This Saturday, Division Two will play in Smithton while Division Five travel to Penguin.

Smithton Bowls Club is now taking registrations for the Men’s triples and fours B Grade Club Championships, one place remains for each division. The event is free, to sign up see the noticeboard.

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