Our Division 4 side were victorious in the Zone 12 Men’s Pennant for 2023/24. Their State Finals will be held in Armidale on 21st – 23rd May 2024. Go Saints!
The Bowls NSW Single Gender Pennant Playoffs were contested between the 18th & 20th November.
Our Division 3 side travelled to Dubbo & commenced their campaign with an emphatic 88-45 win over South Tweed Heads with wins on all 3 rinks. Our 2nd game was against the strong Sawtell side. Our guys were behind in the early going due mostly to some great conversions by the Sawtell Skips. As the game moved towards the end, our men started to rally, closing in to be only a couple of shots behind. As hard as they tried, they just fell short going down 59-56. The rink skipped by Steve Blake was a standout winning 24-15. The final game of the section was a do or die clash with Harden with the winner assured a spot in the Quarter Finals. It was not a great start for us, with the Harden boys coming out of the blocks & getting out to an early lead. Things looked dire as Harden’s leads grew with the ends slowing running out. As our guys have done in the past, the began to fight back & were coming home strong. We got to within 3 shots with a handful of ends left, but it wasn’t to be with Harden taking the win 58-52 & thus knocking our 3’s out.
Our Division 4 side travelled to Warilla & began their campaign with a hard fought 64-56 win over Bathurst City. The Graham Williams skipped side led the way winning 34-8 whilst Mark Rashleigh’s side won 21-16. Round 2 saw the guys take on Quirindi. In was what a hard fought battle, Quirindi did just enough winning 69-60. Mark Rashleigh’s side performed well again winning 25-22. The final section game was against South Cronulla with our guys needing no less than a 9-1 points win to progress to the Quarter Finals. Whilst the overall win was never really in doubt, 2 rinks were locked in tight tussles. Graham Williams & his side had an emphatic win 31-9, leaving Mark Rashleigh’s or Ross Koppman’s side to provide the extra point. Rashleigh’s rink held on for a 15 all draw meaning Rossco & team had to draw or win for the side to progress. Down at the head, Ross played a brilliant shot to trail the jack for 3 shots & a win 23-21, giving the side an overall win 69-45, 9-1 on points & thus a spot in the Quarter Finals.
The Quarter Final was against Wallacia (who are also a part of the St Johns Park Group). The Wallacia guys were up for the fight & proved far to good for us on the day, running out winners 70-33.
Congratulations to both sides on making the State Finals.
Our Men’s Division 3 & 4 have won their way through to the 2022/23 State Pennant Playoffs to be played on the 18th-20th November after winning the Zone Title played at Cabramatta on the 15th & 16th October.
Our Division 3 won their way to the final with a terrific fightback win against the host club Cabramatta. Despite trailing by as many as 17 shots, the guys rallied behind a great group of supporters, going on to take the lead & win 62-58. They then had to face a strong Picnic Point side who had won their way to the final defeating our Division 3 Blue side. It was also a very hard fought battle, but our guys finished strong eventually winning 69-52. They now to head to Dubbo for the State Playoffs.
In Division 4, our guys started their finals campaign with a solid 71-53 win over Belfield in Round 1. After earning a Bye in Round 2, they then took on Cabra Vale Diggers in Round 3 with the winner progressing to the final. Our guys were well & truly up for the match, running out convincing winners 77-44.
In the final we played Campsie South. Our guys were on fire early going out to what proved to be a match winning lead. To Campsie South’s credit, they did not give up, narrowing the lead substantially, but our guys finished the job, winning the Zone Final 71-54. They now head to Warilla for the State Playoffs.
Our Division 2 Red side also competed that weekend. They took on a very strong Cabra Vale side in the final. Our guys were behind early, but fought back valiantly. Unfortunately they could not quite close the gap, going down 57-67. We wish Cabra Vale all the best for the State Playoffs.
All the players who competed over the finals weekend would like to thank all our Saints supporters who were large in numbers & in voice.
We wish our 3’s & 4’s all the best for the State Playoffs.
Zone 12 Division 3 Winners
Back Row L-R: Anton Petkovic, Dennis Aitken, John Boniface, Brett Morgan, Steve Blake, Mark Bell, Mark Skelton, Terry Ryan, Graeme Smith, Hank Sato
Front Row L-R: Brendan Ford, Tony Feraud (Manager), Pat McFarlane
Zone 12 Division 4 Winners
Back Row L-R: Mark Rashleigh, Peter York, Graham Williams, Mark Arie, Danny Field, Paul Burkhardt, Peter Warren, Geoff Lewsam (Manager)
Front Row L-R: Vic Pellizarro, Ross Koppman, Shane Webster, Joe Azzopardi, Andrew Supple