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SEASON form shows Balaklava having
had a 14-5 record compared with Port Wake-
field’s 13-7 record, with Balaklava having
marginally better shots up average, 11.6 as
against 6.6 for Port Wakefield.
Interestingly though, of their respective
wins, Balaklava had five with all rinks up and
two with two and a half rinks up, whereas
Port Wakefield has had only one win with all
rinks up and one with two and a half rinks up.
This suggests Balaklava has greater all-
round depth, whereas Port Wakefield usually
has one rink, though not necessarily the same
rink, that struggles most weeks.
Taking all these factors into account, Bal-
aklava should be favoured to win the Division
One premiership and add their name onto
the Charles Underwood Memorial Shield.
However, Balaklava will remain wary as
Port Wakefield has shown that the Balaklava
side is beatable.
It will all depend on which of the two
sides is able to settle quicker on the day,
gain that early advantage, and maintain that
advantage against a likely fight back by the
Division One grand final: Balaklava vs
Can Wakey Blue go back-to-back?
As with Division One, the Division Two
grand final will feature the top two sides,
Port Wakefield Blue and Balaklava Blue.
Of the two sides, Port Wakefield Blue
has had an impressive 191⁄2-21⁄2 season while
Balaklava Blue’s record was 141⁄2-61⁄2.
During the season, Port Wakefield Blue
and Balaklava Blue met on three occasions,
with Port Wakefield Blue ahead 2-1.
Port Wakefield won the first two clashes
70-69 (with only one rink) and 99-51 while
Balaklava Blue returned the favour in the
second semi final, winning 78-60.
Both sides are expected to be at full
strength for this return clash.
Can Balaklava Blue repeat their second
semi final effort against minor premiers, Port
Wakefield Blue, and record another upset
win in the match that counts?
Will Port Wakefield Blue display their
season form once again to account for Bal-
aklava Blue or will their side succumb to
With greater finals experience and also
better season form, the Port Wakefield Blue
side will enter the Division Two grand final
as favourite to make it two premierships
in a row.
Division Two grand final: Balaklava Blue
vs Port Wakefield Blue.
Which side will maintain form?
The Division Three grand final will
feature second-placed Owen against fourth-
placed Riverton White.
Owen earned their place in the grand final
by defeating minor premier, Port Wakefield
Gold in the second semi final, 74-60 (all
For Riverton White, their journey to make
the grand final started three months ago.
After the completion of round 13 on
January 5, Riverton White was sitting last
of 15 Division Two sides. Since then, the
side has had a 7-2 record with losses only
to Port Wakefield Gold and Riverton Black.
It had to defeat Owen in the last minor
round (73-58, one rink up) to sneak into
fourth spot, defeat third placed Riverton
Black in the first semi final (73-72, one rink
up), and defeat minor premier Port Wakefield
Gold in the preliminary final (74-62, 11⁄2 rinks
up) to make the grand final.
During the same time frame, Owen’s form
was initially 0-3 but improved significantly
in the last five matches, with four wins and
only one loss, which was against Riverton
White, who they meet in this weekend’s
So, both sides come into the grand final
with good form.
Can Riverton White’s recent momentum
continue or will nerves eventually become a
determining factor? Will Owen gain revenge
for their recent loss to Riverton White to win
the Division Three premiership?
The stage is set for an enthralling contest
between Owen and Riverton White and
whatever the result, a new name will appear
on the Division Three Shield.
Division Three grand final: Owen vs
Plains Producer, Thursday April 4, 2013
BLYTH Bowling Club held a
successful Farmers Day, sponsored
by Landmark Clare, on Friday
March 22 with 12 rinks competing
during the afternoon’s play.
Bowlers had a turn in the
“Spider” competition to try to get
closest to a 50 cent piece placed in
the middle of the green.
During the three rounds of
bowls, there were plenty of laughs
with a number of bowls straying
across neighbouring rinks, as well
as some surprisingly good bowls
finding their way next to the kitty.
Co-ordinator of the day, Mike
Smith, thanked all for attending,
as well as Landmark for their
third year of supporting the event.
Landmark Clare branch manager,
Brad Wurfel, whose bowling was
quite impressive, presented trophies
to the winners of the day, being an
all ladies rink of Tara Baggendorf,
Elva Zweck, Dorothy Eckermann
and Jean Farley, and to runners-up
Barry Goss, Peter McEwin, Don
Williams and Rob Linke.
Well done to Mike Smith, who
made lots of phone calls to get local
Thanks were extended to neigh-
bouring teams/bowlers who joined
in the fun.
CONGRATULATIONS to all sides compet-
ing in the respective grand finals and may
the best side in each division win on the
The grand finals will feature six sides
representing four clubs, with Balaklava and
Port Wakefield both fielding two sides and
Owen and Riverton fielding one side each.
Division One: Balaklava vs Port
Division Two: Balaklava Blue vs Port
Division Three: Owen vs Riverton White
* First name sides are deemed to be the home side.
Riverton Bowling Club will be providing
afternoon tea on the day, with a $5 charge
applying to all bowlers and spectators
The arrangements for grand final day will
be as follows:
• 12.30pm - Sides arrive; cards and coin
toss for mat completed by Side Managers
• 12.40pm - Photographs taken of partici-
pating Grand Final sides
• 12.50pm - Warm-up ends commence
• 1.00pm - Play starts
• 3.00pm - Afternoon tea
• 5 – 5.30pm - Completion of finals
Within 15 minutes of the last grand final
finishing, the presentation ceremony will
commence, as follows:
• Presentation of Section Championship
Perpetual Trophies + Individual Trophies
to respective winners of Singles, Pairs,
Triples and Fours Championships (attire –
• Presentation of Division Three premier-
ship shield and badges, followed by Divi-
sion Two and Division One shields.
Photographs will be taken during the pres-
Balaklava, Owen, Port Wakefield and Riv-
erton Bowling Club secretaries are asked
to inform their respective Championship
winners that their attendance at the pres-
entation ceremony is required and, if not
playing in the grand finals, that they bring
their whites along with them to change into
just prior to the ceremony.
grand final details
LANDMARK’S Brad Wurfel with Farmer’s Day winners: Jean
Farley, Tara Baggendorf, Dorothy Eckermann and Elva Zweck.
Ladies win Farmer’s Day
THE Region 8 Women’s
Championships were played out
recently at Port Wakefield Bowl-
Broughton Women, Mid North
Women and Wooroora Women
sections were represented.
Winners of the Fours were
Wooroora: Yvonne Howard (sk),
Carol King, Shirley Sanders and
Broughton Women: Sandra
Kerley (sk), Shirley Richards,
Meredith Ventura and Lynn Paine
The Triples were keenly
contested, with Broughton
Women earned the gold
medals: Di Clements (sk),
Pat Keech and Karen
In second place was
Curnow (sk), Marga-
ret Marshman and Pat
The Pairs was won
by Broughton Women’s
Helen Stringer (sk) and
Mid North’s Lenice
Pearce (sk) and Gwenda
Sims were runners-up.
The Regional Champion
of Champions Singles, a most
prestigious event as this player
is the best Singles player for
2012/2013 within Region 8
Lower North, was won by Bev
Roney from Wooroora Women.
Wendy Aitchison from
Broughton Women came in
Region members congratu-
lated Yvonne Howard for being
in the final four of the Women’s
Country Carnival Singles.
– Jill Ackland,
Region 8 secretary
Bev Region 8 Champion
REGION 8 Women’s Fours Champions – Wooroora, from left: Faye
Dunstan, Shirley Sanders, Carol King and Yvonne Howard (sk),
with Region 8 secretary, Jill Ackland. INSET: Singles Champion of
Champions, Bev Roney, of Wooroora, with Jill Ackland.
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