Veolia State Wide Challenge – Open RD1 Results
The first round of the Open Division of the Veolia State Wide Challenge was completed yesterday under trying circumstances. The Spreyton Bowls Club were to host this round in the lead up to the annual Tasmania versus Victoria Test Series set to be staged there in December. However inclement weather forced a last minute change of venue. Bowls Tasmania, the host venues and each region discussed this possibility on the Friday before the event and were able to have backup plans in place for such an event.
The players were relocated for this first round, with the men heading to Burnie Bowls Club and the women to Kings Meadows Bowls Club. Bowls Tasmania would like to thank Spreyton, Burnie and Kings Meadows Bowls Clubs, each of the regions and all of the players concerned for their cooperation in this process and enabling the event to successfully progress.
It was quite an upset in the men’s event in the morning round with the Northern Team upsetting the defending champions North West on two rinks to claim a 49-41 victory on the Burnie indoor. The North having recruited Robert McMullen and Tim Douce this year also went on to claim a further 3 rinks in the afternoon to take away 26 out of a possible 28 points on offer.
The North West men’s second side ensured all was not lost in the morning though to take the overall honours from the South with the rink of Brown, Saltmarsh, Manson and Chillcott romping home by 15 shots to win overall by 5 shots and take 10 points for their efforts. And the North West first side did likewise in the afternoon to also to claim a further 10 points.
For further information on the men’s round head on over to http://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/4289738/mixed-home-results-for-bowls-north-west/?cs=88 to read Boxer Stephens story in the Advocate.
In the women’s event the North also dominated in this round on the indoor. In the morning round it was a tight tussle between the North and the North West’s first side with each side winning a rink and drawing on the third. However the 8 shot victory by Kim Saunders, Deb Lee, Chris Direen and Jean Claridge was enough to secure the overall and claim 11 points for the North. While the South made it a clean sweep winning on all rinks against the North West second side and taking home full points.
The Northern Women carried on their winning way in the afternoon claiming a further full count of 14 points to put themselves at the top of the ladder after round 1. While the North West first side turned things around in the afternoon to win on 2 rinks and take the overall lead by a commanding 24 shots victory from the rink of Karen Redman, Alison Venn, Pat Howard and Bronwyn King.
The Tasmania Open Selectors also met after yesterdays competition and will be announcing the Tasmanian men’s and women’s team to play Victoria on Tuesday 15th November. Good luck to all players awaiting this announcement.
The Veolia State Wide Challenge will continue on December 4th with the next round of the Junior Division at Longford Bowls Club.
A full list of results can be found here including each divisions ladders;