Cowra’s all-conquering Mens No 2 Pennant bowls side are through to the state finals after winning the Zone 5 flag on the weekend on their home greens.
The same 12 bowlers were promoted to grade two following their state success in grade three last year and will now battle for a consecutive state flag at Tuncurry in August.
President of the club and manager of the team Terry Peterswald said it was a great effort from the pennant players.
“There is no reason to think the same 12 bowlers, along with reserve Bernie Coghlan, can’t add another state flag to our collection this year,” he said.
In miserable, wet conditions on Saturday the team got away to an incredible start defeating Lithgow Workies by a massive 41 shots in the morning game, 81-40.
Shane Lauritzen, Chris Milburn, Charlie Bryant and Gerard Beath won their game 33-14; John Penyu, Josh Bohanna, Col Neilsen and Russel Nobes won 22-7; and Noel Hubber, Alan Messiter, Neville Connor and Graham Amery won 26-19.
Things went a little pear-shaped in the afternoon when they ran into the strong Blacktown Workies side that had defeated Blayney by five shots in the morning.
As conditions deteriorated, Blacktown had too many guns winning 64-51 with Beath’s team being Cowra’s only winner, 24-15.
The equation for the final round on Sunday morning was simple, Cowra needed to defeat Blayney while Lithgow had to defeat Blacktown - and that is exactly what happened.
Beath’s side remained undefeated winning 26-18, Amery rallied his troops for a 23-12 victory while Nobes’ combination went down 15-18 giving Cowra the result 64-50.
Lithgow did the locals a big favour defeating Blacktown 70-55.
Cowra finished on two wins plus 42 shots, Blacktown on two wins plus three shots, Blayney one win all square and Lithgow one win minus 45 shots.
In more good news for Lachlan Valley, the only other local side competing on the weekend, Grenfell, progressed through the No 3 grade undefeated on their own greens.
This coming weekend Cowra will host the play-offs for the No 5 pennant with Cowra’s No 5 side taking on teams from Gulgong, Pitt Town, Taralga, Lithgow Workies and Bathurst Majellan.
Mr Peterswald believes, with a bit of luck, Cowra may have another winning side come Sunday afternoon.
Cowra No 5 side is Norm Egan, Jarrad Grainger, Ralph Morgan and Charlie Browne; Paul Guilfoyle, Terry McGrath, Bill Brown and Clyde Draper; Bruce Oliver, Rod Veney, Tom McSorley and Col Crowe with Shane Egan as reserve and Noel Porter as manager.
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