Magical Merimbula Moments

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Merimbula’s Club Sapphire hosted the reinstituted Australian Championships last week.  Players from all states and territories converged on the coast to battle out the 2017 titles with our own teams competing in every discipline. The Championships made a return to the Australian Bowls calendar after a 13 year break having last being played in 2004.
The ACT teams acquitted themselves with distinction with some great wins, some very close losses along with great opportunities to learn more about their craft.

The week kicked off with our Men’s and Women’s Fours. Our men’s team from Western Creek comprising of Todd Trewarne, Ian Whybrow, Mac McLean and Garry Charker went down to the NT team 15-7 in Round 1 but bounced back for an emphatic 15-9 win against QLD in Round 2. Belconnen’s fantastic four comprising of Joan Trounce, Jill Cornish, Nicole Mengel and Helena Megee were our representatives.  They battled out a 10-10 draw against NSW in Round 1 of the Women’s Fours.  They then went on to triumph by 1 point against Victoria seeing them advance to the finals.  The bronze play-off game saw them meet a very determined Tasmanian outfit who prevailed with emphatic 26-3 score line.
The ACTs representatives in the Women’s Triples were Queanbeyan’s Mandy Stitt, Maggie Johnston and Donna Seddon.  Their first round game saw them play the impressive NSW team and they went down 8-26. Finding form in the 2nd round they were narrowly defeated by the NT 12-17 but their 3rd round encounter saw them hit their straps defeating Western Australia 17-15. Our men were represented by Belconnen’s Hemi Palmer, Adam Jeffery and David Thomas who experienced a tough week at the office.  The ACT had the bye in Round 1.  They met Queensland in round 2, going down 13-23 and had a closer game in round 3 going down to Western Australia 14-18.

Mac Mclean and Todd Trewarne from Western Creek flew the flag for the Men’s Pairs.  They got their championships off to a great start defeating South Australia 19-9 but were unable to maintain their form in Round 2 and 3 going down to Queensland and Victoria.  Canberra’s Gayle Young and Pam Bishop played some solid bowls over their 3 games.  They went down to Western Australia 12-16 in round 1 but bounced back against the highly fancied NSW team in Round 2 defeating them 15-12. Playing for a spot in the finals they were narrowly defeated by Victoria 13-14.

Canberra North’s Paul Totterdell played the Men’s Single Championships.  In Round 1 he was defeated by Victoria’s Barrie Lester 13-25, had the bye in Round 2 and then met Queensland’s Nathan Rice in Round 3 going down 25-4.  Canberra City’s Ruth Moore got her Women’s Singles campaign off to a great start with a 25-20 win over the Northern Territory’s Colleen Orr (2017 Australian Champion of Champions Singles winner).  In Round 2, Ruth was defeat 18-25 by Tasmania’s Rae Simpson.  In Round 3, NSW’s Natasha Scott took the win 25-9.
Feedback from our teams suggest the tournament and location were enjoyed immensely, and all have commented that the Merimbula club staff and volunteers were fantastic ambassadors for the sport and their club.
Congratulation to all our players that competed at this year’s championships.  We are very proud of your achievements and hope you bring your experience and knowledge back to our local competitions. Merimbula’s Club Sapphire hosted the reinstituted Australian Championships last week.  Players from all states and territories converged on the coast to battle out the 2017 titles with our own teams competing in every discipline. The Championships made a return to the Australian Bowls calendar after a 13 year break having last being played in 2004.
The ACT teams acquitted themselves with distinction with some great wins, some very close losses along with great opportunities to learn more about their craft.
The week kicked off with our Men’s and Women’s Fours. Our men’s team from Western Creek comprising of Todd Trewarne, Ian Whybrow, Mac McLean and Garry Charker went down to the NT team 15-7 in Round 1 but bounced back for an emphatic 15-9 win against QLD in Round 2. Belconnen’s fantastic four comprising of Joan Trounce, Jill Cornish, Nicole Mengel and Helena Megee were our representatives.  They battled out a 10-10 draw against NSW in Round 1 of the Women’s Fours.  They then went on to triumph by 1 point against Victoria seeing them advance to the finals.  The bronze play off game saw them meet a very determined Tasmanian outfit who prevailed with emphatic 26-3 score line.
The ACTs representatives in the Women’s Triples were Queanbeyan’s Mandy Stitt, Maggie Johnston and Donna Seddon.  Their first round game saw them play the impressive NSW team and they went down 8-26. Finding form in the 2nd round they were narrowly defeated by the NT 12-17 but their 3rd round encounter saw them hit their straps defeating Western Australia 17-15. Our men were represented by Belconnen’s Hemi Palmer, Adam Jeffery and David Thomas who experienced a tough week at the office.  The ACT had the bye in Round 1.  They met Queensland in round 2, going down 13-23 and had a closer game in round 3 going down to Western Australia 14-18.

Mac Mclean and Todd Trewarne from Western Creek flew the flag for the Men’s Pairs.  They got their championships off to a great start defeating South Australia 19-9 but were unable to maintain their form in Round 2 and 3 going down to Queensland and Victoria.  Canberra’s Gayle Young and Pam Bishop played some solid bowls over their 3 games.  They went down to Western Australia 12-16 in round 1 but bounced back against the highly fancied NSW team in Round 2 defeating them 15-12. Playing for a spot in the finals they were narrowly defeated by Victoria 13-14.

Canberra North’s Paul Totterdell played the Men’s Single Championships.  In Round 1 he was defeated by Victoria’s Barrie Lester 13-25, had the bye in Round 2 and then met Queensland’s Nathan Rice in Round 3 going down 25-4.  Canberra City’s Ruth Moore got her Women’s Singles campaign off to a great start with a 25-20 win over the Northern Territory’s Colleen Orr (2017 Australian Champion of Champions Singles winner).  In Round 2 Ruth was defeat 18-25 by Tasmania’s Rae Simpson.  In Round 3, NSW’s Natasha Scott took the win 25-9.
Feedback from our teams suggest the tournament and location were enjoyed immensely, and all have commented that the Merimbula club staff and volunteers were fantastic ambassadors for the sport and their club.
Congratulation to all our players that competed at this year’s championships.  We are very proud of your achievements and hope you bring your experience and knowledge back to our local competitions.