The 2018 Senior Inter-Zone Sides Championship Final will be fought out by Sydney South West and Central Coast after they won through their respective Semi-Finals at Figgy Bowlo today (16 May).
Central Coast were dominant in their performance against Manning, claiming all three rinks in a 70-41 victory.
Sydney North West won on two rinks but conceded the master board to Sydney South West 55-52. Neil Burkett won 20-14 over Tony White and Trevor Imer beat Gerard Short 21-18 but the rink skipped by Julio Posadas swung the match the way of Zone 12, beating Peter Dawson 23-11.
Sydney North West began their campaign by earning a last gasp master-board draw with North Western NSW. North Western took the points advantage 5.5 to 4.5 courtesy of winning on two of the three rinks played.
Sydney North West claimed leadership of the section after a last-bowl win over Illawarra Zone 16 who had beaten Newcastle in the opening round.
Sydney North West then confirmed their place in the knockout stage with a clean sweep over Newcastle, taking the section ahead of Illawarra who also claimed a clean sweep against North Western NSW.
Sydney South West took a stranglehold on Section 2 on the opening day of play. They began with a commanding win over Greater Western Sydney and then clawed their way to a narrow last-gasp victory over Mid-Western NSW.
Sydney Central & Southern won on two of the three rinks played in each of their opening day matches. They also won two of the rinks against Sydney South West and claimed the match 61-51.
The opening day performance however was enough for the Sydney South West to take the section.
Manning claimed two solid wins on the opening day, beating South Western NSW and Lower-Mid North Coast. They then finished strongly to defeat a gallant South Eastern NSW and claim the section with an unbeaten record.
Central Coast recorded a solid third round win Sydney Northern to finish top of Section 4. Hunter claimed second place in the section with a final round win over Far North Coast. All four sides finished the opening day with one win.
The final commences at 8.30 on Thursday 17 May at Figgy Bowlo.
Thursday 17 May, 8.30AM
Sydney South West (Zone 12) v Central Coast (Zone 15)
J Boniface, A McLachlan, C Tindall & T White v
G Pigram, P Freestone, C Passfield & J Roberts
W Ryan, C Strudwick, G Rymer & G Short v
P McCarten, A Rogers, P Westcott & T Shoebridge
G Bakulic, J Roach, S Smith & J Posadas v
G Frost, G Murphy, B Constantine & R Thornton