Semi Final berths are up for grabs when the third round of the 2018 Senior Inter-Zone Sides Championship is played at Figgy Bowlo (Wed 16 May).
The Championship features sides of 12 players from each of the 16 Zones from across NSW. The sides play off in four pools with the best performed from each pool advancing to the knock-out stage.
Sides play against each other as three teams of four players, the result of the match determined by the aggregate scores of the battles between the three teams.
Sydney North-West holds a slight advantage in Section 1. They opened their campaign with a 55-55 draw against North West NSW, North West NSW claiming a slight points advantage after they won 2 of the three rink contests. Illawarra led the section after the opening round after they defeated Newcastle.
Newcastle showed why they are the reigning champions, bouncing back in the second round with a win over North West NSW. The Sydney North West clash with Illawarra clash outcome went down to the wire, former South African International Neil Burkett converting with the last bowl of the match to seal a narrow win for the Sydneysiders.
Sydney North West can secure the section by claiming an overall win and two rink wins over Newcastle who, in turn, will be looking for a strong win to stake their claim on a semi-final berth. Illawarra’s hopes rest with securing a strong win over North West NSW and also on Newcastle taking points off Sydney North West.
Sydney South West have all but secured Section 2. They opened with a strong win over Greater Western Sydney and then ran down Mid-Western NSW. Mid-Western sprang to the early lead, with one rink enjoying a huge advantage. Sydney South West battled out wins on the other two rinks and edged to an overall win in the dying stages.
Sydney Central and South won on two rinks of three in both of their encounters, but their single loss in each tipped the match in favour of their opponents on both occasions. Greater Western Sydney claimed the honours in the Round 2 clash.
Sydney South West needs a single point (of the 10 available) to advance to semi finals. Mid-Western NSW has a mathematical chance but must secure maximum points over Greater Western Sydney and rely on Sydney Central and South clean sweeping Sydney North West. Should this happen the section will come down to a countback of shots for and against.
Manning is the only undefeated side in Section 3 and is in the box seat the advance. South Western NSW and Mid-Lower North Coast each recorded one win in the opening two rounds and face off in Round 3. Manning will secure the section with at least a draw in their Round 3 clash with South Eastern NSW who will be looking for a strong, pride restoring, performance after securing only 1 point on the opening day. Should South Eastern do so, the door will be opened for the winner of the other Round 3 clash to steal the section.
The Fourth Section is wide open after opening round winners Hunter and Far North Coast were both defeated in Round 2 falling to Sydney Northern and Central Coast respectively.
Central Coast (11 points) takes on Sydney Northern (10 points) while Hunter (10 points) tackles Far North Coast (9) Points. Central Coast will claim the section if they can secure maximum points but each of the four sides can stake their claim with a strong performance.
Play in Round 3 will get under way at 8.30AM