The 2018 NSW Rookies Championships have come to a dazzling conclusion at Raymond Terrace Bowling Club as Ben Atterton (South West Rocks) claimed the Singles title over Jay Bornstein (Moorefield)
Each of the sixteen NSW Bowling Zones were represented in both the Singles and Pairs Finals Series, playing off in four pools of four to determine the semi-finalists and then the ultimate State Champion.
Accompanying the Zone Champions were a number of family, friends and club-mates who came along to cheer on the players.
Raymond Terrace Bowling Club also marked a decade of hosting and sponsoring the Rookies State Finals. Each of those 10 years the participants have given high praise to the facilities at Raymond Terrace, with the two covered greens providing a spectacular venue for the State Finals. The Club has also built its reputation each year with the efforts of the board, staff and volunteers being first class.
Action kicked off with the Pairs event, where Wangi pairs Jarred Fiddes and Brae Dare claimed the winners medals with a strong win in the final over Ryan Towns and Brodie Towns of Moree Services. Wangi claimed a tight win in the semi-final, finishing well to beat Matthew Tang & Steve Barnard (Taree West). The Moree pair progressed after getting the better of a close tussle with Raymond Baker & Wayne Van Maastricht (Maitland City).
The Singles Championship saw Ben Atterton (South West Rocks) emerge as Champion, overcoming Jay Bornstein (Moorefield) in the final. Atterton ended the quest of Brae Dare (Wangi) to become the first player to win both the Rookies Singles and Pairs State Titles in the one year while Bornstein accounted for Robert Inman (Greenlees Park) in the semi-finals.
Finalists were presented with medals as mementos of their success as well as receiving some fantastic Drakes Pride merchandise and some prize money.
The joy, enthusiasm and great sportsmanship shown by the Rookies is recognised in a special award, the Mick Bell Encouragement Award (in honour of the ‘Father’ of the Rookies). The award is presented at the conclusion of sectional play in both the singles and pairs competitions to the singles player or pairs team who have competed in the spirit that embodies the spirit of the Rookies competition and have not progressed to the semi-finals. The recipients in 2018 are Neville Buckley & Tim Buckley of Gulgong in the pairs and Ashley Beadle of Camden in the singles.
Once again the Rookies event has been well supported by bowlers across NSW, over 300 players in the singles and over 350 in the pairs in 2018. This brings the total participants, over the 10 years that Bowls NSW has conducted the Championships, to almost 5000 in Rookies singles and 4500 in Rookies Pairs.
Click HERE to see the details (including links to scores) of the 2018 Rookies on the Bowls NSW website
Click HERE to view photos and the live video from the Finals on the Bowls NSW Facebook page (You don’t have to be signed up to Facebook to view)