Over 200 players and officials have enjoyed a magnificent day of competitive bowls on the opening day of the 2020 Senior Inter-Zone Sides Championships, being played at Club Grandviews and Olds Park Bowling Club in the St George Region of Sydney.
Sides are divided into 4 pools of 4, with the 2 best performed after pool matches progressing to the quarter finals. With 1 round remaining of pool matches after day 1, there will some interesting battles to determine the makeup of the knockout phase.
At Grandviews, home Zone Sydney Central & Southern (Zone 13) have guaranteed their progress with 2 wins. Illawarra (Zone 16) scored a last gasp win over 2019 Runners Up, Newcastle (Zone 2) to set up a battle with Far North Coast (Zone 1) in Rd 3 with the winner to continue in the competition.
In Section 2, North Coast (Zone 14) has a perfect record, winning all rinks in their 2 victories. They will battle South Eastern NSW (Zone 7) to determine the top and 2nd ranking in the section. South Western NSW (Zone 8) and Greater Western Sydney (Zone 5) will battle for pride in Round 3.
At Olds Park Sydney South West (Zone 12) scored 2 wins and are assured of a place in the quarter finals. Sydney North West (Zone 10) and Hunter (Zone 6) will face off in Round 3 with the winner to stay in the title race while the loser will join Mid-Western NSW (Zone 4) as ‘eliminated’.
In Section 4 Sydney Northern (Zone 9) blitzed Central Coast (Zone 15) to be certain to continue in the competition. Central Coast will face Manning (Zone 11) with the winner to keep their title hopes alive. The title hopes of North Western NSW (Zone 3) have evaporated, however they will face Sydney Northern hoping to end their event on a high.
Round 3 will commence at 9.00AM (8.30AM call of cards) at Club Grandviews and Olds Park Bowling Club (Wednesday 11 March), quarter finals are scheduled to kick off at 1PM. All action on Thursday (12 March) is at Grandviews. Inter-Zone continues on Friday (13 March) at both clubs when the ‘open’ event kicks off.
For scores and details visit the Bowls NSW website (https://rnswba.org.au/portfolio/nsw-inter-zone-sides-championships-seniors/)
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