Reynolds claims back to back singles:
Merimbula star James Reynolds has claimed consecutive singles crowns after a polished performance against Ricky Holt in a repeat of last years final.
James proved too consistent for the field as he worked his way through the rounds to run out eventual winner.
The little master has a busy schedule this year as he strives for selection in the 2018 Commonwealth Games squad. If he maintains recent form however he will surely be a formidable opponent to those in his path.
Dolphins dream of Aussie title:
The hopes of home town representation in the Australian Championships here in Merimbula is still alive with our men’s triples combination of Stephen Greig, Boris Schneider and Michael Wilks claiming the zone 7 title to progress to the final 16 remaining in NSW.
After a tense final at Milton Ulladulla our boys have progressed to the finals at Ettalong in late October. After a narrow defeat in the state semi final last season Wilks is hoping he can lead his team a couple of steps further and secure a place under the dome on their home track in November.
Another successful pennant season:
On the back of an historic season in 2016 which included an unprecedented two state pennants our men’s section have again produced a successful season with two teams winning zone titles.
Our grade 1 team which was a compulsory promotion after claiming the state grade 2 crown last year won its way through the zone to qualify for the southern conference finals at Warilla.
Coming off a significant break between games our boys were unfortunately outgunned by Dapto Citizens, Towradgi and Warilla but can hold their heads up after running the mighty Gorilla’s to a 6 shot margin.
Our grade 4 team pulled up agonisingly short of a third pennant for the club in a couple of seasons after falling to eventual winners Nyngan by one shot in the state semi final.
Although we had a scare when we only narrowly defeated Tumut we managed to progress through the sectional rounds with the highest points and margin off all grades. In the semi final we had our chances but Nyngan proved worthy winners as they held their nerve over the concluding stages.
New breed show the way:
New bowlers Mick O’Hanlon and Ben Hof displayed great maturity as they advanced through the rounds to claim the zone 7 Rookies pair’s title at Narooma.
Both bowlers who have just completed their first full season of pennant held their nerve in several pressure situations to book their ticket to Raymond terrace and the state finals.
Both O’Hanlon and Hof are products of a healthy recruiting phase the club has enjoyed over recent times and join a number of men’s and women’s Dolphins that have enjoyed success early in their bowls careers.
Dolphin duo win champion of champions:
Men’s club pair’s champions Heemi Nuku and Michael Wilks booked their ticket to the state champion of champion pair’s finals at Kiama recently after claiming the zone crown at Tuross heads.
The pair has had a number of close calls throughout the rounds. After winning the club phase by only one shot over Squizzy Taylor and Warren Love they found themselves trailing 14 – 3 in the district final where they eventually managed to win the game by a handful of shots.
Again in the zone final it came down to the last end in both the semi and final to decide each game. Here’s hoping the luck stays with our Dolphins and they can secure the remaining four games that sit between them and the state title.
Reynolds claims national crown:
Our little champion James Reynolds has claimed the Australian Open Multi Disability singles crown in a dominant display at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast.
Reynolds faced his close mate and adversary Josh Barry in the final and was on his game from the first end.
With Commonwealth Games selection nearing the title has surely placed the little master in the frame for a position in the squad. James will now attend a number of trials and training camps over the coming months and with this notch in the belt will hopefully again wear the green and gold next April.
Last updated 20/9/17
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