Northmead Bowling Club make state pennant finals in four grades

Four through: Mick Kelly, Len Davis, Robert Holt, Brett Hughes, Ken Sinclair and Rick Gordon will represent Northmead Bowling Club across four different grades at the state pennants finals. Picture: Andrew McMurtry
Four through: Mick Kelly, Len Davis, Robert Holt, Brett Hughes, Ken Sinclair and Rick Gordon will represent Northmead Bowling Club across four different grades at the state pennants finals. Picture: Andrew McMurtry

Four teams from Northmead Bowling Club are through to the state pennant finals.

Winning the grade one pennant as well as the grade five, six and seven zone 10 pennants, the four teams will move on to play the best 16 clubs in each grade in the respective state finals.

The club’s bowls and events manager Brett Hughes said it was a great result for the club.

“It’s something that hasn’t been done in a long time,” Hughes said. 

“When you’re competing against clubs like Merrylands and Wenty Leagues and Baulkham Hills – clubs far bigger than us – we’ve got a pretty special thing here. The camaraderie between the guys is good and we enjoy each other’s company.”

It was a tremendous result for the club which entered six teams in the 10-week competition.

As well as its finalist teams, the division four team narrowly finished second in its section behind the eventual zone champions Merrylands.

Hughes said the club had welcomed new faces earlier this season in former Merrylands players Zeljko Trbara and Matthew Phillips, who have helped mentor players across the grades.

The future is also bright with Jordan Peisley, 17, and the club’s assistant greenkeeper Billy Harkens, 18, performing strongly.

The state finals will be held across NSW in early August. The grade one finals will be held at St Johns Park, grade five at Fingal Bay Bowling Club, grade six at Tamworth City Bowling Club and grade seven at Engadine Bowling Club.