Our Pennant 2023 season has ended! And as the saying goes; WINNERS ARE GRINNERS!
The Division 7 Orange had a ridiculously hard time on Saturday battling the elements and playing on a green seconds quicker than what they are used to. Tweed Heads capitalized on their advantage, playing on their home turf. Dispatching Div 7 by 15 shots overall.
This forced Div 7 to play a second game and frantically make substitutions. Engaging the two subs. The fatigue had well and truly set in and they went down in a big way to Paradise Point. Spelling the end to their flawless season.
Division 6 Gold went through their Semi Final with some sort of authority. Putting themselves into the Final on Sunday. Off to a flying start they were ahead confidently before Tweed Heads started to make a come back. The game was full of everything. Great shots, lots of laughter and some loud voices.
With two rinks finished and the score even at 66 all, the third rink had two bowls left to be thrown down by their skippers. With an entire crowd and the rest of the team watching, Shane Ward and his tribe were holding two and to the dismay of the supporters, through down a backhand with his last bowl where Tweed Heads had a wall of bowls ready to be hit towards the jack. Shane knew what he was doing however and threw it nice and wide, not being able to put it in his pocket with Tweed still having a bowl to follow.
The Tweed skipper threw is bowl down, but took the exact same track Shane did and our Division 6 Gold took the win 68-66, making them the first Pennant winners in over 9 years a McKenzie Park.
Division 5 Green were adamant they were not going to let the Div 6 steal all the glory. Each rink playing out of their skin for the duration of their game against Tugun. Having played Tugun twice in the past week and winning both games, including in the Semi Final, Div 5 wanted to make it a hat trick.
They showed absolutely, well and truly what they had come to achieve. All three rinks in fine form and some excellent shots played, they definitely distinguished themselves as our top players at McKenzie Park.
They brought the house down (as if the house wasn’t already burnt down when Div 6 won) when they finished up 60-51.
There was so much cheer between the McKenzie Park bowlers. What was extra special was that the Ladies that had joined us for part of the season were there in the cheer squad and got themselves into the photo opportunities at the end of the day.
We managed to do our best to capture the moments: https://mckenziepark.com.au/gallery/pennant-finals-2023/
This is one of our biggest galleries so give it time to load!
See how it all went down with the results from the entire season: https://mckenziepark.com.au/results-2/pennant-2023/
The Summers Nines nomination sheet is on the main board and we are still looking for players! This is a mixed event so all are welcome!
Mixed Fours starts this Saturday the 26th at 12:30PM.
The Handicap Pairs Finals is also this weekend – Sunday the 27th. This will be a good game to watch as both teams are playing at their best. Starting time is 12:30PM.
Check out the fixtures: https://mckenziepark.com.au/fixtures/
We have a surprise up our sleeve that will be released in the next few days, so keep your eyes on the website and social media!
I hope everyone hasn’t stopped celebrating a monumental weekend in McKenzie Park Lawn Bowls history! But be good, we have plenty more to go this year! Good luck and have fun!