It was a gargantuan week for McKenzie Park Bowls Club. There was a vast arrangement of lawn bowls happening for our club over the weekend with Pennant, Champion of Champions and Handicap Singles all being played. As it turns out, the only negative to the entire weekend was that with so much on all at once, our supporters were forced to choose which event they wanted to view and we were scattered all over the Gold Coast!
Round 2 for Pennant was held on Saturday with two teams at home, one off to Beaudesert and another at Mermaid Beach. It wasn’t going to be an easy round with each team facing opponents who are very well known for producing strong sides in all competition.
Division 5 Green fought against Helensvale at home, overcoming them with two rink wins and one rink draw. This takes them to the top of the ladder after two rounds and they are yet to concede a rink as they power forward to get themselves the coveted Pennant flag. They look in great form at the moment and we are very much looking forward to their next match results against Tweed Heads.
Division 6 Gold may have got off on the wrong foot for Round 1, but they made sure they made it worth their while when they travelled to Beaudesert! They managed three rink wins and a great overall score, sliding them into second place on their ladder. They also battle against Tweed Heads in Round 3. Although only Round 2, take a close look at the Division 6 Gold Ladder at https://mckenziepark.com.au/results-2/pennant-2023/ and their division thus far is neck and neck with six of the eight teams just 1 point difference. This is going to be a very interesting weekend for our Sixers and will definitely put the ladder in a different light after the weekend is completed.
Division 7 Orange was at home against Tugun. Known to be a bunch of quality players, it wasn’t looking good for our home side at one point, with one team getting throttled 15-3 after 12 ends. However, as a team does, one of the other McKenzie Park rinks was taking up the slack beating Tugun 20-10 after 12 ends. As it turned out, Orange managed to secure all three rink wins and they too are now in first place on their divisional ladder. An interesting weekend ahead for them as they play Paradise Point who is currently third, let’s see what our team can produce this weekend!
Division 7 Purple travelled to Mermaid Beach to catch up with an old friend, who has now become an on field foe, but still flailing a bit and waiting for fresh recruits as they return from illness over the coming weekends. Off to a rough start, it is still early in the Pennant competition, you can bet we will see some changes over the coming weeks to strengthen Purple and get them across the line.
For all your Results, Ladders and Conditions of Play visit: https://mckenziepark.com.au/results-2/pennant-2023/
Pennant fixtures as far as we know are still provisional, but as it stands, this is this weeks fixtures: https://mckenziepark.com.au/fixtures/
Any changes to these fixtures will be on the main board inside the club and we will immediately let you know on Facebook.
Our Champion of Champions Fours team returned to Robina on Sunday. Russel Taylor, David McCann, Ray Collins and Clint Sheldon took part in Round 3 of the COC against Benowa. The boys pulled off a solid win and secured themselves a position in the Semi Final against Mermaid Beach.
Unfortunately Mermaid Beach proved to be just a tiny bit better in the Semi Finals, offing our McKenzie Park boys 16-13 in a hard fought match.
Although losing in the Semi Finals, I am sure the team is proud of themselves, having competed and going so far in such a stacked tournament. But I dont think they are as proud of themselves as we are, having our team knock out some of the best, they also got themselves on live stream and they represented our club in honour and respect. We congratulate you on your feat and we hope you strive to go even further next year in the Champion of Champion Fours!
There is more to come for Champion of Champions! With Pairs & Singles coming up in the following weeks of July. Take a look at https://mckenziepark.com.au/fixtures/ to see who is playing and go take a stroll down to Robina to give them some support!
Handicap Singles now moves it’s way into the Semi Final stage. There is going to be some great games to be played as the four players left all have very similar handicaps and each individual skilled in their own right. Join us this Sunday to see who makes it to the Final!
For Handicap Singles Results: https://mckenziepark.com.au/results-2/
For Handicap Singles Draw: https://mckenziepark.com.au/mens-handicap-singles-draw-2023/
All Fixtures: https://mckenziepark.com.au/fixtures/
The weekend ahead is going to be full of bowls yet again, so for everyone playing, good luck and have fun! Thank you to those who come and support and we look forward to seeing you there!