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By IAN McKNIGHT
T HE State Reserve side
that undertook the annual
Reserve Side Country Tour
last December was prob-
ably the youngest ever selected.
The side was brimming with
players eligible for the State Under
25's, several of whom had recently
graduated from the State Juniors
into the Under 25 Squad.
The Country Tour is taken very
seriously by the players and offi-
It is designed to give the young
players -- many of whom will no
doubt make future NSW State
sides -- the vital experience required
against strong opposition that the
host Zone sides provide, as well
as undergoing skills and tactical
training, plus the bonding, briefing
and de-briefing sessions each day.
The first day of the tour usually
requires a long coach trip.
This latest tour was no excep-
tion with the side travelling from
Sydney to Port Macquarie where
the Reserve side was to play Zone
14 at the Port Panthers Club.
The group was welcomed by Port
Panthers President Ken Errington,
State Councillor Bob Kennett and
a number of Zone 14 officials.
Unfortunately, due to the late-
ness of the hour, there was insuf-
ficient time for the side to undergo
skills training, and following a
short repast, both sides took to
the green to do battle in what
could be best described as hot
and steamy conditions.
Zone 14 got the jump on the
Reserve side early before the play-
ers could settle into any sort of
rhythm, which was not surprising
as many had not previously played
Zone 14 with its senior players
leading the way was showing
the Reserve Side a clean pair of
heels, with the exception of Matt
At this point a storm hit sending
players scurrying from the green.
Following a short break, the
action resumed and the Reserves
began to make serious inroads into
the deficit to reduce the leeway to
just 7, before a serious electrical
storm halted proceedings.
It also terminated the Reserve's
challenge, because upon resump-
tion of play, Zone 14 moved away
to record a solid 82-65 win, with
Taylor, Globits and Franklin's rinks
all scoring victories, and Sargeant's
rink being the sole winner for
The next day saw the group
travel to Bulahdelah where con-
ditions were much cooler, and
following a stringent skills session,
a sumptuous lunch and a warm
welcome by club President Rod
Lansdowne, and Zone 6 President
Ken Guy, the Reserve side took
on an under-manned Zone 6, and
soon asserted its authority to build
up a handy lead.
However, midway through the
match Zone 6 fought back dog-
gedly to reduce the deficit to just
a handful of shots. But the effect
eventually took its toll and the
Reserve side regained its compo-
sure to claim an emphatic 104-53
victory and all rink wins.
The final day saw the group
journey to the Gwandalan Club
where -- following a skills session
-- came to grips with a determined
Zone 15 side, and struggled early
with the lead changing on a
number of occasions.
Eventually the Reserves opened
up a slight lead with Sargeant and
Pearce's rinks leading the way, but
still could not shake off a gritty
Zone 15 side.
Finally, the Reserves began to
get on top and increase the lead
to run out 80-61 victors, with the
rink wins shared at 2-apiece.
Matt Sargeant's rink of Lee
Trethowan, Martin Ball and John
Campton remained unbeaten
throughout the tour, and deserv-
edly Sargeant won the Man of
the Series Award.
At lunch a warm welcome was
issued by club President Kevin Turner
and Zone 15 President Kevin Dring,
after which the group made the
return journey to Sydney.
Many thanks must go to the
Port Panthers, Bulahdelah and
Gwandalan clubs for the hospital-
ity, friendship and looking after
the tour group so well during
Finally, special thanks go to Side
Manager Bryce Stewart and Tour
Manager Michael Beaumont, who
assumed additional duties during
Cottrell and Keegan
join St Johns Park
By RICHARD GOODBODY*
SOUTH Tweed's Kelsey Cot-
trell and Coolum Beach's
Julie Keegan capped off
2009 in style with a storm-
ing victory in the Hong Kong
In her final international appear-
ance under the South Tweed ban-
ner, Cottrell teamed with Keegan
to go 14 matches unbeaten, and
comprehensively win the final
22-12 against previously undefeated
Malaysian opponents Nor Hashima
Ismail and Siti Lazina Ahmad.
Unfortunately for South Tweed
and Queensland bowls alike, the
whiz-kid of Australian bowls, Cottrell
has been signed by St John's Park
for two years, along with Keegan.
They join Tweed Heads' Carmen
Anderson on the transfer list,
after the local crowd favourite
was snapped up by Cabramatta
following a Bowls Queensland
ruling that prevents her from
skipping for the State because she
represented Norfolk Island at the
recent Asia Pacific titles.
Cottrell and Keegan have already
trialled for NSW and are likely to
be wearing the sky blue at the
national sides in April.
* Richard Goodbody is the
Communications and Marketing
Co - ordinator of Bowls Australia.
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