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CABRAMATTA BC was
the venue for the recent
annual City v Country Test
series, which both sides
were equally determined to win.
Country was resolute in its quest
to bring City's recent string of
series wins to an end, while City
was just as determined to continue
its winning streak.
City wanted to edge much closer
to Country's record of six straight
series wins back in the early and
A schedule change saw the first
test played in the afternoon, with
the second test being played in the
evening, while the deciding test
was on played the next morning.
The change in time was a suc-
cessful move with quite a good
crowd assembled to watch the
This was played in perfect condi-
tions and also allowed for many
of the players who had commit-
ments to travel to the venue on
the first morning.
The first test commenced with
little between the two sides, and
after 24 ends the scores were
tied at 19-apiece, even though
Country was leading on four of
the five rinks.
Country then took a slender
lead, and after 56 ends led 58-49.
Country continued to retain the
advantage to lead 73-65 on 72
ends, and increased its lead with
Nathan Dawson's, Matt Sargeant's
and Jay Porter's rinks all holding
Just when it appeared that
Country would run away with
the game, City made a move to
reduce the leeway dramatically.
But Country managed to hold
the City side at bay to again
increase its lead and finally claim
the match 104-89 with 3.5 rink
wins to 1.5.
Dawson's, Sargeant's and Porter's
rinks all recorded strong wins, while
Aron Sherriff and Wayne Turley's
teams fought out an entertaining
The second test began in the
cool of the evening, and again it
was close early, with City holding
a very slender lead.
Leif Selby's rink played a leading
role, and after 60 ends led the
By IAN McKNIGHT*
Country side 58-54, with Selby's
and Peter Stockham's rinks leading
the way for City.
Country hit the front to lead
narrowly 64-63, and then edged
out to a 78-67 lead.
However, with Selby's and Stock-
ham's rinks well ahead on the
scoreboard, City hit back to regain
the initiative and a slender lead.
This was then increased to a
dozen shots with only a hand-
ful of ends remaining, and City
went on to record a 99-83 victory
despite only winning on the two
rinks and so levelled the series 1-1.
The vital third test commenced
the following morning, and it
followed a similar pattern to the
first two tests between the two
sides in the early stages.
Then Country crept out to a
28-15 advantage, and it appeared
it may have been able to bring
City's winning streak to an end.
However, City came storm-
ing back into contention with a
flurry of shots to lead 80-67, with
Selby's and Turley's rinks being
City had the test seemingly all
wrapped up when it led 91-74, but
Country leapt into action with a
succession of shots to reduce the
deficit to just 7 shots, but was
quickly running out of ends.
City managed to defy the
onslaught from Country and
doggedly hung onto its lead to
eventually claim the test 106-98
with Turley's, Stockham's and
Shane Garvey's teams all returning
This enabled City to claim the
series 2-1 and a 5-peat of victories
to close within one series win of
equalling Country's record of six
Special thanks go to the Cabram-
atta Club, Chairman John Binney,
his Board and the club's volunteers
for the excellent manner in which
the event was hosted, and the
friendship offered to the players
and officials throughout the series.
* Ian McKnight is the State
West Coffs reels from
a trendy greens move
BY BILL LUSH
THE West Coffs BC is to
lose one of its three
world-class tift dwarf
bowling greens, in a
move described by many as
trendy, to attract more social
The name of the parent club
is to be Club Coffs; previously
Coffs Harbour Catholic Recreation
and Sporting Club.
The middle one of three
greens will be replaced with al
fresco dining, barefoot bowl-
ing, children's playground and
But bowlers are not happy
with thoughts of having to play
bowls on either side of all this
activity. They have lodged a
petition opposing the changes
to be made.
A local newspaper reported a
total of $2m would be spent on
a 'dramatic facelift' for the club.
Closure of the green would
mean that there would be only
five instead of a total of nine
at the three clubs: Park Beach
(3), Coffs Ex-Services (0) and
West Coffs (2).
At times, all three clubs have
found a need for three greens
to cater for special days and
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