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By GAVIN HOLBURN*
W arilla High School have
been crowned the 24th
winners of the NSW
Combined High Schools
KO Triples after defeating Mitchell
High, from Blacktown, in the final.
With many teams having to play
up to eleven games in preliminary
and final series matches, the cream
eventually rose to the top.
Winning skip, Kyle Johannes,
was named Player of the Finals.
With fellow team members
Wilson Patuwai and Aaron Spears
in their final year of schooling, it
was a fitting reward for a side
who has been competing in this
event for many years.
Host club, Glenbrook Panthers,
was bathed in sunshine on Day 1
of the final 16 playoffs.
In Pool A, Mitchell High emerged
victorious despite losing by a shot
to a Lismore High side of boys in
years 7 and 8.
The Lismore side lost their first
game to Sylvania High, relegating
them to playing off for the minor
Pool B was full of excitement
in the final game.
Sean Mawdsley's Dapto High side
had earlier lost their first game to
Harley Moffitt-McDonald's Brisbane
Water Secondary College.
However, Dapto looked assured
of going through to the semi-final
when the previously winless St
Johns Park High side lead BWSC
14-8 with two ends to play.
However, a 6 to BWSC after a
superb trail by Moffitt McDonald
saw the last end start all square.
The St Johns Park boys held
firm, however, resulting in Dapto
Pool C saw Warilla High defeat
the local boys from Blaxland High
in game 1 by five shots, and
then comprehensively defeat the
The final game was all about
trying to finish in second place
behind Warilla High, and Kurri
Kurri High did just that by holding
on for a draw.
Pool D saw Andy King's Macksville
High emerge from sectional play
as the only three game winners
of the sixteen sides.
However, they didn't have it all
their own way with Corowa High
falling only a single shot short in
the first game and Narromine High
pushing them also.
Day 2 started with the semi-
finals and classification matches
for 5th to 16th placings.
Three of these games went to
extra ends, one being the semi-final
between Dapto and Mitchell High.
Dapto had a good lead midway
through the match, yet some
excellent skip's bowls from Shane
Partridge saw Mitchell High come
back into the game and eventually
win on the extra end.
In the other semi-final, Macksville
High looked set for an upset as
they won most of the early ends
to lead 8-2 over Warilla High.
However, it wasn't the North
Coast side's day and they were
overrun by the consistent Warilla
players and were then relegated
to fourth spot when Dapto High
pipped them in the bronze medal
The final was a one-sided affair
on the scoreboard, but did not
reflect the drawing ability of the
Mitchell High side of Partridge,
David and Matt Schultz, and Scott
Warilla High were deserving
winners and will be out to defend
their title again next year in an
attempt to be only the second side
(after Lambton High 1994-1996) to
win back to back titles.
With two State players unable
to make their school side this year,
they will be a definite chance.
Singles and Pairs
Stefanie Cselka (Evans River High)
was named Player of the Cham-
pionships after a very successful
three days at the NSW Combined
High Schools Girls Singles and Pairs
Stefanie walked away with a
Gold and a Bronze medal and a
coveted position in the NSWCHS
Girls side for the exchange event
at Port Macquarie in September.
Warilla was the host venue
for this event, and thanks are
extended to club CEO Neil Bayo,
Eric Johannes and Jeremy Henry
for their assistance and efforts in
staging a successful event.
The Sunday began with pairs
sectional play, with an exceptional
standard on display from the first
Section 1 saw North Coast girls
Shani Ryan and Kenita Monks fin-
ish on top after their three games,
despite a narrow loss in the final
game to locals Samantha Noronha
and Jessica Hili.
Section 2 finished with Warilla's
Justine Walsh and Stephanie Hili
undefeated in their two games
ahead of South Coast duo Dawn
Hayman and Jessica Evans.
Seven year old Thomas Holburn
filled in for a sick player, pairing
up with Emma Davis (Temora) in
Section 3, but the fact that he
is not a girl, nor old enough to
attend a secondary school rendered
their side ineligible for the quarter
finals, despite some excellent bowls
The Taren Point side of Maddison
Ball and Sarah Chapman finished
on top after defeating Laura Smith
and Jessica Reinke.
Section 4 was headed by Ste-
fanie Cselka teamed with Stacey
Ferguson (Oak Flats High).
South Western Sydney players
Michelle Morthorpe and Jamie-Lee
Worsnop finished second on shot
In the afternoon quarter and
semi finals, Evans and Hayman
had two big wins over Monks
and then Stephanie Hili.
Hayman played exceptional lead
bowls to set up the wins.
In the other half of the draw,
Cselka and Ferguson qualified
for Tuesday's final by scoring a
combined 39-7 shots over the
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