Batlow RSL Bowling Club Runners-Up in Grade 5 State Pennants

Batlow went into the Zone 8 Grade 5 Pennant Finals after winning the Southern Highlands District Pennant Competition.
In the 1st round they had a bye, so progressed to the semi-final on Sunday the 18th May where they played Nth Albury from Albury District. Batlow defeated Nth Albury by 66-57 to face Leeton & District from Riverina District in the Final. Batlow defeated Leeton by 76-40 to win back to back Grade 5 Zone flags.
So off to the State Pennant Finals played on the Central Coast.
In Round 1 Batlow played West Dubbo (Zone 4) & won 80-40 (10-0). In Round 2 they played Breakers-Wamberal (Zone 15) & won 85-44 (10-0). In Round 3 they played Bulahdelah (Zone 11) & won 55-48 (9-1) to qualify for the quarter-finals in 1st position on 29 points only dropping one rink.
In the quarter-final Batlow played Wenty Leagues & won 69-51 to go through to the sem-final.
In the semi-final Batlow played Wiseman Park Wollongong City and the semi-final was a real nail biter with the result coming down to the last couple of ends with Batlow prevailing by 49-48 to go through to the Grade 5 State Pennant Final against Gymea.
Unfortunately Gymea proved too good in the final defeating Batlow by 55-50 but it was a galant fightback from the boys from Batlow and they can hold their heads high.
Bruce Rayner
Zone 8 Publicity Oficer