Dubbo’s standing as one of the leading hosts of top level lawn bowls tournaments has been cemented after Club Dubbo and West Dubbo Bowling Club was given the rights to the Junior Inter-Zone 7-A-Side Championships until 2021.
Bowls NSW president Barry Watkins made the announcement after the club successfully hosted the Championships for a second consecutive on the weekend.
One-hundred-and-twenty of the most promising junior bowlers from across the state competed at West Dubbo on the weekend, with the cool and windy conditions on Saturday made way for brilliant sunshine for Sunday.
The variation in the weather did not affect the standard of bowls in any way, and the hundreds of supporters and spectators were treated to some amazing bowls.
The Sydney South West (Zone 12) side came away with the overall team trophy, winning the coveted shield.
There was a local connection with former Dubbo and Railway star Jono Davis, now at Mount Lewis, winning alongside Josh Lord and Zac Corr-Johnson (St Johns Park), Jessica Smith, Corey Hedges, Briana Smith and Gray Hemmington.
In the three associated disciplines, Zone 12 again featured strongly, winning one gold medal, one silver medal and a bronze medal. In the singles, Jono Davis won the gold medal defeating last year’s winner Jayden Gebbie (Zone 16).
The two Zone 4 teams, the local hopes, finished fourth and fifth overall, which was a great effort.
The Zone 4 Green Pairs team of Leigh Brown (Molong) and Tyrone Pennell (Rylstone) finished with the silver medal in the Pairs event, and the next best performing team was the West Dubbo duo of James Robinson and Cooper McMullen, who finished fourth.
The Bowls NSW officials in attendance were full of praise for Club Dubbo and the manner in which the event was run. This was largely due to the work of the club’s bowls’ manager, Anthony Brown, and his helpers.
They got through a mountain of work while the Club Dubbo junior committee also organised plenty and the club was keen to thank Delroy Park Woolworths for a wonderful donation.
Junior bowls in the western region is strengthening, as evidenced by the inclusion of two additional Zone 4 sides. Although not featuring in the medal count, both these sides comprised younger bowlers with a very bright future in the game.
And they will get more of a chance to compete at the highest level in their home region with Club Dubbo confident of more successful events through to 2021.