LOCALS Paul McKenzie and Jay Porter will be fighting for a share of support from their Dubbo Railway members when they play in the quarter-finals of Dubbo Railway Masters Pairs this morning.
Five rounds and three days of competition have resulted in eight teams qualifying for the first round of finals this morning.
McKenzie, the Railway club head greenkeeper, teamed with Cowra’s Gerard Beath for the first time this year and they did everything asked of them, winning all five games and finishing with a plus-70 shots advantage.
McKenzie was set to play with Australian representative Aron Sherriff but national duty put paid to that. At the same time, Beath was without a partner and a telephone call sealed the deal.
Jay Porter, the Railway club manager, also had a faultless run in the early games. He is playing with John Green from Corrimal. They also won their five games and finished plus-71 on the leader board.
Four other Far West bowlers are still in the mix for the major share of prizemoney. Adam Lee (Nyngan) and West Dubbo’s Tim Farrell won their section unbeaten, finishing with four wins and a draw for plus-32; while Henry Gordon (Railway), who has played for many years with Paul McKenzie, has linked successfully this time with Josh Andriske (West Dubbo). They won section five with 3-1/2 wins and plus-33.
Beath and McKenzie v Craig Donaldson and Ben Twist (St Johns Park - 4 wins plus-52); Lee and Farrell v Green and Porter; Gordon and Andriske v Bill Webb (Asquith) and Barry Cartwright (Hamilton - 4 wins, plus-35); Terry Gilmore and Frank Tonn (Cohuna Vic) v wildcard qualifiers Scott Thorning (Gunnedah) and Nathan Wise (Belrose).
Semi-finals are on this afternoon and the final Friday morning.