West Coast Region events have almost wrapped up

CLOSE, BUT NO CIGAR: Dennington's Darren King and Sheridan Barling finished second in the West Coast Region mixed pairs final.
CLOSE, BUT NO CIGAR: Dennington's Darren King and Sheridan Barling finished second in the West Coast Region mixed pairs final.

The West Coast Region has almost completed all of the state events with the men’s and ladies triples and the Champion of Champions still to be played before the end of February.  

Last weekend saw Des Pitts and Kim Overall from Far Western defeat Darren King and Sheridan Barling 19 to 18 in the final of the Mixed Pairs.  

The Men’s and Women’s Pairs finals were also played with Graeme Solly and Tom Engelzos also from Far Western getting over the top of Western Division’s Paul Symonds and Allan Sullivan 18 to 14 and Corangamite pair of Rebecca McMahon and Leeanne Fitzgerald winning with the smallest margin of one shot over Alison East and Trish Brodie of Far Western 18 to 17.

Well a week in bowls is a long time, after discussions around clubs and the division’s board meeting with club delegates this week, the recommendations for changes to next years competition has taken another turn.

A summary of the motions to go to the Annual Meeting in May are as follows:

Retain the current finals format – carried unanimously.

Retain 16 players per side in Saturday Division 1 – carried 7 to 2.

Saturday division one to be a competition of 10 sides over 18 weeks with promotion and relegation but retaining the rule that no more than two sides from the same club be in division one – carried unanimously.

Saturday division two, three and four also use 10 sides where possible and be over 18 weeks – carried unanimously.

Tuesday division one and two be an eight side competition over 14 weeks with promotion and relegation reintroduced. No more than two sides from the same club in division one – carried unanimously.

A survey will also be sent out in the near future for their bowling members to vote on restricting men to playing leads or seconds in mid-week pennant.  A majority of members in favour of this change would allow this.

Umpire numbers throughout the division are an issue and for every ones benefit more people need to put their hands up to undergo the course, even look at doing the measurers course to help out.  There has been some tentative dates set down in April to conduct these courses, so if you’re interested let your club know.

Tuesday pennants finals kick off this week with a good mix of clubs represented over the three grades, good luck to all..

In Saturday pennant the most interesting game will no doubt be third and fourth placed Warrnambool Gold against City Gold. Both sides need to win to ensure their place in the finals.