The Extra’s new bowls columnist Tim Scott previews Lower Great Southern Bowling League season
Passionate Albany bowler TIM SCOTT is writing a fortnightly column for The Extra, keeping our readers up to date with the local bowls scene.
Dust off the club colours, get a new tube of Grippo, polish your bowls, pack the sunscreen and Aerogard — bowls season is back.
With many clubs having held their opening days and selectors assessing the form, bowlers of the Lower Great Southern Bowling League are keenly anticipating the upcoming season.
Ladies’ pennants begin in their traditional early timeslot, with the season commencing on October 16 and reigning first division pennant holders Mt Barker Golf will again be extremely difficult to beat.
These ladies created history last season winning their first LGSBL title.
Albany Gold, second division winners, will be looking to consolidate on last season’s success after their well-deserved promotion.
They will be joined by Albany Green and the two Denmark teams Aqua and Orange, who will once again provide strong opposition.
The two teams from Middleton Beach round out a competitive division with the season set to be as hard fought as ever.
Cranbrook, Mt Barker and Golf, Emu Point Purple and Blue, Middleton Beach Red and Albany White will again vie for the pennant in the second division.
Men’s pennants will begin on October 30 with first division pennant holders Emu Point Red again the team to beat with an extremely strong squad and growing depth.
Mt Barker Golf will be strengthened with the addition of perennial round robin bowler David Bojcun.
Second division holders Middleton Beach Black will join Middleton Beach Gold and Green in the first division after their recent promotion, and this will be a challenge for the coastal club.
Denmark will again be difficult to beat especially on their home greens.
Albany Gold and Green will be very keen to improve after a few lean years.
Walpole, Cranbrook, Albany Grey and Brown along with Emu Point Purple will again be prominent in the second division.
Last season’s pennant winners from the third division Middleton Beach White are also looking forward to an enjoyable campaign this year in the second division.
Mt Barker will be looking to bounce back after their drop from the top division.
Third division will again be keenly contested with Frankland, Green Range, Albany White, Emu Point Black and White, Middleton Beach Lime, Mt Barker, Golf Blue and Denmark all featuring.
The Bowls Premier League Cup regional qualifying series has recently been completed, with teams from Albany (Kevin Henderson, Rick Rodgers and Dean Offer) and Denmark (Ross Hogben, Ashley Cooper and Keith Manton) being successful, making it through to the State knockout rounds which were held at South Perth Bowling Club.
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