2021 NSW State Championships Finals- Triples

by mtaylor

The 2021 NSW State Championships Finals are under way, with the Triples events opening the proceedings at Ettalong Bowling Club.

The State Championships feature three divisions, The Open State Championship, the Senior State Championship (60 years and over) and the Reserve (those who played Grade 5 Pennants or below). All three divisions play at the same time at the same host club

The opening day witnessed two of the three sectional rounds completed, round 3 to be played before the semi-finals on Day 2.

In the State Open Triples, St Johns Park and Belrose will clash for the section. St Johns Park had two wins while Belrose had a win and a draw.  The two clubs will effectively play a quarter final, the winner will claim the section. A draw will see St Johns Park proceed to the Semi-Finals.

Halekulani and Narrandera lead Section 2 with a win and a draw. Halekulani play Soldiers Point, who won their second match, while Narrandera take on Huskisson. Halekulani or Narrandera can calm the section with a win, but if both win, the section will be decided my shoots countback. Soldiers Point can win the section with a win over Halekulani but are relying on Huskisson taking down Narrandera.

Engadine hold the advantage in Section 3 with two wins and will be certain section winners if they draw or win against Kurri Kurri. Kurri will overtake the Cougars if they can beat them by 5 shots, while West Dubbo would need Kurri to beat Engadine and to record their own walloping win.

Port City are the only undefeated team in Section 4 and will proceed if they draw or win over Forster. Forster will leapfrog Port City if they beat them by 10 or more shots. Gunnedah can also claim the section if Forster beat Port City and Gunnedah have a big margin over Penrith.

In the Senior triples, Westport and Cootamundra Ex-Services meet in round 3 to decide Section 1. The Section has a bye and Soldiers Point have played both their games for a win and loss and cannot take the section. Westport has won their only game while Cootamundra, with a loss must beat Westport by 5 or more to book their passage to the knockout phase.

Belrose is the only undefeated team in Section 2 ahead of Figtree and Singleton RSL with one win.

Bateau Bay and Milton Ulladulla lead Section 3 with a win and a draw while Yamba has one win.

Wenty Leagues lead Section 4 as the only undefeated team ahead of Blacktown Workers and St Johns Park with 1 win each.

In the Reserve Triples Section 1 is headed by Camden with two wins, they will play an effective quarter-final with Cabra Vale Diggers who have a win and a draw.

Merimbula leads Section 2 with two wins ahead of Wenty Leagues and Gresford with one win each.

Section 3 is topped by Coonabrabran with an undefeated record ahead of Umina beach and Soldiers Point.

Kempsey Macleay RSL with an undefeated record lead Section 4 ahead of Engadine and Kiama with one win each.

Play continues with Round 3 and the Semi-Finals at Ettalong Bowling Club on Saturday 21 May.

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