Tango for the top
Warilla pips Helensvale for pole position, Day 2, National Club 5-A-Side
On the second day of the powerhouse comp at Club Helensvale on the Gold Coast, the host club had wangled itself into pole position after Game 5, clocking up 24 points and a margin of 80 against defending champion Warilla’s 24 points, margin of 51.
Day One stars Ocean Grove were placed third overall at the Day 2, Game 5 reckoning, 21 points, margin 18.
By the end of Game 7, Warilla had turned the tables on Club Helensvale, winning all but one of their games, to finish top of the Day 2 Leaderboard, 36 points to Club Helensvale’s 33 points, with Ocean Grove on 30 points.
After two days of rain-interrupted play, Day 3 (Wednesday September 18) looks clear and sunny, with some big games scheduled, including Ocean Grove versus Helensvale and Warilla versus Burleigh Heads.
Today is the final round of qualifying play before tomorrow’s finals.
Bowls coordinator at Club Helensvale, Australian Jackaroos captain Lynsey Armitage, released the following update at the end of Day 2 (Tuesday September 17, 2013).
“The powerhouse clubs of bowls have continued their impressive form on Day 2 of the Coca Cola $50,000 National Club 5 a Side Challenge at Club Helensvale.
Defending champions, Warilla, had a fantastic second day at the event winning all but one of their games – dropping their last game of the fours discipline by just three shots to the Adelaide boys.
Current World Singles champion, Leif Selby, has been extremely impressive and one could say is in career-best form – winning 8 from 8 matches in the event so far.
Local favourites, Club Helensvale, also had a successful day on the greens, winning 6 from 8 matches to continue to sit in second place after two days of sectional play.
Ocean Grove, who were on top of the leader board last night, have moved down the ladder only slightly, winning 5 from 8 rounds in tough games today to sit in 3rd place and in with a real shot of making the semi finals if they can continue their current form.
The top 4 teams after the final day of qualifying tomorrow will advance to Thursday’s Semi Finals and Grand Final.
With 8 qualifying games still to be played, there’s still opportunity for substantial changes to the leader-board.”