South Tamworth in with a shot – no bias

SOUTH Tamworth is rolling down for State Pennants success at home and over at the coast this weekend.

South Tamworth's (L-R) Terry 
Preston, Steve Graham, Ben 
Walker and Kevin Mackey are ready to roll down in the No 5 play-offs this weekend.  080814GGC01

South Tamworth's (L-R) Terry Preston, Steve Graham, Ben Walker and Kevin Mackey are ready to roll down in the No 5 play-offs this weekend. 080814GGC01

The club’s No 6s are up in Ballina for the grade 6 pennants play-offs, while the No 5s are among 16 zone teams fighting it out for the flag at South Tamworth and West Tamworth.

They’ll be representing Zone 3 and play all their games at West Tamworth starting with Kingscliff at 9am this morning. Asquith and Wingham are also in their 

section. For two of the South Tamworth sides it will be their seventh time at the finals.

Kevin Mackey and Steve Graham have been representing South Tamworth since before the turn of the century and been to this point with the No 1s, No 2s and now No 5s. “We’ve had four years in the ones, two in the 2s and this one,” Mackey said. They even won it one year. 

“We won the No 2 pennants in 1999,” he said. Aside from that success 15 years ago they’ve never got to the semifinals.

Out of all of his years in the play-offs this weekend will be the first he’s been involved in  Tamworth. Graham will skip his side with Greg Harris and club secretary/manager Owen Walker leading the other two. Walker said it was great for the club to not only have a team in the finals but be – in culmination with West Tamworth – hosting the play-offs.

“This is one of the big events in bowls,” he said.

Mackey said they’ve got as good as a chance as anybody. “We’ve got a good happy group there and we’ve done all the training,” he said.

Round games will be played today and tomorrow morning with the winners of each section going on to play in the semi-finals tomorrow afternoon.

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