Fourth state title in four years for Merimbula bowls


In the winners circle, Merimbula Dolphins bring home the flag. Image courtesy Sapphire Coast Bowls Academy. 

Merimbula Dolphins achieved a remarkable victory over the weekend, claiming the Bowls New South Wales Grade 7 Pennant title at Nelson Bay, north of Newcastle.

Michael Wilks, coach, and bowls development officer at Club Sapphire's Bowls Academy, says the Dolphins hit the green running with strong wins over Port Macquarie and Clarence Town, on the opening day of competition, then backed up to account for Penrith and advance to the quarter-final stage.

In a tense match against the fancied Engadine-line up, Merimbula held their nerve to advance to the semi final with a 10 shot victory.

In amazing scene’s the Dolphins pulled off the unthinkable in their semi-final clash against Sporties Tuncurry.

He says with only three ends remaining, the rink led by Peter Lipai, managed to recoup a nine-shot deficit to force the game into an extra end which they won to advance to the final against Merrylands. 

Then,  facing a highly regarded outfit in the final, the Merimbula super 7’s showed just why they deserve the title as 2019 state champions, as they controlled the game from the outset to bring another state pennant home to the South Coast.

Michael says the win is the Club's fourth state flag in as many years, creating an amazing dynasty for the sport of bowls in Merimbula.