Merimbula getting ready to host Australian bowls championship

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Champion Merimbula bowler and champion bowls administrator Michael Wilks, with a cheeky selfie from the greens at Wagga today. 

The Merimbula Club Pairs champions, Michael Wilks and Jay Breust reached the state champion of the champion pairs semi-final played at Tamworth last week. The duo dominated their sectional rounds, winning all three games with a fifty shot margin. After a slow start in the semi they fought back to tie the game up against their opponents from Alstonville on the north coast, only to be faulted over the concluding stages. The semi-final loss was the second at state level for Wilks and Breust, who also teamed with Stephen Greig to reach the triples finals in September. 

Merimbula fours team, Greg Mallard, James Reynolds, Michael Wilks and Jay Breust came up agonisingly short of a state championship win at Ettalong on the Central Coast earlier this month. With over 250 entries in the prestigious event the Merimbula team progressed through the rounds to reach the state final, where they faced Engadine, eventually holding a tie with only three bowls remaining in the game. Unfortunately Engadine skipper, Dave Ferguson, was up to the challenge, playing a great shot to win the title. They will now head to Merimbula for the Australian Championships in December. 

Club Sapphire will hold its final year of the Australian Championships in the first week of December, where Bowls Australia have added a mixed pairs event for the first time. Among the qualifiers is Commonwealth Games singles gold medalist Aaron Wilson.