THE Orange Warriors let slip its chance to jump into the State Tenpin Bowling League top three after going down in a hard-fought match against the Campbelltown Crocs on Sunday.
Playing at home, the Warriors stuck it to their more fancied opponents and were probably the better side throughout the singles and doubles events, but a 16-0 swing in favour of Campbelltown in the first teams event killed off the Warriors’ hopes of victory.
The Orange side, led by a 230.5 average from skipper Ron Forbes, fought back to win the second teams match-up 10-8 but it was of little relevance after the Crocs’ clean sweep of the points in the game before.
“We basically had to do the same thing as them if we wanted to get back into it,” Forbes said referring to the 16-0 teams loss.
“It just wasn’t enough.”
However, the 62.5 to 51.5 overall loss wasn’t all doom and gloom for the Warriors. In the team’s first competition after the Christmas break, nearly every Warrior averaged above the 200 mark.
Along with Forbes’ mammoth 230 mark, Joel Wiseman (215), Luke Cooper (207), Mark Holle (211), Scott Auliff (206) and Ross Southwell (203) all kept Orange in the match.
“It was disappointing to lose but at the same time we can take a lot out of that match,” Forbes said. The Warriors’ next round is at Bateau Bay on February 10.