ORANGE bowlers proved they were some of the best in Australia’s east coast during a recent tournament in Sydney.
Five bowlers from Orange were part of the NSW teams which contested the East Coast Cup Challenge, East Coast Championships and East Coast Masters at Lidcombe from September 25-28.
The Cup Challenge has the three states (NSW, Victoria, Queensland) send teams to compete in senior and junior divisions across singles, doubles, triples and teams.
Ron Forbes and brothers Jason and Aaron Osborne helped NSW to take out the open men’s title in the Cup Challenge.
Aaron was third in the open men with 964 for four games, while Forbes was fifth with 943 and Jason ninth on 922.
Aaron and Jason took out the open men’s doubles with their 1853, while Forbes joined with Shaun O’Hara to finish fourth.
Aaron and Jason along with Glenn Rowland were third in the triples and Forbes and his teammates were sixth.
Forbes and Jason helped NSW to a gold medal in the teams event.
In the all events Jason finished fourth, Forbes was seventh and Aaron 14th.
Aaron earned a place in the men’s All Star team thanks to his 228.75 average from 12 games.
All of these results helped NSW take out the men’s title.
Nick and Sam Flannery also did their part to make sure NSW was the overall champion association by delivering strong performances in the junior events.
Sam was third in the under 21 graded boys’ doubles with Will Clark.
Sam, Clark and Sean Scully took out the under 21 graded boys’ triples, and Sam and his teammates were second in the teams event.
Nick was second in the open boys’ team event.
In the all events, Sam was fourth in the under 21 boys graded standings while Nick was 17th in the open boys’ results.
Orange’s junior bowlers then featured on the podium in the East Coast Championships, which is an individual event and doesn’t count towards NSW’s results.
Nick was third in the division one junior singles and first in the teams.
He also took out the division two junior mixed doubles to help him to 12th in the all events.
Sam was third in the division two junior singles, third in the teams and 10th in the all events.
The top bowlers from the championships qualified for the masters event.
Nick was the top qualifier in the under 21 open boys with a personal best 1001 four-game series.
He then finished fifth after the matchplay finals.
Sam finished seventh in the under 21 graded boys’ event.
In the open men’s competition, Forbes qualified second and finished eighth after the matchplay finals.
Jason qualified eighth and finished seventh.