Minor premiers North will face Trevallyn

In the Bowls North pennant competition, clubs made their last ditch efforts at a finals berth in Round 18 of the season.

North Launceston has finished as minor premiers in Premier League, with the four remaining the same at the end of day’s play.

This means North will take on Trevallyn in the second semi-final, and Longford will meet East Launceston in the first semi, with both games being played at Kings Meadows on Sunday March 19.

North Launceston rounded out their year with a 10-point win over Launceston Bowls Club forcing Launceston out the Premier back door, to make way for the incoming Invermay team who finished in third spot in Division 1.

Invermay have been pushing hard as club for the past few years and will be keen to shake things up in Premier League next season.

COOL: Trevallyn's Bree Mabb plays off against Kings Meadows. Trevallyn face the minor premiers North Launceston in the second semi. Picture: Paul Scambler

COOL: Trevallyn's Bree Mabb plays off against Kings Meadows. Trevallyn face the minor premiers North Launceston in the second semi. Picture: Paul Scambler

North will be looking to advance through to the grand final next weekend with a win over Trevallyn, but it will not be an easy ask. 

Trevallyn has shown their depth this year after losing a number of the Premiership players from the 2015/2016 season.

The Trevallyn side has been bolstered by the inclusion of Rodney Murray who adds experience to the Josh Appleyard-skipped rink.

The match-ups in this game will be important, with the teams only playing each other three rounds earlier.

Longford has gotten the better of East in both clashes this season ...

Jason Lane and David Minns had a close tussle in a see-sawing game, and Eddie Bugg got the better of Andrew Whitmore by just a handful of shots.

Tim Douce has been the difference for North this season and will be playing to the crowd hoping to continue his recent form.

Bowls in the head will be important in this game, with both teams capable of consistently turning heads over if required.

East Launceston and Longford will fight it out for a chance in the preliminary final next Saturday with both teams coming off 12-point victories in this round.

East Launceston got a hard-to-come-by win over Bridport at Bridport with all rinks contributing to a 19-shot overall win.

Robert McMullen was superfluous in his victory over Rhys McDougal with Victor Goss getting the votes for the travelling side.

Longford once again broke the 100 mark in their win over Scottsdale, with Chris Roach and Joey Thomas both hitting 40.

Longford has gotten the better of East in both clashes this season, with their most recent encounter in Round 16 decided by only three shots. 

This should be a cracking game with both teams well aware of what is on the line.

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