North Launceston advance to Bowls North premier league grand final

The Bowls North semi finals have been decided with North Launceston producing a dominant display of bowls, defeating Trevallyn overall and advancing straight through to next Sunday’s grand final.

DEFEATED: Trevallyn's Dan Hollingsworth in action in weekend games. His team went down to North Launceston in their semi-final. Picture: Paul Scambler

DEFEATED: Trevallyn's Dan Hollingsworth in action in weekend games. His team went down to North Launceston in their semi-final. Picture: Paul Scambler

North made a late surge, with Tim Douce winning the last 10 ends on his rink to take the score from 15-11 on the 15th end, to a 37-11 win. 

Andrew Whitmore was helped by an exceptional display of leads bowls by young gun Josh Walker-David who had it on a string in the rinks win over Jason Lane. Josh Appleyard and David Minns fought it out in a battle of youth versus experience, with Appleyard coming out on top, however only one board counts come finals time and the eight-shot margin was not enough to get The Friendlies over the line. 

Trevallyn will now take on East Launceston in the preliminary final, after East overcame Longford by just four shots in a cracking semi final. Longford were fast out of the blocks to have a healthy lead early before East turned up the heat late in the game. The McMullen skipped rink were 15-3 down early before improved jack throwing from Stuart Groom enabled them to thrash out a thrilling 21-all draw.

Adam Gurr’s rink had a tight tussle, but Daniel Baker came out on top by four shots, Phil Cook brilliant in the two spot and Baker playing some telling bowls. Will Springer played some damaging conversions in his rink’s eight-shot win over Joey Thomas with Sam Springer contributing once again in the leads spot.

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