With sides featuring some of Australia’s best bowlers this year’s Phil Bushby Shield drew a crowd.
Played in honour of one of NSW’s first ever professional bowls players, the shield was played at Windang Bowls Club at the beginning of March.
The competition is a part of the Illawarra and Zone 16’s trials for selectors to choose a team for the state competition. Chairman of Selectors Terry Seaton said it’s always a difficult task with sides featuring national players like Jesse Nornonha and Corey Wedlock
“From juniors to the open side we’ve got so much talent here, it’s too hard to pick an open side,” he said.
“It’s a magnificent problem to have.”
The shield originally suburb against suburb in a North vs South challenge but has since shifted an opens versus seniors tournament. But age proves no barrier in bowls and as always comes down to the skill of the bowler.
A magnificent weekend of bowls saw the open side take the win overall with the Jesse Nornoha captained opens winning 88-74 over Geoff McGilvray’s seniors.
A day that Terry described as wonderful with good competition, there is one moment that he remembered where the Corey Wedlock skipped team faced Brian Harriot’s.”
“Down 15-20, Corey (Wedlock) played an absolute bomb to pick up five in the last end to tie the game,” he said
No longer just a completion to ignite suburban rivalries, Terry said that the Phil Bushby Shield helps show the strength of the zone.