Crescent Head wins State title

CRESCENT HEAD has rewritten the history books after a dozen members of the bowling club won the coveted grade six State pennant title at Wagga Wagga earlier this week.

In a classic final, Crescent Head beat Gresford Bowling Club by 14 shots.

With only 14 registered male bowlers, Gresford, near Maitland, was the smallest of the 16 clubs that played in the three-day finals series.

Crescent Head Bowling Club president and team captain Mark Fenwick revealed the north coast outfit fitted into the same category.

Crescent Head boasts just 27 male bowlers from the town’s population of 1200.

“They’re a great bunch of blokes,” Fenwick said after the State pennant win.

“We’re only a small club, but we’re all good mates.

“This is a great result.”

Completing a monumental clean sweep, Crescent Head retained its unbeaten record throughout the entire grade six pennant season.

Fenwick said Crescent Head had defied the odds.

“We didn’t lose a game in zone 14 and that included playing against much bigger clubs like Port Macquarie,” Fenwick said.

“Now to come down to Wagga and win every game is amazing.”

Crescent Head had never previously qualified for the zone 14 decider, let alone the State finals.

“The best the club had done before this was just making the zone 14 playoffs in 1996,” Fenwick said.

“It’s certainly a great achievement and says so much for the blokes in the team.”

Fenwick led his team to a comfortable 27-11 victory on one rink, while club mate Warren Wekeem skipped his quartet to an 18-17 success.

They fell short 20-17 on the third rink, but the team triumphed 62-48 overall.

For Fenwick, the four-day stay in Wagga for the titles will be a lasting memory.

“We were treated like friends at the host clubs,” he said.

“The sportsmanship of all the teams was also terrific.”

Needless to say the country club is in celebration mode this week.

A photo of the team with their State flag was proudly hanging in the club by Tuesday morning.

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