Pittsworth se­cures Econo­midis to help re­vive form

Dalby Herald - - SPORT - Sean Teuma The Chron­i­cle

RUGBY LEAGUE: Af­ter a tough sea­son that had them slip from grand fi­nal­ist to out­side the top five, Pittsworth is tak­ing strides to re­turn to the big time.

The Danes have en­gaged the ser­vices of Phil Econo­midis for the 2019 TRL Premier­ship sea­son as they aim for premier­ship num­ber seven.

The club said it was an easy de­ci­sion to hire the league’s most cre­den­tialled coach.

“Phil with his un­par­al­lelled ex­pe­ri­enced in this re­gion was a per­fect fit,” pres­i­dent Greg Quinn said.

“There were a few things that clearly stood out,” Quinn said.

“His skills and ex­pe­ri­ence go with­out ques­tion as far as we’re con­cerned.

“He’s had that through a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent coach­ing po­si­tions.

“Part of his ex­pe­ri­ence has been fo­cused on youth devel­op­ment.

“We’ve got a good group of 19-21 year olds and we think he’s the per­fect per­son to turn them into con­sis­tent

Sat­ur­day VSS v Par

Over­all win­ner: J Po­cock (+6). Run­ner-up: Gra­ham Holmes (+5). Ball run down: Dale Green (+4), Michael Maher (+2).

Pins: 6 G O’Neill, 14 G Coutts, 18 D Green.

Pro pin: John Gwynne.

Sat­ur­day Ladies’ Sin­gle Sta­ble­ford

Over­all win­ner: Jude Klein­schmidt (39).

Sun­day Sin­gle Sta­ble­ford Med­ley

Win­ner: Adam By­ers (44). Run­ner-up: John Grant (43). Ball run down: B O’Reilly (43), A John­stone (43), A Stokes (42), G Coutts (39).

Pins: 3 P Don­nelly, 6 A By­ers, 14 A Po­cock, 18 G Coutts.

Pro pin: Peter Fran­cis.

Mon­day Sin­gle Sta­ble­ford Med­ley

Win­ner: Ross Siem­sen (44). Run­ner-up: Mark Fer­gu­son (42). and qual­ity A-grade play­ers.”

Econo­midis was cho­sen to re­place the re­tir­ing Ian Brack­stone, who tasted premier­ship suc­cess with the club in 2016.

“We started dis­cus­sions with Ian ear­lier in the year and it got to a point where we knew this could be his last year,” Quinn said.

“Hav­ing that di­a­logue right from the start was help­ful to try and mit­i­gate the change be­cause he has been so suc­cess­ful for us.

“It got to a point in mid-July where Ian made it fairly clear he didn’t want to Ball run down: Bill Baker (41), Paul Don­nelly (40), Dale Green (40). Pins: 3 R Siem­sen, 6 M Maher, 14 M Fer­gu­son, 18 M Golder.

Pro pin: Dar­ren Teale.

CE­CIL PLAINS GOLF CLUB Sat­ur­day 18-hole stroke for Monthly Mug

Club tro­phy win­ner: G Adams 62 nett. Monthly Mug: C Clark 66 nett. Ball run down: C Clark, M Cronk 69 nett and C Gall 70 nett.

Pin shots: 3 and 12 T Flynn,

7 and 16 T Flynn.

Sun­day 18-hole stroke and Eclec­tic nine-hole stroke spon­sored by Hor­nick fam­ily

Mem­bers’ win­ner: Phil Kruger 64 nett. Ladies’ win­ner: Pam Skene 69 nett. Eclec­tic win­ner: B Kruger 28 nett. Run­ner-up: Pen­ne­lope Skene 29½. Pin shots: 1 and 10 C Gall,

2 and 11 S Gall. con­tinue so we ad­ver­tised at that point in time.”

Quinn said it was im­por­tant to let play­ers know of Econo­midis’ ap­point­ment be­fore he un­der­took planned rugby league ar­range­ments in Ser­bia.

“We’re fo­cused on deal­ing with our lo­cal youth. We’re largely renowned for that,” he said.

“With Phil headed over­seas we wanted to make sure it was all sorted be­fore he left to give some surety to our play­ers, both ex­pe­ri­enced and younger.

“We wanted a good 3 and 12 Pam Skene and Ea­gles’ Nest. 5 and 14 Pat Kruger.

6 and 15 Mark Bellert.

7 and 16 Phil Kruger and C Cham­pion. 8 and 17 K Skene and S Gall.

9 and 18 S Gall.

Bowls DALBY BOWLS CLUB Wed­nes­day so­cial bowls

Win­ners with a score of 2 + 21 were Bill Fitzsim­mons, John Wilkie and Barry Grif­fiths.

Run­ners-up with a score of 11⁄2 + 3 were Nev Sk­er­man, Ross Blyans and Phil Evans.

Fri­day Morn­ing Pairs

Brian Nolan and Ross Dun def Fay Hope and Den­nis Renz 35–16. June Mor­ri­son and Brian Slat­ter def Ross Weir and Jim Rynne 20–14. Bob Ste­wart and Richard

Witte def Ju­liana and John suc­ces­sion from Ian into the 2019 sea­son.

The main driv­ers were to re­tain play­ers. It’s largely lo­cal and we don’t take that for granted.”

Econo­midis is best known for his stint in charge of the Gold Coast Charg­ers in the ARL, be­com­ing the first coach to lead a Gold Coast fran­chise to the fi­nals in 1997 and claim­ing coach of the year in the process. This year he took over the War­wick Cow­boys, where he lifted them from out­side the top eight to an elim­i­na­tion semi-fi­nal. McGa­han 22–17.

Florence Hen­der­son and Clive Jack­man def Robyn Buck­ley and Nev Rash­leigh 17–15.

Sun­day So­cial Bowls

Win­ners with a score of 22–21 were Ken Allen and Jim Rynne over Ja­son Bray and Ian Buck­ley. Run­ners-up with a score of 18–17 were Mark Mor­ri­son, Brian Nolan and Brian Har­ris over Lionel Lar­son, Ma­jella Nolan and Robyn Buck­ley.

LADIES’ DI­VI­SION Cham­pi­onship sin­gles

Va­lerie Dun 26 def Lor­raine Teb­bit 9.

Cham­pi­onship pairs

Anne Witte and Beth Brown 22 def Joyce Hall and Florence Hen­der­son 18.

Josie Halling and Lorna Strong 24 def Judy Hughes and Robyn Buck­ley 21.

So­cial bowls

An­nette Sal­ter and Ju­liana Mcga­han 17 def Pam Whi­b­ley and Val Black 16.

Fay Hope and Ma­jella Nolan 21 def Carmel Hart and Mary Cog­gan 15.

NORTH DALBY BOWLS CLUB Thurs­day, Septem­ber 27

Win­ners: Lionel Larsen, Brian Har­ris and Les Berghauser. Run­ners-up: Des Zahl and Glen Nau­mann.

Sat­ur­day, Septem­ber 29

Win­ners: Lionel Larsen, Jenny Smith and Don McDon­ald. Run­ners-up: John Fle­gler, Dough Fle­gler and Ge­off Bradley.

Sun­day, Septem­ber 30

Win­ners: Woddy Flynn, Les Berghauser and Steve Don­pon. Run­ners-up: John Fle­gler, Carl Fle­gler and Clancy Big­gar.

Phil Econo­midis.

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