Pittsworth secures Economidis to help revive form
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.
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.
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.