Five lawn bowlers from the region are vying to win multiple Hunter District Bowling Association titles after progressing to the quarter-finals of the triples competition on Sunday.
Aaron Appleby, Nathan Dawson, Haydn Bojkowski, Eric Ryan and Brodie Turner are spread across three different teams but are attempting to double up in the district triples competition after taking out other sections earlier this year.
Kurri Kurri pair Appleby and Dawson successfully defended their doubles crown in February after Bojkowski and Ryan were part of the Maitland City quartet that triumphed in the Hunter fours division.
Turner, also from the Kurri Kurri club, was the last from this group to taste victory in his march to the singles championship on April 15.
This means that all five bowlers are already representing Hunter at the zone six play-offs up the valley on July 21-22 in an attempt to make the state championships being held at Soldiers Point in October.
But all of these individuals are only three wins away from booking a second spot on the bill.
Quarter and semi-final encounters will be held at Paxton Bowling Club on Sunday with the decider to be held the following week at the same venue.
Dawson, Appleby and Tony Harris will be pitted against Ben Harrison, Rod Darcey and Shannon Mitchell, while Ryan, Bojkowski and Wayne Lambourne will take on Graham Hogan, Craig Barbour and Andrew Rees.
Turner joins John Davis and John Wilson in a battle against Peter Tuckey, John Callaghan and Peter Fallon.
In the remaining final eight challenge, Lloyd Gore, Mick Wright and Paul Ryan tackle East Maitland’s Ken Wells, Matthew Norris and Ben Golledge.
Meanwhile, the No.1 Grade pennant competition resumes this Saturday after a week off for representative duties. East Cessnock pair Brodie Pitham and Mick Cronin were away with the NSW squad vying for the Alley Shield at the Australian Sides Championships at Broadbeach.