Challenge too great
THE Grafton men's ten-pin bowling team expected competition to be hot at the Country Challenge in Maitland.
But they did not expect the opposition to repeatedly save their best for them.
Grafton won just three of its 11 matches to finish 10th overall. This was despite Ashley Clark recording the second-top overall average for the day of 219.
At one stage he bowled a 229 only to be beaten by a 265 - it summed up the weekend for Grafton.
"We bowled well all weekend," Clark said.
"We just couldn't match what was thrown at us. All the other teams wanted to throw really big scores at us for some reason.
"Right from the first match, we scored a 960, the opposition threw a 1110, and it didn't get any better from there."
The tournament, featuring the best three teams from the Far Northern, Northern, Western and Southern regions, threw up a few surprises.
Taree won both men's and women's competitions.
Meanwhile, Matt Beetson won Grafton's Players' Player award, with a 272 in a game the team lost by one pin.