THE Lockington Bowls Club championship was decided on December 23, between reigning club champion Russell Shawcross and three times champion Don Isgro.
In a game displaying all the qualities of a championship match, Shawcross, who was aiming for his third consecutive title, led comfortably for most of the game.
But he had to withstand a last minute challenge from Isgro before winning 25-21.
Early in the match both bowlers showed determination to gain the iniative resulting in close heads.
Isgro led 4-1 after four ends before Shawcross picked up eight shots over the following three ends to lead 9-4.
Both bowlers traded ends with Isgro keeping in touch scoring four shots to trail 11-9 over 11 ends.
The current champion felt quite comfortable when he crept out to hold a 19-12 advantage after 20 ends.
Isgro picked up a couple of singles as Shawcross applied some pressure to score five shots to two and be on the cusp of victory leading 24-16.
The plucky Isgro was not going to lie down as he reeled off five shots over the next three ends to trail 21-24.
It was game on and the spectators were getting excited as a late minute charge from Isgro was looming.
Holding two shots with one Shawcross bowl remaining, Isgro was still in the match.
However, as most champions have the knack of delivering a big bowl at the right time, Shawcross was able to draw the shot to claim his third championship title in a row winning 25-21.
Players were applauded as they left the green and were congratulated on their display of good bowling and great sportsmanship.
Club Junior Vice President David Lupton was thanked for his time and effort in marking the game.
On Tuesday, December 20 the women played triples in glorious conditions. The winning team comprised Chris Cleary, Lorraine Appleby and Kath Palmer (s).
Entries are rolling in for the popular open fours on Thuursday, January 5 commencing at 9.30am.
This event is sponsored by the Moama Bowling Club and bowlers are assured of a great day of bowls. Contact Chris Stewart 5486 2607 for entries.