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Lock­ing­ton

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.

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