The Force is strong in 2017

The Riverine Herald - - BOWLS -

PEREN­NIAL South­ern 80 con­tenders and ski­ing pow­er­house Merc Force has taken out one of Aus­tralia’s tough­est races.

Fel­low con­tender Su­per­man had won the Grafton Bridge to Bridge event for the last four years, but engine trou­ble meant it couldn’t com­plete the gru­elling 108-kilo­me­tre course.

It meant the 2017 South­ern 80 cham­pi­ons could add a fur­ther prize to an out­stand­ing year, seiz­ing the op­por­tu­nity to win the race by nearly 30 sec­onds from fel­low New South Wales based team Stinga F1.

The writ­ing had been on the wall for Su­per­man in the pre­vi­ous day’s shootout, me­chan­i­cal fail­ure rul­ing it out of the con­test just 700 me­tres in to its run.

It has been a bril­liant year for the Merc Force team, adding this ti­tle to the South­ern 80, Mil­dura 100 as well as mul­ti­ple world cham­pi­onships in Seat­tle in Au­gust.

Luke Hemer

Force of na­ture: Merc Force has taken out the pres­ti­gious Grafton Bridge to Bridge event.

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