THE Kyabram Classic Pairs tournament produced a home town win after six days of bowling with teams from all over the state arriving in Kyabram.
Kyabram’s very own Chris Preddy and Keith Button claimed the win on Friday.
The tournament is in its 51st year, however, its name was changed with the masters qualification rule removed to open up the field to anyone.
This change has not affected the quality as multiple previous winners participated in the event without success.
It will continue to be a pinnacle event for Country Victoria.
In the sectional play Preddy was leading well and putting bowls in the head and when they were in trouble Keith was playing some fantastic conversion shots as they won all three games to win the section convincingly.
Preddy and Button were lucky enough to score a bye in the first knockout round before they easily defeated previous winners from Rochester in Les Walles and Daryl Hooper by eight shots.
The third knockout round saw them up against our very own Joe Greco and Jim Oliver who had also just defeated previous dual winners, 11 time club champions Greg Shilling and David Cartwright.
Preddy and Button continued the good form to book a semi-final berth on the Friday after a convincing ten shot win.
Friday saw the heavens open up with a massive amount of rainfall which put the tournament in doubt however the semi-final and final was moved over to the Shepparton Park complex at Kialla – which is undercover – and paved the way for the tournament to provide a winner.
The semi-final saw Preddy and Button up against the tournament favourites and another previous winner in Geoff Walsh along with Torie Babitsch which was arguably the match of the tournament.
It was an absolutely fantastic display of bowling by both sides until the Kyabram duo managed to kick away towards the finish to win by only three shots and claim a berth in the final.
The final had the dynamic duo up against Echuca’s Brian Cook and John Dinsdale which saw both hit red-hot form as Preddy was leading magnificently and Button still converting with great success as they cruised to a 21-12 win to finish off a week they won’t forget.