Extreme test of the best

January 09, 2018

Lawn bowls

Day one of Champion of Champions at Rich River Bowls Club. Ken Ingram of Elmore.

CAMPASPE Valley Bowls Division State Champion of Champions event was played in extreme weather conditions at Rich River on Saturday and Sunday.

High temperatures and hot winds on a fast green tested all players’ skills on Saturday.

In the first round, spectators witnessed a high class game between Matty Liverton of Moama and Dave Keenan of Rochester, before Matty finally won 26-22 in 33 ends.

A second round highlight was the game between Ian Hunter of Mathoura and Steve Hammond of Tongala. Steve won 25-22 over 29 ends in very hot and windy conditions.

Sunday again produced some very hot conditions for the semi-finals with Matty Liverton defeating Tim Noar from Rich River.

Then Steve Hammond and Philip Thorn played a thriller over three-and-a-half hours and 34 ends in trying conditions.

Steve held game until Philip with his last bowl took the game 25-24.

Phillip after his marathon played Matty, who had almost a wait of two hours from his win, in the final.

Phillip led 8-4 after seven ends, then 13-5 after 10 and 19-8 after 16.

Matty never found his usual game before Philip from City of Echuca went on to win another Champion of Champions.

â– THE CVBD State Fours will be played next Sunday at the Moama Bowling Club with a 9am roll up.

Section one: M. Freshwater, V. Rehe, M. Liverton, B. Brennan.

Section two: T. Mansbridge, K. Connolly, S. Lang, L.Vallance.

Section three: M.Harvey, D. Keenan, G. Beattie, S. Barker.

Section play-offs will be Sunday, January 21.

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