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Bronze to Belrose Boys representing NSW at Aust Championships

Bronze Medal Winners
Photograph:Steven Maas
Steven Maas, Thursday, 30 November 2017

Congratulations to the Belrose team of Crawford Linton, Matt Blackburn and Steve Rawlings who represented NSW at the Australian Championships in Merimbula at Club Saphire this week. This was the first time that the Championships had been held in 12 years and we are told that  it will become a regular event again on the BA calendar in future years. The competition is a round robin format with two sections of four teams each. The section winners play off for the gold and silver medals whilst the section runners-up play off for the bronze.

The scheduled 1st round against Tasmania had to be cancelled when Tasmania pulled out so our boys had a 1st round bye. Their 2nd round match was against NT and the Belrose boys got off to a flying start courtesy of some excellent shots, especially from Matt, to be 7 - 2 up after 4 ends. From there on it developed into an arm wrestle with 9-all after 9 ends, 11-all after 11 ends and 16-all after 16 ends. We lost 21 - 16 however it was a great game with some more top bowls being put down by both teams.

The 3rd round match against Victoria was more straightforward with our boys leading the whole match and winning 24 - 7 to get a berth in the bronze medal play-off against WA.

The bronze medal final was a fantastic game, tensions were high and you could feel the pressure on the guys. Once again it was an arm wrestle for most of the game with the score at 12-all after 17 ends. It all came down to the last bowl of each of the skips. When Rawlo came to put his first bowl down, NT were holding match with 2 bowls sitting side by side immediately in front of the Jack. Rawlo played a superb shot, exactly the right weight to split the 2 bowls out and leave his bowl on the jack. The NT skip had a run at the shot bowl with his last bowl but missed it so the match, and the bronze medal, was ours.

Well done guys, a great day with a great result!

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