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Bowls In Focus : Bowls In Focus May 2010
Bowls In Focus 13 Pairs Crown For Bundy Boys Awithering burst of scoring in the second half of the final has seen Bundoora RSL’s Nick McIntyre and Mario Cipolla claim victory in this year’s Victorian Pairs Championship at Darebin City Bowls Club. It was an amazing turnaround they defeated sentimental favourites Noel Waite and Brendan Gallagher from Aubur n 20-13 in the 18-end final. This last title play-off in Bowls Victoria’s inau- gural ‘Champion’s Week’ got under way in howling winds and under floodlights, and it was Waite and Gallagher who clearly handled the conditions best as the Aubur n pair played beautifully to covet an 11-3 lead after eight ends. But the momentum of the game changed when conditions calmed during the ninth rotation where the Bundoora duo snared their first point for nearly 40 minutes. Then came brilliant conversion shots by McIntyre on the 10th and 11th ends resulting in successive fours for the Yarra champions to gain them the ascendancy. With Cipolla, who won the 2007 title with Lee Schraner, playing the lead position to inter national standard and McIntyre skipping with the adroit- ness and confidence for which he is well known, the pair were able to close out the championship in fine style, collecting eight shots to two over the remaining ends. The combination of Waite and Gallagher has been one of the many features of ‘Champions Week’ and by far the most heart-war ming with the seasoned campaigner, who has virtually done it all in bowls, guiding his naturally gifted 15-year- old protégé through all manner of troubled water. Spectators have asked, where else could a 50-year age differential between teammates be seen in elite level sporting competition, let alone a state championship final? Affectionately dubbed ‘The Walrus and The Pup’, Waite and Gallagher collected a five on the final end of their first round encounter against Cha- lambar’s Roger Young and Gary Todd to win, then claimed victory by the narrowest of margins when Waite drew a front toucher with the last delivery of their quar ter final battle against John Simmonds and Graeme Pope from Yarra Glen. Equally heroic was their two-shot semi final win over Wangaratta’s Ian Brimblecombe and Robert Mitchell after trailing 6-14 with six ends to travel. A count of five on the 13th, followed by successive three’s at 15 and 16, were interspersed by a single to the Wangaratta duo on the 14th. A single to Brimblecombe and Mitchell on the penultimate end made for dramatic viewing as the last end of the eliminator unfolded, and it was young Gallagher, who impressed everyone with his ability and spot- less demeanour, who planted the winning shot just millimetres from the jack. In contrast, McIntyre and Cipolla outgunned all comers on their way into the main event. After being tied at 13-13 after 13 against Coatesville’s Trevor Stevens and Christian Thornhill in the open- ing round, they collected nine shots in four ends to gain a start in following day’s quar ter finals. And what a scintillating quarter final they had. Locked at six-all after six against Sebastopol’s Rob Baker and Scott Roberts, the McIntyre and Cipolla combination opened their shoulders to reel off 22 shots to two over the next nine ends to guarantee a semi final start. The other quarter finals saw Brimblecombe and Mitchell home by one against Marysville’s Mark and Ben Simmons; Brett Dodd and Shane Wilson from Werribee RSL too strong for Daniel Woodrow and David Tebbett from Fitzroy Victoria; while the Walrus and the Pup snatched a single shot win from the Yarra Glen men. In the semi final battle of the RSL’s, the Bundoo- ra boys took on the Werribee duo for a berth in the main event. However, after just five ends the writing was indelibly written on the wall as McIntyre and Cipolla classed their way to a 9-0 lead, and man- aged to retain that cushion for the duration of the match. Despite the margin and the scoreline, this par ticular match was a brilliant exhibition of bowls by two crack teams and one that most spectators will remember for a long time. Then it was on to the big show, where Nick McIntyre and Mario Cipolla proved to be the best pairs combination on Victorian earth this season. - David Allen Victorian Champion of Champions at Darebin City Bowls Club Round of 16: G Bridge (Sunbury) d R Huddle (Mt Wa- verley) 25-16, R Sizeland (Traralgon) d B Dodd (Wer- ribee RSL) 25-23, R Sharp (North Balwyn) d T Russell (Elsternwick Club) 25-22, M Stanley (Somerville) d M Allen (Ocean Grove) 25-20, S Duncan (Wallan) d F Tonn (Gunbower) 25-19, G Seeary (Chalambar) d N McIntyre (Bundoora RSL) 25-17, N Devlin (Clayton) d J Clark (Edithvale) 25-13, A Bates (Wodonga) d B Holland (Bendigo East) 25-10 . Quarter finals: Sizeland d Bridge 25-20, Sharp d Stanley 25-9, Seeary d Duncan 25-23, Devlin d Bates 25-24 . Semi finals: Sharp d Sizeland 25-5, Seeary d Devlin 25-23 . Final: Grant Seeary (Chalambar) d Rowan Sharp (North Balwyn) 25-24 . Victorian Pairs Championship at Darebin City Bowls Club Round of 16: Yarra Glen (J Simmonds, G Pope) d Barooga Sports (L Spencer, A MacDonald) 22-6, Auburn (N Waite, B Gallagher) d Chalambar (R Young, G Todd) 21-17, Marysville (M Simmons, B Simmons) d Inverloch (R Burge, C Buccilli) walkover, Wangaratta (I Brimblecombe, R Mitchell) d Clayton (D Benwell, T Wood) 12-11, Werribee RSL (B Dodd, S Wilson) d Brighton (T Shannon, L Schraner) 17-15, Fitzroy Vic- toria (D Woodrow, D Tebbett) d Colac City (K Hanson, L Williamson) 18-15, Sebastopol (R Baker, S Roberts) d Murray Downs (B Lehmann, P Furnell) 18-15, Bundoora RSL (N McIntyre, M Cipolla) d Coatesville (T Stevens, C Thornhill) 22-13. Quarter finals: Auburn d Yarra Glen 17-16, Wangarat- ta d Marysville 15-14, Werribee RSL d Fitzroy Victoria 17-9, Bundoora RSL d Sebastopol 30-15 . Semi finals: Auburn d Wangaratta 18-16, Bundoora RSL d Werribee RSL 19-7 . Final: Nick McIntyre, Mario Cipolla (Bundoora RSL) d Noel Waite, Brendan Gallagher (Auburn) 20-13. Victorian Fours Championship at Darebin City Bowls Club Round of 16: Karingal (P Ashman, P Madeley, D Harrison, L Taberner) d Eltham Recreation (L Williams, S Williams, J Sparke, J Baker) 20-9; Berwick (C Fox, A Thompson, P Hodgson, G Bainbridge) d Coatesville (M Challman, G Blades, C Thornhill, W Martin) 24-15; Whittlesea (N Owen, J Tennant, D Coulthard, R Owen) d Warracknabeal Golf (M Woodward, M Anderson, L Smale, N Kearns) 18-15; Berriwillock (K Rowe, G Cox, M Ryan, T Emerson) d Bareena (T Kelly, N Doyle, J O’Donnell, M Kelly) walkover, Essendon (A Wilson, J Burt, M Hennessy, G Boyd) d Sale (B Warr, A Stephen- son, P Eppelstun, B Williams) 18-13; City of Echuca (P Thorn, S Cunnington, J McGillivray, S Glasser) d Croydon (M Mannik, R Purdey, G Kirk, S Mansan) 19- 12, Wangaratta (M Muller, W Hall, J Boak, D Wadley) d Melbourne (J Short, D Hoareau, J Saunders, S Jeffery) 15-14; Burwood (P Beanland, R Lawrence, P Morris, T Rawlings) d Werribee RSL (G Sargent, G Robertson, T Shiells, M Shea) 20-10 . Quarter finals: Berwick d Karingal 14-11, Whittle- sea d Berriwillock 18-13, City of Echuca d Essen- don 19-10, Burwood d Wangaratta 13-11 . Semi finals: Berwick d Whittlesea 17-15, City of Echuca d Burwood 23-8. Final: City of Echuca (Phil Thorn, Steve Cunning- ton, James McGillivray, Stan Glasser) d Berwick (Chris Fox, Alan Thompson, Peter Hodgson, Glenn Bainbridge) 20-13. • Top: Chairman Graeme Hosken welcomes Mario Cipolla and Nick McIntyre to the winner’s circle. • Above: Mario Cipolla played the lead position to ‘international’ standard in the final.
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