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Bowls In Focus : May 2011
Bowls In Focus 9 The hot favouritism bestowed on Matt Flapper, Anthony Flapper, Jarrod Burt and Peter Loe from Essendon by our celebrity tipsters last month proved well founded when they powered to victory in the 2011 Victorian Fours Championship. They were far too polished for the brave Bundoora RSL quartet of Nick McIntyre, Tim Ryan, David Cox and first-year rookie Luke Eddington in the state final at Wangaratta and claimed the title with a 21-7 scoreline. Although the Bombers held a cushion of four or five shots throughout most of the match, it was over the concluding two ends when they counted three and four - to put any hope of a rearguard action beyond Bundoora RSL’s reach - that the harsh reality of cham- pionship bowls materialised. Ironically, during the semi finals earlier in the day, when both matches were well established, the likeli- hood of an all-country final was a genuine possibility as spectators witnessed teams from Inverloch and Camperdown holding sway. In one decider Inverloch’s Mick Coram, Alan Easterbrook, Graeme Pope and Dave Roberts were leading the Bundoora RSL side a merry dance with a 15-11 lead and only three to play. However, a super drive by skipper McIntyre for five, then a classic wrest shot - again by McIntyre - for four saw the Bundy Boys graduate to the main event. On the previous afternoon the Inverloch men emerged from an engrossing battle with the Mt Waverley quartet of Rob Huddle, Rob Wilson, Stephen Peisley and Martin Troster, after being nine shots down with eight to play and fighting back to level the scores on the penultimate end. Those same heroics emerged again when skipper Mick Coram played the shot of the championship – the last delivery of the match - by drawing through a minefield of opposition woods to finish inside their closest, just millimetres from the jack and claim a semi final berth. On an adjacent rink day one sensations Paul Cameron, Ron Cameron, Darren Page and John Lawlor from Camperdown Golf, who had charged into the final four with two huge wins, amassing 46 shots to just 12, showed no fear of the Essendon side’s gilded reputation when they bounced out of the blocks in the corresponding eliminator to lead 8-4 after five. On route to the major finals Cameron & Co had surgically dismembered the crack Webbcona side of Ash McArthur, Beau Adams, Ben McArthur and Aaron Wood 27-4, then did a number on the host club’s Ian Brimblecombe, Rob Mitchell, Trevor Selwood, and Maurie Braden. However, just when the well-fancied Essendon side appeared under threat, the combination of pin-point drawing and crushing drives from skipper Matty Flap- per saw the Bombers level the scores at the 11-end mark. Then, over the ensuing seven the odds-on favou- rites pick up two counts of three and four other shots, while conceding a pair of two’s to run out comfortable winners. On opening day the Bombers relegated John Leitch’s Mulgrave Country Club side and the Mitcham team headed by Peter Middleton to the spectator benches; while the RSL men eliminated the Mildura foursome under the guidance of Chris Mitchell, then an Altona rink skipped by Len Callus. In round one Callus and his partners Ben Loughlin, Gary Matheson and Jeff Nisbet provided one of the day’s highlights when they crushed the well-creden- tialed Melbourne team of John McCarron, Victor Chett, Scott Mortimer and Daniel Hudson. - David Allen Victorian Men’s Fours Championship at Wangaratta Bowls Club Round of 16: Inverloch (M Coram, A Easterbrook, G Pope, D Roberts) d Dromana (D Lawrence, S Ar thur, A Hodgkins, J Occhipinti) 24-14, Mt Wa- verley (R Huddle, R Wilson, S Peisley, M Troster) d Lake Bolac (M Curnow, M Knight, R Treloar, P Upton) 21-14, Altona (L Callus, B Loughlin, G Matheson, J Nisbet) d Melbourne (J McCarron, V Chett, S Mortimer, D Hudson) 30-15, Bundoora RSL (N McIntyre, T Ryan, D Cox, L Eddington) d Mildura (C Mitchell, P Harrison, M Connors, J Wisneske) 22-10, Wangaratta (I Brimblecombe, R Mitchell, T Selwood, M Braden) d Barooga Sports (G Mitchell, C Philpott, P Russell, R Wright) 21- 11, Camperdown Golf (P Cameron, R Cameron, D Page, J Lawlor) d Webbcona (A McArthur, B Adams, B McAr thur, A Wood) 27-4, Mitcham (P Middleton, M Handley, R Shaw, D Sharman) d Hampton (I Roberts, J Elliott, R Westcott, S Buck- nall) 17-14, Essendon (M Flapper, A Flapper, J Burt, P Loe) d Mulgrave CC (J Leitch, A Hughes, P Phelan, J Janetzki) 15-12 . Quarter finals: Inverloch d Mt Waverley 21-20, Bundoora RSL d Altona 20-10, Camperdown Golf d Wangaratta 19-8, Essendon d Mitcham 19-10. Semi finals: Bundoora RSL d Inverloch 21-16, Essendon d Camperdown Golf 21-17. Final: Matt Flapper, Anthony Flapper, Jarrod Burt, Peter Loe (Essendon) d Nick McIntyre, Tim Ryan, David Cox, Luke Eddington (Bundoora RSL) 21-7 . • Top: State president Graeme Hosken congratulates fours champions Matt Flapper, Anthony Flapper, Jarrod Burt and Peter Loe. • Above: Essendon skipper Matt Flapper steered his side to an emphatic victory. • Above Right: Rookie Bundoora RSL lead Luke Eddington would have gained valuable experience from his first state title tilt. Bombers Power To Destiny
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