The Champions in the Triples Disciplines have been crowned, the first State Champions determined in the NSW State Championships Finals at Ettalong Bowling Club. St Johns Park, Wagga Rules and Cabra Vale Diggers Clubs claiming the honours.
In the State Triples final, the St Johns Park trio of Josh Berry, Chris Herden and Ben Twist set the early pace in the final against Corey Parker, Aaron Appleby and Nathan Dawson of Kurri Kurri. The trio from the Western Sydney club made every post a winner over the opening 14 ends, streaking out to a lead of 18-3. The Kurri combination produced a mini-fightback in the losing stages, however with the score at 24-10 after 23 ends, the result was secured and the players shook hands on St Johns Park claiming the title.
The opening stages of the State Senior Triples final saw the Westport combination of Col Baldwin, Richard Lee and Michael Brennan take the advantage. They opened the scoring against Doug Kinder, John Hetherington and Peter Rudd (Wagga Rules) with a count of 5 and then lead 9-1 after 3 ends. The Wolves (Wagga Rules) then fought back to trail 9-10 and then levelled the scores at 14 apiece after 14 ends. Westport again looked to have taken the ascendancy leading 22-15 after 19 ends. The Wagga Rules trio however again fought back to level the scores at 22-22 after 23 ends. The Wolves then closed out the final, scoring singles on both remaining ends to take the championship 24-22.
The State President’s Reserve Triples final was also a nail-biting affair. Quirindi’s Scott Ryman, Lindsay Bowne and Jason Heaver eased into the lead over the opening ends, leading 14-7 after 8 ends. From there on the Cabra Vale Diggers team of Paul Crossan, Ian Norman and Troy Allard fought hard to stay in touch with Quirindi, gradually closing the gap to trail 22-20 after 21 ends.
A fantastic conversion shot on the 22nd end by Heaver saw Quirindi lead 24-22 with 3 ends to play. Cabra Vale Diggers then stormed back into contention with a count of 4 to level the scores with 2 to play.
Quirindi again seemed to be gaining control on the penultimate end, however Allard disturbed the jack and then out-drew Heaver to lead by a single shot with 1 to play.
The final then came down the last bowl, with Cabra Vale Diggers holding a single shot, surrounded by Quirindi bowls, the conversion attempt just missing to leave the title to go to Cabra Vale Diggers 26-24.
Play continues today (Sunday) at Ettalong in the Pairs Events.