Favourites beaten in thrilling president’s reserve pairs event

EDGED OUT: Oaklands' Ron Bonat and teammate Matthew Richens were eliminated in the semi-finals of the president's reserve pairs by eventual winners Rob Unsworth and John Harrison from Holbrook.
EDGED OUT: Oaklands' Ron Bonat and teammate Matthew Richens were eliminated in the semi-finals of the president's reserve pairs by eventual winners Rob Unsworth and John Harrison from Holbrook.

Holbrook's John Harrison and Rob Unsworth will head to the zone playoffs in July after claiming the Albury and District president’s reserve pairs final at Walla.

The combination was pushed all the way in semi-final, as well as the decider.

Unsworth and Harrison took on North Albury’s Ray Trebilcock and Mark Mulcahy for the title, prevailing 22-20, after a thrilling semi-final victory against favourites Matthew Richens and Ron Bonat from Oaklands, grabbing two shots on the final end to win 20-19.

Richens and Bonat have previously won the event, the Zone 8 title and advanced to the final four in the state.

In the final, the Holbrook team got to a 15-10 lead, but the North Albury outfit pegged them back and led 20-18 with two ends to play.

Unsworth and Harrison drew level and it came down to the final end.

Harrison drew a shot right on the jack and his opponents were unable to shift it, finally dropping two shots to lose 22-20.

Trebilcock, a social bowler yet to play pennant or club championships, earned plenty of respect from Mulcahy, his former Lavington cricketing teammate from the late 1970s.

His aim was just to get some experience in the hope of being ready for pennant selection next season.

Mulcahy and Trebilcock had a 19-17 victory on an extra end in the first round against Commercial's Rob Fredericks and Mike Smith.

It was the same situation in the semi-final when they defeated Walla's Noel Wilksch and Mick Heir on an extra end.

The North Albury team was down three shots overall and the Walla duo was holding two on the final end.

Mulcahy played a weighted bowl to spring the jack sideways to the left for three shots.

Trebilcock drew a shot less than 30 centimetres from the jack on the extra end and his team had a 21-20 win.

Meanwhile, Culcairn’s Terry Hensel and Darryl Lawson will clash with North Albury’s Phil Jones and Bob Gough in the final of the open pairs at Holbrook on Sunday.

Hensel and Lawson won through against North Albury’s Duncan Balloch, 23-13, and Commercial’s Darryl Coventry, 26-21, while Jones and Gough edged out sides skipped by club mates David Brown (25-21) and Billy Jones (17-13).

Commercial’s Albert Allen will take on Phil Slater’s side in the senior pairs final at Howlong on Sunday.