Bourne, Slater come from behind to take crown

HOWLONG’S Wally Bourne has won another Albury and District Bowling Association championship.

Bourne combined with Phil Slater to claim the district pairs championship at Holbrook on Sunday.

They had a come from behind 22-19 victory against Henty’s Roger Meyer and Mick Broughan.

It was a game of fluctuating fortunes with the Henty combo having a 9-3 lead after eight ends.

But Slater and Bourne found their touch and led 13-11 after 14 ends.

Meyer and Broughan got eight shots on the next four ends, including five shots on the 17th end, for a 19-13 margin with just three ends to play.

The Howlong team managed one shot on the next end followed by five shots on the 20th end to draw level entering the last end.

The momentum continued for them and they finished with three shots to secure the title.

Bourne’s victory follows his success with skipping the winning district fours championship team last month.

Meyer and Broughan had a 20-17 semi-final win against Henty teammates Bruce Diffey and Peter Forck.

Slater and Bourne were successful in their semi- final 21-17 against another Henty team of Kim Maher and Glen Harrison.

Down by three shots with three ends to play, the Howlong team got seven shots on the remaining ends to win.

The Lavington Panthers team of Mike Hodgess and Max Findley won the state president’s pairs against the Oaklands combination of Brian Gee and Max Brooks.

They got six shots on the last three ends for a 20-18 win in a high standard game at the Lavington club.

Howlong’s Jeff Brundell and Duncan Chappell won the over 60 pairs at the Commercial Club.

The margin was 19-16 in their favour against Lavington Panthers’ Ray Edwards and Ken Allen.

Brundell and Chappell won four of the last six ends to make sure of their win.

The winning teams in each event qualify for the Zone 8 (Riverina) play-offs later this year.