North Albury duo Duane Crow and Bob Parks recovered from a slow start to claim the Albury and District Champion of Champion pairs title at North Albury on the weekend.
The Hopper combination dropped 10 shots on the first two ends, but clawed their way back and held off a late charge from Howlong's Phil Slater and Ray Johnson to win the event, 27-22.
Fives on the first two ends gave Howlong a 10-0 lead and six of the first nine went their way as they held control at 14-5.
A four on end 10 shifted the momentum the way of the North Albury side and a five of their own on the 13th drew Crow and Parks level after 13.
Another five shots for North Albury on end 17 gave Crow and Parks the lead for the first time at 23-18 and they had an eight-shot cushion two ends later when they picked up four shots on the 19th.
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Howlong claimed the final two ends, but could only pull back three of the eight shots required for victory as North Albury clinched the title by five, 27-22.
Crow and Parks booked their place in the decider with a 28-22 triumph over Oaklands' Gavin Comtesse, while Slater and Johnson won through to the final after a 30-10 win against Commercial's David Shore in the other semi-final.
A place in the Zone 8 Champion of Champions pairs playoffs awaits the North Albury combination later in the year.
The result capped off a clean sweep for North Albury in the Champion of Champions events after Stephen Broad won the singles.
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