Turner takes top title in first finals attempt

By Southern Riverina News

In just his second year of playing bowls Tony Turner has claimed the Finley RS Bowling Club’s men’s A grade title.

Coming up against club veteran for 50 years Peter Wilson, Turner pulled off an incredible upset victory 27 to 10 in the final held on Sunday.

It was Turner’s first attempt at winning the title after finishing as the region’s novice runner-up last year.

Wilson on the other hand is a Life Member of the club, playing in his seventh championship final and looking for his fourth title win.

The heat was tempered by a breeze which allowed the players to display excellent draw bowling.

After 12 ends the score was 12 to 7 with Turner in the lead.

Despite Wilson having shots over the next six ends Turner displayed draw bowling that enabled him to take the following six ends to lead 18 to 9.

Wilson picked up one shot on the next end but couldn’t hold out Turner’s bowling which culminated in scoring a ‘four’ on the 24th end to close out the match.

After the game Peter congratulated Tony on his bowling stating that it was the time for the ‘‘youngster’’.

Turner said he had a fair bit of luck throughout the game.

‘‘It’s an absolute honour to win this, it’s just unbelievable,’’ he said.

‘‘I played Max Lewis in the prelim final and managed to win 25 to 23 and also had to face Archie West, who is the best bowler at the club.

‘‘I managed to edge him out 25 to 23 as well, which I still can’t believe.’’

Turner took up bowls after moving to Finley from Craigieburn just 18 months ago, when club president Jeff Peacock convinced him to give bowls a try.

He now plays regular social bowls as well as competing for Finley RS pennant side in the Murray Bowls Division each Saturday.

‘‘I’ve played competitive sport all my life but had never really thought about playing bowls until Jeff talked to me,’’ he said.

‘‘I’ve really enjoyed my bowls, especially the social aspect of it.

‘‘It’s (the RS Club) the best club to be a part of, everyone is so friendly and welcoming.

‘‘I moved to Finley as it reminds me of my home town Creswick, which is near Ballarat.

‘‘I used to visit Tocumwal with friends and wanted to move to the area.

‘‘Finley is aesthetically like Creswick so that’s how I ended up here.

‘‘I absolutely love the town and its people.’’

A reminder to all that bowls season recommences on Tuesday with the Ladies B grade as well as Ladies and Men’s Trade days.

Pennant will resume on Friday, January 11 and Saturday, January 12.