Local boys' big bowls pay day
HIS side was trailing 4-0 in the early stages of the third game, staring down the barrel of a loss that would effectively end the team's tilt at the weekend's lucrative Woodgate Beach Invitational Classic Fours.
But skip Tony Townson rallied his troops and turned the tables on the team that had just knocked off a side boasting Commonwealth Games champion Kelvin Kerkow.
They won that game 14-6, shutting out their opposition by retaining the last bowl for 11 ends.
The team, consisting of Tantitha members Townson, Greg Charteris and Keith Bayntum, and ring-in Damien Rideout, went on to claim the $4000 top prize.
“That win probably set up our weekend and put us in a great position to win it,” Townson said.
In fact, the win meant they were a staggering 27 shots clear of their nearest rivals with two games left to play.
They extended that lead with a win in the morning, but a loss in the final game made for an intense finish.
“We did it the hard way, losing to a side that wasn't even in the race for the win, but that shows how tight the tournament was,” Townson said. “I'm happy with how we played. The first four games were excellent and, of course, there is always a bit of luck involved as well.”
The skip said once he picked up the draw on Saturday morning he knew his side was in with a shot.
But the fact no side was undefeated during the two days of play meant that no team could take a win for granted.
“We had to play very well to win,” Townson said.
“We've played a lot together in the past and having that knowledge really helped.”
Peers Kurt Brown and Darren McCracken were part of the fours side to compete last year, but were unavailable due to representative duties.
“They might have to look elsewhere for a team next year,” Bayntum joked.