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T HE Alphapharm State Seniors
Singles final played at Bateau
Bay BC on the Central Coast
between Bob Wilson (Wol-
longong RSL) and the local Mun-
morah United identity Lindsay
Willding, turned into a 31-26 mara-
The quality of this entertain-
ing final meant there were mixed
feelings among the appreciative
spectator crowd that there had to
be a winner.
These two champions showcased
all the qualities and features of
our sport from precision drawing
bowling, resting touchers, controlled
weighted on-shots, to the authority
of the full-blooded drive.
Bob Wilson's path into the final
was well deserved with convincing
wins over John Felton (Murwil-
lumbah, Zone 1) 31-18, Graham
Donnelly (Aberdeen RSL, Zone 6)
31-16, and Kim Greentree (Kootingal,
Zone 3) 31-22.
In the other half of the draw,
Zone 15's Lindsay Willding was the
model of consistency with workman-
like wins over Ron Harrington (Taren
Point, Zone 13) 30-24, Frank Thomas
(Sussex Inlet, Zone 7) 31-10, and
Roy Gallop (North Epping, Zone 10)
31-20, to become the other finalist.
These two craftsmen of the sport
took to the green in the final and
played out a game that out-shone
anything we have seen on ABC
television on a Saturday afternoon.
Wilson gained the early break
to lead 7-0 after six ends, which
included two dead ends, as each
player prepared to show his aggres-
sion and the ability to hit the head
at critical times.
Wilson maintained the upper
hand throughout the first half of
the game, and on three occasions
planted the jack into the ditch with
pinpoint accuracy to reverse the
count in his favour.
It wasn't until the 20th end,
when Willding potted the jack in
the ditch to go from two down to
two up, that he hit the front for
the first time (20-19).
It was 'game on' and Willding
gained what appeared a match
winning break at 26-20, but Wilson
clawed back to 25-26 and once again
the game was delicately poised.
By KEVIN DRING
It had been a long afternoon,
and as the sun sank in the west, the
shadows crept across the green and
its speed slowed, and both players'
adjustment was fully tested.
Willding's consistency came to the
forefront over these closing ends to
gain the ascendency and take out
the State Senior's title 31-26.
It was hailed by all as a mag-
nificent final befitting of a State
title, and the down-to-earth Lindsay
Willding and his emotional wife
Lynne were proud recipients of the
prestigious Alphapharm Trophy.
Such is the man, that unless you
knew, Lindsay lost part of his leg
below the knee a few years back
and is a great inspiration to anyone
with a disability.
As the scoreboard shows, he is
bowling as well today as he has
ever done, and everyone on the
Central Coast is proud of this true
• Lindsay Willding is presented with the prestigious
Alphapharm State Senior Singles Trophy by Zone 15 State
Councillor, John Peek, representing the RNSWBA.
Western to advance to the semis
in second place.
As a consolation, Alex was the
third best performed skip in the
Carnival, having been defeated only
once, by Western's Michael McIntyre.
In the first semi-final, North Coast
had the match practically sewn up
in the first 10 ends with Danny
Gilmore quick off the mark scoring
a seven first end and soon leading
20-1 on his rink.
Hunter came back but the lead
was far too much.
In the other semi, it was a tense
time midway through with Western
gaining a narrow lead.
From there, however, South Coast
were dominant and eventually ran
out winners 48-17.
The medallions, certificates and
trophies were presented by Leif
Selby, Mark Berghofer, Sharyn Ren-
shaw and Lee Such.
NSWCHS has thanked St Johns
Park BC for the incredible support
and organisation of this event.
The final placings were:
1st: North Coast 6th: Sydney North
2nd: South Coast 7th: North West
3rd: Western 8th: Sydney South West
5th: Sydney West 10th: Sydney East
* Gavin Holburn is the NSWCHS
(Continued from page 58)
North Coast registers win
Alphapharm Senior's State
final -- "a touch of class"
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