AN influx of top bowlers descended on Narooma over the long weekend to give their best shot in the prestigious Blue Water Fours Tournament sponsored by the Narooma Sporting and Services Club.
Players came from as far afield as Maitland, Sydney, Junee, Canberra and Queenscliff to name a few. A field of 28 teams competed and the rinks were filled with close contests where one missed shot could make or break your weekend.
The closeness of many of the matches in the tournament was shown by having only one unbeaten team after the final matches on Monday.
The final placing’s were not decided until the last match was completed with a couple of teams falling at the last hurdle and others showing their best form at the end of the tournament.
The winners were the Victorian team of Paul Smyth, Steve Loney, both from Moonee Valley, Ben Loughlin from Altona and Ian JR Ewing (skip) from Bundoona, who showed great form throughout the tournament to remain undefeated with five wins and a margin of 61 shots. It was a terrific to see this team which has supported the tournament for several years go two places better than last year to take first place.
Second place went to Barry Daly from Yallourn, Kel Duncombe and Tony Shaw from Tura Beach and Phil Burns (skip) from Merimbula and also Dylan Cuthbert from Merimbula who could not play the last match. They won four matches and had a margin of 71 shots.
Third place with four wins and a 55 Mac McLean from Weston Creek, Cooper Pike from Canberra City, Damon Jeffery and Andrew Howie (skip) from Weston Creek.
Fourth place with four wins and a margin of 52 shots went to Rob Kyle from Belconnen, AJ Roberts from Queanbeyan, Adam Jeffery from Grand Views and Trent Healey (skip) from Belconnen. In fifth place with four wins and a 34 shot margin were Graeme Callaghan from Toongabbie, Graeme Howie from Weston Creek, Brett Hughes and PJ Stankevicius (skip) from Toongabbie. Well done to all the teams who helped make the tournament so competitive, we look forward to seeing you back next year.