Awesome Foursome: Narooma takes out state championship

STATE CHAMPS: Peter Hattam, Keith Pickett, Jay Breust (skip) and John Breust took out the 2017 NSW State Fours Championship at the Ettalong Bowling Club. Photo: Bowls NSW
STATE CHAMPS: Peter Hattam, Keith Pickett, Jay Breust (skip) and John Breust took out the 2017 NSW State Fours Championship at the Ettalong Bowling Club. Photo: Bowls NSW

The Narooma combination of Keith Pickett, Peter Hattam, John Breust and Jay Breust (skip) have claimed the 2017 NSW State Fours Championship in Umina Beach. 

The Cabramatta team of Billy Johnson, Corey Wedlock, Carl Healey and Ray Pearse entered the Championships as the favourites, with every player boasting State or National representative honours.

Narooma won the majority of the opening ends, only to see Cabramatta claim five shots in three ends to level the scores at 7-7 after 10 ends.

Narooma then eased ahead again to lead 14-9 after 16 ends before Cabramatta appeared to be surging to victory with a treble on the 17th and a five on the 19th end to lead 17-15.

However, the fairy tale result for the South Coast boys was back in business with their own three on the penultimate end, followed by a single to cap a 19-17 victory.

The team would then take on a star-studded Taren Point line-up of Mike Nagy (NZ Representative), John Green (NSW Representative), David Axon (Wales representative) and Wayne Turley (Australian representative) in the final.

Taren Point started the final in commanding fashion, scoring four, three and one to lead 8-0 after just three ends, a lead extended to 10-1 after five.

From there, Jay Breust rallied his troops to win seven of the next eight ends to establish a 16-11 lead.

Turley revived his chances of winning the final with five consecutive singles tying the score at 16-16 with two ends to play.

The Narooma lads spoiled the party, scoring 2 shots on each of the 19th and 20th ends to lead 20-16.

Turley then faced the desperate task of manufacturing four shots to keep the dream alive, killing two ends in the process.

Some tight bowls on the last end left Turley a slim chance of a dream finish, but with the last bowl of the match he was marginally narrow, leaving the last end tied (one bowl from each team touching the jack).

The result against Turley sealed the Championship for Narooma, who have now qualified for the Australian Championships in November.

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