By PAUL CHAMBERS
A FITTING final to end a week of exceptional bowls was the overwhelming feeling at Park Beach Bowls Club on Friday afternoon as two of the tournament favourites went head to head in a duel for the richest prize in the game.
Rowan Brassey held his nerve to edge out the courageous Kelvin Kerkow 25-14 in a highly entertaining final in the Ford Fiesta open singles.
A large crowd stayed until the last bowl was delivered and was thoroughly entertained by two of the hottest properties in the game today.
Park Beach Bowling Club President, Laurie Mains, was overwhelmed by the success of the event his club had put on and was full of praise for everybody involved.
"The tournament has been very successful once again and the standard of play has been exceptional," Mains said.
"The greens have been so well prepared they are the best I have ever seen them and this allowed the players to really perform at their best, and the cream really came to the top at the end with all the top ranked players in the finals."
Kelvin Kerkow was just as complimentary of both the tournament and his fellow competitors and was also very magnanimous in defeat.
"The competition here was excellent once again, it is a great tournament with an excellent field, played at a fantastic venue," he said.
"It was good to make the final with such stiff opposition but Rowan was simply too good for me today.
"He has got the wood on me at the moment down here, so lets hope I can go one better when I come back next year."
Rowan Brassey was very happy with his win and his overall performance this week, but was also a little worried as well.
Worried about how he was going to get his brand new Ford Fiesta home with him.
"Todd and the boys at Mike Blewitt Ford are down there now registering the car for me and everything so I will probably be driving it home tonight," he beamed afterwards.
"It's things like this that make this event so special to the players, being able to compete with each other for such a great prize makes it really worthwhile for everyone concerned."
In a repeat of the Masters singles final played at the same venue between the same players four years ago, Brassey once again came out ahead of one of his closest rivals in the sport.
"The club's been good to me if you look at that Masters singles result as well, but this tournament was so much harder to win as the calibre of the field was so good," he said.
"This is the strongest field in any competition in Australia which makes every game like a world championship, because almost every player is a state rep player."
So, will he be back to defend his title next year?
"I'll be back for sure mate, this tournament is just too good to miss out on," he said.