So close for Kent in State final
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
COFFS Ex-Services bowler Kent Price has been rueing a slow start in the final of the State singles championships which may have cost him the coveted title.
Playing against Cowra's Gerard Beath, Price found himself down 14-4 early in the piece before he settled into a rhythm that turned the final into a titanic struggle.
"I got off to a slow start and I think that had a fair bit to do with the realisation that it was a State final and I might've got a bit overawed," Price said on reflection.
"The turnaround came when I started treating it as a normal game of singles."
The change in attitude brought Price so close to a glorious come-from-behind victory but als, it was not to be.
"It was very close towards the end and I was holding some good shots," he added.
"He just got some great results with weight shots and I couldn't counteract it. In the end I eventually went down 31-27."
Considering that the 39 year old had been in semi retirement from the sport until only 12 months ago, grabbing the runners-up trophy in the state titles is even more meritorious.
"Dallas (Cole) brought me out of the retirement home and I decided it was time to comeback," Price said of his return to the greens.
"I suppose I should thank him because I've really enjoyed myself since I started playing again."