Three of the best
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
THREE local bowlers head off to the national titles, and then all three return home with medals. Not a bad strike rate that.
This is the final wash-up from the MNC Vision Impaired and Blind bowlers who have returned triumphant from the recent championships in Adelaide.
Wayne Thomson, Tom Sawtell and Lyn Dennehy all performed brilliantly throughout the tournament, and the medals have been a just reward not only for themselves, but also the club that gathers at a different bowls club in the district each Monday afternoon. Of the trio, it was Thomson who brought home the only gold medal, teaming up with Queensland's Barry Brown to collect the title for the pairs competition in the B1 division.
Thomson didn't perform as strongly in the singles competition, but as this was his first time at the nationals, he will be sure to perform better if he qualifies again in the future.
Lyn Dennehy claimed a silver medal in the women's pairs B1 division for New South Wales, partnering Patricia Seath.
President of the local Association, Tom Sawtell, was probably the success story of the group.
Sawtell picked up a bronze medal in the B2 singles comp, and also scored a silver medal in the pairs.
The gold medal in that pairs tournament was won by Victoria, despite Sawtell's pairing being undefeated.
Victoria lost a match, but won overall by a single shot due to the New South Wales pair having two draws.
"We beat Victoria, but if we had of beat them by only two more shots, we would've won the gold," Sawtell said.
Sawtell has also been given the distinction of being asked to represent Australia in the Trans-Tasman Challenge, which will be held in New Zealand next year in March.
"It's great to get the invitation, because it was pretty difficult over there," he added.
"We were playing three games a day, and the conditions were always changing.
"There was a heavy due on the greens in the morning and then it would dry off, but then about three o'clock each afternoon the moisture would come back and slow the greens down again."
All three are looking forward to qualifying for next year's national titles by performing well at Riverview in October, where the state championships will be held.