Koroit bowlers win their first Des Notley pairs competition

KOROIT duo Shane Cashill and Alan Bell collected their first Des Notley Classic Pairs crown yesterday.

The duo finished the two-day City Memorial Bowls Club tournament with five wins and one draw.

Cashill said they were the only combination not to lose a game.

“It was a pretty tough field and pretty even,” he said.

“I didn’t think I’d ever win this tournament.

“We ran fourth last year with four wins and a draw and that was my best result.

“It is the most prestigious tournament in the region, so it’s great.”

Cashill said they suffered a draw in their opening game on Wednesday before their form picked up.

He said the back-to-back Western District Bowls Division champion of champions pairs winners were “awfully lucky to get a draw”.

“We were struggling,” he said.

Cashill, who missed the first game yesterday and was replaced by Brian Lenehan, said their final game of the tournament was crucial.

“In the last game it was all square on the last end and we would have dropped to fourth or fifth place if we lost,” he said.

“Alan got right on the jack.

“We were behind early in the game and we hung in and hung in and got there.”

The Des Notley pairs attracted 84 players from 32 clubs from as far as Darwin.

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