A Warrnambool tenpin bowling team wants to remain at the top after reclaiming its crown as Victoria Country's best.
The 10-player men's side won its first country cup since 2015 in Horsham on Monday.
Warrnambool Tenpin Bowling Association president and player Scott Dennis said the result came down to the final frames of the 18-game,10-team tournament.
Warrnambool defeated Shepparton and Horsham fell to Latrobe Valley in the games which determined first and second.
"We were level going into the final game and we won five points and Horsham played a different team and won three points, so we won the competition by two," Dennis said.
"The last couple of frames were very close. The guys held their nerve.
"It was a real grind. The conditions were really tough and the pin carry was tough and scores were lower than they traditionally are at the tournament."
Warrnambool ace David Altmann was named an all-star after averaging 199 across his games.
"He is an exceptional two-handed bowler," Dennis said.
But Dennis, who was part of the squad, said a whole-team effort was the catalyst for the victory.
Tim Treloar, Jason Drake, Nick Membery, Shane Griffiths, Merv Billing and manager Michael Wickham also represented Warrnambool.
Griffiths produced a team-high 264 in one of this games.
"We all contributed in our own way at different times," he said.
Dennis commended Warrnambool's women's team which finished seventh.
"They were very competitive early and were well and truly in the mix for the overall win," he said.
"But conditions were really tough and they got the better of them in the end.
"The main thing out of the weekend was both teams gelled well. It was a monumental effort (to win the men's)."
Jenny McKane, Sue Hall, Trish Beasley, Tennille Membery, Elaine Gordon, Sandie Rogitsch and Sherene Sheen formed the women's team.
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