A last-minute personnel change proved the winning formula in Warrnambool Bowls Club's inaugural $12,000 New Year's Triples tournament.
A composite team of Jay Bye-Norris, Rob Millar and Ben Winter secured the cash prize in thrilling fashion, winning the final, 16-15 on a tiebreaker 19th end.
They beat Eastern Ranges bowlers' Matthew Creighton, Rod Nicholson and Darren Mayes.
MCC bowler, Bye-Norris said the winning result was "especially nice" after his original teammates pulled out.
"Two days out, I put in a late minute call into Rob and Ben," Bye-Norris said of his Whittlesea-based friends.
"We managed to scramble a team together, so to get the win was fantastic."
Playing six games and two knockouts before making their way through to the final, Millar said the first day of play in particular had been challenging.
"The wind was howling, and it made for a hard day of bowls," he said. "But somehow we got a few wins and got us into the play offs."
As for what each will do with their share of the prize money, Winter is choosing to use it wisely.
"It's my anniversary today and I'm here playing bowls, so my wife will end up with most of it," he said with a laugh.
The club's bowls coordinator, Paul O'Donnell said it would look to make the Aussie Broadband sponsored tournament an annual event.
"Everyone was really happy with what we turned on," O'Donnell said. "It's been well received from around the state."
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