Back-to-back for Mount Gambier

CHAMPIONS: Mount Gambier Indoor Bowls Association team with the Othams Trophy.


THE Mount Gambier District Indoor Bowls Association has returned from the South Australian Indoor Bias Bowls Regional Tournament with a swag of medals.

The team itself claimed the Othoms Trophy for the second year running – a points total tallied up throughout the tournament – along with four gold individual medals and two silvers.

It was the 10th time the team had competed at the tournament, held in Naracoorte against teams from the Mid South East Indoor Bowls Association, Metro North and Metro South.

Each team comprised of 26 players, with 10 different team disciplines fielded.

The Mount Gambier association showed it could mix it with best once again, winning medals in six of the 10 disciplines.

The first player to win gold was Serena Bourn in the Ladies Singles.

She won all three games with precision bowling – 25-17 v Metro North, 26-15 v Metro South and 26-9 v MSE.

The Men’s Triples team of Simon Attiwill, Garry Burke and Stephen Von Duve had two wins, but luck on the last day with other results going in their favour resulted in a gold medal – 17-22 v MSE, 27-9 v Metro North and 15-10 v Metro South.

The Ladies Fours team of Shirley Gifford, Lorraine Van Den Hoogen, Carmel McQuade and Heather Glynn claimed gold with two wins and one draw – 22-11 v MSE, 16-16 v Metro North, 16-11 v Metro South.

The Men’s Fours team also took home the gold medal, as Kevin Burn, Thomas Butler, Graham Dent and Coehen Keppels went into the last day with two wins, then won their third game to seal the title – 20-12 v Metro North, 21-8 v Metro South and 23-11 v MSE.

Travis Bourn and Fiona Pearson combined for the Mixed Pairs and both were successful in the first two games, but on the Sunday they struggled to match the opposition and lost the game against Metro South – 20-9 v MSE, 24-17 v Metro North and 8-15 v Metro South.

Jennifer Bowering and Keisha Pearson both played impressive bowls and were a little unlucky with the game against Metro North, which denied them of the top prize, but they still claimed silver – 14-18 v Metro North, 25-7 v Metro South 25-8 v MSE.

The Men’s Singles representative Tim Radley played well and was competitive, but claimed just the one win – 24-13 v Metro South, 13-19 v MSE, 17-19 v Metro North.

The Men’s Pairs also contributed two points to the Othans Trophy.

Gary Bowering and Craig Pearson were close for a medal but were not able to win their last game on the last end – 18-21 v MSE, 15-16 v Metro North and 30-12 v Metro South.

The Ladies Triples Team of Tanya Burke, Veronica Opie and Emma Freemantle started well to win their first game and also contribute towards the team trophy, but found it a tough for the rest of the competition – 9-21 v Metro South, 21-16 v MSE and 11-18 v Metro North.

Mixed Fours team of Janice Knight, Fiona Rochow, Gary Walters and Michael Cameron, but unlucky to not win a game – 12-18 v Metro North, 17-21 v Metro South and 18-26 v MSE.

All the regions points were tallied for the Othams Trophy and the Mount Gambier and Metro North associations finished equal, but on count-back Mount Gambier was the overall winner for 2021.

Final tallies: Mount Gambier 35; Metro North 35; Mid South East 28; Metro South 22.