Ryan plays boss against Ross

January 10, 2017

Proving his worth: Shepparton Park coach Mark Ryan (right) took out the A-grade club championship on Sunday against Ross Higgins.

Cream of the crop: Darren Kelly (right) took out the Shepparton Park B-grade club championship, defeating Warwick Smith by eight shots.

Mark Ryan has won his first Shepparton Park A-grade bowls club championship with a 25-10 rout of Ross Higgins in Sunday’s final.

The Parkers coach surged out to an early lead, with Ryan saying it took Higgins a couple of ends to start firing.

‘‘I was probably a bit lucky, Ross gave me a bit of room, so I didn’t have to play too many difficult shots,’’ he said.

‘‘I just played a lot of draw shots. It was good in that aspect and then I had a good lead.’’

While Higgins slowly plugged away at the deficit, Ryan aimed to close down the game promptly in the 38°C heat undercover on Park’s carpet.

‘‘I just wanted to try and close it out as quick as I could and I managed to eventually get there, but he was starting to hit a bit of form, so it became a bit more difficult to get there, but it was good to get over the line,’’ he said.

With Higgins showing some fight in the runaway victory, Ryan said he was a valuable player in Allan Matheson Shield side.

‘‘Ross is a good player, he is on the improve and it’s good to have him at the club playing well,’’ Ryan said.

B-grade competition had Darren Kelly take out the club championship with a 25-17 win against Warwick Smith.

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