Local bowlers have been crowned regional champions at the weekend.
Goulburn Valley Bowls Division teams secured Central Goulburn Murray Bowls Region success at Kyabram in the men’s fours and men’s pairs events, while their female counterparts also gave a great account of themselves.
Nagambie father-son duo Paul and Daniel Nichols dominated their men’s pairs semi 24-7 against the Central Bowls Division before sneaking past the Murray Bowls Division 16-15 in the decider.
The pair has been unstoppable together, remaining undefeated as a combination after winning last season’s champion of champions pairs before storming through this year’s state competition.
‘‘It’s a good feeling to be having a good season, we’re both in form and probably hitting our peak at the moment,’’ Daniel said.
‘‘It was great to win another event with Dad, we’ve never been to state champions week, so we’ll be happy just to go there and compete with the best.’’
The Nichols’ trailed for most of the decider against Barry Cosgrove and Joe Luci, but used the support of the crowd to get over the line in the closing stages.
‘‘The greens were running excellently, but windy conditions made it hard to put down the same bowl,’’ Daniel said.
‘‘We were never winning in the final, but we picked up a three on the second last end to lead by two.
‘‘Barry put the kitty in the ditch for one on the last end, but Dad and I drew shots. Barry still had one bowl left and drew the shot again, but we still won by one shot.
‘‘I reckon what got us over the line in those last few ends was the Ky and Shepp Golf boys gathering around our rink and cheering us on.’’
Shepparton Golf’s Brad Orr, Col Power, John Stokes and John Dagger claimed a 16-12 victory against the Murray Bowls Division in the regional final after drawing a bye in the semi-final.
The quartet also had to battle against the wind to find consistency.
‘‘We scratched around for a little bit, the wind made it pretty tricky,’’ Orr said.
‘‘They jumped us early, but we fought back and got there in the end.
‘‘The greens were running really good, they had a bit of pace in them.’’
Both teams progress through to the State Champions Week from April 17 to 23, which will again be in Bendigo.
The GV women’s pairs and fours sides found the going tougher at Kyabram.
In the pairs event, Hill Top’s Lynn Nicholson and Di Downie drew a Central team first-up.
In a tight tussle the GV representatives fell just two shots short of progressing through to the final.
Shepparton Park’s squad of Marika Armstrong, Bev Thorn, Brenda Brodie and Barb Allen got the best of their Murray opponents 16-12 in their semi-final clash, but stumbled at the final hurdle.
More regional finals will be played in the Goulburn Valley in the coming weeks.
Stanhope hosts the triples and mixed pairs events this weekend, while the singles and champion of champions singles crowns will be awarded the following weekend at Shepparton Park.
Armstrong, Brodie and Allen will again combine for the triples, with East Shepparton trio Josh and Jordan Thornton and Geoff Franze competing in the men’s event.
Kyabram’s Mia Nowosad and Stokes are the division’s mixed pairs representatives, while East’s Josie Michielin, Hill Top’s Justin Spedding (champion of champions singles), Rushworth’s Jean Sprague and Golf’s David Daws (singles) will take on the region’s best bowlers individually.