Putting Daggers through hearts of rivals

March 19, 2018

Winning combination: John Dagger (right) has now played in three premierships with son Wayne who has played in a title every season since taking up outdoor bowls three years ago.

Three wise men: Shepparton Golf and Shepparton Park bowlers assess how the head is tracking.

Smooth mover: Shepparton Golf's Graeme Myers helps his bowl along.

Not often do a father and son have the honour of playing in a premiership together.

But that is an achievement John and Wayne Dagger have completed three times, having been a feature in Golf’s recent success.

John has been taking to the greens with Shepparton Golf for 18 years, but only recently converted his son Wayne, 44, to playing outdoor bowls.

With John achieving plenty of premiership success in his career, his son might just be on the way to pipping him as a relative newcomer.

‘‘I was trying to count them (my premierships) up, I’ve been in every one that Shepp Golf has won and I’ve been fortunate enough to talk my son into playing and he’s lucky, first year in and he wins a premiership and he wins the last two as well,’’ John said.

An accomplished indoor bowler in his own right, Wayne just needed to learn the minor nuances that came with dealing with the elements.

Yesterday showed how difficult conditions can be, as Golf fought through strong winds to defeat Shepparton Park by five shots, with John extremely proud of his son.

‘‘He was a great indoor bowler, he’s won an Australian title and he’s sort of played social bowls for six or seven years and I said ‘go on, you’ve got to have a bowl’ and it’s the best thing ever to happen,’’ John said.

‘‘He had a good grounding, I taught him in indoor and it’s very similar, nothing much different.’’

Wayne played lead in John Stokes’ rink, going down to Shepparton Park coach Mark Ryan 24-16.

Meanwhile, John’s rink was the last to finish, as he played lead in Golf coach Brad Orr’s rink.

John has led for the playing coach since Orr transferred from Golf to Park at the beginning of this dominant era.

‘‘He’s terrific because he’ll call you up and ask you what do you think we should be doing,’’ John said.

‘‘I’ve been at Golf 18 years and I’m rapt, I’ve enjoyed all my time here.’’

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