Wins just out of Higgins’ reach three times

June 09, 2018

Unlucky: Shepparton Park's Ross Higgins just missed finals in three events at the Multi Disability Lawn Bowls National Championships.

Intent on success: Matt Hannan assesses the task ahead of him.

Shepparton Park’s Ross Higgins had little luck at the Multi Disability Lawn Bowls National Championships last month.

Higgins represented Victoria in three categories at the May 20 to 25 tournament at Kardinya Bowling Club, Western Australia, but despite his best efforts could not win his way out of his section in any event.

In the B7/8 pairs, Higgins won two of his three games to finish equal first in his section, but missed progression on a shot difference countback.

The triples saw Higgins and his team again win two games, but again the equal-first position was shuffled down to third once shots were taken into account.

Arguably Higgins’ unluckiest event was his B7/8 singles.

Despite losing two of his three matches, Higgins’ combined losing margin was only four shots — highlighting the tight nature of his section.

Victoria had plenty of success overall, winning seven medals across eight events, finishing second.

One of the medal winners would have also been a familiar face to bowlers of the region.

Berrigan Shire Mayor Matt Hannan was one of 48 athletes from six states to compete, playing in triples, pairs and singles across six days.

Hannan played with Higgins in the triples event and missed finals action by shot difference in his B5/6 singles, but tasted success in the B5/6 pairs.

The Finley Bowling Club member went down 3-16 to South Australia in the semi final, but bounced back quickly to snare bronze 19-8 against NSW.

Former East Shepparton coach Josh Thornton was also recognised at the end of the tournament.

Thornton, along with Tony Bonnell and Ken Hanson, were unanimously voted winners of the Graham Golley Memorial Award.

The prestigious prize recognising achievement in the true spirit of lawn bowls at the international level, a deserving award for the trio’s Commonwealth Games gold medal efforts.

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