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Clancy, Freeman win Deniliquin RSL bowls titles

Deniliquin RSL Club's A grade bowling championships came to a head on Sunday, with preliminary matches in B and C grade also taking place.

December 12, 2013 11:20am

Frank Daniels and Bruce Clancy before battling it out in the A grade final.


Deniliquin RSL Club hosted its men’s and womens’ A grade championship finals in front of a bumper crowd at the club’s bowling greens on Sunday morning.

After an enthralling contest Bruce Clancy sealed the men’s title, while Linda Freeman took out the women’s crown.

Preliminary matches of the club’s B and C grade titles were being played at the same time, so there was plenty for spectators to look at.

After last week’s exciting semi-finals there was some doubt that the men’s grand final could maintain the high standard, but that was proved wrong when Clancy got out to an early advantage over his opponent Frank Daniels.

These two bowlers play in the same pennant team so bragging rights were a big motivation.

After 14 ends Clancy held a seven shot lead, 16-9. But then Daniels started to find his range and after another 11 ends he hit the lead for the first time in the match.

The score was 23-22 to Daniels and both bowlers were close enough to be able to win the race, which was the first bowler to reach 25.

Clancy won the next two ends, picking up three shots, to take the championship 25-23.

In the womens’ grand final, Freeman took on Chris Frampton. The crowd was probably expecting Freeman, the more experienced player, to win the game but Frampton took the fight right up to her.

In the early stages, Frampton was the surprise leader and after seven ends was three shots up, 9-6.

Freeman was starting to bowl better and reversed the position after 11 ends to be in front by three shots, 13-10.

Frampton picked up six shots on the next two ends to snatch the lead back but it wasn’t to last.

Experience came to the fore and Freeman won five of the next six ends, picking up 15 shots to one in the process. The final score was an 11-shot win to Freeman, 28-17.

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