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Cartwright and Shilling add to swag of titles

Kyabram duo David Cartwright and Greg Shilling yesterday swelled their title haul together at Murchison Bowls Club.

MARC MCGOWAN December 24, 2012 4:15am

Kyabram skipper David Cartwright (right) applauds a bowl as Mooroopna Golf’s Col Watson watches in the GV State Champion of Champions Pairs final.


Kyabram duo David Cartwright and Greg Shilling yesterday swelled their title haul together at Murchison Bowls Club.

They combined with Russell Locke and Rob George to win last season’s Goulburn Valley State Fours before winning the Goulburn Valley State Triples with Paul McInnes in October and Kyabram’s club pairs last month.

Cartwright and Shilling then won both the Goulburn Valley State Fours — this time with clubmates Locke and Darren Boswood — and Goulburn Valley State Champion of Champions Pairs yesterday.

‘‘You never know when the last one will be,’’ Shilling said of their success.

‘‘You’ve got to have a positive attitude that you’ll do well and, when you enter, you want to go as far as you can. We might not win anything next year.’’

Cartwright and Shilling, who were also runner-up in last month’s Victorian Country Master Pairs, completed their day with a 19-14 success over Mooroopna Golf champions Col Watson and Col Wheelhouse.

The Golfers, who eliminated Stanhope’s Scott Donaldson and David Millard in the semi-finals, were 6-5 up through five ends of the 18-end decider, but their Kyabram opponents snatched the lead for good with a four-end, eight-shot surge.

The game threatened to blow out on the 14th end, with Cartwright and Shilling holding six shots and already boasting a six-shot advantage, but Watson moved the kitty to reduce the deficit to one.

Watson and Wheelhouse then picked up three shots on the next two ends to briefly buoy hopes of a comeback, but the Kyabram team steadied.

‘‘It’s good to play with David. He relies on me for the steady stuff and I rely on him for a bit of youth stuff,’’ Shilling said with a laugh.

‘‘He’s still only learning and he knows that, but he’s good to play with because he’s fair dinkum and plays to win, but if he doesn’t win, he’s a good sport.’’

Shepparton Golf’s Ernie Salvemini, who partnered Graeme Myers’ last-minute replacement Tom Goodwin, had the chance to end Kyabram’s chances in the semi-finals with his last bowl, but his attempt at the jack just missed.

Scores were level five times in Kyabram’s earlier Goulburn Valley State Fours final against East Shepparton’s Daniel and Paul Nichols, Chris Johnson and Des Walker. The decisive end was the 16th.

East Shepparton was holding at least one shot for most of the end until Cartwright trailed the jack with his last bowl to snare three shots and a 15-12 edge for Kyabram.

Two more shots followed on the penultimate end and East Shepparton skipper Daniel Nichols killed the first attempt at the 18th end before Kyabram eventually prevailed 18-12.

The result continued Boswood’s breakout campaign for Kyabram, which already included representing Goulburn Valley against Ovens and Murray and progressing to the singles knockout stage at last month’s Victorian Open.

The 42-year-old ex-Leitchville bowler did not start playing pennant for Kyabram until the start of this year and did not join division one ranks until this season.

‘‘I’m stoked and it is a really good feeling,’’ Boswood said.

‘‘David’s a good skipper and brings the best out of you. I feel a bit lucky, because there are blokes at Ky who have played there all their life and perhaps never had this opportunity.

‘‘They could have picked anyone (when George was unavailable), but we’ve all played really well to get to here and today we’ve all bowled really well again.’’

Boswood won the Northern District under-35 singles title in 2003.

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