Shepparton's Tim Piastri's dream came true on Sunday when he bowled the perfect game on his way to winning his second Masters tournament at Star Bowl.OLIVER CAFFREY July 16, 2014 3:15am
Shepparton’s Tim Piastri has joined an elite club.
The 300 club.
Piastri, 35, threw down a perfect game during Shepparton Tenpin Bowling Association’s annual Masters tournament at Star Bowl on Sunday.
It capped an incredible run of recent form for Piastri, who began bowling when he was six years old.
He said the pain of a 299 game earlier in the competition spurred him on to achieve the rare feat.
‘‘My legs were shaking and going all over the place heading into the last bowl, but I was a bit more confident with the 299 and getting so close, as well as the disappointment in a way,’’ Piastri said.
‘‘I was so close to a strike earlier in the day to almost get 300, but to finally do it now is pretty surreal and a bit of a dream come true.
‘‘Maybe kicking a goal after the siren to win a grand final, maybe it would be that sort of feeling, it’s just incredible.
‘‘Two-hundred-and-eighty-nine was my highest before the competition and that was about a month ago, so I’ve been bowling pretty well for a while.’’
The unforgettable game propelled him to his second straight open men’s STBA Masters win.
Star Bowl has wasted no time in honouring Piastri, with a plaque already hanging in the Fryers St complex.
After achieving the ultimate personal glory, Piastri is looking ahead to new challenges.
‘‘I’ve been probably practicing a bit more lately and you’re always learning new things about bowling — the professionals say you never can learn enough about bowling,’’ Piastri said.
‘‘I bowled at the Australian Open last year and I’m looking to go on further with that and keep making Country Cup teams.
‘‘It’s my passion and it’s a really great sport that anyone can do — it doesn’t matter whether you’re six or you’re 90, you can bowl.’’
Meanwhile, other winners during the Masters tournament were Denece Jones (open women), Kevin McNally (classic), Ian McMahon (graded), Michelle Farren (special graded), Kevin Wilkins (senior men) and Wendy Cowland (senior women).
Two Stanhope men were arrested after police executed warrants at a residential property on Friday last week.
Pete O’Neill and Abby Hicks are national champions at the completion of the 2015 Australian Barefoot Championships held last week.
Popular Tatura hairdresser Gabrielle Dodd and her English beau Daniel Coombs were married at Sacred Heart Church on Friday.
Mindless vandals have smashed a charity collection container and stolen what is believed to be hundreds of dollars worth of donations at a Moama play park.
When you are 16 and aiming for the sky you know there is a hard road to hoe. Eamonn Tiernan caught up with budding AFL prospect Joe Atley to find out what goes on inside the mind of a teenage rising star.
Local MP calls for community applications
A special event will take place at Pioneer Park on Sunday.
Jerilderie's born and bred Madeleine Harris has been recognised for her banking and finance career
Concerned Costerfield residents had the chance to voice their antimony health concerns last week after an independent facilitator was appointed.
More than 600 people enjoyed the Rumble in the Gums youth event on April 11 at the Cobram skate park.
Nationals locked in for 5 years
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
Emergency services are on scene of a two-car crash on the Midland Hwy, near Benalla. Two people have died. Traffic is being diverted.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.