SOUTH PACIFIC SINGLES FINAL
South Pacific player of the carnival Shane Garvey won the pairs title, while John Green had an early 50th birthday celebration with a 31-22 victory over Garvey in Saturday's singles final.
Garvey became the first player in 54 years of the carnival to reach all three finals, but fatigue from 25 matches in nine days and excellent play from his opponents left him to miss out on the singles and fours titles.
However, he was able to win the pairs with Robin Smith, the 22-14 win over a determined Scott Bateup and Hemi Palmer gave Garvey a ninth South Pacific crown - one more than Matt Sargeant and Green - who claimed his second singles crown.
"I was flat and it was a battle all day," Garvey said.
"I'm thankful to win the pairs. I had a great carnival and it's nice to come away with a title."
While Garvey battled fatigue, Green was a deserved singles champion after nine convincing wins over four playing days.
Capped 33 times for NSW, Green said it was a special win.
"We didn't see anywhere near the real Shane Garvey, but I feel very, very happy to have won the singles again," Green said.
"It's a tournament close to my heart and always will be.
"My wife keeps asking me to take a cruise at New Year's and I keep saying we'll do it when I don't make a final at the South Pacific. In the past 10 years only one year I haven't played on finals day - so next year we won't be going on a cruise."
While the 2013 singles tournament had many highlights - with maybe Garvey's 31-26 semi-final win over 14-year-old Dylan Skinner the defining match - the final was an anticlimax, with Green simply too strong and leading 21-7 at one stage.
Green turns 50 on Wednesday and has a big week ahead as best man at the wedding of Wayne Turley - the 2006 Commonwealth Games gold medallist.
"I am going to celebrate this win," Green said.
"It was great to win my first singles (2010), but to beat Shane Garvey is pretty special."
With the senior South Pacific over for another year, attention turns to the Junior South Pacific hosted by Warilla BC for five days from Monday, January 14.
David Tyrrell, Martin O’Brien, Geoff Walker, Rick Malley (skip, Windang) df Jamie Mitchell, Jesse Noronha, Matt McIntyre, Shane Garvey (skip, composite) 17-12
John Green (Taren Point) df Shane Garvey (Wiseman Park) 31-22
Robin Smith, Shane Garvey (Wiseman Park) df Hemi Palmer, Scott Bateup (Comp) 22-14