Brett Duprez’s fairytale run at the South Pacific Bowls Carnival continued on Saturday as his team progressed to the semi-finals of the fours tournament.
The first semi-final will see the powerhouse team of Duprez, Wes Falconer, John Green and Barry Martin play the Dapto Citizens team of Chris Green, Brendon Aquilina, Rick Malley and Zac Gabrielsen.
Duprez’s crew began the day with a tight win over Luke Cocksedge’s experienced team that included Shane Leonard and nine-time South Pacific champion Shane Garvey.
The 42-year-old burst onto the lawn bowls scene when he became the youngest player to win a South Pacific singles title in 1994 at the age of 18. However he has not featured at the South Pacific Carnival for 15 years after entering semi-retirement.
Dapto will prove tough opposition, with the foursome claiming home ground advantage. The team picked up a big victory over Brett Pieper’s Albion Park team in the second round before overcoming a team featuring father-son combination Glenn and Jordan Taylor in the quarter-final.
Wednesday’s second semi-final will see Warren Hamilton, Wayne Toomey, Paul Robertson and Jake Hamilton take on Aaron Spears, Mick Ugarenko, Jack Forbes and Guy Vozza.
The two teams took divergent routes to the semi-final, with Hamilton’s team claiming a tight quarter-final 15-13 over a team featuring Scott Bateup. Conversely, Spears’ team blew their opponents away, deafeating a team featuring Steve Sprod and Paul Rooke 21-6.