Matt Miles signed off on his time at Warilla and partnered Jesse Noronha to clinch their first Illawarra Open Pairs title, in an all-Gorillas final at Windang Bowling Club.
Miles has joined Dapto Citizens as their new bowls coordinator but enjoyed the perfect farewell with the representative pairing beating Joel Mulholland (subbing for Toby Peters) and Shane Leonard 27-11 in the final.
Noronha won the Zone 16 Triples as a teenager but now he and Miles will chase a state title and represent Warilla and Illawarra at the State Champs in October.
The champions won five matches, surviving a huge scare with a 24-23 last-end win over Towradgi’s Anthony Jones and Pete Bonsor in round three.
They also had a tough 22-18 win over Dapto Citizens’ Terry Seton and Trevor Suckley in their quarter-final, before ending the strong run of Figgy Bowlo’s John Chetcuti and Pedro Torres 24-10. After a round one bye, Peters and Leonard beat Corrimal’s Kevin Ireland and Jarrod Beckford 21-8 and posted a 19-11 win over Kiama’s Gavin and Dean Aitken.
The young Warilla pair beat Towradgi’s Robert Slater and Shane Gill 25-12, before Mulholland took Peters place for the semi, with Mulholland-Leonard posting a 22-19 win over Thirroul’s Carl Morgan and Shane Jones.