With all four bowlers chasing their first big club championship triumph there was always an extra sense of pride in the final of the Albion Park Minor Pairs.
Three former Dapto Huntley members and a six-year Albion Park local fought out one of the more cherished club deciders for 2020.
There were no Grade 1 superstars, no Zone 16 champions and not a rep bowler amongst them, but it was a day to live long in the memory for those involved.
On a picture-perfect Spring morning Graham Ball and Graham Magee clinched their biggest prize in bowls with a 26-17 victory over Eddie Weston and Don Ryman in the Eagles' Minor Pairs decider.
Graham Ball has been playing for a decade and said his first club title was a special achievement.
''It's a day you hope would come but I wasn't sure,'' he said.
''I was lucky enough to win a Major/Minor final six or seven years ago, but this is bigger.''
Ironically, he and partner Graham Magee had never met until the day before their first match of the event, with Ball a late replacement as Magee's partner.
Magee was among a group of around 20 bowlers who joined Albion Park after his former club Dapto Huntley folded a few years ago.
''The camaraderie at this club is great, everyone gets on and says hello to each other. It's a terrific club,'' Magee said.
For Don Ryman the result continued a finals jinx with now six runners-up in various club events for various clubs; but he still enjoyed being part of another decider.
And while Eddie Weston didn't finish on the winning side he's also come a long way since joining the Eagles' and playing Rookies back in 2014. In other Albion Park club championship results, twice Minor Singles runner-up Wayne Crouch claimed the Minor Singles crown with a 31-11 win over last year's finalist Grant Armstrong.
It was an excellent performance by Crouch, while Armstrong will surely be rewarded in the future after knocking on the title door a couple of times.
Brett Pieper won the Major Singles with a comeback 31-21 win over Corey Thompson.
The two-time Zone 16 Singles champion trailed 18-8 but went on a 13-0 run and from there was never headed.
It's a busy few weeks for Albion Park BC with Minor Pairs finalist Eddie Weston and fellow lower grader John Zoszak facing top graders Dave Gentles and Brett Duprez in a David vs Goliath Major Pairs final this Saturday.
The club has its Minor/Major Pairs, Handicap Singles and Mixed Pairs to complete, while on October 3 the Eagles are holding a members-only Handicap Pairs with $1000 prizemoney.
Just a couple of spots are yet to be filled with details from Brett Pieper
Lacey rallies for Citos title
Steve Lacey rallied from a double-figure deficit in the final to clinch the Minor Singles title at Dapto Citizens recently.
Lacey trailed Mark Cooper 25-14 but went on to claim a 31-28 triumph in a thrilling finale to the championship season.
In a match of shifting momentum, Cooper appeared in control at 25-14 but Lacey won seven straight ends to charge to a 29-25 lead.
Cooper then produced his own fightback to only trail 29-28 before Lacey picked up back-to-back singles to win an epic match.
Cooper beat Stewart Bourke 31-26 in his semi-final, while Lacey edged out James Clarke 31-29.
Meanwhile, Kim Suckley has won two ladies events at Dapto Citizens to continue her impressive season.
The 2020 Illawarra District Singles champion recently won Citos' Ladies Major Singles after beating Sophie Paseka in the final. Suckley and Chris Ellem then combined to beat Agnes Chalker and Sally Golding 26-9 in the final of the Ladies Nominated Pairs.
Chalker and Golding played well, but ran into opponents in superb touch.
Suckley produced the shot of the final on the 16th end when down in a crowded head she delivered a brilliant drive that took the kitty into the ditch, leaving her side holding three shots.
'Nobby' earns Bellambi reward
Bellambi BC veteran Geoffrey 'Nobby' Clark has been rewarded for years of hard work by claiming his first Major Singles title at his beloved club.
The popular figure around the greens at the Northern Suburbs club beat rookie bowler Rowan Allnutt in a quality 32-end final.
'Nobby' is among the most charismatic bowlers in Zone 16 and now has his name on the Bellambi honour roll as a Major Singles champion.
'Nobby' beat Howard Russell 31-27 in a 39-end semi-final, while Allnutt beat Chris Lewis 31-19 in their semi. Lewis upset two former Major Singles champions to reach the last four.
Allnutt, a former Woonona Shamrocks rugby stalwart has impressed in his first full year of bowls and has already tasted success at Bellambi in a non-association Club Singles event.
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