A TOP-TIER competition has been run and won at the Leeton and District Bowling Club.
The 46th consecutive running of the L&D's Eurell Pairs was conducted recently with a local L&D side taking home the sought-after prize.
The event, which first started in 1975, has been conducted on a date in December in every year since.
It still attracts a high calibre field of entrants each time.
In 2021 it was no different and, after three qualifying rounds, five teams were left to play off in the finals.
The sides were quickly whittled down to the two finalists, with Wayne Everett and Graham Stockton facing off against Leon Maybon and Tim Barnes.
One strange facet of lawn bowls is that ex-footballers tend to make good bowlers.
This is despite the fact that the skill set required in both sports could not be farther apart.
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Out of the four bowlers in this final for example, three had played rugby league at a senior Riverina level in days gone by.
The five-end final was a dramatic affair with Barnes and Maybon going in as slight favourites.
On the final end with Everett and Stockton holding a slender one-shot lead, Barnes drew his last bowl to win the end and the six-all score line meant an extra end was required.
Everett proved to be the difference in this extra end with his accuracy proving too difficult to overcome and ensuring a one-shot win, which meant an overall score of 7-6 and a victory to himself and Stockton.
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