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Men's Championship Pairs Finals Day

posted Jan 18, 2017, 1:21 PM by Balmoral Bowls   [ updated Jan 18, 2017, 1:25 PM ]
Last Sunday  the semi-finals  and final  for the 2016-17 Men's Pairs Championships were played.  

The semi finals saw  Artem Chesnokov & Scott Harrison  vs.  Odie Walter & Matt Johnson  and  Roger Gardiner & Rex Bell vs. Warren Tritt & Steve Kirwan square off  to meet to the final.
The Johnson pairing made no race of it in their semi with the Harrison pairing, getting out off the blocks to an early 9-1  lead and were never headed when the concession came in the 13th end leading 14-4.  

The other semi final was a complete contrast, with the match a tight tussle  and all square at the 13th end.  With the Kirwan pairing holding the mat, they put on a single point  in the 14th  and 2 points on the last  to make it through to the final. 

The final saw the the Kirwan pair turn the tables initially,  getting out to a 7-1 lead  by the 6th end.   From here the Johnson pairing lifted their game and  pulled back to within 2 points after  8 ends and then overtook  the Kirwan pairing to lead 11-9 after 13 ends.  

A tight 14th end  saw the jack move away from the Kirwan bowls holding shots  to give the  Johnson pairing a single,  who then closed with two on last  to win 14-9.

Congratulations to Odie and Matt on a day where a really high standard of bowls was displayed  by all finalists.

  2016/17 Mens Pairs Champions Matt Johnson & Odie Walter