Dave scores singles crown
LAWN BOWLS: Dave Bent has been crowned the district singles lawn bowls champion for 2016.
The 71-year-old from Yeppoon Bowls Club secured the title with a 25-16 win over John Lenon from Diggers Memorial in the final played at Gracemere.
He defeated Clem Magee (Rockhampton) and Paul Schafferius (North Rockhampton) to make it to the decider, while Lenon had wins over Nick Jones (Gracemere) and Fred Carrington (Victoria Park).
Bent is the first player who uses a bowling arm to win the title.
"This is definitely my best individual victory,” he said. "I've been involved in wins in team events but when you are playing singles it's all down to you so it was a thrilling win.
"I was very relieved and happy to get the result. It had been quite a long day; the first game I played went to 33 ends and took nearly three hours.
"I was 4-nil behind at the start of the final and got a four to catch up. I managed to establish a pretty good lead but John was coming back quite nicely so I was quite relieved to get a three and finish it off.”
It is the first time Bent has won the singles championship. He did make the playoffs several years ago only to be eliminated in the first round by Magee, the same bowler he beat at the same stage this time around.
"I think the win came down to consistency. I played some consistent bowls which is what you've got to do to keep winning,” he said.
Bent was given clearance to use a bowling arm about five years ago after an existing back injury made it difficult for him to compete.
"It took a while to get used to it but of course all the bowling knowledge you had before still applies,” he said.
"It gives people back the delivery they had before. When you're in pain trying to bowl it plays havoc with your performance because you can't bend and stay in the proper position long enough.”
Bent joined the Yeppoon Bowls Club about 11 years ago.
"A friend of mine was going to join and it was something I had been thinking about doing myself. I went along with him and I've been involved in it ever since.
"I've had all kinds of roles there, including president and chairman of the board.
"I've really enjoyed my time there and I've got a lot out of it.
"Every game is different, it's always challenging and it's a wonderful social activity for many, many people in the community.”