PAIRS PRIZE

!KELVIN Kerkow managed to clean up at yesterday's South Tweed Classic Pairs lawn bowls tournament, despite feeling like he was bowling with a cake of soap.

The Commonwealth Games gold medallist and partner Errol Bartlett won the men's division 1 final at South Tweed Bowls Club after a week of play hampered by wet weather.

The South Tweed pair defeated Bribie Island twosome Anthony Griffiths and Mark Johnston 23-8, while Linda Morish and Brenda Thompson overcame home favourites Denise Knight and Di Cunnington in the women's division 1 decider.

South Tweeds Bowls Club chief executive officer Gordon Rhodes heaped praise on the bowlers who battled the wet conditions during the four-day tournament.

Rhodes said he was impressed with the competitors' ability to adapt to the wet.

"With the rain blowing sideways and the players struggling to keep their hands dry, Kelvin said it was like trying to throw a cake of soap," Rhodes said. "It is a real test of character and skill to play in those conditions."

and it is a real credit to the players that they were able to produce such quality bowls in that sort of weather."

Rhodes said one of the surprises of the tournament was Sydney-sider Ray Pickard's failure to reach the men's final, but Johnston and Griffiths were worthy finalists.

Johnston grabbed the early advantage yesterday before Kerkow won five consecutive ends to lead 9-2 after six. Johnston managed to take two singles on the next two ends but Kerkow then stamped his authority, forcing his rivals to concede the match after 18 ends.

Kerkow praised the Bribie Island pair for reaching yesterday's men's division 1 final.

"I haven't played against Mark Johnston before but congratulations to him, he beat some quality opposition to make the final and I think the conditions didn't do them any favours," Kerkow said.

The women's final was a thriller with Thompson holding on to win 18-15 after scoring a crucial two shots on the final end.

leading 16-15 in the final end nd although Cunnington went within a whisker of trailing the jack to make three with her second last bowl, her last fell short and narrow, handing Thompson the match.

Geoff Hawken and Ray Glasser took out the men's division 2 final and the corresponding women's fixture by Ria Bailey and Roselyn Griffin.



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