FRANK Seaton, Ron Burge and Wayne Parks won the South Gippsland Region Mens Triples. They then went on to win the Strzelecki region against the West Gippsland winners.
This put the Inverloch team in the final 16 in the state.
The trio competed recently at the state finals in Bendigo. They played three knockout rounds of 18 ends to get to the final.
Their first round was against a Murray Downs team, winning comfortably – 22/11.
Their second round was played against Melbourne Cricket Club bowling team – a formidable team of young men, winning by just two shots 16/14.
As bad weather was forecast for the next day the organisers decided to play a third round on the same day.
This time they played a Bendigo East team with a home ground advantage.
The Inverloch team won convincingly 13/1 up on the 7th end, 20/10 up on the 15th end and winning 20/13. The trio was now in the grand final the next day.
Play commenced at 9.30am against a Warrnambool team. Scores were fairly even throughout the game. On the 16th end scores were level, then Warrnambool got 2 shots on the 17th.
Last end all bowls bowled except for Frank’s last bowl – the Inverloch boys were down 1 shot, Frank delivered his last bowl with weight, bounced the jack ‘forward’ and Inverloch scored 1 shot – a brilliant bowl. Unfortunately they lost the game by the narrowest of margins.
This has been the most successful Inverloch Bowling Club has done at the state finals in recent times.
The club was fortunate to have members compete in the Men’s Fours: Mick Coram, Glenn Scott, Mick Bowman and Wayne Parks; the Triples: Frank Seaton, Ron Burge and Wayne Parks; the Pairs: Mick Bowman and Dave Roberts; Singles: Frank Seaton; and Ladies Triples: Janis Parks in a composite team with Marilyn Forrest and Nics McKenzie.
All players should be proud of their efforts and have helped put Inverloch on the map in the bowling fraternity.