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Volume 52, No. 20, October 29, 2009
By Scotty Tobias
IT TOOK a five-year plan to end a quarter of a cen-
tury of losing but Navy lawn bowlers have delivered
in spectacular style, claiming their first-ever National
Lawn Bowls Champions crown.
Held recently in Brisbane, the reactions from the
team were as contrasting as their blend of youth and
experience. While the young guns were high on excite-
ment, some of the old guard shed tears as they hugged
one another and looked back on an era of disappoint-
ments at the hands of Army and Air Force.
Team Manager PO Steve Adams said that, to people
such as PO Phil Black, his "old man" WO Dave Adams
and all of the senior members, it meant "a hell of a lot,
because they saw it all unfold".
The trio created the Navy's lawn bowls develop-
ment plan in 2004 with two goals -- winning the national
Service title within five years as well as developing the
skills of young bowlers.
PO Adams said the moment was perfect.
"Having the original president and founder of the
club, who is also my father, on location for the historic
event was an awesome feeling," he said.
Navy's first encounter was against Army, the most
successful Service in the competition's 25-year history.
Confidence was high in the Navy camp with the addi-
tion of some young guns and because earlier in the week
Navy were the core of the winning NSW side in the state
They won on three of the four rinks to record an 84-
69 shot victory; however, it gave no indication of how
they would perform in the next round against last year's
runners-up, APS, who defeated Air Force in the other
round one match.
After 15 minutes of play APS were tied with Navy
and that's as close as they got. The last hour saw Navy's
master board flip over like an old digital clock, such was
their relentless scoring. Their 102-49 win was a clear
announcement they had finally arrived as a force in lawn
History was beckoning as play got underway in
Navy's final match against Air Force. The 2008 champi-
ons were magnificent in their match against Army, turn-
ing a 13-31 deficit into an 82-70 victory and were a slim
chance, as were APS, if Navy could fall in a hole.
Scores were 20 shots apiece before Navy began to
assert their dominance. Their class and energetic enthu-
siasm enabled them to forge ahead by 27 shots and then
with 30 mins left in the match the mood on the green
changed. The high fives and exuberance, so much a
feature of Navy's play throughout the week, were put on
hold, perhaps tempered by the knowledge nothing was
going to stop them. Eventually they won 82-59 to claim
an historic win.
Navy also picked up the major share of individual
awards with PO Murray Piggott judged player of the
series, AB Glen Morris best third and CPO Brad Bessell
best novice and best lead.
They were simply too good, with PO Adams agreeing
2009 just might be the year Navy launched its juggernaut
of talent into a new era of Defence lawn bowls.
"We'll continue to tap into the unknown talent,
because if we don't do that it will give the other Services
a chance to catch up," he said.
"I'm pretty confident we will have the majority of
our bowlers for the next 10 years and all of them, includ-
ing the big guns, will have to fight for their position." TOO GOOD
JUMP FOR JOY:
An elated PO
Phil Black cheers
bowl from his
win against APS.
(Inset left and right)
PO Murray Piggot
was judged player
of the series in the
Photos: CPL Andrew
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