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CPO Phil Black fulfilled a childhood
dream when he delivered the winning
draw shot for ACT in the state-versus-
state competition at the Australian
Services Bowls Association (ASBA)
"I equate it to a kid growing up
dreaming of kicking a goal after the
siren to win a footy grand final," CPO
Black, of HMAS Harman, said.
Teammates and players from the
opposing Victorian team lined the green
to watch skip CPO Black take the final
shot, so the pressure was intense.
ACT was leading 74-72 but it was
lying four shots down and CPO Black
needed to draw at least second shot to
"I let it go and drew second shot
-- ACT win, history made. I was abso-
lutely stoked," he said.
It was the first time ACT had won
the state competition in the tourna-
ment's 28-year history, and capped
off a stellar tournament for Navy lawn
bowlers at Booval, Queensland, from
The nationals consists of two
events: state-versus-state and service-
versus-service. Navy easily won the
service champions trophy for the third
time in four years.
CPO Black was named player of
the series, and eight Navy players were
named in the 16-man ASBA national
team and two more named as reserves.
Three of the four rinks will be skip-
pered by Navy.
On top of that, further representa-
tive honours await PO Jason Smith
who has qualified through a civilian
tournament for the Australian open
singles, the southern hemisphere's
most important bowls event, to be
played in Melbourne in February.
PO Smith, of HMAS Albatross,
was also one of the skips in the ACT
side and has been a teammate of CPO
Black since 1999.
"We have a great rapport. We all
know how passionate Blackie is about
bowls and trying to do well which is
what I like," he said.
"Whenever we bowl together we
always wear our Navy gear which is a
highlight for me."
PO Smith said he had used his
omission from last year's ASBA
national squad as motivation to
improve his bowls.
"I was gutted and had a good look
at myself and my attitude and it really
cemented in my mind I could bowl at
this level," he said.
"I'm more relaxed and tend to
enjoy playing bowls more for myself
these days than always trying to
impress other people."
Navy's 3-0 demolition to win the
interservice title was of no surprise to
the Navy camp.
"When you are the short priced
favourite there is pressure to deliver.
We are very happy with our perfor-
mance and determined to retain our
dominance," Navy skip CPO Murray
Volume 55, No. 19, October 11, 2012
CPO Phil Black's
final bowl decides
Photo: POIS Rex Hunt
Navy's representatives: LS
Andrew Batterham, of HMAS
Kuttabul; CPO Phil Black, of
HMAS Harman; LS Stephen
Patterson, of HMAS Stir-
ling; AB Andrew Peasley,
of HMAS Cerberus; CPO
Murray Piggott, of Stirling;
LS Luke Piper, of Cerberus;
CPO Wade Vidulich, of Kut-
tabul; SMN Jason Wilson, of
Reserves: CPO Brad Bes-
sell, of Cerberus; PO Jason
Smith of HMAS Albatross.
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