NATIONAL $60,000 CLUB 5 A SIDE – EASTBOURNE EAGLES CROWNED ULTIMATE CHAMPIONS

After the 12th staging of this most prestigious event, international raiders Eastbourne Eagles from New Zealand have claimed the Club Helensvale $60,000 National Club 5 a Side in spectacular fashion.

In a rematch of last years Grand Final, the Eagles overcame defending champions Broadbeach Bulls in a nail biting final.

Eastbourne won both pairs and fours matches with a margin of ten shots going into the singles and fours disciplines.

The Bulls Ryan Bester kept their hopes alive by winning his singles match 21 – 18 after a phenomenal last bowl saw him steal the three shots required to take victory.

At this point in time The Bulls had won seven ends in a row to come from behind in their fours match, meaning they required just two shots from the last two ends to claim back to back titles.

The second last end didn’t go to plan for the Bulls, with the Eagles finishing off the stronger to claim their first title and the $20,000 first prize by a slender 3 shot margin.

Earlier in the day the Eagles defeated NSW State Pennant Champions Cabramatta Bull Ants in one semi while the Bulls overcame local favourites Helensvale Hawks in the other semi.

The Eagles included four ex Kiwi Internationals Gary Lawson, Jamie Hill, Justin Goodwin and Philip Skoglund, making up the five was Australia’s current number 1 ranked player David Ferguson.

Hill was their only change from last years event after being a late withdrawal in 2017. Mike Carroll made way for Hill to return and took up the role as team manager.

In exciting news for the sport of bowls in NZ, hot off the press during our post game interview, Gary Lawson has declared himself back out of retirement after the Eagles maiden victory today!

Congratulations to all our finalists, competitors and very worthy champions on making this the best competition in the world – what a privilege to have witnessed such outstanding games on our greens over the last four days.

Don’t forget all of today’s action was professionally live streamed so if you missed any of the excitement it can all be relived by visiting our Club Helensvale Facebook page.

For further information contact:
Lynsey Clarke – 0401 643 958
bowlscoordinator@clubhelensvale.com.au

The mighty talented Broadbeach Bulls have claimed their maiden National $60,000 5 A Side title today in spectacular fashion defeating the international NZ , star-studded club side from Eastbourne – 3 matches to 1. Broadbeach had been the most consistent and in-form club of the competition, leading the field from Day 2 of play and all the way through the event. But on finals day it all begins again and it was anyone’s title for the taking.

After defeating Mt Lewis in the morning matches of their semi final encounter, Broadbeach were full of confidence riding in to the final. However newcomers to the event, Eastbourne, were also riding their own high after defeating last years runner up, St Johns Park in their semi final clash. As the crowd eagerly anticipated what was scripted to be an almighty classic grand final battle, they weren’t disappointed – witnessing some of the best bowls the Club Helensvale greens have ever seen. It was a blow for blow match up in the first of the disciplines with game points split after Eastbourne took the pairs encounter by 1 shot and Broadbeach winning the triples by 15.

However when it came down to the singles and fours discipline, it was the Ryan Bester show that put the final nail in the coffin for Eastbourne, after hewas clinical in his singles performance defeating David Ferguson 21- 10. The 11 shot singles victory left the overall margin of 25 shots too big of a mountain to climb for the Eagles fours – shaking hands after 10 ends with Broadbeach in front 12-4.

Congratulations to our eleventh and newest champions, Broadbeach, on your maiden title and claiming the $20,000 first prize winners cheque, to Eastbourne for being gallant in Grand Final defeat, and to the talented sides from Mt Lewis and St Johns Park on finishing equal third in one of the toughest and most prestigious events in the country.

(For those interested, our live streamed featured finals matches have been saved and are able to be viewed via our Club Helensvale Facebook page)

Author: Lynsey Clarke
Gold Coast Hawk,  Australian Team Captain, Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist