Laing’s third title

January 07, 2018

Shane Laing and Murray Freshwater before the final.

Shane Laing has added a third Deniliquin Bowling Club men’s singles crown to his name.

Laing downed fellow Division One bowler Murray Freshwater 25-18 in a closely contested final, played recently.

‘‘It was very tight early on,’’ Laing said of the final, which is a race to 25.

‘‘I was lucky enough to win four or five ends on the trot mid-game which got me a bit of a break and I managed to hold it.

‘‘Murray’s a terrific bowler; guys like him are very hard to beat. I was just lucky on the day.’’

Laing said singles championships are difficult to win, and this year’s was equally as challenging as his 2010 and 2012 titles.

‘‘This year there were about 18 or 20 blokes in the draw, and all of them are very capable bowlers. There’s no doubt you need a bit of luck.

‘‘I had a very close call in one of the earlier games when I managed to get home by one shot against Ray Brown.

‘‘There was also a tough semi final against last year’s winner Stefan Truelsen (Laing won 25-20), who’s a great bowler. All games are a challenge.’’

Both Laing and Freshwater have been key players in Deniliquin Bowling Club’s successful season to date, with their Division One side second on the Campaspe Valley Bowls Division ladder at the Christmas break.

Pennant resumes on Saturday, January 11.

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