North Taranaki indoor bowler Grant L'Ami is now a nine-times national champion after teaming with Mike Phipps to win the national indoor bowls pairs competition at Napier yesterday.
L'Ami and Phipps, of Tauranga, came from behind to beat 20-year-old Waikato bowler Teri Anderson and her Waikato team-mate Joy Archer 6-5 in the final.
Anderson and Archer held a small lead for much of the game and were one up starting the last end.
But the Waikato pairing found the pressure too much and conceded two shots on the final end.
L'Ami is now only one win away from becoming the first indoor bowler to gain two gold stars for 10 titles. For Phipps, yesterday's win was his seventh national title.
It was a case of so near and yet so far for Anderson at the nationals.
For the second time in three days she had to settle for the runner-up prize, having lost the singles to Ashley Diamond, of Canterbury, on Sunday.
L'Ami drew a laugh after the game when he thanked his lead for his good bowls in the final end.
In the past four years, L'Ami has won the singles, pairs, triples and fours.
In the semifinals L'Ami and Phipps beat Jan Low and Warwick Gray, of Southland, 14-5.
Anderson and Archer beat Paul Voorend and Avon Compton, from North Wellington, 7-4.
- Taranaki Daily News
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