Alton's big finish lands club title

16:00, Dec 17 2012

Alton came from behind to win the Taranaki men's bowls division one interclub title at Stratford-Avon on Sunday.

Alton won five matches from six in the final two rounds to finish on 27 points in the TSB Realty-sponsored event. Paritutu were second on 26 points, then came Nolantown (25) and Fitzroy (24).

Alton reshuffled their side for the last two games, with the changes reaping dividends. After a loss in the morning to Dean Elgar (Vogeltown), Tony Koubaridis posted a vital 25-17 win over John Kurta (Fitzroy) in the afternoon.

Brothers Mark and Grant Anderson combined for two wins in the pairs, the last one a thrilling 20-19 effort over David Bennett (West End I), with Mark Anderson proving the difference.

Alton's four of Brian Anderson, Rex Ansley, John Roberts and Bruce Phillips also won twice, with the last one, a 17-7 win over Paritutu's Ian Andrews, sealing the overall result.

Paritutu, the overnight leaders, crashed in the pairs and fours. While Darren Goodin managed two wins, to finish with six from seven, John Reid and Rodger Hassall were well out-gunned.

After being trounced by Basil Newland and Grayson McEldowney (New Plymouth), they were well-beaten 28-16 by Fitzroy's Grant Pease and John Gray, who also had six wins in the tournament. Andrews' four had been edged out by Gary Lilley (West End I) in the morning.

West End II finished last with 14 points. Their place in the top echelon goes to Stratford-Avon after singles player Malcolm Hoskin continued his unbeaten run to lead the club to an emphatic victory in the second division.