Unheralded player wins prized singles title
Who is he, was the big question on everyone's lips as West End's Dave Carey played some magic bowls to claim the South Canterbury open singles title.
Carey is a division two player for the West End club but after putting the big guns to the sword that could all change.
Carey even got past the talented Steve Jones, of Geraldine, in the final 21-19 to claim the crown.
Carey said some of his own club members weren't sure who he was.
"I could tell a few people were wondering as the day went on, they didn't have a clue who I was and really that's the way I like to keep it."'
It was the first major win for the 45-year-old and the first thing he did after the victory was ring his mother, in Gisborne.
Against Jones, Carey said they were tied 19-19 and he managed to sneak two shots.
Carey showed the coolness of a pro to win the prized trophy and keep it at West End after Barrie Andrews won it last year.
Carey was lucky to qualify.
He went down to Richie Kerr in first game and then he was down 19-7 against Tony Wilkinson but came back to win 21-20.
Care then stepped up in disposing of Dinga Bell and then defending champion Andrews, in the semifinal with ease.
In the final he was up against one of South Canterbury's best in Jones. With the scores level at 5-all, Jones drew a touchier and the next three followed suit with both playing fantastic bowls.
Carey went out 8-5 but Jones fought back to level scores 11-11.
Jones then hit lead 12-11 and the next end was tied as both bowls were touching kitty.
Carey then played sensational draw bowls and scored a three and then a four on consecutive ends to lead 19-13.
Jones clawed his way back to 19-19 and it was game on.
The last end was a beauty with six bowls within a metre of the kitty.
With Carey holding one, Jones had three seconds and was looking at plant to win the match but was wide.
With his last bowl Carey drew a sensational shot round Jones' bowl to snatch victory in an fantastic final.
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