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    2019 - 01.21

    The 2015 Setsplay Singles champion David Ryan (left) with runner-up Jerome Coles.
    Nanjing Night Net

    DAVID Ryan has taken out the Brendan’s Australia Tours Setsplay Singles Championship for the second time.

    The bowler from Essendon defeated Jerome Coles in a tense four set final which finished under lights.

    Both Ryan and Coles were pushed to the maximum in their respective semi finals where Ryan overcame Richard Martin (Hamilton) in a three set battle, while Coles was also taken to three sets in his semi final by Stawell’s Andrew Sharp.

    In the grand final it was Coles who got off to a flying start taking out the first set, seven shots to five. However, it was Ryan’s experience and composure under pressure that saw him steady and take out the next three sets 7-3, 7-6, 7-4.

    Spectators who stayed to watch the final were treated to some of the best bowls ever seen in Ararat, with both finalists showing why they were in the final vying for the title.

    In accepting the $1000 prize money and trophy, Ryan paid special thanks to Brendan’s Australian Tours as the sponsor of the championship and also acknowledged the Ararat Bowls Club for conducting the event

    The sectional rounds of the championship were completed a weekend earlier with 16 bowlers returning to the greens to contest the finals.

    While there were a number of experienced and well performed bowlers from previous championships who won through in the sections, there were also some new and relatively unknown and untested ‘dark horses’.

    The 2014 defending champion, Len Kean from Bridgewater, was in devastating form and won his section without dropping a set to his opposition.

    Eventual runner up Coles showed again his class for such a young bowler and previous winners, Anthony Mathison and David Ryan, also won through their respective sections.

    Grampians Bowls Division bowlers also featured in the knockout finals. Peter Oehm (Aradale), Andrew Sharp (Stawell) and Chalambar’s Karen Brennan ensured the visitors wouldn’t have things all their own way.

    Results (finals)

    S Meale lost to Jerome Coles 7-0, 7-5; P Matthews lost to K Brennan 7-3, 7-4; A Sharp 3-7, 7-2, 7-5 def A Mathison; C Skene 7-3, 7-6 def J Robertson; D Ryan 7-6, 7-5 def L Kean; C Bryant lost to C Dawson 5-7, 7-5, 7-1.

    Quarter finals: P Oehm lost to J Coles 7-0, 1-7, 7-0; K Brennan lost to A Sharp 7-1, 6-7, 7-2; C Skene lost to D Ryan 7-6, 3-7, 7-6; C Dawson lost to R Martin 7-0, 7-4.

    Semi finals: J Coles 0-7, 7-6, 7-2 def A Sharp; D Ryan 4-7, 7-3, 7-6 def R Martin.

    Final: D Ryan 5-7, 7-3, 7-6, 7-4 def J Coles.

    Section winners

    Section 1: Richard Martin (Hamilton). Section 2: Len Kean (Bridgewater). Section 3: Peter Oehm (Aradale). Section 4: Craig Bryant (Heathmont). Section 5: Peter Matthews (Melton). Section 6: Conrad Dawson (The Avenue). Section 7: Andrew Sharp (Stawell). Section 8: Karren Brennan (Chalambar). Section 9: Darren Gordon (Dunkeld). Section 10: Craig Skene (Camperdown Golf). Section 11: David Ryan (Essendon). Section 12: Jerome Coles (North Balwyn). Section 13: James Robertson (Warracknabeal). Section 14: Stan Meale (City Oval). Section 15: Anthony Mathison (Kyneton). Section 16: Peter Brown (Murtoa).

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