Peter Macdonald is the new Tuross Head Men’s Bowls Club Champion following an outstanding win in the final of the 2021 Major Singles Championship. After excellent wins in their respective semi-final matches, Macdonald had the challenge of playing 2019 Champion Noel Downie – and did he rise to the challenge!
From the outset Macdonald was focussed on the task. He quickly found his weight and line and was able to get the better of the very tight opening ends. Downie was competing well at this stage but Macdonald was managing to narrowly win the ends. He established a lead of 8 – 2 before the first real move in the game. Over the next six ends Macdonald dominated play and he extended his lead to 20 – 3.
Despite his good advantage, Macdonald was aware that Downie is a very tenacious opponent and that things could turn around quickly – and it did! Downie showed his fighting spirit as he chipped away at the deficit. After another 9 tough ends the margin was reduced to 23 – 17 and the pressure on both players grew.
It was at this stage of the game that Macdonald played the really important bowls. On several ends Downie held the advantage only to see Macdonald play a great bowl to grab the shot or at least restrict any damage. In the end Macdonald took the title with a 31 – 19 victory.
It is a great reward for Macdonald who started the game as underdog but showed he has the game to compete with the best players in the Club. It was only last year that he won the Minor Singles after featuring in the final several times. This time he took the Major event in his first final!! The foundation of his win was consistently high standard draw bowling supported by his ability and confidence to play judicious on shots when required. Downie competed hard but he was the first to admit that he was out played on the day. Congratulations to both players for a great game in front of good crowd of supporter