Today’s National Open Pairs final was one for the history books, with two father-son combinations pitted against each other.
It was primed to be a significant win for whichever team claimed the gold. Hayden and Nigel Warnes have nine national titles between them - three of which they have won together - and Hayden is only one title away from an elusive gold star.
For 18 year old Nathan Trowell, this is only the second time he has attended the National Championships, and his first time pairing with dad, Malcolm, in this event. They have played a lot of bowls together locally and regionally, but the idea of winning a national title together is icing on the cake.
They defeated two-time Island Pairs Champions, Shaun Blackbourn and Joy Archer, in the semi final, while the Warnes combination overcame the unparalleled pairing of Grant l’Ami and Mike Phipps.
In the final, it was the Trowell’s who rose to the occasion; consistently putting bowls in the head and never really putting a foot wrong. They seized the lead on end one and managed to control the game through to the finish, ultimately winning 11-5.
A massive congratulations to Nathan and Malcolm on this momentous occasion, and to all place getters for their efforts.
It was also great to see Ross and Meryn Wright win the Bob Malcolm Memorial Trophy for married couple going the furthest. They are local representatives and a key part of the host volunteer team.
Access the full results here: https://docs.google.com/.../1gnPrOzvlRla2hBz5degIBjv.../edit