Football success inspires lawn bowler

Simpson lawn bowler Tom Spokes, right, hopes to continue his success from the football season.

Simpson lawn bowler Tom Spokes, right, hopes to continue his success from the football season.

SUCCESS on the football field has inspired Simpson lawn bowler Tom Spokes to make another tilt at a bowls premiership this season.

Spokes was a part of Simpson’s lawn bowls team which fell agonisingly short of winning last season, losing the grand final to Colac after finishing the home-and-away season in fourth place.

The team won its final eight games, including two do-or-die finals, to make the grand final, but stumbled at the final hurdle against the lakeside club.

But Spokes bounced back, and after recovering from a long-term shoulder injury he returned to the football field with his former Colac District Football League club Simpson in round 11.

He played in the Tigers’ final nine games, and booted three goals in the team’s 21.13 (139) to 5.6 (36) grand final win against Birregurra.

Spokes said the victory made up for the heartbreak of his bowls grand final defeat, but would spur him to get another crack in the 2014-15 Corangamite bowls season.

“The football premiership was definitely a pretty good consolation, but we’re looking pretty good for the bowls,” he said.

“We’re going to be up and firing this season.”

Spokes said he had recovered from a left shoulder injury which restricted him in the 18 months before his return to football.

The injury had failed to impede his lawn bowls, due to Spokes being a right-arm bowler.

“I hurt my left shoulder in 2012,” Spokes said.

“Before I came back this year I think I’d only played about two games in about 18 months,” he said.

“But it got through the end of footy season and it’s feeling good now.”

Spokes and his Simpson bowls teammates would aim to keep their unbeaten start to the bowls season alive tomorrow when they meet Camperdown Golf on the road.

In other bowls matches, Central hosts Apollo Bay, City welcomes Camperdown, Colac One travels to Cobden and Winchelsea hosts Colac Two.

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