Apollo Bay creates history with first title

Apollo Bay lawn bowlers celebrate the club’s first ever Division One grand final win following Saturday’s victory against Simpson.

Apollo Bay residents are celebrating after the coastal town’s Division One bowls team recorded their first Corangamite Bowls grand final win.

The Wolves defeated Simpson 99-86 in the history making match bouncing back after grand final heartbreak last year.

Little separated three of the rinks, with Apollo Bay skipper Ian Johnson’s rink playing a big part in the Wolves’ overall win.

Johnson’s rink defeated Simpson’s Leigh Mahoney, 27-15, while fellow Apollo Bay skipper Mark Featherston claimed a one-shot win against young gun Brad Campbell, 28-27.

Apollo Bay’s Jason Bertrand and Paul Cameron drew the remaining rinks against Tom Spokes, 21-21, and Darryl Wiggins, 23-23.

The Wolves’ Neil ‘Freddie’ Welsh said Simpson were worthy opponents in the match and the Bay was ecstatic to walk away with the silverware.

“It’s the best thing that’s happened to the town for a couple of years, we lost last year, so it’s great to win this year,” Welsh said.

“It’s the most amazing thing.”

Welsh said Simpson managed to get within five or seven shots during the game, but Apollo Bay spent a majority of the day 12 to 13 shots ahead.

“We got out of the box a bit and Simpson came back within about seven shots and it was game on,” he said.

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