Cheyne, Mills win Summerland Bowls Pairs
But the 19-year-old skip yesterday produced an almost perfect spell as lightning lit up the dusk Ballina sky to set up a 22-14 win over Wynnum-Manly’s Dale Jones and Taren Point’s Brendon Egan.
The current NSW Open singles champion and Australian under-25 representative practically blew away his challengers in setting up a 16-0 lead after nine ends.
Egan described it best when trying to sum up what happen on the Ballina Bowling Club green.
“We weren’t thinking (what’s going on), we were praying,” he said.
“When you’ve got opponents playing like that, there’s nothing you can do. For some reason we couldn’t nail the jack and when we did, they had the answer.
“All you can do is try your hardest, cross your fingers and hope for a bit of luck.”
But all the luck went the way of Cheyne and Redland Bay’s Mills.
“We just kept turning over heads – things went our way,” Cheyne said.
“We both found some really good form and when we play like that we’re going to be hard to beat.”
The win was Mills’ third Summerland Pairs, adding to the titles he claimed in 1985 and 1987.
“Twenty-one years I’ve been waiting,” Mills joked after the win.
“He (Cheyne) wasn’t even around then.”
Mills has been a regular at the tournament over the past two decades, but this was his first trip down from Redland Bay with his family friend Cheyne.
“I’ve known him since he was born,” Mills said.
“He has just been awesome the whole weekend. He hardly missed a shot.”
The pair won into the final after disposing of Ballina’s Alf Boston and Tony Scott 25-15 in the quarter finals, and breezed through their semi-final 19-6 over Peter Foster and Tory Makings of Ballina.
Egan and Jones’ path to the final saw them defeat Tweed pair Dave Bennet and Luke Edmonds 29-3 in the quarter-finals and John Lang of Ballina and Sydney’s Ray Pickard, 16-15, in the semi final.