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McLeod holds nerve to win district bowls championship

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Neil McLeod from Ocean Shores won the final of the District Reserves Singles beating a defiant Ben Leeson from Mullumbimby by just one point, 31–30.

Leeson was fast out of the blocks in the first to 31 event, and took a 14–6 lead before McLeod fought back to establish a strong position with a five-shot lead at 27–22.

But Leeson refused to buckle and the match was soon poised at 30 shots all.

With Leeson holding two shots Neil ‘Steel’ McLeod played the bowl of the day to secure the one shot needed to secure the title.

Both players provided an outstanding display in what was a fitting final.

Mullum singles

In the semifinals of the Mullumbimby Bowling Club’s Major Singles, Trent Foreman raced to a 15–5 lead over Scott Hogan, before Hogan steadied and fought back.

Hogan was then able to scoot away over the final stages to record a 31–23 victory over a gallant Foreman.

In the second match Mark Hogan raced away to a 20–5 lead over a shell-shocked Jeff Morgan before taking the match 32–13.

Next week sees the Hogan brothers face off for the Championship.

In social bowls Michael Lardi, Andrew Moroney and Larry Henry defeated Sam Abraham, Michael Burke and Ben Leeson 21–16.

Ian Carlin and Sharon Thomas edged out Rose Wainwright and Glen Abbott 17–14, while Ian Weir and Ross Graham beat Clint Marsh and Darrin Blake 22–9.


Neil ‘Steel’ McLeod proved his nickname apt by holding on in a thriller and claim the local title. Photo: Boonman

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