Best bowlers decided

THE final of the North Gippsland qualifiers for state bowls events have been held.

In the men’s fours, the ever reliable Sale team of Matthew Higgins, Steve Chalmer, Mick Partridge and Ken Sceney secured another title, defeating West Sale’s Wayne Morris, Nick Wilson, Bill Lynch and Don Carmichael 17 shots to 15.

Higgins continued his winning form in the mixed pairs, teaming up with clubmate Kris McAlpine to defeat last year winner’s Bill Lynch (West Sale) and Jan Morton (Heyfield) 24-13.

Higgins then made in three in a row, winning the prestigious Champion of Champions singles over Maffra’s Ron Orchard. This was Higgins’ first win in this event, which has been dominated the past four years by Heyfield’s Rohan Kelly.

All division winners will contest the Gippsland region finals on February 25 and March 4 at Lakes Entrance. A win will secure them a position in the state finals, to be played in Bendigo from April 17 to 23.