Mark Larsen skipped his team to three knockout wins and a place in the semi-finals of the South Pacific fours on Saturday. Picture: GREG TOTMANLAWN BOWLS
Matt McIntyre landed a six when trailing by eight shots against nine-time South Pacific Carnival champion Shane Garvey in a stunning comeback fours quarter-final victory at Towradgi Bowling Club.
McIntyre, the reigning carnival pairs champion, was trailing 12-4 and down a shot on the end when he picked up a six with his final bowl.
Garvey was outstanding for his all-Wiseman Park team and led 15-10 with five ends to play before McIntyre won the next four ends – picking up nine shots – to claim a 19-16 victory.
“The six turned the game,” said McIntyre who left Warilla to become bowls co-ordinator at Dubbo Railway BC almost 12 months ago.
“Down 12-4 and a shot down on the end it was a timely six. We finished strong and anytime you get past a team with Shane Garvey in it you have to play well,” McIntyre said.
“We’re playing well but you can’t take anything for granted. There are some good teams still left in it.
“For me it’s great to come back here and play the South Pacific and I’m particularly enjoying playing the pairs and fours with [my brother] Mick.”
Joining the McIntyres are Warilla’s Jesse Noronha and Warilla’s new recruit Greg Jeans, who knocked out two-time South Pacific singles champion John Green in the singles on Sunday.
Matt McIntyre, Jeans and Noronha remain contenders in the other disciplines after winning their sections in pairs and singles.
Matt McIntyre and partners take on the composite team skipped by Matthew Crawford in Saturday’s fours semi-final at headquarters Towradgi.
Crawford and teammates Chris McLay, DJ Dilworth and Simon Little had a hard-fought 15-12 quarter-final win over Reagan Marmont’s all-Corrimal side.
Two more composite teams skipped by Adam Favell and Mark Larsen will meet in the other semi-final after both teams won three 15-end matches on Tuesday.
Larsen was the difference as he and David Tyrrell, Alan McDonald and Paul Woods beat stand-in skip Tony Crompton 18-11 in their quarter-final.
Favell, playing with Adam Bielderman, Aaron Spears and Mick Anderson advanced to the last four following a 15-7 victory over an all-Albion Park side skipped by Paul Bednall.
The carnival continues with knockout singles on Wednesday before a rest day on New Years Day and sectional pairs on Friday.
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