RALPH Tieman and Geoff Doyle from Cremorne Bowls and Community Club are the toast of the town after taking out top honours at the Tasmanian senior lawn bowls championships.
The two bowlers combined together – Mr Tieman as skip and Mr Doyle as lead – to advance as winners in the pairs event played at Trevallyn Bowls Club in Launceston in mid-February.
The win is both players’ first major title after playing with each other for numerous years.
“We’ve played a lot of games together and I think we know each other’s game well enough now that we play to one another’s strengths,” Mr Tieman said.
“We give one another opportunities, we stay out of each other’s way and it has been a very strong combination for a couple of years now.”
On their journey to the final, the pair faced a number of previous and current state players.
“We’re well aware that the competition was far greater than we’ve had to play against in the past,” Mr Tieman said.
“It was a matter of trying to stay in the game and hope we could fall across the line, but to watch them play and have a front row seat was great.”
Mr Doyle said the win was due to years of dedication and hard work.
“If you play against the best, you give your best,” he said.
“I strive to play as good as I can, so I train a lot and give my best every game.
“It’s an achievement that myself and my partner are very proud of.”
The pair said it was a huge win for not just them, but also the Cremorne Bowls Club.
“Cremorne’s a small club – a very proud little club – and anything that puts us out there and makes people aware of who we are and where we are is terrific,” Mr Tieman said.
The title is the first state championship win for the club since its inception in 1963.
“The club has been building to something like this for four years,” Mr Doyle said.
“We have a very good code of players that know what they need to do and how they need to do it and everyone gets on very well with everyone.”
Despite aspirations to get in the state side, Mr Doyle said he still had a lot to learn.
“You’re always learning,” he said.
“You’re learning from watching other games, watching other players and how they go about it – that’s just as important as playing your own game.
“To get into a state side you’ve basically got to put yourself forward and play your best bowls and if that comes our way, it’ll certainly be a good thing for both us and the club.”
Caption: From left, Ralph Tieman and Geoff Doyle are ecstatic about theirs and the club’s first state title.