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Eastern Shore bowlers score state title

EASTERN Shore locals Peter Bannister, Connor Munnings and Leigh Munnings have been crowned Bowls Tasmania state men’s fours champions after overcoming the state’s top bowlers in Burnie early March.

Rosny Park Bowls Club’s Bannister and Connor Munnings, and Cremorne Bowls and Community Club’s Leigh Munnings teamed up with Steve Graf from Sandy Bay Bowls Club to beat all opposition over the two days of competition.

The team beat the Launceston based team of Aaron Page, Chris Roach, Chris Lee and Gene Ayton in the final.

Bannister said it was a great feeling to fight back against a team of that high talent.

“To win a competition like this is very hard and draining on your body, just knowing you need to play well every game to keep progressing, but also physically on your body,” he said.

“With the ability of the players we have in Tassie, you need to make sure you give it 110 per cent.”

Bannister won the state fours title alongside Graf in 2018, but said this win ranked above that.

“I’ve been playing bowls for 17 years and always enjoy the company and vibe of the game,” he said.

“I find it a good challenge – trying to work out what to do and what to play, and then putting that into action and doing the best I can.”

For Leigh Munnings, the title was particularly special because he played with his son Connor.

“I’ve been playing for 28 years and this was my first state title,” Munnings said.

“It’s not very often in any sport you can win a state title with your son and it just goes to show that persistence pays off.

“It’s also important for a small club like Cremorne because it is the club’s first state open title and it gets the club recognition for the efforts it has had in improving its status in the bowls community.”

The team will now go to the Gold Coast in October to represent Tasmania in the Australian Championships.

Caption: From left, Connor Munnings, Steve Graf, Leigh Munnings and Peter Bannister.