North wins the flag in epic tussle

NORTH Launceston took the Bowls North Premier League grand final with a two-rink, 17-shot margin over Trevallyn at Longford.

North jumped out of the blocks to establish an early lead with each bowl changing the fortunes of the teams.

Trevallyn rallied to have two rinks in front at the midpoint with Mike Sims closing the gap giving Trevallyn the overall lead.

Some great conversions from the skips changed their clubs' fortunes as the game progressed.

North's Michael Frain leading for David Minns had an epic tussle with his Trevallyn counterpart Bryce Weaver with the closest shot changing as the ends continued.

Courtney Hobbs answered her skip's calls to perfection making the job easier for Ray Boutcher and Minns to add to the team's score, and proved the point for mixed gender.

Geoff Buchanan played his usual steady game at two for Sims with Rhys McDougal struggling to find range at three, leaving the skip with plenty of work to do.

Sims played some brilliant bowls to convert but the canny Minns covered and converted to take the win by 15.

Allan Gamble and crew started well against Rodney Murray but some class leading by 14-year-old Lachie Sims kept Trevallyn in the hunt.

Warren Groves and Mark Howlett chipped in regularly to put the Trevallyn combo in front at the midpoint of the game.

Brett Avent gathered his game and keeping bowls close to the jack from the lead role gave Wayne Ogden and Brodie Baker plenty to land on and convert to change the team's fortunes.

Skipper Gamble played the big ones to perfection to change the team's fortune taking the win in the dying stages with a six-shot advantage.

Trevallyn's Luke Patterson reversed the club's fortunes taking the win over Jarrod Howard with four to spare.

Nathan Rutherford gave his skip a polished display of lead bowls, ably supported by Rae Simpson another lady to break the gender barrier with some fine weighted shots and clean draw bowls.

John Seaton again proved his worth adding to the count on numerous occasions, with Patterson himself adding to the team's tally with a solid bowling display.

Howard and his young charges of Baker, Adam Whitmore and Adam Gurr played some magic shots to keep the scores close.

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