Competitors from across Victoria and NSW turned out for the 40-team Peaches and Cream tournament at the Barooga Bowls Club on March 20.
On one of the biggest days on the Cobram-Barooga lawn bowls calendar, Greg Dunn, Mark Vogel and John Anders got over the line by one shot on the last end when Anders drew a second shot after being one down on the scorecard.
The trio faced off in the final against Yarrawonga’s Robert Tait, Ian Woods and Peter Verlardo, who came from nowhere on the second-last end to snatch five shots and go one ahead in a gallant comeback.
Unfortunately for the trio from up the road, it was not quite enough in a fantastic game of lawn bowls.
The Peaches and Cream tournament runs over an entire weekend and began more than 30 years ago when a group of district men played in a tournament in Bendigo (now Bendigo Country Week) and thought they could implement a similar style of tournament here.
Tournament treasurer and secretary Archie Ellis said the weekend was a highlight for all the bowlers who travelled to Barooga to take part.
‘‘It is all down pat, it just runs really smoothly,’’ Ellis said.
‘‘The good thing about it is that people keep coming back.
‘‘They seem to really enjoy the format and the town, which is great.’’
Not only did the winning team claim bragging rights, it also got to split $2400 in prize money, while the runners-up took home $1200.
Ellis thanked Barooga Sporties for sponsoring the event.