King Rules at Cockburn
The 2019 Over 60’s State Singles has been run and won with the final played between Osborne Park’s Gordon King and defending champion Gary Keep from Collie.
The final was played at Cockburn Bowling Club on their new covered synthetic and it was King who emerged from under the roof victorious, winning 21-15.
King built a decisive early lead with two threes in the first six ends to lead 9-1 in the race to 21. He would maintain that advantage for the next few ends thanks to another three and led 13-5. However this where Keep began to show why he was the champion last year as he kept plugging away and plugged himself right back in the match. Five ends and eight shots on the spin got him back level for the first time since the game started. The players swapped twos in the next couple of ends to set up what was effectively a race to six for the title. King rediscovered his earlier touch to finish the match in three ends. He scored a one, a two and a three to make his way to 21 and pick up his first Over 60’s Singles title. The threes that King was able to pick up in the match proved crucial as they made up more than half of his score. Conversely King was able to keep Keep to ones and twos for the duration of the match.
It’s title number three for King having previously won the triples and the mixed pairs.
A Men’s pairs would make him the first male to hit for the cycle winning all four Over 60’s events.