Packer victory in Mixed Masters

by Aaron Delaporte

The last of the Dyenamic Masters Series events was also a first with the inaugural Mixed Masters Pairs at Stirling Bowling Club held over the weekend. A strong field of 42 teams competed in sectional play over three sessions on Friday evening, Saturday and Saturday evening with knockout finals on the Sunday.

It was the husband and wife team of Cody Packer and Hailey Packer who came out triumphant with a good 14-10 win over the Manning combination of Lee Such and Sue Hogg. State skipper Cody Packer with his fellow state team member and  partner Hailey were naturally delighted with the win. The decision to have Cody lead and Hailey skip was contrary to many of the other teams who had the male in the skip position but the move certainly paid dividends for the talented duo.

Runner ups Such and Hogg played well to make the final against some very good opposition along the way.

Strong performances were also handed in by the semi-finalists Matthew Whitely who is an emerging star of bowls with his partner Margaret Anderson and the Mosman Park duo of Louie Bertreux and Kerry Andersen.

Stirling Mixed Masters Pairs Results  

The only bad news for the Packers was that they were both beaten on count backs to decide the Masters Series Champion player awards. Cody finished equal on points with John Slavich both winning two events through out the year. John however took the prize on count back with an impressive 19 wins and only 3 losses for the year, Cody had 14 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses. Hailey finished equal with Helen Morss again both players having a win and a runner-up finish during the year. Helen had slightly the better overall record with 12 wins and 3 losses for the year just ahead of the 10 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses of Hailey. Both champions will be presented with there prizes of $1000 cash plus Aero Bowls World package of a set of bowls, shoes and a bag in the near future.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Masters Series over the year and Bowls WA looks forward to seeing another series of strong competition next year.