Packer outlasts Butler to be Men’s Champion of Champions

by Pieter Harris

Two bowlers in total control of their game contested the final of the Henselite Men’s Champion of Champion Clubs Singles. Cody Packer (Osborne Park) and Blake Butler (Manning) put on a great display for the enthralled crowd at the Yokine Bowling Club.

Earlier, both players were too strong for their opponents in the Semi Finals. Packer started strongly to jump to a 6-nil lead over the ever-green John Goddard (Hopetoun) and then continued to power on to win his contest 25-9. Butler had a tight contest early with Matthew Mitchell (Emu Point) leading 4-2 early before Blake Butler took control with a couple of threes and a four to win comfortably 25-8.

The Finals were played in ideal conditions with very little breeze, a comfortable temperature, and a nice running Yokine green. Blake Butler started strongly and raced out to a 9-2 lead after only five ends. Cody Packer then got the first single of the match and then went on a four end stretch to level the game at 9-9.

A single from Butler was followed by two big ends by Packer, with first a three and then a four to jump to a 16-10 lead in the first to 25 contest. Butler dug deep to win the next two ends but then gave all the good work back to drop another three and fall behind 19-13. A single and then a three of his own saw Butler get within two. A single to Packer could not stop the Butler run as he won the next three ends to take a 21-20 lead and storming towards the finish line.

Blake Butler was holding another three to put him within one of victory, when Cody Packer stepped up with his last bowl and trail the jack to make a two and stave off the Butler run. With three required, Packer looked to finish it quickly and dispel any nerves, when he grabbed a three to win 25-22 and take home the 2020-21 Champion of Champion Club Singles trophy for the first time.

Results available at Champion of Champions Singles 2021