Singles' title unrolls epic match between equals
LAWN BOWLS: Rodney Rideout defeated Mark Torrens in the men's singles final on Sunday to be named the 2018 Monto Bowls Club champion.
Both players were gunning for a fourth title and members described the 34-end epic as one of the highest quality games they had seen.
The 2012, 2013 and 2015 winner and seven-time Biloela champion Rideout prevailed over defending titleholder Torrens 25-24.
Rideout has played at the club since 1986 and competed on the local circuit in Biloela for many years.
The experienced campaigner knew he was in for a tough day at the office.
He confessed before play his knees had been giving him grief and feared his best days were behind him.
His opponent, Torrens, was no slouch either - a three-time champion himself, claiming top honours in the 2008, 2011 and 2017 finals.
Rideout put those doubts to bed to edge out a worthy challenger in an what was extremely tight affair.
"It was a pretty strenuous game and probably lasted about two and a half or three hours,” Rideout said.
"It would have to be up there (as one of the toughest I've played).
"There was only one shot given away on the first 10 ends and it was close right through.
"I'm not playing as much as I have done in the past so it's nice to know I can still win a title.”
Games Director John James said the hard-fought victory was one of the best he had witnessed in his 45 years at the club.
"It was a top game, that's for sure,” James said.
"It's a pity there has to be a loser in a game like that.
"Either of them would have been a deserving champion but it was Rodney's day.”