Singles finalists Bill Mitilinious, of Moorooka (left) and winner Jay Cross of Swifts.
Singles finalists Bill Mitilinious, of Moorooka (left) and winner Jay Cross of Swifts.

Swifts success keeps bowling along

SWIFTS Bowls Club's representative success has continued with Jay Cross crowned the District Singles Champion for 2017.

His title comes after skipping one of the teams that won the 2017 1st Division flag and with partner Graeme Hooper taking out the Champion of Club Champion Pairs.

Cross was victorious from an initial field of 56 players, which was played over a period of 10 nights.

His success came down after enthralling semi-finals on Thursday night between Cross and Cohen Litfin and Bill Mitilinious and Troy Howard.

The semi between Cross and Litfin had an added piece of excitement for spectators. Both competitive bowlers are current state representatives.

Litfin made a brilliant start with Cross always chasing.

Cross finally succeeded, eventually winning 25-24.

With Mitilinious victorious over Howard, the Friday night final shaped as another epic battle.

Cross again found himself chasing, with Mitilinious jumping out to a 12-5 lead.

Cross recovered to lead 19-15 before Mitilinious fought back to a 20-19 advantage.

That was the last fightback from Mitilinious with Cross evenually finishing the winner 25-20.

The success of Cross was not the only highlight for Swifts in the past few weeks.

Dave Booth - a serving soldier attached to Amberley Airforce Base - was chosen to represent Queensland in the annual Defence Force Interstate Series.

The series brings players from all services in all states together for a week-long event.

Queensland was successful in finishing top of the table from the interstate encounter.

From this, Booth was selected to represent the Army in the interservices event.

He was again successful with the army coming out on top.

As a result of these successes, Booth has been selected in the national squad to play later in the year.



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