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Clarrie Dunbar's Graham Shadwell is the champion of champions

By GeraintTucker  |  Posted: February 04, 2013

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Clarrie Dunbar's Graham Shadwell won the EIBA national men's singles champion of champions title at the weekend.

Having already won his own club championship and then the South West competition, Shadwell picked up four more victories at the national finals over the weekend to regain the title he won in 2005.

He eased past Alan Binns from Croydon with a 21-13 victory on Friday night  before winning his quarter-final against Lee Barber, from the Bounds Green club in Middlesex, by the same scoreline the following day.

His toughest contest came in the semi-finals on Sunday morning, when Kingsthorpe's Neil McKee ran him close before Shadwell secured a 21-17 triumph.

The final against Travis Meller from the Isle of Wight also started evenly but Shadwell pulled clear to win 21-13 and secure the title.

The victory was the perfect send-off for Shadwell, who travels down under this week for the Australian Open in Darebin, Victoria, starting with the qualifying stage next Friday.

Shadwell enjoys the fast outdoor surfaces in Australia and was runners-up in the men's singles in 2010. It is his first return to the country since winning men's pairs bronze for England at the World Championships in Adelaide in December.

He will stay in Australia for a series of other events before returning to the UK in April.

A Clarrie spokesperson said: "Graham is an outstandingly talented and pivotal player in the Clarrie men's team, he will be greatly missed in this season's bid to win the Wessex League crown for a second time.

"However, all at the club wish him good luck and every success with his ventures down under and look forward to seeing him and hearing of his experiences in ten weeks."

Meanwhile, Clarrie continued the defence of the Somerset County Double Rink men's title with a comfortable 49-26 second round victory over Street-based Victoria on Saturday.

Clarrie only led by eight shots after 15 ends but pulled a further 14 clear over the next three ends to set up the win.

They will take on Nailsea in the next round on February 23, with one rink at each club.

Clarrie's men also face Nailsea this weekend in the Wessex League, while the Somerset League team face Watchet.

In the Somerset Women's Inter-club Knockout competition, Clarrie play local rivals Purnell in the second round on Saturday.

For more information about Clarrie Dunbar Indoor Bowling Club, visit www.clarrie.co.uk, find the club on Facebook, call 01373 830092 or drop in at the club in Standerwick.

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