Brian Hyatt, who finished equal fifth at the Australian Lawn Bowls Championships.
Brian Hyatt, who finished equal fifth at the Australian Lawn Bowls Championships.

Hyatt rues missed opportunities

By Tony White

Grafton's Brian Hyatt has finished equal fifth in the Australian Lawn Bowls Championships for athletes with a disability.

The former world champion and semi-finalist last year was beaten 25-21 by Queenslander Bernie Wolland in the quarter finals during a close match at Harbord Bowling Club.

"I played reasonably well but missed a couple of good opportunities," Hyatt said.

"It was one of those matches that could have gone either way."

In the semi-finals Wolland was leading 22-10 but crumbled in the latter stages to go down to NSW's Phil Kearins, 25-24.

Kearins was then beaten by Peter Henry of NSW 25-3 in the championship final.

"It was the first time a non-wheelchair lawn bowler has failed to make the semi-finals," Hyatt said. "Since 2003 they've combined all disability bowlers together."

Hyatt returned home yesterday and will now prepare for the NSW Championships scheduled for September.



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