Hyatt snares first QLD title
By TONY WHITE
FORMER world champion Brian Hyatt has won the Queensland multi-disability lawn bowls singles championship.
And Hyatt, from Grafton, and South Grafton's Doug Lambert, finished runner-up in the pairs title. Held at Chermside Bowling Club in Brisbane, Hyatt's singles victory was his first in the Queensland State Championships.
"I've won the pairs a couple of times, but never the singles. It was one I really wanted," the 36-year-old said.
Hyatt was awarded the championship on a countback after the final was washed out.
In the pairs final, Hyatt and Lambert were beaten by Queensland pair Ashley Pardon and Vic Dagley after a see-sawing encounter.
"Doug and I have wanted to play together for a while, but it's the first time we'd combined in a major championship," Hyatt said.
"Doug was really happy we made the final and got a medal.
"The Queensland titles were a bit of a warm up for the National titles in April."
Hyatt and Lambert have both been selected to represent NSW at the Australian multi-disability lawn bowls championships in Melbourne from April 26 to May 2.
Hyatt will compete in the singles and pairs events.
The Queensland victory added to the likeable Hyatt's burgeoning trophy cabinet. He won the Queensland pairs in 2002-05, the NSW singles in 2003-04, the Australian pairs in 2003 and the world title in the same year.
Despite his success at international and state level, Hyatt cherishes his trophy for winning the Grafton Bowling Club A grade championship against able-bodied lawn bowlers last year.
"That was one of my main goals. I'm very happy to have achieved that and Doug also won his club's B grade championship," Hyatt said.