Bowls: Baker goes back to back as division singles champion

SEBASTOPOL'S Rob Baker the back-to-back Ballarat District Bowls Division men's singles champion after he

 defeated Brett

Mahoney 27-22 after 31 ends of play.

It was Baker's fourth district singles title. The 36-year-old won two Ballarat Regional Bowls Association singles titles, before consecutive BDBD titles from last year. 

In the morning semi finals Baker and Mahoney easily accounted for Tony Lange from Victoria and Barry McArthur from Webbcona respectively. 

The final started off one-sided with Baker storming to a 10-2 lead after eight ends. Mahoney then gained the mat, and fought back to level at 12-all after 16 ends.

During the next seven ends Baker's ability to dead draw with this first or second bowl on several ends and apply early pressure saw him go to a lead of 19-13 after 23 ends. 

Not giving up the fight, Mahoney scored two, two, four, and one over the next four ends to take the lead 22-19. Baker then won the mat and recovered to take the match.

Baker has also won the club singles and pairs, and will be contesting the BDBD Champion of Champions on Sunday. He will go on to represent the BDBD in the regional final on Thursday, February 7, at a Central Highlands Division club.