Aiden rewrites record books

Joe CriddleMidwest Times

The annual Batavia Bowling League’s Champion of Champions pairs round-robin concluded with the Mullewa Bowling Club pair of Vince Knight and 12-year-old Aiden McAuliffe emerging from the pack to claim the title after two days of play at the Mullewa Bowling Club.

The Saints duo completed the round-robin stage with three wins to claim the title.

Victory ensured McAuliffe would enter the record books for the second time.

In November, the young star was the youngest player to win a club event in the Mid West.

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His latest victory sees him become the youngest player to win a league title.

The playing surface no doubt played its part, with the youngster at ease on his home turf, but the way the event transpired was full of excitement.

Wonthella Bowling Club duo Steve Palmer and Kevin Exten led the event ahead of Knight and McAulliffe after four rounds and looked the likely victors, before the final match of the five-round tournament.

With illness affecting one of the Wonthella players, the door swung open for a serious challenge from the local pairing.

They played an outstanding match against the Geraldton Bowling Club, who had won one match and looked vulnerable against the Knight/McAlliffe combination.

The Saints controlled the match from the off and won 17-7, while Wonthella lost 27-6 against Denison — meaning the Mullewa club players had claimed the victory.

Mullewa finished with three wins (+25), Wonthella three wins (+9), with Denison finishing in third with one win and a draw.

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