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Moama determined to shine at home UBC event

By Brayden May

IT WOULD be an understatement to say Moama are desperate to make their mark on the final round of the Ultimate Bowls Championship starting on Thursday.

In front of their home crowd at Moama Bowling Club, the side will look to atone for their 10th place finish in section A at Deer Park in August.

They will be led by Scotland's Alex Marshall who said him and teammates Jesse Noronha and Seamus Curtin were looking forward to the challenge.

“We did really well in the first event to reach the semi-final but not so great in the second competition,” Marshall said.

“We’re all looking forward to getting on these great greens and making the most of the amazing facilities.

“Our goal will be to still be involved at the pointy end of the competition.”

To get there, Moama will need to navigate their way through the pool stage, where the 24 teams are spilt into two groups of 12 before facing off in a round-robin format.

Each match will last just five ends and MBC's Apollo Birch believes spectators can expect some exciting action.

“With so many teams competing, there is going to be high quality bowls throughout the two days of competition,” Birch said.

“If you come along you should expect to experience a great atmosphere. With free entry, we are encouraging everyone in the community to get along and have a look.

“After the success of the World Bowls Challenge last month, we're expecting to see another strong attendance.”

All teams are made up of three players, although matches are played in pairs meaning individuals can be substituted to create different match-ups.

A different scoring system is also used in the UBC with 10 points awarded for the closest bowl, five for the second closest bowl, three for the three closest bowls, three points for any toucher and three for the lead's shot.

Play will start at 9.30am on Thursday and 10am on Friday.

The event will also be live streamed through the Ultimate Bowls Championship website.