Neil Lynch wins Panaga lawn bowls meet

Fadhil Yunus

Neil Lynch of Panaga Lawn Bowls Club (PLBC) emerged champion of the Panaga Lawn Bowls Singles Open 2021 Championship after defeating his teammate Damian Brady 11-9 at the Panaga Lawn Bowls Club recently.

The Panaga Lawn Bowls Club produced a clean sweep as Tony Haggett sealed third place after defeating his teammate Iain Fulton.

Hosted by the Panaga Lawn Bowls Club for the second time, the competition attracted three local lawn bowls clubs namely Wisdom Bowls Club (WBC), Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) Lawn Bowls Club and the Panaga Lawn Bowls Club as the hosts.

This year’s edition featured participation from a number of expatriates from England, Australia, Scotland, Republic of Ireland and Netherlands.

The meet, held in compliance with standard operating procedures (SOP), was limited to 18 entries only. Head of Sport Unit at the Department of Youth and Sports, Belait District Branch Faudillah bin Haji Ghani presented the prizes.

The winners in a group photo. PHOTO: WBC

Meanwhile, Wisdom Bowls Club President Haji Johari bin Achee described the government’s decision to provide flexibility to lawn bowling a wise move and was greatly appreciated by the fans and players of the sport.

According to him, lawn bowls is one of the sports that do not involve body contact between players, hence it automatically complies with the SOP enforced by the authorities in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

“This means that lawn bowls is suitable for practice in this situation that the country is currently experiencing”.

“We will continue in our efforts to increase the standard of the sport to help Brunei Darussalam to be able to compete both regionally and internationally.”

He said, “We thank the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) and the Ministry of Health (MoH) for their wisdom in providing such flexibility that will be utilised for training, competitions and promotional measures to popularise this sport.”