Anthony Flapper leads Essendon to victory at Australian Bowls Championships
Matthews Steer’s Head of Private Wealth, Anthony Flapper, and his teammates were crowned Australian Champions in the men’s fours at the Australian Lawn Bowls Championships on December 5 at Club Sapphire in Merimbula.
Anthony’s Essendon team trailed NSW’s St John’s Park by five shots with five ends to go, but fought their way back into contention with some scintillating play.
By the penultimate end of the match it was in team captain Anthony’s hands to secure the win for Victoria. He proved equal to the challenge.
“Flapper, in true Flapper style, opened up the shoulders and drove New SouthWales’ closest shot bowl out of the head, leaving the Victorians holding four and a stranglehold on the match,” reported the Bowls Australia website.
Anthony is typically modest about the impact he had on the match.
“They trace it back to one shot where I took one of their bowls out on the second last end which set us up for victory, but there were three hours of play that led up to that moment,” said Anthony of his match-winning bowl.
Leading by three shots at the last end, the Essendon team counter-acted every move St John’s Park made, executing a memorable comeback to claim the match, and the first Australian title in the club’s history, 16-12.
Anthony, who started playing bowls at the age of 10, has won a number of State championships, but had only competed in the Australian Championships once previously, almost a decade ago, finishing outside the medals.
“It’s pretty special to win it with my club mates,” said Anthony. “It’s the first Australian Championship any of us have won, and to be able to compete at the highest level against the nation’s best is very satisfying.”
Anthony, whose teammates included Darren Burgess, Jay Bye-Norris, and former Matthews Steer employee Jordan Yates, said he enjoys the competitive aspect of team bowls. “I like that we’re all working together for a common goal, and trying to be the best we can be."
“Two of the guys on the team, Jordan and Jay, are younger so it’s rewarding playing a mentoring role with them, much like I do at Matthews Steer with some of our Private Wealth team.”
Australian Championships - Men’s Fours - Gold Medal Match
Jordan Yates, Darren Burgess, Jay Bye-Norris and Anthony Flapper (Essendon, VIC) defeated Josh Berry, Mat Pietersen, Nathan Wise and Ben Twist (St Johns Park, NSW) 16-12.