Tim Wilkinson had won the Jack Nolan Triples before but that didn’t mean there was any lack of motivation heading into the 2018 event.
After three days of tight matches on the greens, the team of Wilkinson, Anthony Jarvis and skipper Chris Rosanes was crowned winners of the annual long weekend event.
Rosanes was a standout for the Dubbo Railway Bowling Club trio, who justified their status as one of the favourites heading into the time honoured event.
“It’s brilliant. This is the second time I’ve won this but first time with these boys and it’s always a tough weekend so it was good to win,” he said, before speaking about the tournament as a whole.
“It’s the one you pick out each year. It’s a brilliantly run tournament and Dubbo City do well for themselves. This is one of the best.”
Not even a little rain on the weekend could dampen the mood at Dubbo City, not could it halt the team of Rosanes, Wilkinson and Jarvis.
After a strong start in Saturday morning’s opening round, it was the second round where the side really cemented its status as the one to watch.
An incredibly close win over the ‘Sevens’ team, featuring Shane Evans from Raymond Terrace, was one which made others sit up and take note and one which gave Rosanes, Wilkinson and Jarvis momentum .
“We knew we would be thereabout but with quality of the field you’ve got to play the bowls to do it,” Wilkinson said.
“After the second game, we played probably the other favourite for the tournament, and got over them by a shot and we got a roll on after that.
“It’s always a tough tournament with the format but all the boys played well all weekend.”
The favourites then proved far too strong in the final, downing the Aaron Hutchinson-led side by six points to seal the title.
“I think the way our skipper, Chrissy Rosanes, played. That was special in the final,” he said.
“He played the house down and there was some miracle bowls and it was great to watch.
“It (the final) was brilliant. It was a really high quality final.”
It marked a second Jack Nolan Triples title for Wilkinson after he teamed up with Jono Davis and Liam Morrow to win the event in 2015.
It was an all-Railway side again this time out.
“I’ve had a bit of a spell in between (wins) but this has been good and great to get a second win because it is the tournament you pick out at the start of the year,” he said, before speaking about his 2018 team.
“We’re all pretty good mates and it’s always good fun playing with those guys.”
The Glen Knight-led team finished the weekend in second place.