THE EXPERIENCE of state lawn bowlers Wendy Mason and Sam Lunck proved the difference against Tina Wallace and Kay Avery in yesterday's women's pairs grand final.
It was Mason and Lunck's third consecutive pair premiership after they claimed back-to-back titles with their previous club at the Boyne-Tannum Sands Bowls Club.
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"We've been together for three years and last year we ended up a state level as well as in the top eight bowlers in Queensland," a happy Mason said of the 34-12 win.
The pair has the uncanny knack of not communicating much between ends, but they know what each other is doing.
"I say to Wendy to fix things up if she does something wrong and she knows how to do it," added Lunck.
It's a special bond that separates the best from the rest.
"We don't need to communicate because we know each others game backward," Mason said.
There was plenty of good-natured banter between the four bowlers and long-time GBC servant Kay Avery paid credit to her opponents.
She had been a member since 1993 and said Mason and Lunck always had the answers to every challenge put to them.
"Everytime we did a good bowl, Wendy and Sam would do the next bowl better," Avery said.
"It's the first time Tina and I have played together in a final and while we all wanted to win, there was plenty of banter to keep the humour going."
Wallace said that they were completely out bowled against a class opposition.
Meanwhile Lunck will prepare for the State Districts Championships in Tweed Heads from May 3 to 8.
She is the only bowler from Gladstone who will compete in the six-day tournament.