ROCHESTER Bowls Club is enjoying a successful year in what is shaping as a real family affair.
Captain-coach David Keenan and 13-year-old son Cameron made club history this week when both successfully skipped division one rinks in weekend pennant competition.
The following day saw David line up against John Weeks in the A grade club championship while Cameron played on a rink close by, taking on Bill Anderson in the B grade final.
Cameron displayed a few nerves early before the large crowd, allowing Anderson to snatch four shots on the first end.
It was tit for tat from that point and at 8-8 the match hung in the balance.
Cameron found his line to take the next eight shots but a strong rear-guard fight from Anderson brought the score to 17-14 in favour of the younger player.
Suddenly, Cameron played four outstanding bowls to take the championship 21-14.
Alongside, Dad had a huge tussle with Weeks who skipped to a 10-2 lead after nine ends.
Weeks had reached the final after defeating last year’s champion Peter Holzer in the semi-final and his good form continued into the match.
Keenan’s fightback brought him to within five shots at 14-9 but astute draw bowling enabled him to level the match at 14.
Weeks was feeling the hot conditions while Kennan began to show the class that took him to represent Victoria in previous years.
With the score 24-19 Weeks held two resting touchers but the bowl of the day from Keenan took the shot away and gave him the championship 25-19 from a gallant Weeks.
The family affair didn’t stop there as nine-year–old Brock has represented Rochester this year in both division three and four pennant matches, showing all the talent of the rest of the clan.
Perhaps in years to come Rochester might find its three division one skippers all have the same surname — Keenan.