Anthony upsets champion

ANTHONY McKenna stunned spectators with an awe-inspiring performance at the Sea Eagle Super Singles.

The inaugural bowls tournament was won by Englishman David Holt, but it was the Tathra teenager who grabbed attention with a shock victory on Sunday.

A large crowd cheered on as Anthony, 17, secured an upset 25/19 win over Alex Marshall, of Scotland.

Marshall is currently ranked 13th in the world and is a past Commonwealth Games participant.

Anthony showed maturity and poise beyond his years to defeat his much fancied opponent in the quarter-final of the Sea Eagle Super Singles held at the Tathra Beach Bowling Club.

Event organiser James Reynolds has coached Anthony for the past four years.

Reynolds said it was an amazing performance.

“It will undoubtedly go down as Anthony’s finest moment in his short career so far,” he said.

“For those that witnessed the match, it was a privilege.

“Anthony outplayed his opponent and we are so proud of him – it was an unexpected result.”

Ironically, Anthony earned his spot in the quarter-finals with a 25-15 victory over Reynolds.

Anthony’s dream run was ended by Australian bowls champion Shane Garvey on Monday, who went on to finish second overall.

Garvey led 17-4 before Anthony mounted his comeback, eventually coming within eight shots of victory.

Reynolds said it had been an excellent year for Anthony, with his list of achievements including being selected in the NSW lawn bowls squad.

“He’s a good young talent,” Reynolds said.

“Anthony’s biggest strength is his temperament and he is starting to find his next level.”

• Turn to page 51 for a full wrap up and photos from the Sea Eagle Super Singles tournament.

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