Victoria picked up its 7th Wellington centre title of the season at Naenae on Saturday with Alf De Munnik (subbing in for an injured Laurie Guy), Wayne Coleman and Lou Newman completing the 3rd mens/womens Victoria double of the season winning the Champion of Champions Triples 18-16. The Victoria team built up an early lead and held a buffer throughout the game but were never able to pull further away from the Wilton team of John Gray, Howard Ivory and John Earles. The last three ends see-sawed with wilton closing the gap to one on the 16th end scoring a 4. Victoria picked up a 4 on the 17th to re-establish a 5-point lead for the last end but were again down 4 shots on the final end before Lou drove twice to reduce to make a five impossible.
This gave Lou his tenth Wellington Centre title with his bar to his Gold Star coming 15 years after his first Centre title in 1995-96. Wayne now has 6 Centre titles and Laurie will probably be awarded his 2nd awaiting a confirmation from the Centre.