Cabramatta's Matthew Gallop in action at the men's national
fours final at the National Bowls Championships at the
Taieri Bowling Club, Mosgiel, yesterday. Photo by NZPA.
Matt Gallop was 10 when he watched his father win the New
Zealand men's fours title in 1998.
After the fours yesterday, he joined his father on the
winners' podium at the Taieri headquarters' green.
"That was the reason I started playing bowls," Matt (23), a
semi-professional bowler with the Cabramatta club in Sydney,
"It was special to play with Dad today. It was unreal. He
taught me everything I know about bowls."
It was also special for his father, Lloyd (54), a Blenheim
carpenter, who won his second New Zealand title after 33
years of bowls. He has won 33 Marlborough centre titles.
"It was a very proud moment," Lloyd said. "It took time to
sink in that I'd done it with my son.
"Not many fathers and sons get the opportunity."
The winners of the men's national fours final are (from
left) Lloyd Gallop, Matthew Gallop, Ali Forsyth amd Graham
Hood. Photo by Jane Dawber.
Lloyd's first national title, in Wellington in 1998, was
even more poignant.
"I replaced my brother Kevin in the team when he died of
leukaemia. It was a very emotional time.
"When Kevin died at the age of 46 in 1997 it was one of his
wishes that I should take his place."
Kevin Gallop was a top bowler and finished runner-up to Ivan
Kostanich in the national open singles championship in 1993.
Lloyd used to take Matt to the green from a young age to
"He was aged 11 when he told me that if he has to attend
another national championships he wanted to play," Lloyd
"He had been around the game for a long time and liked the
Matt won two Marlborough centre titles with his father before
he shifted to Sydney 18 months ago.
He won the men's trophy for being the most consistent male
bowler at the championships in Dunedin. He reached the last
16 in the singles and was runner-up in the pairs. He was also
runner-up in the pairs with Chris Le Lievre two years ago.
His team beat a North East Valley combination 18-11.
"I know how disappointing it is and what it feels like to
"There is no way I wanted to repeat that experience today."