SEMESA Naiseruvati and Graeme Kath made it three years in a row by successfully defending the Sunny West Bowling Carnival pairs event at the Nadi Sports Club greens yesterday.
Naiseruvati and Kath showed their class remained unbeaten in the past three days of the Sonaisali Island Resort, Smugglers Cove and Shop N Save-sponsored carnival.
In the final, Naiseruvati/Kath defeated the veterans combination of Mohan Lal and Som Padiyachi 21-7.
Kath from Australia who has been participating in the local tournaments for the past 30 years said this year's competition proved to be much tougher.
He said there were many close games.
"I'm happy to win this with Semesa for the third time," Kath said.
"The weather and the carnival atmosphere lived up to expectations. I will come back next year hopefully with a bigger group."
In the semi-final Naiseruvati/Kath edged out Curtis Mar/Arun Kumar 12-11 in a tight affair. In the other semi-final Lal/Padiyachi proved too strong for Rick Eyre/Steve Rice winning 14-9.
In the quarter-finals Naiseruvati/Kath beat Doreen O'Conner/Sheryl Mar 16-8, Kumar/Curtis defeated Eric Williams/Murray Wright 18-15, Lal/Padiyachi downed Phil Taylor/Sandra Taylor 14-9 and Eyre/Rice beat Herb Haines/Yvonne Peckham 16-7.
Maria Patel and Loretta Kotoisuva won the plate final beating David Aitcheson and Susie Naivaluwaqa 14-8.
Sonaisali Island Resort director sales & marketing Charmaine Tale said their sponsorship for the carnival was valued at $10,000.
"This is the biggest sponsorship to date for the tournament with the winners getting four lots of six nights' accommodation," Tale said.
"The runner-up's received four lots of three nights' accommodation. As well as the high number of local players, the carnival also featured 30 overseas bowlers from New Zealand, Australia, Papua New Guinea and Samoa."
The team of Kushal Kumar, Aitcheson, Lal and Padiyachi won the fours event on Monday.
The side edged the combination of Jare Josaia, Shorab Khan, Wright and Naiseruvati 17-16 in the final.