January 5, 2022

As day four of the 2022 Summerset Nationals drew to a close, all eyes were on two former men’s singles champions as they fought to etch their name on the coveted silverware for a second time in the event’s history. In what proved a gripping finale, 1998 champion Kelvin Scott was in devastating draw form as he closed out an impressive win opposite Auckland's Tony Grantham – Grantham himself a singles champion in 2007 and a former Commonwealth Games representative in recent years.

A stunning semi-final performance saw Scott end the title defence of Royal Oak’s Mike Galloway, who despite falling short of the ultimate hurdle, can be proud of his efforts in what has been a debut showing at the National Championships in the South Island – all of Galloway’s previous appearances being in the North.

Brimming with composure, the Elmwood Park campaigner seemingly had a solid game plan to outdraw his opponents, drawing his way through to victory with uncanny accuracy and precision and executing the occasional resting shot when required.

A gritty fight back from Grantham in the final kept the game entertaining for the rinkside crowd and those watching on Sky Sport Next, with Grantham digging deep and showing he has what it takes to compete at the highest level. Though it proved to be Scott’s day, as the Cantabrian collected two shots to close out the win 21-14 – some 24 years after collecting his maiden national singles title.