Grange v Somerton:
On a hot day players took to the greens for the Grand Final of the Saturday Open competition at Salisbury on Sunday 27th March.
On paper Grange went in as the favourite and eventually took the pennant 96-85 against Somerton in a game that included two draws and a win for each side.
After 91 ends Somerton came back from being 14 shots down to close the gap to just 5 shots but Grange battled on to close out an 11shot win.
Australian representative Wayne Ruediger skipped his rink to a 30-15 defeat of Luke Pietersma in a match winning performance.
Craig Mills and his four battled hard all day eventually coming away with a 25-25 draw against Jeff Aworth.
An in-form Nathan Black and his rink walked off the green with a 20-20 draw with Nathan Pedersen.
For Somerton Steve Dennis and his four prevailed 25-21 against Tyson Wilson.
Congratulations to all players.
Hawthorn v Marion:
After a brilliant season which saw the Hawks lose only one game in the lead up to the Grand Final the Club went into Sunday as the in-form side.
Towards the end of the regular season, I spoke to Alex Gebert who plays three for Michael Lodge and he commented on his club’s excellent form. “We have been in this position before and missed out but this season is different. We recruited well over the off-season and now have four rinks of equal ability. I’m sure that we can do well in the finals.” Prophetic words from a quality bowler. Any club that goes through an 18game regular season and the Finals series with one loss is pretty special.
In the Grand Final Hawthorn grabbed a full count of 16 points after an 81-46 success against Marion.
Michael Lodge skipped his rink to a 25-8 defeat of Mason Kaufer in the day’s most telling result.
Brett Willcox and his four prevailed 17-10 against Scott Andreassen in another good result.
Darren Niblett and his rink got up 20-13 against Tony Devlin.
On the final rink Steve Packer skipped his four to a 19-15 win against Ken Holtham.
Congratulations to all players. Both clubs will be promoted to the Premier division for next season.
DIVISION 2: Played at Henley Bowling Club
Marion v Adelaide:
After finishing the minor rounds as the division leader Adelaide came out with all rinks fired up to take out the division 2 championship pennant with an 86-67shots defeat of Marion.
Paul Young’s rink defeated Frank McAuliffes’s rink 23-9 for a match winning performance.
Chris Firth’s rink defeated Lindsay Mortimer’s rink 25-21.
Sandy Wallace and her rink clinched a tight one against Ted Hibberd’s rink 20-19.
Alan Hurst and his rink fought out an 18-18 draw with Raymond Egan’s rink.
Both clubs winning promotion to division 1 for next season.
28th March 2022