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Saturday Open Preliminary Finals Day 2

What a weekend of competitive bowls that was. Two days of Finals and we now know which clubs have made the Grand Final in the Premier League, Division One and Division Two. For some it was straight forward but for others Sunday’s games gave an opportunity to fight back after a loss on Saturday.

In the Premier League Club Holdfast went straight through to the Grand Final after a four rink win against West Lakes. The Lakers looked to be in trouble but of course you can never count out such a playing group which regrouped for Sunday’s game.

In Division One Hawthorn came into the weekend with a double chance but bowed out in straight sets after suffering losses to Henley and Lockleys.

In Division Two Modbury joins Salisbury in the Grand Final after a 4shot win at Adelaide on Sunday.

The following match reports and comments will give some idea how keen the competition was.

 Premier League:

Adelaide v West Lakes:

After a four rinks home loss to Club Holdfast on Saturday, West Lakes needed to beat the Blues on Sunday to make another Grand Final. The playing group achieved that with a 102-92 win in a split rink game. The second half of the game had just a few shots up overall to the Lakers and the Adelaide Blues could not claw them back.

Sam Dietrich skipped his rink to a 30-23 defeat of Scott Thulborn in the day’s most critical win.

James Gregory and his four prevailed 20-15 against finals specialist Brett Davis to also set the win up.

For Adelaide, Adrian Green and his rink triumphed 30-29 over Craig Mills and Andrew Feijen 24-23 over Mark Haines.

Division One:

Lockleys moved through to a Grand Final appearance against Henley after an 82-64 three rink win at Hawthorn.

It was a great weekend for the Eagles which had a strong win against Morphett Vale on Saturday.

Against the Hawks Ashley Halls skipped his four to a 25-14 success against Michael Lodge in the game’s most telling result.

Peter Thaler continued his great form skipping his rink to a 24-15 defeat of Brett Willcox.

Robbie Flavel and his four prevailed 20-16 against Darren Niblett.

For Hawthorn Vic Magoch and his rink triumphed 19-13 over Brad Jansen but were unable to affect the overall result.

Division Two:

Modbury will join Salisbury in the Division Two Grand Final after a strong 73-69 win at Adelaide on Sunday.

John Cooper skipped his rink to a 22-12 defeat of Garry Benveniste in a match winning performance.

Kerry Schultz and his four prevailed 22-18 against Sandy Wallace in an excellent result.

Rod Bahr and his rink fought hard all day before coming away with a 19-19 draw with Chris Firth.

For the Blues Stewart Jones and his four played well in a 20-10 defeat of John McKnight but were unable to affect the overall result.

All other Divisions forthcoming Grand Finals

Division 3 North     Beaumont v Playford

Division 3 South     Millswood v Somerton

Division 4 North     Two Wells v Hope Valley

Division 4 South     Marion v Brighton

Division 4 East        Payneham v Tranmere

Division 4 West      Henley v Lockleys

Division 5 North     Gawler v Two Wells

Division 5 South     Blackwood v Ascot Park

Division 5 East        Walkerville v Kensington Marryatville

Division 5 West      Henley v Club Holdfast

John Bevin