Congratulations goes to all clubs which managed to win Grand Finals around Adelaide on Thursday. It was a difficult day on the greens starting with damp conditions early in the day, fluky winds all day and a bit of sunshine to warm the heart.
A big thank you to Prospect Broadview and Somerton Bowling Clubs for hosting the Grand Finals. Both Clubs presented quality greens for playing bowls and their volunteers hosted the players and their supporters very well throughout the day.
Hawthorn v Happy Valley
I was at Prospect/Broadview for the Premier League Final between Happy Valley and Hawthorn surrounded by a vocal crowd of over 170 supporting the teams. Well prepared greens, great support from the host club and the game being live streamed, by Spacequake Films, were three features which stood out.
On day one of the Finals the Hawks, with home green advantage and the double chance went straight through to the big day after a good win against Happy Valley. The Valley needed to regroup and on day two a solid win against Payneham at home saw the club through to the Grand Final.
Around Prospect the general opinion was that the Valley needed a good start if they were to threaten the favourites. The playing group achieved that in the early ends and were never headed in what was a sensational performance. The Reds led 47-26 after 42 ends, 53-35 after 48 ends and ran out with a 65-48 win. The club won on all three rinks.
It would be difficult to pick out the game’s best rink performance but for the record Avis Steer skipped her four to a 25-16 defeat of Anne Onto despite dropping a six and a three during the second half.
Deb Fry and her rink prevailed 19-14 against Christine Keller, who fought back from 2-16 down, to round off another good performance for the day.
Jenny Davis and her four also hung tough in a 21-18 triumph over Wendy Clarke.
“We started really well as a group and went on with it. For most of the game Hawthorn was playing catch up bowls. We are feeling great” Avis Steer said.
Division One: Played at Somerton
Brighton v Port Noarlunga
Due to the rescheduling of two games early in the season due to Covid19 Grand Finalists Brighton and Port Noarlunga didn’t play each other until late in the second half. Brighton took out the Minor Premiership on percentage. On the first day of the Finals Brighton defeated the Gulls at home and went directly through to the big day. Port Noarlunga went on to beat Morphett Vale at home on day two and went into the Grand Final at Somerton with some confidence. Both teams will play in the Premier League in season 2021-22.
In the final analysis Brighton took out the Grand Final 62-43 winning on two rinks and drawing the third in another sensational performance.
Teresa Lyons skipped her rink to a 22-12 defeat of Doreen Taylor in the game’s most telling result.
Patria McGrath and her rink prevailed 20-11 against Karlee Moffatt in a big day out.
Carli Mitchell and her four fought hard all before coming away with a 20-20 draw with Barbara Nesbitt.
Division 2 North – played at Prospect Broadview
Grange v Playford
Minor Premiers Grange ran over Playford right from the start of the match by handling the tricky playing conditions straight away.
Maxine Savage and her rink played well from the outset to defeat Di Varney’s rink 43-12.
Marie McMahon and her rink defeated Liz Gibson’s rink 31-13.
To round off the match, Carolyn Smolski and her rink defeated Ingrid Scholefield’s rink 29-15
The win will see Grange playing in Division 1 next season.
Division 2 South – played at Somerton
Blackwood v Brighton
A good win for Minor Premier Blackwood saw them defeat Brighton’s second side, who came from 4th place in the minor rounds, to earn promotion to Division 1 for next season.
Carol Redford’s rink did most of the damage by defeating Vicki Hamblin’s rink 20-9.
Karen Curtis and her rink defeated Heather Souness 23-19.
For Brighton, Karen Bester and her rink had a win over Julie Gillman’s rink 17-14.