West Gippsland Bowls Division
Midweek Pennant Grand Finals Tuesday 3 March
Warragul 54 defeated Drouin 53 at Traralgon
Warragul broke the drought from 1986 – 87 with a win in Division 1 over near neighbours Drouin by one shot. Warragul lead by two shots going in to the last end and Drouin picked up a shot early and Drouin skipper Maureen Leighton narrowly missed picking up the jack with her first bowl and perhaps putting Drouin in a winning position. With her second bowl Leighton ran in to a Drouin short bowl and many of the spectators thought she had got a second shot to ensure an extra end would be played as a tie-breaker. Not to be, the shot fell short and Warragul won by the narrowest of margins.
Janette Gallasch of Warragul and her team of Greg King, Peter Gallasch and Shirley Melsen had a day long battle with Maureen Leighton and her team of Bob Cole, John Leighton and Denise Hamilton with the score being 16 all after the allotted 21 ends.
Elsie Hefford and her team of John Vickerman, Steve Pallot and Gabrielle Draisma battled early against Sheryl Atkinson and her team of Andrew Blaby, Les and Mary Firth and fought back to get on level terms before Atkinson had a 18 – 14 victory in another low scoring match.
Pat Hammond and her team of Ian Belling, Graeme Davis and Kerry Currie lead the way for Warragul going away to an early lead only to be pegged back late in the game by Jan Aubrey and her team of Graeme Aubrey, Brian Thorpe and Pauline Appleyard. Hammond’s score of 24 – 19 was certainly the difference in a very close match as the Warragul team celebrated their first premiership for 33 years.
Warragul goes on to play Leongatha at Moe on Tuesday 10 March in the Strzelecki Playoff to determine which side represents Strzelecki in the State Championships at Moama in May
Newborugh (2) 70 defeated Warragul (2) 41
Newborough hit form early and built an unassailable lead which they maintained for the whole match. Adrienne Birchall and her rink of Ruth Verhagen, Lorna Risol and Christine Cunningham were the star team winning 28 – 10 against the rink of Margaret Keefe.
Heather Disisto a late replacement for an injured Carmel Goss with her rink of Peggy Reed, Joan Lee, a late replacement for Jenny Cocks and Glenys Perkins settled in to a 20 – 17 win over Roma Rippon and her team.
Helen Grubb and her team of Sandra Gates, Christina Wagstaff and Dianne Bertoli made it a complete sweep for Newborough with a 22 – 14 win over Chris Wilkins and her team.
Newborough already have a team in Division 1 so they will remain in Division 2 next season and Traralgon RSL will remain in Division 1 for another year.
Morwell (2) 66 defeated Garfield 49 at Trafalgar
Palma McNeill and her team of Kevin Pigdon, Bob Skinner, Ann Kuhne lead the way with an 23 – 12 victory over Margaret Ratcliffe and her team. Lou Edge had a 21 – 19 win over Maureen Lamport and Rita Reddiex completed the sweep with a 22 – 18 victory over Judy Pocklington. Morwell (2) now goes up to Division 2 with Newborough (3) returning after a spell in Division 2.
Drouin (3) 37 defeated Traralgon (5) 35
Margaret Owens and her team of Ruth Waring, Andrfe De Waele and Irene Dawson defeated Marie Gunnulson 19 – 12 to lay the foundation for the Drouin victory with Maria Wans and her rink of Lorraine Fox, Ian Haughton and Maureen McMillan losing to Rita Fleming and her rink of 18 – 23 leaving Drouin the winner by 2 shots overall. Drouin (3) now has the opportunity to climb in to Division 3 and remove the bye from that competition.
Midweek pennant played in much better conditions for most of the season than their Saturday counterparts. It has been a trying season considering the variable weather and the level of humidity since Christmas. Well done for everyone who played pennant during the season and we look forward to seeing you out on the green again next season. Enjoy your bowls during the Autumn and winter seasons either on your travels or locally in the outstanding winter facilities.
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