Berwick’s Tuesday Pennant Open Division 2 side met Boronia in the Division 2 final at Mitcham on a beautifully presented green running 15 seconds plus to start and more than 17 seconds after lunch. To get to the grand final Berwick first had to win two Sectional Finals and then two Post Sectional Finals, a huge challenge in itself.
Boronia had also displayed sound form to reach the Grand Final and a close game was expected and delivered.
There was little between the two sides early on with Boronia eking out a small lead which was gradually reduced in a nip and tuck affair until Berwick held a one shot lead at the lunch break. Berwick’s three teams were all competitive and the game was still to be won.
The green noticeably quickened after the lunch break and this produced problems up front for Harlow’s rink with their 3rd Jean Reddy and Skip Doug Harlow having to limit the damage. Michael Adams’ rink traded shot for shot with the opposition and Heggart’s rink established a small margin after her lead Rodney Beevors swapped to the ‘narrow’ side and began to provide a start.
The large following of both clubs provided an exciting back drop acknowledging good bowls and coming to the wire it was neck and neck. Harlow’s rink then dropped a four as did Adams’ rink but this was partly offset by Heggart’s rink picking up a five. Both clubs traded shot for shot but Harlow’s rink staged a great comeback to reduce an eight shot deficit with a few ends to go with a four on the last end to tie their game. Adams’ rink lost by the barest of margins, one shot but Heggart’s rink was the anchor with Lois Adams drawing dead on the last end to ensure there was no coming back for Boronia!
Thank you to both clubs for their supporters who provided a great atmosphere and Mitcham Bowls Club is to be congratulated on providing a wonderful bowling surface
Results available here