Action-packed end | Grampians Bowls Division

BALANCED: Luke Todd in action during round three of the Grampians Bowls Division pennant season. Picture: Peter Pickering
BALANCED: Luke Todd in action during round three of the Grampians Bowls Division pennant season. Picture: Peter Pickering

An amazing final round of pennant marked the end of the Grampians Bowls Division home and away season in both division 1 and 2.

In the game that had no bearing on the final four, Lake Bolac had a comfortable win over Ararat with Ian Parks’ rink in great touch winning by 22 shots.

Chalambar ventured out to Landsborough and gave itself a chance of sneaking into second position on the ladder winning all three rinks, with Shane Todd’s rink having a great win, up by 24 shots.

Stawell Golf needed to win well and hope other matches went its way. Brian Adamson had his rink playing at a very high level of skill and won their match by 30 shots setting up the win for the home team. Greg Reading had one of the lowest scores in total, with only 33 shots scored all together for both sides, and managed the win by nine shots. Andrew Sharp’s rink managed to get a four-shot win for Stawell to confirm its second position on the ladder by only one point.

Aradale were playing Ararat VRI at home and needed to win and win at least two rinks to cement its position in the final four but the undermanned VRI team came to play and got up on two rinks by one shot but lost overall by eight shots.

This result placed Stawell Golf and Aradale equal on points on the ladder and it came down to shots to see who secured the final position. Both teams started the last round equal on +100 shots but it was the big win by the Stawell Golf team that saw them progress into the finals.

DIVISION TWO

The two Stawell teams played each other in a preliminary for the qualifying final next week and with one rink shared each it was a two-shot win to the Blue team on the day, with Terry Griffin the best-performed skipper on the day.

Lake Bolac Red and White also had a two-shot result, with one rink shared each, but it was the T Cornwell rink that got the win for the Red side.

Stawell Golf Blue hasn’t tasted much success this year but will be proud of its result, winning over the third-placed Aradale to give other teams a chance to move into the final four.  

Lake Bolac Black only needed to win to ensure it will play finals and only managed to get the win by three shots over the Ararat Green side, with Kevin Breen getting the result for the home team.

With Aradale going down, Ararat Gold also only needed to win to move into the final four but the Ararat Blue team said if you want it earn it and held the gold team out by one shot.

The other teams in the mix, Ararat VRI and Stawell Golf Gold, battled it out and the VRI team are a top combination at home and got all the points to move into the finals.