PERFECT conditions at Leongatha brought out the best competition in bowlers at the South Gippsland Bowls Division Saturday Pennant grand final on Saturday.
Phillip Island Blue defeated Inverloch in Division 1 in a thrilling game, 78 to 61.
Inverloch started better, settling nerves quicker, but Phillip Island was not disturbed, working to peg back the lead.
Phillip Island went into the tea break just one shot up.
After the break Phillip Island continued on its way, taking a 17 shot win: Phillip Island’s David Hanlon with Peter Forrest, Paul Brown and Arthur Denny won 33 to 15; Daryl Major with Bill Francis, John Batty and Graeme Cornell won 25 to 17; John Newcombe with Russell May, Russell Taylor and Kevin Wagner lost 20 to 29.
The Division 2 match went down to the wire, Inverloch pulling away for the win, in front of an army of Inverloch supporters 12/68 to 4/65.
The final result was in the balance until the last end on each rink – Inverloch winning by three shots.
In Division 3 Wonthaggi started off slowly against Foster.
However, Wonthaggi’s steady start saw Wonthaggi Blue eke out a win.
In Division 4, Inverloch White took the win over Inverloch Blue by a healthy margin: 16/98 to 0/49. Inverloch White will return to Division 3 following the loss.
Phillip Island’s seven consecutive wins to make it into the grand final in Division 5 could not continue, a strong Corinella team taking the flag.
In a close game, Phillip Island won the first rink, Corinella easily won the second, and a narrow loss on the third sees Phillip Island miss out on taking the two flags in the grand final.
Division 1: Phillip Island Blue 14-78 d Inverloch 2-61.
Division 2: Inverloch 12-68 d San Remo 2-65.
Division 3: Wonthaggi Blue 16-83 d Foster 0-61.
Division 4: Inverloch White 16-98 d Inverloch Blue 0-49.
Division 5: Corinella 14-81 d Phillip Island 2-70.
The South Gippsland Bowls Division, wish to express their thanks to all bowlers who have competed in the 2015/ 2016 pennant season for their dedication and commitment to the clubs they have represented.
There is still plenty of bowls to be played though before the season ends in late April.