Inverloch defeated Phillip Island in the Division 1 pennant grand final on Saturday afternoon. The winning team is, from back left, P Shaw, A Pope, D Roberts, M Bowman, M Coram and R Burge. Front, C Buccilli, N Hughes, J Pinneri, J Fisher, G Pope and K Gardiner. D230914.
INVERLOCH’S Division 1 pennant bowls team delivered a revenge win over Phillip Island at Wonthaggi on Saturday.
In a game that came down to the very last shot, and a brilliant bowl by the Inverloch Skip Michael Coram (and a wide by Phillip Island’s John Newcombe), Inverloch took the pennant off the reigning champions.
Last year Phillip Island defeated Inverloch but this year Inverloch was determined, taking the win 14-66 to 2-65.
At the half way break it looked as through Phillip Island were headed for a very comfortable win as they led by 15 shots.
However, as the game headed toward the 66th end there was only a matter of five shots between the three rinks.
By the 74th end with two rinks finished, scores were all square, and it was left to Michael Coram (Inverloch) and John Newcombe (Phillip Island).
With the leads and seconds having played and Inverloch (third) having delivered his first bowl, Inverloch held the head by two shots.
With the jack slightly exposed Denis Oakley (Phillip Island) played one of the shots of the game and trailed the jack to take it back around 12 inches and hold shots and game.
It was then the turn of the skips, and with his second bowl Michael Coram took Oakley’s bowl out and Inverloch again held the lead.
The final bowl was left to John Newcombe who stayed wide and Inverloch took the title by one shot.
In Division 2, Phillip Island took the title with a three shot win, whilst in Division 3, Wonthaggi after being down by one shot at half time, blew the opposition away winning by 22 shots.
Division 4 also saw a battle royale between Inverloch and Port Welshpool, where scores were all tied up after 75 ends which required extra ends to be played to finalise the game.
All three rinks were required to play one end each.
In the finish Inverloch took out the title by just two shots.
In Division 5 Mirboo North had the easiest win of the day with a very comfortable 24 shot win.
It was a magnificent day for bowls and each final was played in the true spirit of the game.
Division 1 at Wonthaggi: Inverloch 14-66 d Phillip Island 2-65.
Division 2 at Wonthaggi: Phillip Island 12-70 d Inverloch 4-67.
Division 3 at Korumburra: Wonthaggi 14-77 d Tarwin Lower 2-55.
Division 4 at Wonthaggi: Inverloch White 14-81 d Port Welshpool 2-79.
Division 5 at Korumburra: Mirboo North 14-90 d San Remo 2-66.
The South Gippsland Bowls Division, thanks all bowlers who have competed in the 2013/ 2014 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.
The presentation night will be held at Wonthaggi Bowls Club on Friday, May 2.