Bowls club secures mid-week flag

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Bowls club secures mid-week flag

Local players were kept busy during grand final week in the Lower South East Bowls Association Pennant competitions.

Mount Gambier Bowls Club claimed the first flag in the open midweek competition with the grand final played at Port MacDonnell.

Mount Gambier RSL Red had progressed through to the decider with a narrow win against Mount Gambier Red in the semi-final.

The Reds qualified for the grand final with the narrowest possible win over Port MacDonnell Red in the preliminary final.

The stage was set for the two best teams in the competition to battle it out in the decider.

The rink of Maryka Heaver, Jim Philpott, Darryl Raneberg and Ian Von Stanke was up against the Garry Fox skippered RSL rink and the match was close from start to finish with the final score being a 26-25 win to the RSL rink.

The rink of Neil Blakey, Diana Harris, Kym Jones and Bryan Vorwerk faced off against the Graeme Smith led rink and the game was close up until the 20th end when a great bowl by Bryan Vorwerk resulted in the Reds scoring a five, helping his team to a 21-18 win.

The overall result ended as a two-shot win with the scoreline of 46-44 to claim the open midweek flag for season 2022/23.

The ladies pennant competition also came to a conclusion with all roads leading to Millicent for the grand finals.

The Mount Gambier Bowls Club had qualified for the decider with a resounding preliminary final victory over Robe and its opponent in the decider was Naracoorte, which finished the season on top of the ladder.

The Naracoorte ladies started favourites but a third-round win in Naracoorte gave the Mount Gambier ladies some belief a win was possible.

The rink of Garylene Leggett, Mavis Edgcumbe, Margaret Marshall and Beryl Versluis continued their good year with a four- shot win over the Lynette Williams skippered Naracoorte team.

The rink of Helen Kentish, Deanne Farrenfield, Leanne Hentschke and Jane Calleja fought hard all day against Christine Murphy’s Naracoorte team, but eventually went down 14-24.

The brave 40-46 loss, while a disappointing result, ended a very good year for the Division 2 ladies side.

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