Horsham City 1 are the weekend bowls premiers once again. The perennial power has won their second premiership of the unified era to add to the many others they have won.
City had to earn it, Horsham Golf 1 were with them for much of the day, and got in front around the half way mark and after 54 ends were just three down, but slowly City 1 cranked it up and won by 12 shots; 74-62.
The cards fell the way people hoped. The rinks of the young guns Daniel Gloury and Ash Batchelor were matched and they played and intense match with few multiple scoring ends and were 3 or 4 ends behind the other two rinks.
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It was a day being played at different speeds. Kevin Clyne and his rink were playing at their usual combination of breakneck speed and shortish ends against Graeme OConnor and his Golf four, and Hux Mitchell and Gavin Walter were having a good battle on the outside rink.
It looked like two of rinks might finish with the score close, and four or five ends left to play on the Batchelor/ Gloury rink and that the big crowd might be treated to a showdown on that rink.
But the old City pros put paid to that hope, they got to six ahead. Clyne's rink got a six, and it was going to be tough for the Golf boys after that. Horsham City 1 have long been regarded as a 'good finishing' side and after being 3 shots up after 54 ends, when Clyne won by 9 and Mitchell by 11 after 70 ends had been played, City had taken the margin out to 18 in just 16 ends.
With no chance of changing the result, the pressure came off and Batchelors rink took that final rink to finish 25-17.
Horsham City 1 have built as the season has progressed, the addition of Hux Mitchell to the skip role has added to their considerable depth, and they have rebounded from their preliminary final defeat last year in the best possible way.
Horsham City 1. 74 def Horsham Golf 1 62
Col Morrell, Marcus Gregg, Derek Ballinger, Kevin Clyne (s) H City. 31 def Trevor Wood, Craig Bennett, Danny Schmidt, Graeme O'Connor (s). Golf. 22
Billy Hogan, Geoff Inglis, Ron Goudie, Hux Mitchell (s) H City 26. def Wes Richardson, Graeme Deeluw, Dennis Pye, Gavin Walter (s) Golf 15
Ron Dolby, Govan Bellinger, Anthony King, Daniel Gloury (s) H City 17. lost to Adam Galpin, Brad Robinson, Geoff Bald, Ash Batchelor (s) Golf 25
Across at Dimboola, Sunnyside 2 and Nhill 2 were playing an even tighter grand final, scores fluctuated all day. Nhill took two of the three rinks but a thirteen shot win on John Ackland's rink was what got Sunnyside the premiership.
On the last rink they played Heidi Holtkamp, Rod Skurrie, Ray Pommeroy, and skipper Ackland got a 6, and in a game decided by just five shots you cannot have a much more decisive end than that. Sunnyside 2. 69 def. Nhill 2. 64
Nhill got there hands on some silverware in Division 3 when their Nhill 3 side defeated Horsham City 4.
City 3 halved one rink but Nhill 3 took the other two rinks with biggest winners being the rink of Michelle Robin, Ian Marra, Maurice Haby, and Col 'Jacky' Pryor 28-17. Nhill 3 68 def Horsham City 4. 52
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