Bowls Report by Geoff Taylor.
Following hot on the heels of the Division 6 Midweek Pennant success, the Saturday Pennant Division 9 side met Belmont Blue on a free running Highton green and claimed the victory in a dramatic finish to the season and anyone who says that bowls isn’t exciting obviously hasn’t seen it played.
Bannockburn got away to a good start and held a slight lead for the first 16 ends until Belmont put 5 ends together against Mert Pascoe, Mo Callaway, Bev Hope and Lindsay Cross scoring 12 shots and opened up a 10 shot break.
Neil Thewlis’s team of Tim Shute, John McNamara and Kevin Kay still hung on to a slender lead and at the afternoon tea break the margin was 5 shots Belmont’s way 21 to 26. Lindsays team opened the 2nd half with a run of 3 ends for 5, only to drop the same number over the next 2 and went shot for shot from then, until their last end when the Belmont Skip got a lucky wick and took the Bannockburn 2nd shot out for 3, which swung the match in Belmont’s favour with a lead of 6 shots.
Neil’s team had an end in progress and 2 to play after that. The end in progress resulted in a valuable 3 for Bannockburn to go to 39 to 42, and when the 49th had been played, a further 3 welcome shots levelled the score at 42 each with just one end left. Tim, Macca and Kevin all had bowls in position behind the jack and Tims closest bowl was shot when the Belmont Third pushed the jack even closer to Tim’s shot bowl making a conversion even harder on the slick surface.
The Belmont Skip missed with both attempts, leaving Bannockburn 43 shots to 42 to take the Pennant. All in all the Club had a pretty good Pennant season with Midweeks Division 1 avoiding relegation in its first season at that level, Midweek Division 6 had an excellent Grand Final result and 3 of the 4 Saturday Pennant sides featured in Finals for a Division 9 Pennant.
Who knows what the 2015 / 16 season will bring, but we look forward to being in it.