The Deniliquin Bowling Club ladies were in celebration mode after defeating Echuca in Deniliquin on Friday.By Shaun Connor
Deniliquin Bowling Club’s division one ladies were on top of the world on Friday afternoon after a classic performance saw them take out the Campaspe Valley Bowls Division mid-week pennant premiership.
The brilliant victory, which came by nine shots over a star-studded City of Echuca side, more than made up for the loss that Deni suffered against Moama in the 2010-11 decider.
Deniliquin Bowling Club ladies secretary, Joy McArthur, who was part of the winning side on Friday, said some of the Deniliquin ladies ‘‘are still in disbelief’’ about the premiership win.
‘‘Some finished earlier than the others and were all watching on the edge of their seats. When it got to the point where we couldn’t lose it was a fantastic feeling,’’ McArthur said.
‘‘The club was very generous in putting on drinks and nibblies after the game and the celebrations were fantastic.’’
Played at the Deni RSL greens, spectators were entertained with some great bowling from both sides, but it was Deni who prevailed, running out 70-61 winners.
The rink of Loris Yates, Aileen Kennedy, Vicki O’Keefe and skipper Jill Grimshaw were the heroes of the day, defeating Veronica Kelly and team by 16 shots, 34-18.
Fay Munnerley’s team of Brenda Leetham, Lyn Smith, Joy McArthur held on against the fast finishing Jan Morton and crew, scoring a 19-all draw.
The only loss of the day came from Betty McCarthy, Dawn McCulloch, Linda Freeman and Joyce Hay, who went down to Melissa Larcombe’s rink by seven shots, 17-24.
Deniliquin sat second on the ladder for most of the year before knocking off Moama in the semi final.
Deni then had a week off, while Echuca beat Moama in the preliminary final.
‘‘We weren’t really confident in winning but we were always going to give it our best shot,’’ McArthur said.
‘‘Before we went out and played, our manager Jill Grimshaw told us we could win it because we had heart and that sort of spurred us on a bit.’’
The win only added to Deniliquin Bowling Club’s incredible division one ladies’ record.
Having missed just two grand finals since joining the CVBD in 1995, the local ladies would have to be one of the most successful Deniliquin sporting teams in recent memory.
Their most recent success before Friday was the 2009-10 premiership. They beat Moama by six in that decider to take out their first title since 2004-05.
Before that, the ladies beat Moama by 22 shots to win the flag in 2000-01. That win kicked off what would be a remarkable decade for the local club, and came after four heartbreaking grand final defeats in seasons preceeding.
Skippers Joyce Hay, Fay Munnerley and Betty McCarthy all led rink wins for a clean sweep over their flag favourite opposition in ‘00-01.
In the ‘04-05 grand final, Deni won by seven shots. Scores fluctuated in that game, but Deni held on to win with all skippers victorious.
Jill Grimshaw and Joyce Hay’s respective sides guided the Deni ladies to the six-shot ‘09-10 win.
With the CVBD flag now in its trophy cabinet, the local ladies will play Bendigo East in the regional final on March 8. That game will be played at Bendigo Bowls Club.
Mathoura took home the CVBD mid-week pennant division two title in Deniliquin on Friday.
The ladies won two of the three rinks played against Moama to secure a 73-63 win and their second flag in a row.
The division three premiership was won by Moama Red in a tight 33-31 result against Echuca.
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