Moama Bowling Club has won the Campaspe Valley Bowls Division division one grand final, defeating Tongala.LUKE MCMANUS March 17, 2014 4:22am
Moama topped off a dominant Campaspe Valley Bowls Division finals series yesterday, smashing Tongala on its way to winning the division one AJ Lawford Shield.
Vying for back-to-back division one premierships, Moama controlled proceedings in windy and chilly conditions at Elmore Bowling Club, the reigning premiers triumphant by a commanding 45 shots.
Barry Brennan, team manager and skipper, showed his experience and leadership to front the best performed rink on the day to score a decisive 34-16 win.
‘‘It was a very pleasing win,’’ Brennan said.
‘‘It was always going to be a challenge winning two-in-a-row, so we’re all thrilled to get there.’’
Yesterday’s victory made it five championships out of eight matches for Moama Bowling Club this season, having also prevailed in the division two and three Saturday pennant grand finals at Deniliquin RSL, added to the club’s two midweek pennant titles sewn up three weeks ago.
Brennan said the club had a enjoyed a fantastic season on the bowling green.
‘‘All our success recently provided us with extra incentive today,’’ Brennan said.
‘‘Two-straight flags was the challenge today and we were determined to give it everything we had.
‘‘It was a really good achievement.’’
The win, CVBD chairman Charlie Pavone described as ‘‘one of the biggest wins in my time’’, was in stark contrast to last year’s result.
Moama claimed last year’s grand final at Rochester after the game came down to the final shot of the day.
Brennan said the final margin surprised everyone.
‘‘It was a really comfortable win,’’ Brennan said.
‘‘You never expect to win by that much in a grand final but that’s just how it panned out today.
‘‘We got on top early and that was it.’’
Led by skips Brennan, Mark ‘Bluey’ Chaplin and Michael Walker, Moama turned it on for the sizeable crowd in attendance.
‘‘After the first five or six ends, everyone was in front and we were able to create a buffer,’’ Brennan said.
‘‘We were then able to consolidate.
‘‘It’s a lot easier to add shots then get back in front.’’
Tongala team manager Peter Tinning felt the effects of a long day at the office.
A shattered man by game’s end, Tinning said his side just was not up to the task.
‘‘We’ve only been able to win one match against them all season and now they’ve won when it counts,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s not a great feeling to lose by that much but they’re an extremely tough side to beat and they deserved it.’’
Moama will now set its sights on the regional final against Golden Square, after the side defeated Eaglehawk, ending a 51-year premiership drought.
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