While Deniliquin won the division one midweek pennant grand final on Friday, Mathoura made it back-to-back titles in division two, while Moama took out division three.GEORDIE COWAN February 27, 2013 4:04am
Mathoura’s victorious divison two midweek pennant team (from back left) Marg Cowley, Marg Knuckey, Elaine Murphy, Berryl Murphy, Marg Pevitt, Ian Anthony, Marilyn Murphy, Dot Couser, Kate McCormick; (front) Isabelle Van Dan Brenk, Muriel Trotter, Virginia Kalsbeek and Rosa Shea.
Deniliquin won its fourth division one midweek pennant bowls premiership in 12 years when it held off reigning premier City of Echuca at Deniliquin RSL on Friday.
Although Echuca was the favourite going into the game, Deniliquin was the higher-placed team for most of the year.
City of Echuca president Pat Schram said the 70-61 result, in which each team won one rink and had a draw, was simply due to Deniliquin playing better than Echuca.
‘‘The reality is they deserved to win the match,’’ she said.
‘‘We were trying hard but we didn’t play as well as we know we are able and it comes down to how well you play on the day.’’
It wasn’t a good day for Echuca, with its division three side also faltering in the final, losing by just two shots to Moama Red, 33-31 — with the result coming down to the last bowl.
Echuca just scraped into the finals by one point, but won both its semi-final and preliminary final and came into the last match full of momentum.
‘‘Division three was so sad because it was so close and they played so well all day,’’ Schram said.
‘‘They just snuck into the four to get into the finals.
‘‘They played really well and it just came down to the last bowl.
‘‘But a match isn’t played on one bowl, it’s played on all the bowls.’’
The Echuca president, who played in the division one final, said she was happy to see three different clubs win the respective divisions.
‘‘I think it shows a strong association,’’ she said.
In division two, Mathoura reigned supreme to claim back-to-back premierships with a 10-shot win against Moama, 73-63.
Moama finished the season on top of the ladder, but Mathoura upset it in the semi-final two weeks before so it knew it had the form to win again.
It was a somewhat strange game, seeing one rink decided by big margins for each team and one rink narrowly to Mathoura.
‘‘It was a wonderful result,’’ Mathoura president Elaine Murphy said.
‘‘Congratulations to all who played in it.’’
Murphy, who was a member of the winning team, said everybody contributed in their own way to the result.
‘‘The greens were excellent and everything went to plan,’’ she said.
The division three final was the closest of the day, with Moama Red holding on to defeat Echuca by just two shots.
The scores were close throughout the match, Moama skip Margaret Meulenkamp said.
‘‘It was one of the best games I’ve ever played in,’’ she said.
‘‘I thought Echuca played very well in the final and in the other finals.
‘‘Deanna Hogan (Moama’s other skip) had the last bowl of the day.
‘‘Echuca had a shot and she came down and got the shot for us to win by two.
‘‘I didn’t really want to look at it, but the luck was with us.’’
The win continued a successful few years for Moama’s division three team.
‘‘I have been at Moama for three years and we won the first year, came runner-up last year and now we have won it again,’’ Meulenkamp said.
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