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Moama claims runner-up title, again

Moama Bowling Club finished second, again, at the weekend’s Champion of State Pennant tournament in Barham.

LUKE MCMANUS May 7, 2014 3:04am

Barry Brennan, pictured playing bowls for Moama's pennant team this season.

Moama Bowling Club claimed the state’s runner-up mantle for the second-straight season following an outstanding performance at the weekend’s Champion of State Pennant tournament in Barham.

After blitzing the recent Campaspe and regional Saturday pennant competitions, Moama arrived with a full head of steam to tackle Shepparton Park, Trafalgar, Mildura, Central Wendouree and Hastings in section one.

Enduring a wet start on the first day, Moama finished undefeated after the preliminary rounds to finish on top of the ladder and progress to Sunday’s final against metropolitan champ and section two winner, Clayton.

Spearheaded by skips Anthony Wood (World Cup representative), Liam Garlick-Adams and Dylan Benwell, Clayton proved too strong for Moama in all three rinks, winning by a comfortable 35 shots.

After earning the title for the two best performed skips in section one, Moama’s Mark Chaplin and Michael Walker struggled to quell their opposite numbers, while it was a similar story for team manager Barry Brennan.

‘‘We were outbowled, simple as that,’’ Brennan said.

‘‘It’s not that we didn’t play well, I thought we bowled really well; they were just too good for us.

‘‘We would play a great shot and be up one or two shots, then they’d swoop in and take the shots off us.

‘‘The amount of shots at the end was disappointing but it’s not like we didn’t have a crack.’’

Brennan said Clayton’s youth came to the fold during the 72-37 defeat, with the likes of 26-year-old Wood leading the charge, an Australian representative at last month’s World Cup event in Warilla.

‘‘We played a side which had some very good bowlers,’’ Brennan said.

‘‘They are mostly young blokes and all very talented.

‘‘We knew Clayton was always going to be a danger, as they were the best team out of Melbourne and probably the favourite going into the tournament.’’

Finishing runner-up for the second-straight year, while a great achievement, has only motivated Brennan and his cohorts to go one step further in 2015.

With the ‘‘wonderful support’’ of Moama Bowling Club and supporters, Brennan said the elusive title was there for the taking.

‘‘To finish second two years in a row, it’s not too bad really,’’ he said.

‘‘While it hurts, there were 10 other teams from across the state that didn’t get a look at it, so it’s a great result for the region and the club.

‘‘We’ll give it another crack but our first step next season will be winning the local comp, that’s always the hardest.’’

Brennan had little time to dwell on the loss with the team manager off to Barham again for the midweek Champion of State Pennant tournament.

Moama, the only club to boast a men’s and women’s pennant team in the finals, kicked off its campaign yesterday by winning its first two matches.

More on Moama’s midweek performance in Friday’s edition.

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