Moama Bowling Club's back-to-back regional pennant titles on the weekend.LUKE MCMANUS March 27, 2014 4:05am
Back-to-back regional titles have fallen into the hands of the dominant Moama Bowling Club.
According to skipper Barry Brennan, Moama is better placed ahead of the team’s second consecutive state pennant finals appearance on the back of two emphatic wins in as many weeks.
Brennan was ‘‘surprised’’ after the side claimed a 71-36 victory against Golden Square at Rich River Bowling Club on Saturday, similar to the emotion which followed the side’s comfortable win against Tongala in the Campaspe Valley Bowls Division six days earlier.
‘‘You just don’t expect to win by that much, especially in a final,’’ Brennan said.
‘‘We got away to a great start and were able to maintain a strong lead throughout the match.
‘‘It’s easier to break away then catch up.’’
Blistering starts have helped all three Moama rinks in the past two final wins which will now see Brennan’s brigade set their sights on the state pennant final in Barham on May 2.
Brennan hoped the side’s stellar form would help it across the line after finishing runner-up in the state final last year.
‘‘We’ve been bowling a lot at the moment, as we’re in form we’ve been able to hit the ground running in games,’’ Brennan said.
Michael Walker (29-11) and Mark Chaplin (30-11) led their respective rinks to strong wins which allowed Brennan to relax somewhat and play safe bowls.
Brennan finished with a 12-14 loss.
‘‘We were neck and neck all day,’’ Brennan said.
‘‘To look across and see the others winning comfortably all we had to do was make sure we stayed close and cut the margins any chance we could.
‘‘We made sure we stayed within one or two shots.
‘‘The overall result was the most important thing.’’
After a successful but long campaign, Moama will have a five-week break before the team travels to Barham.
Brennan said the key to bouncing back from last year’s final loss was to ‘‘keep the arm and eye sharp’’.
‘‘The way we’ve been playing at the moment, we’re really strong,’’ he said.
‘‘But the trouble is the competition is another five or six weeks away.
‘‘We’ll keep playing as much as we can and enter ourselves in plenty of tournaments and different opportunities.
‘‘I hope we can go one better but that remains to be seen.’’
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A snake was spotted this afternoon.
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