Mooroopna Golf had to settle for a fifth-placed finish, despite a 29-shot win against Rushworth in the final midweek pennant home-and-away round yesterday.By Hannah Driscoll
Mooroopna Golf had to settle for a fifth-placed finish, despite a 29-shot win against Rushworth in the final midweek pennant home-and-away round yesterday.
Only a maximum-point win against the visitor, and a maximum points victory to ladder-leader Shepparton Park against fourth-placed Hill Top, would have enabled Mooroopna Golf to sneak into the finals.
In the end, neither of those requirements were filled.
Rushworth skip Jean Sprague dashed Mooroopna Golf’s hopes when she made it four in a row to finish the season with her 28-19 win against Brenda Broughton.
This was the first rink to finish and even Faye Wheelhouse’s 47-10 win against Rushworth skip Kay Quirk counted for nothing towards the ultimate goal.
The pressure was just as much on Rushworth, desperate to avoid falling to relegation position in the final game.
The rink between Mavis Marshall and Mooroopna Golf skipper Lorraine Stranger, who was skipping in place of Julie Williams, provided an opportunity to gain another crucial two points.
It swung on a knife’s edge the last four ends when Stranger picked up four shots on the 22nd end to bring the scores to 22-23.
She tied the rink 23-23 the following end, but was trailing again 23-24 going into the final end.
Mooroopna Golf was holding shot for a tie with Stranger and Marshall to bowl and Stranger was obviously nervous going for her final shot.
A measure discovered Mooroopna Golf held two shots for the end as one of Marshall’s bowls had knocked an opposition bowl forward.
Sprague said it was a disappointing result for the rink, but Marshall had done the right thing going for the shot.
‘‘You can’t play negative bowls, you’ve still got to have a go and obviously if she hadn’t, it would’ve only been one point to us,’’ she said.
‘‘Obviously she’s trying for the rink win and I just don’t believe in negative bowls.’’
Wheelhouse said her team bowled beautifully.
‘‘(We) just had bowls in the head all day and gave me an armchair ride and Lorraine did so well skipping and getting up on that rink too,’’ Wheelhouse said.
‘‘Jean’s Jean, she had a wonderful day as usual.’’
Both skippers said illness and absences caused issues for the season and Mooroopna Golf in particular would be left wondering ‘‘what if?’’.
‘‘We were very unsettled for the first three or four weeks because we had players unwell and some still on holidays because it’s such an early start to the season,’’ Wheelhouse said.
‘‘Once we got our team settled, then we started to do really well.
‘‘Maybe if we’d have had everyone from the start it might’ve been different, but bowls is bowls.’’
Rushworth’s Margaret Cruz sends her bowl down the green.
Skipper Faye Wheelhouse had a huge win on her rink for Mooroopna Golf.
Rushworth’s Mavis Marshall boldly attacked her shots.
Mooroopna Golf’s Barb Bullen tries to keep cool in the heat.
Mooroopna Golf’s Lorraine Stranger held her nerve to win her rink 25-24.
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