Mooroopna Golf battled hard against reigning Goulburn Valley Bowls Division midweek pennant premier Shepparton Golf, but came away with nothing to show for it.By Hannah Driscoll
Sport can be cruel.
Mooroopna Golf put up a superb battle against reigning Goulburn Valley Bowls Division midweek pennant premier Shepparton Golf yesterday, but came away with no points to show for it.
The best hopes for the day had been Elsie Gale and Brenda Broughton, but Gale was defeated 19-23 to Jenny Waddell, while Shepparton Golf’s Pauline Naughton defeated Broughton 20-16.
Where Gale’s team had trailed the majority of the day — they drew level after 17 ends then fleetingly took the lead after 21 and 22 ends after picking up four shots combined — Broughton led all day until the last three ends.
Mooroopna Golf was nine shots in front after 14 ends and still held a 16-8 lead 19 ends down.
But a four on the 20th end sparked a Shepparton Golf revival, and it picked up eight shots on the subsequent five ends to sneak home.
The opposite was true for the rink between Mooroopna Golf’s Faye Wheelhouse and Shepparton Golf’s Marie Clurey.
Clurey led by as much as 10 shots after 11 ends, before Wheelhouse slowly began pegging it back, and while her team would never reclaim the lead it had held for the first four ends, it got back to within one shot before Clurey won 21-18.
The conditions were almost ideal for bowls, even if visually the skyline looked a little threatening.
There was little wind to impede the bowlers and they finished just before a shower arrived in the mid-afternoon.
The final rink to finish was Broughton’s and Naughton’s, with Shepparton Golf taking one shot on the final end.
Mooroopna Golf was holding two shots at the head when Broughton stepped up to take her shot, but she knocked one of Shepparton Golf’s bowls up to take shot by accident.
‘‘I know she just missed and ended up hitting the wrong bowl, if she’d taken that one out she had four sitting there, but that’s bowls,’’ Wheelhouse said.
‘‘They were just too good on the day in a close game and we had an enjoyable day.’’
There were several changes to both teams for the match and among those coming in were Shepparton Golf premiership skipper Bonnie Mullins for her first game.
Naughton said Shepparton Golf was always going to be up for a battle yesterday, which the three scores showed.
‘‘It was always going to be a close game and the other two rinks were doing really well,’’ she said.
‘‘At lunchtime we were well down, 5-14 I think, so that’s discouraging, but we came out and puddled away and got four and when you get a four it boosts you along.
‘‘We made the ends a little longer and things just went our way. That’s sport, too.’’
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