Violet Town has narrowly defeated Seymour in the division three grand final of Goulburn Valley Bowls Division midweek pennant, but the victor wasn't decided until the measuring tape was brought out.HANNAH DRISCOLL March 5, 2014 4:15am
Violet Town’s division three premiers (back) Hilda Biach, Keath Beaton, Mia Cooper, Carol Hart, Dennis Taylor, Ken Byrne, Victor Byrne, Lyn Russell, (front) Marg Locke, Leanne Russell-Jones, Tony Kingma, Ethel Anderson and Lee Holmes, who missed the finals after foot surgery earlier this year.
Violet Town was the team to beat all season in division three, but runner-up Seymour came perilously close to knocking it off its perch in the only match of the season that counts.
Violet Town took out the division three grand final in Goulburn Valley Bowls Division’s midweek pennant against Seymour at Tatura yesterday in a finish completely opposite to their previous encounters this season.
The minor premier thrashed Seymour by 25 shots in round 10 after their round one encounter was washed out and repeated the feat by 46 shots last Tuesday in the semi-final.
But the second-highest finals qualifier bounced back with a win against Shepparton Park in last week’s preliminary final, and the match yesterday came down to a measure on the final end.
Violet Town’s Hilda Biach defeated Maree Maggs, 27-21, while her fellow skipper Marg Locke lost to Lois Tomkins, 22-26, and Leanne Russell-Jones drew with Jan Wesselman, 22-22.
Biach and Russell-Jones both picked up two shots on their respective last ends, with Biach’s requiring a measure.
Locke said she ‘‘didn’t dare breathe’’ while the measure was taking place.
‘‘Our rink we struggled with the weight, but the other two teams played very well and they got us over the line which I’m very thankful for,’’ Locke said.
‘‘We play on very heavy greens and this was quite fast for us and we knew we’d have a struggle and I thought the ladies we played against bowled beautifully.
‘‘Glad my other two rinks pulled us over the line.’’
Violet Town juggled some personnel changes this season, with skipper Lee Holmes ruled out since January after undergoing foot surgery, while Liz Rummery has been away.
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