Passionate Albany bowler TIM SCOTT is writing a fortnightly column for The Extra, keeping our readers up-to-date with the local bowls scene.
The Lower Great Southern Bowling League men’s pennant finals produced everything that was expected and more.
The finals had inclement weather, favourites winning and losing, games down to the final bowl and an extremely popular pennant winner.
Emu Point hosted the men’s first division finals beginning on a wet and windy Saturday afternoon with Middleton Beach Gold defeating Middleton Beach Green in the elimination final while favourites Emu Point Red accounted for Albany Gold to advance straight to the final.
Middleton Beach Gold and Albany Gold then played out a thriller the following morning, with the result in doubt up until the last bowl but Middleton Beach Gold advanced to the final by one shot.
This continued a recent trend of finals heartbreak for Albany Gold, who exited in straight sets.
Emu Point Red then proved their class and depth by proving to be far too superior to take out the final and secure back-to-back pennant wins which they so eagerly sought.
They now join their ladies first division side as pennant winners in a very successful season for the club.
Emu Point will now look forward to hosting their popular men’s fours carnival at Easter with many sides travelling from far and wide while attracting a top class field of bowlers.
In men’s second division Emu Pt Purple travelled to Mt Barker and upset the recently promoted hosts and favourites, 6 (60) to 0 (47) to advance to the final, as Mt Barker Golf White defeated Walpole 6 (79) to 0 (42) in the elimination final.
Mt Barker then rebounded to win the preliminary final and account for Mt Barker Golf White 6 (60) to 0 (36) to set up a rematch with Emu Point Purple.
The final was another enthralling high-standard contest as Emu Point ran out pennant winners, 5 (56) to 1 (54).
The most popular pennant winners for the season are Green Range’s third division side as they secured the title after a full day of knockout finals.
Mt Barker easily accounted for Middleton Beach Lime in the first eliminator 5 (65) to 1 (43) while Green Range and Denmark were engaged in a wonderful tussle, which again went down to the final bowl.
Green Range prevailed by one shot and this set up the final contest between a truly inspired Green Range and Mt Barker.
Green Range then produced one of their best displays of the season to easily take out the final, 5 (64) to 1 (45), as “Go The Range” could regularly be heard coming from the enthusiastic crowd.
This is a tremendous result for the small Green Range outfit who have had to share facilities with Albany for the last few years.
The ladies league singles, which was also rain affected, has been won by Emu Point’s Yvonne Shalders.
I would like to congratulate all the pennant winners and the players, clubs and supporters for a very successful season for the Lower Great Southern Bowling League.
Stay safe, enjoy your travels and hopefully see you all next season.