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Bowls In Focus : June July 2010
Clayton club became the first to annex the RVBA and VLBA state pennant titles. After a sluggish start to the 72-end final, the Melbourne metropolitan premier division winners powered to victory in the RVBA Champion of State Pennant at Barham Services Bowls Club. Three weeks earlier the club's VLBA side did a similar number on the Lakes Entrance team at City of Echuca to claim their state title after being unde- feated for the season. The Clayton men defeated a game Sale com- bination by 19 shots after trailing heavily midway through the match. The Gippsland champions were all over Clayton like a cheap suit to be 19 shots ahead after 36 ends, before counts of five in rapid succession from skippers Brad Martin and Todd Simmons fired the Clayton machine into action. From that point onwards Clayton was irrepress- ible, drawing level with Sale on the 51st end, then strutting their way to the title. The result was Clay- ton's second win in three years, having won in 2008 as Division 1 pennant premiers in the metropolitan competition. Seasoned Clayton skip Brad Martin and his team of Stan Sliwinski, David Shortal and Ash Rowan lead the club's victory march with their 16-shot win over Sale's Andrew Stephenson, Ken Sceney, Peter Stephenson and Ray Kennedy after being 5-9 down after eight, while Dylan Benwell, Tony Wood, Terry McRedmond and Glenn Cook were Clayton's other winning quartet with an 11- shot win over Stephen Chalmer, Alan Reid, Warren Hammill and Fred Bye. Sale claimed two winning rinks, with big Matty Reid, Rod Morris, Jim Collins and Ted Airey up by four against Michael Wilks, Dylan Fisher, Jeff Clayton's Pennant History • Top: The history-making Clayton men launch into celebration mode after their victory. • Left: Clayton's wily Brad Martin skipped his rink to a great win in the final. • Above: Evergreen skipper Bruce Warr lead the Sale assault at the outset.
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