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Bowls In Focus : June July 2010
Parker and Colin Davis, while the great Bruce Warr, Peter Eppelstun, Barry Williams and Jim Grant, who lead 13-2 at the halfway mark, survived the onslaught to clinch a four shot win over Clayton's Todd Simmons, Dan Rushton, Stuart Huddle and Chris Hannaford. In the morning's final round Bundoora RSL, who had taken all before them in the club's quest to annex the Division 1 and Division 2 state pennants, collapsed against Bendigo East after leading 30-10 midway through the match. Their two-shot loss to the aqua and black Magpies opened the door for Clayton to win Section 2 and seek its dream of claiming both state pennant championships. Sale won the right to represent Section 1 when they finished their qualifying campaign with a 14-shot win over 2004 winners Wodonga. They suffered only one loss in their five starts, when Kyneton Golf clinched a seven-shot thriller in their round three crossover game. Runner-up in Section 1 was Wimmera champions Horsham City, who finished in a similar position last year, and they were pitted against a wounded Bundoora RSL side in the play-off for third and fourth places where they were defeated by nine. At the conclusion of Saturday's fourth round it was Bundoora RSL and Sale that topped the respective leader boards with the vital fifth rubber to be contested on Sunday. Saturday's second round saw the much awaited 'Clash of the Titans' between Clay- ton and metropolitan Division 1 champions Bundoora RSL, with many suggesting the winner would be in the box seat for cham- pionship honours. And it was the RSL side, after jumping Clayton in the early stages, that would emerge victorious. Both clubs had a lot to play for over the weekend, with the Clayton club striving to become the first in history to win both state flags, while the Bundoora side was seeking a unique double by annexing both the Divi- sion 1 and Division 2 state pennants. Their Division 2 side defeated Bendigo East in the state final at Corowa a fortnight earlier. Following their stunning win, the Bundoo- ra RSL side continued its good form to be undefeated in Section 2 overnight. Likewise, the Clayton men had dished out thumpings to its opposition in their other three starts and had to defeat Kyneton Golf on Sunday morning, then rely on Bendigo East causing an upset against Bundoora in the last round, to gain a start in the state final. Ironically, in Saturday's fourth round, the Sale side, who were playing Horsham City for top spot in Section 1, pulled of an heroic last gasp victory when skipper Matty Reid and his men collected a count of six against Horsham City's Graeme Eldridge, Brian Phelan, Ron Dolby and Tex Wardle, after they sat four in arrears on the scoreboard with one end of the match to be played. The post-final presentations acknowl- edged the marvellous achievement of Clayton's Michael Wilks and David Shortal, who have both been involved in five winning Division 1 state pennant teams - 2001 and 2002 with Altona, 2005 at Glen Eira McKin- non and the Clayton victories in 2008 and 2010 - while they also played in Glen Eira McKinnon's 2004 Division 2 winning side. Another statistic that did not go unnoticed was the enviable record of Clayton coach Todd Simmons over his five years at the club, winning two Division 1 flags, this year's premier division pennant and two state titles. And just to complete the Clayton saga, there was a heart-warming cameo after the victory clamour and obligatory photo ses- sion was over, when Simmons sought out and embraced Joyce Lindores, his female counterpart at the club. They had been the architects and prime movers of an historic season. - David Allen 2010 Champion of State Pennant at Barham Services Bowls Club Section 1: Rd.1: Mildura Workingmans d Warrnambool 52-50 (M Legin 13 J Leishman 13, A Taylor 19 P O'Donnell 10, P Mitchell 12 B Lenehan 12, G O'Neil 8 K Boyd 15), Sale d Wodonga 61-53 (B Warr 20 A Bates 9, S Chalmer 14 J Dawson 18, A Stephenson 8 J Meneguzzi 18, M Reid 19 N Murrell 8), Bundoora RSL d Horsham City 72-56 (L Aiello 14 J Wright 20, M Szabo 14 K Clyne 13, K Fraser 16 R Goudie 14, N McIntyre 28 G Eldridge 9). Rd.2: Sale d Warrnambool 63-49 (B Warr 19 J Leishman 11, S Chalmer 14 P O'Donnell 17, A Stephenson 14 B Lenehan 7, M Reid 16 K Boyd 14), Horsham City d Mildura Workingmans 57-55 (J Wright 16 M Legin 11, K Clyne 14 A Taylor 14, R Goudie 13 P Mitchell 15, G Eldridge 14 G O'Neil 15), Bendigo East d Wodonga 68-34 (A Tomkins 21 A Bates 4, B Holland 20 J Dawson 6, M Smith 17 J Meneguzzi 9, D Burgess 10 N Murrell 15). Rd.3: Horsham City d Warrnambool 53-47 (G Eldridge 8 J Leishman 14, R Goudie 13 P O'Donnell 15, K Clyne 16 B Lenehan 12, J Wright 16 K Boyd 6), Mildura Workingmans d Wodonga 52-46 (M Legin 20 N Murrell 5, A Taylor 10 J Meneguzzi 20, P Mitchell 10 J Dawson 9, G O'Neil 12 A Bates 12), Kyneton Golf d Sale 56-49 (B McKimmie 11 B Warr 12, A Firth 14 S Chalmer 11, M Andrews 13 A Stephenson 19, S Taylor 18 M Reid 7). Rd.4: Warrnambool d Wodonga 61-56 (A Sullivan 15 A Bates 12, P O'Donnell 16 J Dawson 18, B Lenehan 16 J Meneguzzi 17, K Boyd 14 N Murrell 9), Sale d Horsham City 56-54 (B Warr 16 J Wright 11, S Chalmer 17 K Clyne 11, A Stephenson 10 R Goudie 17, M Reid 13 G Eldridge 15), Clayton d Mildura Workingmans 84-40 (M Wilks 20 M Legin 9, B Martin 12 A Taylor 15, D Benwell 26 P Mitchell 8, T Simmons 26 G O'Neil 8). Rd.5: Sale d Mildura Workingmans 60-51 (M Reid 11 M Legin 7, A Stephenson 14 A Taylor 15, S Chalmer 14 P Mitchell 18, B Warr 21 G O'Neil 11), Horsham City d Wodonga 58-44 (G Eldridge 11 G McDonald 11, R Goudie 18 C Venning 10, K Clyne 22 J Meneguzzi 5, J Wright 7 N Murrell 18), Karingal d Warrnambool 57-43 (P Madeley 11 A Sullivan 13, P Ashman 19 P O'Donnell 11, J Huxtable 16 B Lenehan 8, J Curtain 11 K Boyd 11). Section result: Sale 8 points +26 shots, Horsham City 6 +4, Mildura Workingmans 4 -47, Warrnambool 2 -31, Wodonga 0 -67. Section 2: Rd.1: Bendigo East d Kyneton Golf 52-51 (A Tomkins 12 B McKimmie 8, B Holland 13 A Firth 12, M Smith 9 M Andrews 20, D Burgess 18 S Taylor 11), Clayton d Karingal 76-33 (T Simmons 34 J Curtain 7, D Benwell 17 J Huxtable 9, B Martin 14 P Ashman 6, D Fisher 11 P Madeley 11). Rd.2: Karingal d Kyneton Golf 81-38 (J Curtain 20 B McKimmie 13, J Huxtable 18 A Firth 9, P Ashman 21 M Andrews 5, P Madeley 22 S Taylor 11), Bundoora RSL d Clayton 59-40 (L Aiello 16 T Simmons 7, M Szabo 19 D Benwell 8, K Fraser 12 B Martin 12, N McIntyre 12 M Wilks 13). Rd.3: Bundoora RSL d Karingal 51-48 (L Aiello 6 J Curtain 14, M Szabo 14 J Huxtable 13, K Fraser 17 P Ashman 9, N McIntyre 14 P Madeley 12), Clayton d Bendigo East 60-40 (T Simmons 20 A Tomkins 13, D Benwell 15 B Holland 5, B Martin 17 M Smith 10, M Wilks 10 D Burgess 12). Rd.4: Bendigo East d Karingal 70-40 (A Tomkins 23 J Curtain 10, B Holland 13 J Huxtable 11, M Smith 11 P Ashman 13, D Burgess 23 P Madeley 6), Bundoora RSL d Kyneton Golf 72-41 (N McIntyre 28 B McKimmie 8, K Fraser 15 A Firth 8, M Szabo 16 M Andrews 13, L Aiello 13 S Taylor 12). Rd.5: Clayton d Kyneton Golf 70-44 (M Wilks 22 B McKimmie 8, B Martin 18 J Smith 12, D Benwell 19 M Andrews 12, T Simmons 11 S Taylor 12), Bendigo East d Bundoora RSL 49- 47 (A Tomkins 18 L Aiello 9, B Holland 5 M Szabo 13, M Smith 16 K Fraser 12, D Burgess 10 N McIntyre 13). Section result: Clayton 8 points +114 shots, Bundoora RSL 8 +67, Bendigo East 8 +47, Karingal 4 -19, Kyneton Golf 2 -94. Play-off for 3rd and 4th: Bundoora RSL d Horsham City 68-59 (L Aiello 21 J Wright 15, M Szabo 11 K Clyne 20, K Fraser 18 R Goudie 12, N McIntyre 18 G Eldridge 12). Final: Clayton d Sale 77-58 (T Simmons 14 B Warr 18, D Benwell 18 S Chalmer 7, B Martin 28 A Stephenson 12, M Wilks 17 M Reid 21). • Above: Underrated Clayton skipper Dylan Benwell came through with flying colours. • Below Right: Big Sale skipper Matty Reid emerged from the final with a four-shot win. State Pennant Champions Year RVBA VLBA 1999 Geelong West Bendigo Ladies 2000 Altona Colac City 2001 Altona Lakes Entrance 2002 Altona Glen Eira McKinnon 2003 Melbourne Glen Eira McKinnon 2004 Wodonga Moama 2005 Glen Eira McKinnon Shepparton Park 2006 Corowa Services Yarraville Footscray 2007 Altona Yarraville Footscray 2008 Clayton Glen Eira McKinnon 2009 Moonee Ponds Traralgon 2010 Clayton Clayton
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