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Bowls In Focus : March April 2011
Bowls In Focus 7 Metropolitan Premier Division Grand Final Metropolitan Premier Division Grand Final conducted before the downpour eased, and eventu- ally ceased to allow a resumption of hostilities. A few home truths from senior players over sandwiches and coffee saw the Moonee Ponds side return to the green and stage a fightback reminiscent of the 2009 grand final, where they trailed Altona by 14 before rain washed out play, but returned the following week to run over the mighty A’s. In fact, the Moonee side actually hit the front at the 89-end mark, then, with 94 completed held a four shot lead. Leading the recovery effort, Steve Glasson and his men were irrepressible after the initial onslaught from Martin’s Clayton combo, and actually took the lead at the 23-end mark by only allowing just three scoring ends from the point where the scores read 20-5 at nine. Although a lost count of five on the first end after tea wasn’t in the game plan, Jacobsen’s rink did manage to outscore the Simmons Clayton rink 12-6 over the concluding stages of what was a spiteful encounter, although the scoreline of 32-20 was still a coup for the Clayton coach. All the while Turley’s MP rink continued its dominance of Benwell and his Clayton mates, who only registered one scoring end in the run home, a timely four on the twenty-first. The 22-shot win by Turley, Lester, McHardy and Ball was class from go to whoa. As the momentum continued to run with Moonee Ponds, Clayton’s Brad Mar tin and his rink of Devlin, Sliwinski and Rowan, who had been on the receiv- ing end for an hour or so, stemmed the tide with a brilliant four against Glasson and Co, when the wily Martin played two of the greatest draw shots of his distinguished career. This tied up the overall scores and also allowed the Martin rink to record a hard-fought win. From there the match resembled an all-in brawl, with both sides and their boisterous suppor ters howling every bowl into the head. In a promoter’s dream finish, scores were level after 99 ends, with only Wilks, Challman, Burge and Davis out on the turf for a one-end shoot-out against Garvey, Spurr, Mortimer and Doolan, in the season’s most impor- tant end for both clubs. And it was Clayton singles champion Mick Burge who provided the heroics when he converted the head from one down to two up with a marvelous reaching forehand. Both counters remained intact until the skippers went to the mat, and although Garvey, a former international from NSW, played a fine shot with his first and reduced the damage to one, his final despairing attempt was wide and the Clayton side jubilantly entered the record books as successive pennant winners. History recalls that Altona and Melbourne are the only other clubs to claim back-to-back premier grand final wins, although Altona has done it on three occasions; 2006-7, 2001-2 and 1997-98; while the Demons accomplished the feat in 2003-4. Likewise, this was also the fourth one-shot margin grand final – the other three also involving the former powerhouses, with the A’s prevailing in 1997 and 2007, while the Demons got across the line by one in 2003. But last month, the day and the season be- longed to this exciting young Clayton side which many are tipping to dominate premier pennant over the next few years. - David Allen Premier Division Grand Finalists 1997 Altona d Melbourne 90-89 1998 Altona d Melbourne 97-83 1999 Burden Park d Burwood 107-68 2000 Melbourne d Altona 102-73 2001 Altona d Melbourne 105-94 2002 Altona d Melbourne 106-100 2003 Melbourne d Altona 93-92 2004 Melbourne d Moonee Ponds 95-83 2005 Bundoora d Darebin City 87-85 2006 Altona d Melbourne 96-91 2007 Altona d Melbourne 84-83 2008 Melbourne d Moonee Ponds 103-81 2009 Moonee Ponds d Altona 94-79 2010 Clayton d Melbourne 110-64 2011 Clayton d Moonee Ponds 96-95 The Championship Final score: Clayton d Moonee Ponds 96-95 Rink 1: Clayton (Michael Wilks (s), Mark Challman, Mick Burge, Colin Davis) d Moonee Ponds (Shane Garvey (s), Brett Spurr, David Mortimer, Colin Doolan) 23-16. Rink 2: Clayton (Dylan Benwell (s), Tony Wood, Stuart Huddle, Chris Hannaford) lost to Moonee Ponds (Wayne Turley, Barrie Lester, Matt McHardy, Nelson Ball) 12-34. Rink 3: Clayton (Todd Simmons (s), Dylan Fisher, Rob Dixon, Liam Garlick-Adams) defeated Moonee Ponds (Mark Jacobsen (s), Chris Ball, Ben Hubber, Winston Brackley) 32-20. Rink 4: Clayton (Brad Martin (s), Neil Devlin, Stan Sliwinski, Ash Rowan) defeated Moonee Ponds (Steve Glasson (s), Robert Doody, Garry Ball, Rich- ard Kopcewicz) 29-25. 2011 Metropolitan Grand Finals Premier: Clayton d Moonee Ponds 96-95 at Mulgrave CC Division 1: Burwood d Lalor 105-72 (B Jackett 26 W Hutson 14, P Beanland 26 I Ewing 20, D DiFlorio 23 J Smith 18, R Lawrence 30 M Lucas 20) at Ivanhoe. Division 2: Glenroy d MCC 86-76 at Rosanna Division 3: Caulfield Park d Flemington Kensington 100- 77 at Melbourne Division 4: Whittlesea d Doncaster 111-63 at Lalor Division 5: Chirnside Park d Hoppers 94-88 at Ashburton Division 6: Laverton d Ashburton 106-73 at Princes Park Division 7: Marysville d Warburton 103-78 at Healesville Division 8: Healesville d Montmorency 128-60 at Blackburn • Left: How sweet it is for the young Clayton side after holding off a fast-finishing Moonee Ponds outfit to win at Mulgrave Country Club. • Below Left: Clayton’s Mick Burge provided the heroics on the final end of last month’s premier grand final. • Above: David Mortimer from Moonee Ponds was an excellent contributor for his club. • Right: Exciting Clayton youngster Mark Challman thrilled the crowd with his shotplay. • Below: Moonee Ponds skipper Wayne Turley was the standout player of the grand final.