Extra end finds Benalla winners

March 29, 2017

Benalla Bowls Club's B2/1 side has won their division with a home grand final win over Corowa Civic in a match that was decided after extra ends.

Benalla Bowls Club has a team of champions among its members.

The club’s B2/1 division side has won the competition after a tense match against Corowa Civic went to extra ends to find a winner.

The club hosted two grand finals on Saturday — the Ovens and Murray Bowls Region B1 and B2 division finals.

The Benalla B2/1 side hosted Corowa, and the other grand final was between Tungamah and St James.

Benalla Bowls Club secretary Graham Moore said the B2 final was ‘‘pulsating’’ with a large crowd in attendance.

‘‘In the B2 final, (it) was a pulsating game, having a crowd of over 100 on edge.

‘‘Benalla started off well, before Corowa hit back.

‘‘With not many ends to go Benalla again hit the front by five shots; back came Corowa to level it 65-all after 75 ends.

‘‘A further end had to be played with Benalla coming out on top, three shots to one, giving them a total of 68-66,’’ he said.

Benalla Bowls Club player-coach Matt Robertson said it was not common for a game to go to extra ends to find a winner, but he was glad the Benalla side came out in front.

‘‘It was a bit of a cliffhanger, having a draw after the 75 ends — we had to play an extra end in three rinks, so they all play one extra end each ... we had some disappointments in the higher divisions and one only lost one game by two shots last week in the preliminary finals. So we’ve lost one close one and won a close one,’’ he said.

Moore said it was an ‘‘outstanding effort on all rinks’’, and he was proud to see the Benalla side hoist the trophy.

In the match between Tungamah and St James, St James was 16 shots up with 10 ends to play before Tungamah took over to come out the winner, 70-67, in another tight affair.

Moore said ‘‘a big thank you’’ was in order to those who had helped behind the scenes this season and those who had made the finals at Benalla a great success: ‘‘Green keeper Rob Mitchell who turned out some fantastic greens week after week all year to make Benalla’s greens some of the best in the Ovens and Murray Bowls Region ... score-board attendants who gave up their time ... a big thanks to the Ovens and Murray president Margaret Isherwood who attended to present the shields to the winners,’’ he said.

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