Lower Murray Bowling Association Saturday Pennants grand finals

The Murray Bridge Bowling Club hosted the grand final matches in all three divisions.

Premiers: Murray Bridge Blue won the division one premiership breaking a seven-year drought. Photo: William Bailey.

Premiers: Murray Bridge Blue won the division one premiership breaking a seven-year drought. Photo: William Bailey.

The club came away with the prized defeat over Jervois in division one, while the other two Bridge sides were beaten.

Officials were delighted with the standard of play and with the spread of supporters in attendance for all clubs.

Winners: Mannum's Grant Bormann bowled to a division two premiership over Murray Bridge Green on Saturday. Photo: William Bailey.

Winners: Mannum's Grant Bormann bowled to a division two premiership over Murray Bridge Green on Saturday. Photo: William Bailey.

There was more than 175 attendees who witnessed a typical display of high pressure finals bowls. 

Mannum got back to its very best to beat Murray Bridge Green by 31 shots in division two.

Concentration: Murray Bridge Blue's Helen Lindner in her division one win.

Concentration: Murray Bridge Blue's Helen Lindner in her division one win.

Jervois reigned supreme against favourites Murray Bridge Purple by 12 shots in division three.

Division One

Accuracy: Jervois' Ivy Kluske makes a move during her division three win over Murray Bridge Purple on Saturday. Photo: William Bailey.

Accuracy: Jervois' Ivy Kluske makes a move during her division three win over Murray Bridge Purple on Saturday. Photo: William Bailey.

Murray Bridge Blue brought an end to Jervois’ run of grand final wins with a hard fought clash from start to finish.

Even though the result was still in the balance with just a handful of ends to go, it was Blues that finished the better to win by 13 shots.

It really was a superb spectacle that had the large crowd on edge as Blues strived to break their drought and knock Jervois out from building on their three-straight premiership record.

Murray Bridge Blue v Jervois

Murray Bridge Blue won the right to host the grand final after beating Jervois in the second semi final on what was a perfect day for bowls.

This set up another match for these two teams to go head to head again for the 2016/17 pennant in division one.

Jervois was going for four in a row and Murray Bridge Blue was out to reverse last year’s result and win the pennant after a seven-year drought for the club in divisions one.

A large crowd was in attendance and witnessed some very good bowls in all three divisions.

On the first rink, John Jackson, Hugh Smythe, Mario Grande and Jim Freak took on the Jervois rink of Blake Fiebig, Gary Mason, Roger Zarantonello and Denis Hicks in what turned out to be Jervois-only winning rink.

The game was even for most of the day with both sides wining six ends each to the break to see Fiebig’s rink leading by one shot, 10-9.

Jackson leveled the score straight after the break, only to lose the next two ends, dropping consecutive fours to trail, 18-10 after 15 ends.

Jackson’s side won four of the last six ends but could not claw back the entire deficit, they eventually went down by five shots, 16-21 in a hard fought battle.

Paul Smart, Gerry Penta, Helen Lindner and Ron Goodwin were drawn against Andrew Stasinowsky, David Kempe, Derek Vanderzon and Martin Beaumont.

Stasinowsky’s side won the first two ends with singles before Smart’s side hit back hard, picking up a six and a two in the next two ends to lead, 8-2 after four.

The next four ends were shared but Smart’s side again picked numbers to jump out to a 15-5 lead after eight ends.

Stasinowsky’s side then hit back picking up nine shots over the next two ends to level the scores at 14-all.

Smart’s side then hit back again, taking the next two ends to the break, picking up a six and three to lead, 23-14 after 12 ends.

Stasinowsky’s side won the first two ends after the break putting on five shots to trail by four shots, 23-19.

The next five ends saw the game tighten up with both sides only able to pick up singles to see the score at 26 to 21 after 19 ends.

The final two ends went to Smart’s rink who eventually ran out comfortable winners by 11 shots, 32-21.

The last match was between Bruce Attrill, Lynton Keen, Brian Traeger and Tom Griffiths and the Jervois rink of Graeme Herbert, Russell Schutz, Graham Schenke and Shaun Hicks.

The game started with some very good bowling from both sides and was level at one-all after the first two ends.

Attrill’s side was getting on top of Herbert’s rink and won six of the next nine ends heading into the break, putting on 13 shots to four to see them leading, 14-5 after 11 ends.

Herbert’s side picked up a single on the first end after the break before Attrill’s side won the next three ends to lead, 18-6 after 15 ends.

Hebert’s side was trying to bridge the gap and they put on seven shots to two over the next five ends to see the score at 20-13 in favor of Attrill’s side after 20 ends.

The other two rinks had completed their games and Murray Bridge Blue was leading, 68-55 and Jervois could not bridge the gap so the last end was not played.

The game was played in very good spirit with both sides being the ones to beat for the majority of the year and they will look forward to doing battle again in the 2017/18 season.

Division Two

Mannum was by far the best performed side all season and thoroughly deserved to finish premiers by defeating Murray Bridge Green comfortably on all rinks.

This made up for their loss to the Greens in the first semi final.

Mannum v Murray Bridge Green

Mannum hit the Murray Bridge Green side very hard right from the start. 

They did not want a repeat performance from a few weeks ago.

They were 25-shots up at the break and maintained the pressure to win on all three rinks by 30-shots.

Lynton Jones, John Sage, Trevor Dicker and Maurie Davey added two on the first end and Barry Kirchner, Peter White, Joan Jackson and Mike Ferris hit back with a single and two shots right away. 

Jones replied with four shots and a single and Kirchner then added a single.

Jones hit hard with five shots to lead, 12-4 after seven ends.

Kirchner picked up two singles and Jones then added three shots and which was then followed up with five more as they went to the break, 20-6.

Jones came out firing and added seven more shots over four ends then Kirchner broke the run with three shots.

Two shots were then scored by each team, followed by singles to each.

The final end went to Kirchner with a single, 30-13.

Jerry Pannell, Mike Pethick, Steven Wilkinson and John McDiarmid picked up five shots on the first end and then followed up with three more.

Kurt Weinmann, Graham Rolton, Brian Welch and Kerry Pascoe then won three ends, adding six shots.

Singles followed for each team and Pannell then added two singles, a two and a three to jump to a very handy 16-7 lead as they went to the break.

Weinmann won the next three ends with singles and Pannell picked up two singles and two shots.

Weinmann came back with three shots and a single and the final two ends went to Pannell with a single and two shots to give him the game, 23-14.

Stephen Gregory, Di Leathers, Graham Leathers and Grant Bormann added two shots on the first end and Peter Shilton, Ken Carter, David Kennedy and Malcolm Carter then added a single.

Gregory picked up a single and Shilton hit back with a single and two shots.

Gregory then added three shots and a single.

Shilton steadied and picked up a single and two twos to take the lead, 9-7. 

Gregory added two shots as they went to the break.

Shilton gained a single and then each team added two shots.

Gregory was able to move the jack around and save on several occasions. 

He then scored two, a four and two to establish a seven-shot lead, 19-12. 

Shilton came back with two shots and a single but Gregory was able to add two more shots. 

The final end went to Shilton with a single, 21-16.

Division Three

Murray Bridge Purple went in as favourites against Jervois but was out bowled by a fired up Jervois squad led by Elaine Atkins who skippered her rink to a match-winning dominating display.

Division three: Back, Terry Morgan, Greg Miller, Peter Phillips, Des Kluske, front, John Atkins, Elaine Atkins, Ivy Kluske and John McGowan. Photo: William Bailey.

Murray Bridge Purple v Jervois

Jervois reversed the result of their semi final loss to Murray Bridge Purple with a 12-shot win on the back of a strong second half performance. 

Delivery: Mannum's Di Leathers in action during her division two win over Murray Bridge Green on the weekend. Photo: William Bailey.

The win gives Jervois its first ever division three pennant. 

In the end nothing could separate Ivy Kluske, Des Kluske, Peter Phillips and John McGowan from Purple’s Brian Densley, Kay Edson, Rob Grieger and Anne Ratsch with a 17-all result. 

Densley started well with three singles, but Kluske responded with a pair of twos to take the lead. 

Both sides traded ones and twos and went in to the break at eight shots apiece.

It was more of the same after the break, until a four to Kluske broke the pattern and gave them a three-shot lead, which increased to four on the 16th end. 

Another pair of twos leveled the scores again, and after Kluske scored successive singles, Jervois held a two-shot advantage going into the final end. 

A two to Densley tied the scores at 17-all in a great contest.

Elaine Atkins, Terry Morgan, Greg Miller and John Atkins scored a decisive, 26-14 win over Kay Symes, Colin Ribbons, John Gyss and Eric Lewis to deliver Jervois the pennant. 

Symes started well with a three and a two on the first two ends and held the advantage through the first nine ends, but a two and a four to Atkins immediately before the break gave Jervois the lead for the first time.

Symes scored a single upon the resumption, but it was to be Purple’s only addition to their score as the Jervois outfit combined well to dominate with 14 shots to nil over the next seven ends of the game.

A four on the 18th end delivered the killer blow, coming on the heels of successive scores of one, one, two, three and a two. 

From the ninth to the 19th ends, Atkins had added 20 shots to one and the game was effectively over. 

A single and a two to Symes on the final two ends was only of consolation value to Purple, reducing the final margin to 12-shots. 

It was a complete team effort from the Jervois side, but Terry Morgan was especially prominent.

Best performing teams during finals series

Division one

Murray Bridge Blue’s skipper Bruce Attrill steered his team to wins in both games played. 

Division two

For Mannum, Lynton Jones scored convincing wins in the three games his team contested.

Division three

Jervois skipper Ivy Kluske had two wins and a draw out of three, and while the other Jervois skipper Elaine Atkins only had the one win, it was a match winner in the grand final making her team the best in division three.  

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