Bendigo’s victorious BBD grand final team. Picture: LUKE WESTGRAND FINAL PHOTOS
BENDIGO bolted away after afternoon tea on Sunday to win its second Bendigo Bowls Division pennant premiership in three seasons.
Bendigo proved too good for Bendigo East, which after winning two cut-throat finals to make Sunday’s decider ran out of steam and was beaten 102-83 at South Bendigo.
The grand final had been up for grabs at tea with East holding a two-shot buffer, 43-41, after 43 ends.
But in what was the equivalent of the third term of a game of footy – the premiership quarter – the first hour after the break belonged to Bendigo.
Bendigo was quick to establish a double-figure lead after the break and with its momentum continuing to build, quickly took a stranglehold on the grand final.
Ian Ross’ rink gave Bendigo an early spark after tea in its battle with Liam Crapper.
Crapper led 13-9 at tea, but Ross’ rink bounced back, winning the first seven ends after the break to take a 19-13 advantage.
However, Crapper’s rink rose to the challenge and reasserted its authority, winning the last five rinks, including picking up a five on the 25th end.
Crapper was the only winning skipper for Bendigo East, with his rink continuing its solid late-season form with a 28-19 win over Ross, whose rink has been the most dominant for Bendigo this season.
Bendigo’s Andrew Brown took down East’s No.1 rink this season, that of David Keenan, with a 29-21 win.
Scores had been level at 13-all at tea, while after four ends after the break, Keenan led narrowly by one, 16-15.
However, Brown grabbed control of the clash on the 17th end when he picked up a five and the rink wouldn’t surrender the advantage for the rest of the game.
The Bendigo rink of Barry Anset bounced back from defeats in its previous two games to topple Brad Holland 27-19.
Anset’s rink was instrumental in Bendigo gaining the upper hand after the break.
After scores had been level at 13-all after 13 ends, Anset’s rink picked up 10 consecutive shots, starting with a five on the 14th not long after Brown’s five to heap more pressure on East.
The biggest margin of the grand final was the 12 shots Bendigo’s Gary Carberry defeated Paul Moller by.
Carberry’s rink won 27-15 after earlier holding a 10-6 advantage at tea.
Carberry flew out of the blocks after tea, outscoring Moller 10-3 in the first six ends to help set Bendigo on the path to its 32nd division two premiership.
After going 33 years without a premiership, Bendigo has now won two of the past three after ending its drought in 2013, also at the expense of East when it won 92-88.
“It’s a sensational feeling, especially for a couple of the guys,” Ian Ross said.
“Mick Manning has been at the club for 30 years and never played in a premiership before today.
“And he got to play in it with his son (Lee), which was just unbelievable.
“We also had Ian and Andrew Brown as another father-son in the team, so that was great as well.
“And then there’s Barry Anset, who before today had never won a flag.
“He comes over to Bendigo and in his first year wins one, so that’s great as well.
“We really lifted after the break and got on a roll and played some tremendous bowls right across the four rinks.
“I can see a lot of good things for our club. We’ve got six under the age of 25 and they are the future.
“We’re a happy club and that’s what makes all the difference.”
Meanwhile, earlier in the day, Bendigo East won the midweek pennant grand final with a convincing 86-56 win over Inglewood.
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