Red Army marches in 22/3
2011-2012 Sat Metro Division 5 Pennant Champions
With a devastating finishing burst the Glenroy women’s team fulfilled its destiny when it marched to victory in the Metropolitan Tuesday Pennant Division 1 grand final at Essendon Bowls Club today.
The mighty reds defeated seven-times champions Glen Eira McKinnon by 21 shots in a high standard and entertaining contest, after trailing at the lunch break.
The victory also erased the sour memory of Glenroy’s two-shot grand final loss to the legendary Gems at Cranbourne two years ago, and take’s the proud club’s record in Division 1 pennant to four premierships, following their successes in 2004, 1987 and 1974.
Far from being dispirited, the Glen Eira McKinnon players, who have won the top division flag on seven occasions since 2000, were upbeat and graciously bowed to the better side on the day.
At the lunch break Glenroy trailed on the main scoreboard by six shots. It’s rink of Jan Hurst, Jenny Keep, Joanne Bouvall and Maureen Willis trailed Gem’s great Denese Brick and her team of Jill Diamond, Terry Clark and Fay Rubenstein by six; while Jennifer Salmon, Sharon Whana, Kylie Middlemo and Judy Davey were twelve in arrears to Gail Nadelman. Laura Grayden, Pat McNeill and Pam Morley.
But it was the Glen’s quartet of Nicole Shortis, Jan Morton, Judy Stainton and Moira Rayner who kept the red army in touch with their 12-shot lead over Glen Eira McKinnon’s Arnold Nadelman, Ross Maver, Keith Rubenstein and Ann Sternfeld.
However, at the resumption it was the Salmon rink, with lead Judy Davey in seductive form, that lead the charge when it accumulated 22 shots to two in the remaining 12 ends.
Only five shots separated the two sides with eight ends of the grand final to be completed and sentimental thoughts of another nostalgic victory for the long-time competition dominators were certainly alive.
But the fiercely determined Glenroy reds clicked into another gear for the ride home when they counted on every end. The much-improved Shortis and her side collected four from three; Jan Hurst, who had engaged in a rollicking encounter with Brick, picked up three and two; and Salmon, the semi final hero, added another seven to her post-lunch rampage.
Metropolitan Tuesday Pennant
Division 1 Grand Final at Essendon Bowls Club
Final score: Glenroy d Glen Eira McKinnon 87-66
Rink 1: Glenroy (Jennifer Salmon (s), Sharon Whana, Kylie Middlemo, Judy Davey) defeated Glen Eira McKinnon (Gail Nadelman (s), Laura Grayden, Pat McNeill, Pam Morley) 32-24.
Rink 2: Glenroy (Jan Hurst (s), Jenny Keep, Joanne Bouvall, Maureen Willis) lost to Glen Eira McKinnon (Denese Brick (s), Jill Diamond, Terry Clark, Fay Rubenstein) 23-25.
Rink 3: Glenroy (Nicole Shortis (s), Jan Morton, Judy Stainton, Moira Rayner) defeated Glen Eira McKinnon (Arnold Nadelman, Ross Maver, Keith Rubenstein, Ann Sternfeld) 32-17.
Pictured: The jubilant Glenroy side celebrates its victory in today's Metropolitan Tuesday Pennant Division 1 grand final at Essendon Bowls Club.