State Pennants Finals wrap
Brilliant Pennants Finals series for Zone 13 with 1 State Champion and 3 Runners-Up.
Grade 5 NSW Pennant State Champions – GYMEA !!!
Fantastic achievement by Gymea defeating Batlow in the final 55-50. Gymea led from the start and were never headed. (More details later in this post)
Taren Point Runner-Up in Grade 1 after being defeated by Cabra. Taren Point led early but were overrun by Cabramatta who have done a ‘Taren Point’ by winning 3 Grade 1 State titles in a row.
Engadine Runner-Up in Grade 2 losing narrowly to Mona Vale 62-58. Engadine led early before Mona Vale jumped to a 9 shot lead. Engadine were closing in fast but ultimately ran out of ends.
Leichhardt Runner-Up in Grade 4 losing to Junee 68-54. Leichhardt got off to a slow start and were down by 20 very early but played very to get back into the contest.
Well done to Taren Point, Engadine and Leichhardt. They will be disappointed by todays finals loss but being State Runners-Up is a tremendous achievement
In other grades Alexandria-Erskineville finished 3rd in their section on Grade 3 and Olds park finished 3rd in their section in Grade 6. Engadine made the Quarter-Finals in Grade 7.
Gymea winning the State Pennants Grade 5 is one of the great Bowls fairytales.
After 7 rounds of the Zone 13 Pennants season Gymea had lost 4 games and were languishing in 4th position in their section and only 1 win outside of last.
What they did from there was truly amazing.
Gymea won their last 3 regular season matches to sneak into the Zone 13 Pennants Finals with 6 wins and 4 losses. They just slipped into second place in their section and they qualified for the 6 team finals series in 6th place.
They then lifted another gear to win 4 consecutive knock-out matches in the finals series to be crowned Zone 13 Grade 5 Champions!
This was then followed up with 6 straight wins in the State Pennants Finals. After a 3-4 start to the season Gymea had to win 13 straight games to be crowned State Champions.
A truly remarkable effort and well down to the Gymea club and all players involved in today’s victory.
In this afternoons final Patrick Stapleton’s side won 18-16. Michael Cummings rink won 19-9 and Alan Prince’s rink lost 18-25.