State Pennants Finals wrap

Brilliant Pennants Finals series for Zone 13 with 1 State Champion and 3 Runners-Up.
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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)
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.