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Back-to-back flags for Wallan

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IT took three Saturdays and one Sunday, including a couple of washed out days for Wallan to score a strong victory over Seymour VRI in Saturday’s Central Bowls Division’s division two grand final.

Saturday’s grand final game was a resumption of a washed-out game commenced the previous Sunday, and the second such wash-out that affected all teams during this year’s finals.

However, despite the weather interruptions, Wallan was able to secure back-to-back grand final wins in division two, and with division one being premiers two seasons ago, it means the club has won flags in three consecutive seasons.

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Play resumed with Wallan holding a 17-shot margin over VRI, with Peter Glass’ rink being 14-3 up. Paul Delnegro’s rink and Andy Mackintosh’s rink each held a three shot advantage.

Wallan was fully aware that VRI, who finished second on the ladder would come out with all guns blazing and the top side needed to bring their A-game.

The Mackintosh rink immediately went on the offensive extending their score from 10-7 to 22-9 before dropping 13 shots in ends 17-24. With Wallan a single shot up on the last end, Wallan held its nerve and scored two shots to win the rink by three shots.

The Delnegro rink, also 10-7 up at the resumption certainly played excellent bowls, only conceding five of the last 15 ends to run out 23-12 winners.

The Glass rink also played aggressive bowls taking their 14-3 lead to a final score of 34-10. This rink has been out of sorts in recent weeks, but definitely picked the right day to re-discover their mojo.

The final score saw Wallan 82 def Seymour VRI 44.

The game was the last ever under the Central Bowls Division banner, as Bowls Victoria has ordered a shake-up of all bowls competitions across the state.

Wallan will play in the Northgate – a metropolitan competition next season in what will be a new adventure for the Wallan bowlers.

The club is keen to attract more members – experienced or new bowlers – who reside in Wallan, Kilmore or surrounding areas, and who may be interested in joining the club in its journey in a new competition next season.

People interested can contact club secretary Peter Glass on 0481 054 039.

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