TERANG lawn bowlers planned to celebrate the club’s drought-breaking Western District Bowls Division women’s division one pennant title with a victory lap of the town yesterday.
Skipper Margaret Sumner said players deserved their success after the success-starved club defeated City Memorial Green in the grand final at Dennington yesterday.
Sumner said it was Terang’s first division one win since 1994.
“We always run into City or Warrnambool and they always beat us and this year we thought we were good enough to win,” she said after the 15-shot win.
“We go to Hungry Jack’s now and have an ice-cream, chicken, chips and onion rings, then we’ll do a lap of Terang and then we’re going to Patty Kenna’s for tea.
“Win, lose or draw we go out grand final night.
“It will be exciting tonight.
“There will be a lot of talking and laughing.
“It brings them all together and makes them happy.”
Terang, which defeated league powerhouse City Memorial Gold to book its grand final berth, won two rinks and drew one on its way to a 75-60 win in front of a healthy crowd.
Jean Fidge was the first skipper to lead her team home, cruising to a 24-16 victory against Green’s Dorothy Gleeson.
Terang’s Carol Cardwell and Green’s Pauline Burleigh finished on 22 apiece after their 25-end battle.
Sumner, one of three Terang players who played in its last division one flag, produced a 29-22 win against Karina Ellery.
“They all settled down and played well and concentrated which is great,” Sumner said.
“They played as a team and that’s what it’s all about.
“Pat Glennen is probably our oldest, she’s 86, but the rest of us are in our 70s.
“She is pretty tough and she played some pretty good bowls today and played well a fortnight ago too.”
Sumner yesterday said that despite Fidge winning her rink comfortably, she tried to avoid watching the scoreboard tick over.
“I didn’t want to think about being in front at all,” she said.
“I thought the first four ends after lunch was vital, do the right thing and cut back.
“When you are playing to a winning scoreboard it’s easy, when you’re playing to a losing scoreboard it’s hard.”