FOR the Warni Rogues, winning the Warrnambool Eight Ball Association division one grand final hinged on a perfect run through the doubles.
They recovered from being down 7-5 against Rebel Whalers heading into doubles, winning all three of their matches to win 8-7.
“We were 7-5 down and all pulled together as a good team should,” Rogues captain Justin Allen said.
“We’re ecstatic. We’re going to celebrate in style.
“We had a really good season, (but) we had a few players having some pretty big issues outside of pool and we were the underdogs coming into the grand final.”
The final between the Warni Rogues and top team Rebel Whalers was back-and-forth all afternoon, before the inspired run through the doubles. With the Whalers needing just one more win to claim the premiership, the Rogues showed nerves of steel.
“To come from there (and win) is almost undoable,” Allen said.
In division two, City Memorial Cats posted a convincing 8-3 win over Cunning Stunts.
It was a familiar position for the Cats, who have won four division two premierships in the past eight years.
City Memorial captain Stephen Edwards said after losing the first game, the Cats rallied to win the next three and entered the first break with a 4-2 lead.
“We won the next three after the break. They were pretty crucial games,” he said.
The players of the grand finals were Rod Woodbridge from Warni Rogues and Phil Edwards from City Memorial Cats.