CITY MEMORIAL skipper Val Hasell used one word to describe the feeling after Gold secured the Western District Bowls Division top grade Tuesday pennant.
“Just magic, it’s absolutely magical,” she told The Standard in the moments after Gold emerged from a blustery day at City Memorial Bowls club with a 25-shot victory over Dennington Red, which was in its first season in division one.
“Just to think we actually won it is really great.
“It was just a magical win as none of us have ever won a grand final before.”
Hasell’s rink had been in a tense battle for most of the day against the rink of Red’s preliminary final hero Maureen Drennan.
The showdown between the pair would go down to the wire, with Hasell prevailing by one-shot.
The WDBD’s top skipper for 2017-18 was beaming after the hard fought battle.
“I was pleased with our performance, especially my rink,” she said.
“We had a tough rink today and we did tremendous in a really tight rink.
“I thought they had us, but my girls fought back all day and we got the win.”
Gold’s all-women team showed it had the measure of Red’s mixed side with the rinks of Kaye Maddern (29-10) and Colleen Haberfield (26-21) both emerging victorious over Graham Conn and Lorraine Shaw.
Gold was not the only City team to secure a Tuesday pennant, with Blue defeating Warrnambool Blue by 31 shots to claim the WDBD’s division two flag.
Blue skipper Jennifer Scott said that it was delighted by the win, after her rink secured a dominant 15-shot victory over John Carroll.
“We are on top of the world and we didn't expect to win so well,” she said.
“They are a great bunch people and bowlers and I rate this performance a 110/100.
“They handled the conditions really well, as the wind was a major factor in today's game, but they handled it and we came out on top.”
However, Warrnambool Bowls Club didn’t leave City Memorial empty handed, with Red securing the division three pennant with a 47-31 victory over Port Fairy Red.
Russell Anderson’s rink was a dominant force for Red, defeating Port Fairy’s skipper Brian Arnold by 11 shots, to lead Warrnambool to victory.
Anderson’s second bowler Louise Davidson could finally enjoy the feeling of winning on the final day of the season after nine grand final losses.
“It's been about nine times as a bridesmaid and now I can feel like a bride,” she said.
“We all played very very well today and I’m delighted to come away with this win.
“Now I'm going to head home and celebrate my first grand final win.”