Sunbury snuck home against Fitzroy Victoria in Bowls Victoria pennant division 1, section 1, at the weekend.
Sunbury trailed all day and it wasn’t until the final end it hit the front and claimed victory 81 (14)-80 (4).
Australian representative Carla Krizanic led the only winning rink for Sunbury, with 8-12.
Mark Cowan’s rink had to settle for a draw, finishing 16 apiece. Todd Trewarne’s rink also had a draw, finishing 19-19.
Marc Bullows’ rink lost 23-18, but it was able to get the two shots needed on the final end to snatch the overall win.
Sunbury’s David Glennon said it was a good win on what can be a difficult green.
The win further cements Sunbury’s spot in the top four. It is third, with a 26-point gap to the top two teams and a 29-point gap to fourth-placed Werribee.
“It would be nice to speak of a home final, but everything needs to go Sunbury’s way for it to happen,” Glennon said
Sunbury faces fifth-placed Essendon (2) this week. Its other three matches are against sides below them on the ladder.
It was a good day for Sunbury as five out of the six teams won.
Glennon said at this stage two maybe three teams were on track to make finals.
Meanwhile, Brad Janner won a fourth straight men’s club championship. Glennon said he’s the only man to win four in a row since at least 1961, according to club records.
Janner and Wayne Long finally played the final on Sunday, after it had been postponed twice due to weather. Janner won 27-15.
“It’s an absolute fantastic achievement especially for someone who isn’t playing pennant at the moment due to work commitments,” Glennon said.
“There was some high standard bowling for both bowlers.”
Janner joins Elise Cowan as the club champions this year.
Meanwhile in Central Highlands Bowls top division, Kyneton Golf knocked off top side Bacchus Marsh Gold 83.
Golf claimed two and half rinks to seal the 98 (15)-83 (3) win against Gold. Ricky Turner and Anthony Mathison led the winning rinks for Golf, while Stephen Taylor had a draw.
The result means Golf moves from third to second, while Gold slips to third.
The big winner out of that result is Gisborne, which moves to the top of the ladder.
Last year’s premiers had a 99 (16)-83 (2) win against Bacchus Marsh Blue. Gisborne sits on top with 139, two points ahead of Golf and five ahead of Gold in a thrilling finals race.
Fourth-placed Kyneton isn’t out of the mix either, it’s just 11 points behind Gisborne after a 94 (16)-90 (2) win against Lancefield.
Romsey claimed the other match, defeating Trentham 85 (4)-101 (14).