EAGLEHAWK and South Bendigo will resume their season-long battle to be Bendigo Pennant Bowls’ best side when the two teams meet in Sunday’s division one grand final.
South progressed to the decider after a thrilling two-shot win over Bendigo East last weekend.
The rinks of South’s Liam Crapper and East’s Chris Randell couldn’t be split, while the battle between Mitch Sidebottom and Aaron Tomkins went the way of the South skip by just one shot.
East’s Brad Marron defeated former East skip Brad Holland by five shots in their rink, but the crucial win of the day went to Ryan Tainton who was six shots too good for Sam Lyon. That handed South an 88-86 victory in a match that came right down to the last end.
Meantime, Eaglehawk had the weekend off to prepare for their match up with South, having beaten them in the semi final a fortnight ago.
In what has been a close finals series – the biggest margin of victory in any match is eight shots – Eaglehawk defeated South 97-93 in the earlier final.
They will need Brad Holland’s rink to bounce back if they are to be any chance against a Hawks side that finished several games clear atop the table and has been the class of the competition all season.
The division one grand final will be held on Sunday form 1.30pm at Bendigo’s Hesse green.