Moama too slick for City of Echuca

March 14, 2018

Jim Hogan and Brian Davie of Moama celebrate the win during the CVBD weekend pennant division 1 grand final between City of Echuca and Moama. Photo by Luke Hemer.

MOAMA Bowling Club secured its fifth Campaspe Valley Bowls Division weekend pennant in six years on Saturday.

Facing City of Echuca on their own greens, Moama took the ascendency early, and did not allow the home side a chance to strike back, winning 64-57.

Not only did Moama secure division one, the club also ran out winners of the division two and four titles in the weekend pennant.

Moama Bowling Club sports administrator Zane Milkin-Laurie said the three titles were hard-earned by each team member.

‘‘It was excellent to bring home three premierships, and for the division one men to have another championship under their belt.

‘‘The real battle for them was to beat them at Echuca. The (division) twos and fours were great results as well. We won two titles last year, and we’ve bettered that by having three this year. There were certainly some good celebrations afterwards,’’ he said.

Moama could not lay claim to the double, however, as City of Echuca beat the club in the midweek pennant on Friday.

CVBD chairperson and City of Echuca member Pat Schram said the club’s result, toppling Moama in the midweek, was significant in its own right.

‘‘Midweek was an outstanding result, we started really well and were comfortably in front at half time, then the coach gave us a bit of a talking to at half time to stay strong, and we knew they’d come back at us and they really did,’’ Schram said.

‘‘They got within three shots of us at the end. But we kicked on a bit and held on to win by seven.’’

Both Moama and City of Echuca have earned a spot in the state regional finals, in which they will play the winners of the Bendigo Bowls Division, which is to be decided this weekend.

Moama will play its Bendigo-based opponents on home turf, while City of Echuca has to wait to learn where its play-off match will be held.

If the local sides are successful, they will compete in the state bowls finals, to be held at Moama on April 6 and 7.

City of Echuca and Moama won a combined five titles from a possible eight on offer in the CVBD.

In the other divisions, Mathoura claimed the midweek division two title, Deniliquin won the midweek division three at home, and Elmore took home the third division in the weekend pennant.

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