Golden highway for Gold Coasters at State Pennants
Tweed Heads Men defeated Enoggera 68-66 in a thrilling but oh so close pennants final, while the Bargara Women received a thrashing by Broadbeach who were determined to win back the title they held for three years from 2015-2017 and won 78-25.
It was yet another epic men’s State Pennant Final going down to the wire once more; however this time there was a home crowd biting their finger nails as the Tweed Heads Ospreys took on last years runner-up, the Enoggera Eagles, a powerhouse Brisbane side hoping to write the wrongs from last year’s extra end defeat.
It was the Enoggera Eagles who got out to a flying start with Brendan Egan and Steven Tong leading the way on their respective rinks while Kurt Brown held his own against Jimmy Anderson.
The three-quarter mark in this match saw a change in the air. Five shots to Kelvin Kerkow’s rink and the Tweed Heads crowd were off their seats, just in time to get a bird’s eye view of the six shots Wayne Turley’s rink had just collected to bring the locals back within seven shots of the Eagles.
Two superb ends from Kerkow’s rink picking up a two and three, along with a three-shot pick-up to Kurt Brown on his final end meant the Osprey’s were leading by three when playing the last end.
More than 250 spectators had gathered on the balcony to witness the most fabulous come-from-behind victory by a club on the rise in Queensland bowls. Enoggera could only manage one shot on the final end and the Tweed Heads Bowls Club started to rock.
Like a football match, the pitch was invaded by Tweed Heads supporters, thrilled to see their club back in the winners’ circle after the previous pennant win was in 2002 and were absolutely delighted for their team who hung tough all match.
The women’s final between the Broadbeach Bulls and Bargara was a one-sided affair with the powerhouse Bulls notching up their 4th Pennant flag in 5 years.
“We had a few new faces in the team this year and I’m just so proud of them all,” Chrissy Pavlov said.
“There is some amazing talent in our side but we go out and we play for each other; they’re all very supportive, but playing for each other is the secret,” she said.
Bargara finished off strong defeating the unbeaten North Mackay to qualify for the final and were certainly elated with their achievement this weekend.
Grand Final Results-
- Men Tweed Heads defeated Enoggera 68-66
- Women Broadbeach Bulls defeated Bargara 78-25
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