Bitter-sweet end to pennant season

Seventh-placed Camperdown bowlers celebrated their final-round win against Central Blue to stave off relegation.

A DAY of joy and despair has capped off Corangamite Bowls Division’s Tuesday Pennant regular season.

Top three sides City Gold, Camperdown Golf and Colac Pink all wrapped up their seasons with wins.

Fourth-placed Winchelsea also managed to hold onto its fourth place despite losing to Pink by three rinks, 59-76.

But fifth-placed Camperdown’s bowlers, who missed finals by one point, were the most excited post-match.

The team sat seventh before the match and just hoped to secure its win over Central Blue and keep off the bottom of the ladder to avoid relegation.

“It was a little bit unexpected, we just wanted to be competitive but we all bowled well and won two rinks,” Camperdown’s Maria Van Someren said.

“We’re pretty ecstatic and we got eight points out of it, it’s just a shame that Winchelsea was nine points ahead of us,” she said.

Camperdown skippers Vicki Brebner and Phyllis Beasley secured rink wins against Nola Gray, 25-21 and Betty Stevenson, 25-17, in the two-rinks-to-one win, 71-61.

Ann Lenehan got one back for Central, defeating Aileen Dudley 23-21.

But while Camperdown celebrated, an agonisingly close two-rink loss to City Gold, 60-66, left Cobden in bottom spot with a 4-9 season record.

League officials will relegate the team to Division Two next season.

“It’s very disappointing but these things happen,” Cobden’s Heather Lydford said.

“It’s been a very difficult year with people in and out of the side but most teams go through those sort of things,” she said.

“Now the next challenge is to pull the finger out and get back next year.”

Meanwhile, in other Division One matches, Camperdown Golf will enter next week’s first-versus-second semi-final against City on the back of a dominant three-rink win against Skipton, 77-51.

Winchelsea will hope to bounce back against Pink in the third-versus-fourth final.

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