Congratulations to Saturday Division 1 and Division 8 who both won their Grand Finals to bring home the flags to the club. They will be a welcome addition to the Club's Premiership wall as our last 3 premierships were in 2015/16.
The games were played on Saturday 27th March, 2021; Division 1 at City of Geelong BC under the dome and Division 8 at Geelong Cement BC. Division 8 - Torquay 5, finished the season on top of the ladder and met 2nd placed Highton 6 in the Grand Final. Our side jumped out of the stalls to post a 21-9 lead overall after 5 ends each. However each team's end 6 proved costly as all teams lost a combined total of 10 shots bringing the opposition to within a few shots. From there the scores remained even with both sides on 37 each after playing 39 ends. The lead then changed a few times and going into the last ends Highton was 5 shots ahead overall after 57 ends played. Players put in a big effort and each team won their 20th end, adding 7 shots to the overall and back into the lead by 2. Nailbiting aside, Tony Hall's team (the only team to post a loss) held a crucial two shots on their last end, Peter Slater's team dropped 1 shot and Peter Soulsby team conceded two shots but an umpire was called to measure for a third. After a combined holding of breath, the umpire declared the count was only two, meaning a one shot win overall. An awesome effort, well done and well deserved! A shoutout to Clive Rosser who skipped most of the season but has missed out being in finals due to ill health. Hope you are back on the green soon.
Division 1 - Torquay 1, finished 3rd on the ladder at the end of the season and after a 1 shot thriller semi final against Ocean Grove, met 1st placed Highton in the Grand Final. All Torquay teams won the first end, adding 7 shots to the scoreboard. Adding another 7 shots and conceding only 1 shot on end 2 set the scene for Torquay to take an early lead. Everyone dug deep and brought out their best bowling to remain in the lead for the entire match. Highton did rally to be within one shot after 18 ends played but Torquay again drew away to secure a 87-66, 21 shot win. Joe Issell's rink was best winning rink with 12 shots up, Daryl Kitchin 11 shots up, Gary Banks 5 shots up with Karen Harrington's rink succumbing to the Ron Imanse skipped Highton team by 7 shots. Congratulations and well done.
As COVID affected the 2020/21 season, GBR ruled there would be no promotion/relegation for this season, however premierships would be awarded.