Geraldton Red and Wonthella Maroon proved to be the best sides over the two-day finals series of the Batavia Bowling League. Denison Bowling Club was centrestage as the venue hosted the 2022 finals series, with sides from Wonthella, Geraldton and Mullewa competing on the club’s newly installed synthetic playing surface. The grand finals in first and second division saw the top-two finishers in the regular season reach the ultimate decider. Geraldton Red and Wonthella Maroon proved to be at the top of their game over the two days of play, with the grand final results identical in both divisions with 13 shots the aggregate differentials. In first division the Reds finished strongly, winning two rinks with the third drawn. From the halfway stage, they seemed to hold all the aces. The quartet of Joe Cukela, Gary Cosgrove, Wes Jones and Ali Roach scored a quality 26/15 result against Kim Trotter, Brad Criddle, Neil McIlwaine and Neil Bond. Reds captain Jon Trotter and his season’s top-rated side of Brian Wright, Trevor Smythe and Peter Batten won a tight contest 21/19 against Peter Reudavey, Warren Kennedy, Geoff Ellis and Noel Davey. Bran King, Colin Morgan, Peter Ireson and Warwick Glenister ended the year with a 21/21 draw and ultimately the premiership medallion against Mike Ford, Jeff Eaton, John Burnett and Anthony Cross. The Reds who fell to their grand final opponents on the Saturday afternoon by 14 shots bounced back with a dominant preliminary final display against Wonthella Green, who defeated sister side Wonthella Maroon in the first semifinal. The second division final saw Wonthella Maroon dominate against a dogged Geraldton Red, winning 42/29 with the encounter a replay of the previous day’s second semifinal. The premiership win was set up by Kim North, Zbiszek Slawinski, David Vandenberg and Monty Smith’s 24/10 victory against Phil Christensen, Robert Williamson, Bill Perry and Danny Williamson. Tom Wedgewood, Stephen Fraser, John Haldren and Brian Kelly played tight in a solitary shot loss to John Craig, Gary Smith, Rolf Schreyvovel and Ashley Cooper. That second semifinal fixture saw the two combatants tied at the completion of the 42 end match, forcing the two rinks to play a deciding end to reveal a winner. The two sides squared two end with a third required with the Maroons claiming the match and direct entry to the final. The Reds met Mullewa for Sunday morning’s preliminary, with the two squads trading shots throughout. In the end the Reds prevailed by six shots with the match in the balance in a tense finish. The Saints season was full of merit, ending in fourth position for the second successive year and gained a preliminary appearance after defeating Wonthella Green in Saturday afternoon’s elimination. Last week, I announced Geraldton Red’s Gary Smith as the season’s best performed skipper, which was incorrect. The winner was Kevin Bone from Wonthella Maroon with a return of 12 wins from 15 matches played ahead of Northampton’s Ralph Gould with 11 from 16. Smith won 13 games during the season however not all as the end player, the final stanza saw him end with seven wins as skipper and six playing as third. All roads lead to Northampton this Sunday for the Batavia Bowling League’s champion of champions single round robin. Club winners in the open ladies and men will compete, with the veteran and novice championship set for Wednesday, April 6. All clubs will converge on the venue to reveal the best individual player for the 2021-22 season.