Wonthella Green squeak into Batavia Bowling League finals, Geraldton Blue, Red end with men’s pennants wins

Joe CriddleGeraldton Guardian
Mike Ford
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Finals are up next for the premier men’s bowls competition with the home-and-away season done and dusted, with Wonthella Green squeaking into the top four on the last day of the season and Geraldton Blue and Red sweeping all before them.

The Greens will play finals bowls after they finished fourth last Saturday on the final day of the season with a comprehensive all-points win against Northampton.

The Greens won 112 shots to 24.

Jeffery Campbell skipped his quartet containing Brian Thomas, Joseph Beaver and Andrew Dickson to a 27-15 win in their rink against Dennis Simpson.

Results in the other two rinks were even more emphatic, with Colin O’Brien, Garry Cripps, Neville Bunter and Gary Preston beating Philip Johnson 40-5 and David Melling, Ian Parke, Kevin Exten and Richard Attrill beating Dale Maver 45-4.

Gold held onto third despite a 58-53 shot, 4-2 loss to Denison Blue.

It was as expected at the top of the table as minor premiers Geraldton Blue scored a dominant all-points, 74-63 win against Wonthella Maroon.

Maroon gave them a time of it but the Blues’ allstar squad were simply too strong.

Mike Ford skipped Jeff Eaton, John Burnett and Anthony Cross past Brian Kelly, 24-21.

Peter Reudavey’s rink of Noel Davey, Geoff Ellis and Warren Kennedy beat Bill Alford 26-20.

Kim Trotter led his side of Neil Bond, Neil McIlwaine and Brad Criddle past Kerry Easton, 24-22.

Maroon had a slim hope of finals going into the round, but will now miss out.

Second-placed Geraldton Red beat Mullewa 67-44, taking a 5-1 points result.

It meant Mullewa will now also plan for next season.

Brad King, Warwick Glenister, Kevin Watson and Colin Morgan beat Terry Koltasz 18-17.

Joe Cukela, Alistair Roach, Wes Jones and Gary Cosgrove won 28-12 against Murray Watt.

Jon Trotter, Peter Batten, Trevor Smythe and Brian Wright beat Vince Knight 22-14.

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