Yarra Junction Bowling Club make Grand Final

Yarra Junction Bowling Club results. Picture: SUPPLIED

By Peter Brennan

With the weekend team consigned to the dustbin of history, all eyes at Yarra Junction Bowling Club were on the midweek team. Thanks to a good win in the final round against ladder-leader Lilydale, Junction finished third, and hosted Eastwood Golf in an elimination semi-final last Tuesday. It was a final worthy of the name, played in good spirits and in good conditions. Although Junction led narrowly for much of the day, it was impossible to shake off a tenacious and determined Eastwood side. A couple of convincing ends finally gave Junction the edge and they held on for a narrow win, with Eastwood far from disgraced.

So it was on to the preliminary final, played two days later at a neutral venue, the synthetic green at Croydon. Their opponents were Lilydale, who despite finishing the season on top of the ladder had gone down in their semi-final to Yarra Glen, and were desperate to avoid a straight-sets elimination. It was a hot day and both teams brought their A-game, determined to win through to the Grand Final. At half-time there were only two points in it, but a strong second half saw Junction draw away, winning convincingly in the end on all three rinks. So the Grand Final will be Yarra Glen versus Yarra Junction, at Ringwood on Tuesday, with the Pennant the prize. It was a very good effort from Junction and all players are to be congratulated, but the job is not done yet.

Barefoot Bowls was extremely well attended on Friday evening, and as winter draws closer everyone is encouraged not to miss out before it is too late. It is an excellent outing for a family group, a social group, a work group, or just a bunch of mates. Have a sausage, have a drink, and have a bowl, Friday evening at 6.30pm, down by the river.

A group of Staff parents and pupils from St Joseph’s Primary School Yarra Junction enjoyed a Barefoot Bowls Session at YJBC on Friday night.