Monbulk Bowlers win thriller

Eric Markham bowling for Monbulk. Picture: SUPPLIED.

Saturday pennant saw two thrilling games go down to the wire with Monbulk tasting victory in both contests.

Monbulk 1 who were third on the ladder played finals aspirant Narre Warren at home who were fourth on the ladder.

Narre Warren led for most of the day, but a late surge from Monbulk saw them grab the win.

Jim Bras’ rink were only two shots in arrears after fourteen ends. They then lost six of the last seven ends to lose by 13 shots, 10 to 23.

Eric Markham’s rink dropped four shots on the first end, but after that dominated the game winning 14 of the 21 ends to win by 12 shots, 23 to 11.

Tim Stapleton’s rink were level after eight ends, but then lost the next three ends including a multiple of five to fall behind.

They matched it with their opponents over the last half of the game to lose by nine shots, 17 to 26.

Brian Smith’s rink found themselves five shots down after fourteen ends.

They then picked up multiples of seven, six and five shots to storm home and win the rink by 11 shots, 28 to 17 to give Monbulk the overall win by one shot, 78 to 77 and help them consolidate third position.

Monbulk 2 played Upwey/Tecoma away from home with Alan Hamilton’s rink having a very close contest all day.

Scores were level on the twelfth, fourteenth, sixteenth and twentieth ends and when Monbulk picked up the shot on the last end this gave them victory, 13 shots to 12.

Jim Anderson’s rink started brilliantly and led by 12 shots after 13 ends. They then lost the next seven ends to trail by one shot going into the final end.

They won the end by one shot to salvage a tie, 16 shots all. Graeme Goller’s rink trailed by 11 shots after 12 ends when they lifted their game to move within two shots with four ends to play.

However, they could not maintain the momentum and went down by five shots, 13 to 18.

Eric Furby’s rink started brilliantly and led by 14 shots after fourteen ends. Their opponents finished the better, but the Monbulk rink held on to win by seven shots, 20 to 13 to give the team overall victory by three shots, 62 to 59. This means Monbulk 2 maintain top position on the ladder.

Monbulk 3 came up against a very good Cockatoo 1 side away from home. Klaus Eisele’s rink went down by 29 shots, seven to 36 and Alan Brooke’s rink also lost by 29 shots, three to 32.

This means Monbulk 3 has slipped to third position on the ladder, but still will contest finals after the holiday break.