City Memorial Gold players celebrate their win in yesterday’s WDBD division one women’s Tuesday pennant grand final. The win saw the club collect its 10th pennant in 12 seasons.BIG-STAGE performer City Memorial Gold upset perennial cross-town rival and firm favourite Warrnambool Gold in yesterday’s Tuesday pennant grand final.
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City timed its attack on the Western District Bowls Division powerhouse perfectly, having not previously won a game against the minor premier all season.

But the crafty City Gold, who thrived on its home synthetic turf, produced the goods when it counted.

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Securing its second consecutive pennant, and 10th in 12 seasons, City defeated Warrnambool 76-56.

Warrnambool skip Chris McMahon drew Bev Hayes, while Faye Bolden greeted Denise Hillier and Helen Lock played Joan Stevenson.

The latter two games countered each other all day, as Bolden defeated Hillier 23-18 and City’s Stevenson edged Lock 27-21.

All eyes were subsequently turned to newly-promoted City Gold skip McMahon, who decided the match.

With the support of accurate lead Mary Graham, second Dorothy Gleeson and third Nancy Ellis, McMahon sprinted clear of Hayes 31-12.

Remarkably, McMahon only joined City Gold about four weeks ago after showing plenty of form in the club’s second-tier side City Green.

Yesterday marked her first grand final win as a skipper, after 11 seasons playing pennant and 30 as a member of her club. “I was confident but very nervous,” McMahon laughed after the game.

“You do feel the pressure in grand finals and we had to play against very good opposition.

“We were the underdogs but the girls bowled tremendously. All 12 girls bowled well.”

Surrounded by an appreciative crowd, McMahon and Hayes battled in prime position closest to the viewing glass of the clubhouse.

Hayes got an early jump but it was one-way traffic after that.

“They got the first end but we led from then on,” McMahon said.

The popular skip was swamped with congratulatory gestures in the post-match celebrations.

“Our team has only been together for four weeks but we just gelled really well,” McMahon said.

“We didn’t lose a game.”

McMahon thanked the men who maintained the City Memorial greens and women who prepared the lunch.

All three Warrnambool Gold skippers agreed they were beaten by a better opponent yesterday.

“All credit to City,” Bolden said. “Playing on their home greens would have helped them a little bit, but that’s definitely no excuse.

“They were too good.”

Bolden remained optimistic after the loss.

“Like I always say, there’s always next year,” she said.

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