CITY Memorial Red skipper Kevin McMahon has described his team’s season as topsy-turvy but all has been restored as it prepares for yet another grand final.
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McMahon has incredibly played in 19 of the past 20 division one grand finals.

“The year we didn’t make it, it was a bit of a culture shock to sit there and watch it,” he said.

Today’s WDBD Saturday pennant season decider is against traditional rival Warrnambool Gold, with McMahon saying the previous meetings between the powerhouses in 2011-12 counted for little.

“It’s whoever’s in form on the day,” he said.

“They beat us comfortably both games during the year but we beat them in the second semi.

“They had a few players out of form that day and it cost them. It’s very much how you play on the day and it’s always been that way between the two clubs.”

McMahon said that City Memorial had been unsettled during the season.

“We won last year and then lost three players out of the 16,” he said.

“We’ve had a topsy-turvy year and have had people in and out and lost a few players.”

But the side produced a strong performance at the right time, rolling Warrnambool Gold 103-97 in the second semi-final to advance to the decider.

McMahon, who has played in about seven division one bowls premierships, said three City Red bowlers — Les Graham, Wayne Gleeson and Leo Dunne — were playing in their first top-grade grand final today.

“You try and help them during the year to try and familiarise them but I suppose you can’t really familiarise them with a grand final,” he said.

“You just have to go through it yourself.

“Hopefully the grand finals they’ve played in with other sports will help them.”

The skipper thrives on the rivalry between City Red and Warrnambool Gold.

“Both sides look forward to it because for years, it’s just been a battle,” he said. “It’s a bit like Warrnambool and South used to be in the football.

“We don’t take anything for granted and it will be very, very competitive on the day.

“Let’s hope we win but if not, so be it.”

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