Mens Mid-Week Pennant – Finals Determined

by Bowls ACT on October 27, 2023

The finishing positions are confirmed as the teams prepare for the finals!!

With the regular season completed Bowls ACT are pleased to announce the Grade 1 and Grade 2 Finalists in the Men’s Midweek Pennant competition.

With eight clubs competing the match committee determined that a seven round competition would be played with the top four playing off for the Grade 1 Pennant and the bottom four sides competing for the Grade 2 title.

Finals Format – Grade 1 (Home Club in bold)

Major Semi Final – Side finishing first v Side finishing second
Minor Semi Final – Side finishing third v Side finishing fourth
Preliminary Final – Loser Major Semi Final v Winner Minor Semi Final
Grand Final – Winner Major Semi Final v Winner Preliminary Final

Grade 1

First – Weston Creek

The Creekers have had a dominant season, dropping only one game away to Yass in round 4 and will be looking to get revenge in the major semi-final as they host the NSW club next week with the winner progressing to the Grade 1 Grand Final and the loser getting a second chance.

Second – Yass

The newcomers to the Midweek competition, Yass have had a great first season with a number of established players combining well with some of the younger members to finish a strong second overall. The club have shown they have what it takes to beat the top ranked Weston Creek and we’ll see if they can do so next Wednesday away from home.

Third – Queanbeyan RSL Memorial

An important final round victory over Canberra North secured a place in Grade 1 for the Yass Road club which was in a crush to make the final two spots in the top grade. Dave Cave has had an outstanding season and will look to continue the good form when QRSL host Crookwell in the knockout minor semi-final.

Fourth – Crookwell

The other newcomers to the Midweek competition have acquitted themselves admirably with Peter Hammond having a great season to take the club into the top grade by a narrow margin over Yowani. Crookwell had a dominant win over RSL in the last meeting in at home round 5 but will travel to Queanbeyan for this vital match-up and QRSL looking to turn the tables.

Finals Format – Grade 2 (Home side in bold)

Major Semi Final – Side finishing fifth v Side finishing sixth
Minor Semi Final – Side finishing seventh v Side finishing eighth
Preliminary Final – Loser Major Semi Final v Winner Minor Semi Final
Grand Final – Winner Major Semi Final v Winner Preliminary Final

Grade 2

Fifth – Yowani 1

Top seeds in Grade 2, Yowani were unlucky to miss out on the top grade, a single rink win over Crookwell in the final round would have been enough, but the club came up just short with an agonizing 20/21 loss costly. The club will fancy their chances in Grade 2 and look a quality line-up to take on Queanbeyan in the Major Semi on their home turf.

Sixth – Queanbeyan had an up & down season with some impressive wins and have shown they are ready to compete. Last start against Yowani they were good enough to claim one rink but will need improve their offence with the second lowest shots scored in the regular season to be a real threat.

Seventh – Canberra North

So many close losses cruelled the Canberra North campaign with the club close in most matches but dropping big scores has been the issue. Norths giving up 315 shots in 7 rounds is the equal most in the competition. They will host Yowani 2 who will make the long trip down Northbourne Ave for another local derby.

Eighth – Yowani 2

A tough season for the second Yowani team but they can hold their heads high with a win over Yass in the final round avoiding a winless season and giving great confidence heading into the finals. This team has improved every week and will be looking for redemption in this knockout semi final after their round six loss at home.