Sunbury fires first shot

Deeon Dean relished the chance to skip again. Picture Shawn Smits

Sunbury got its first win of the Bowls Victoria Pennant season by finishing stronger than Fitzroy Victoria (2) on Saturday.

Having lost first up to Craigieburn last week in division 2, section 2, Sunbury was keen to open its account with a win at home.

Only a couple of shots separated the sides with seven ends to go, but Sunbury got late shots to win 16(85)-2(76).

Deeon Dean won his rink 28-17, Carla Odgers’ rink won 23-21 and Mark Cowan’s rink won 22-20. Elise Cowan suffered a rare loss with her rink losing 20-12.


Sunbury’s Dave Glennon said the decision to promote Dean to skip had paid off.

“He’s only been back this year after being in Europe the past couple of years,” Glennon said of Deon.

“He had previously skippered for us when we were in premier division.

“Last week, he was the third player in his rink and Eric Taylor was skip.

“They swapped that around and with the result they had it’s likely we’ll stick with that for the next few weeks.”

Glennon said that even at this early stage of the season, every point was important.

Sunbury is on 20 points after two rounds, 12 behind West Coburg.

“It’s looking like it will go down to the wire already as it’s a very competitive season,” he said.

“This week we play Glenroy, who won their match against Buckley Park despite winning only one rink.”

It was a good weekend for Sunbury, with four of the club’s five sides getting wins.