By Tara Murray
Sunbury has all but sealed third spot in Bowls Victoria pennant division 1, section 2, after a tie with Altona Sports on Saturday.
Sitting third and fourth, the match was vital in helping decide finals spots.
Altona picked up three shots on the final end, to level the scores at 83-apiece. Both teams won two rinks each, to walk away with nine points.
Sunbury’s David Glennon said it was unusual to have a tie.
“With one end to go, Altona Sports tried to kill the end to try and play an extra end,” he said.
“They wanted the extra end and they fluked a shot and they got three shots inadvertently.”
The winning skips for Sunbury were Todd Trewarne and Carla Krizanic.
Trewarne’s rink was down 15-3 early before coming back to win 23-20, while Krizanic’s rink won 25-18.
Lee Welsey’s rink lost 25-18, while Shane Trewarne, who was filling in for Jimmy Reynolds, lost 20-17.
Glennon said Krizanic and Alex Stewart were the two standouts in the win. It caps off a big week for Krizanic who played in the Bowls Premier League, where her side reached the finals on Friday night.
The win has Sunbury 17 points clear of Altona Sports heading into the final round. Only a complete collapse in the final round, could see Sunbury slip.
Altona sits nine points clear on fifth placed Werribee, who Sunbury plays this week.
Glennon said it was good to have a finals berth sealed heading into the final round.
“We don’t have to look over the shoulder any more,” he said.
The second side which has already sealed top spot, had a rare defeat on Saturday.
In other results, the fifth side had a 125-44 win, with one rink winning 44-3.
In the Central Highlands Bowls Division, the grand finalists have been decided.
In division 1, Kyneton overcame Kyneton Golf in the local derby in the preliminary final.
Kyneton won 116-72 and will now face Lancefield in the grand final.
It was a winning day for Kyneton, with their division 2 side also getting up. They beat Woodend, 72-64.
Kyneton will face Diggers Rest in the grand final.
Lancefield will face Trentham in the division 3 final after beating Gisborne Yellow.