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hosts for the 2009 finals, however
Cabramatta Bull Ants soon dismissed
these thoughts on the back of a
comprehensive display of accuracy
and power by Ryan Bester.
Bester's rink raced to a 14-0
lead after 7 ends, and 23-2 after
12 ends, leaving Richard Girvan's
four searching for ways to get
back in the game as Bester drove
with deadly precision to remove
any bowl with a 'Jets' sticker on
it when they held shots.
To their credit, Girvan was able
to claw back to eventually go
This 18 shot win to the Bull Ants
was the final big board margin,
as the remaining two rinks were
shared as Cabramatta's Neil Burkett
defeated Steve Anderson 24-19,
while the Jets only rink win came
from Shane Globits who defeated
Peter Belliss 22-17.
While the Jets may have been
disappointed in defeat, they held
their heads high after a break-
through year that will only see
them improve in years to come
at this level.
Engadine Cougars 65 d Cabram-
atta Bull Ants 56 (C. Donaldson,
A. Moran, N. Wise, D. Ferguson
31 d G. Jamieson, B. Morthorpe,
J. Cearns, P. Belliss 12. P. Hughes,
M. Wolter, B. Edwards, S. Garvey
17 lost to M. Gallop, G. Corey,
D. Holt, R. Bester 19. D. Roberts,
M. Smith, C. Threlfall, R. Warren
17 lost to M. Clarke, A. Todd, R.
Brassey, N. Burkett 25).
The Saturday afternoon Final
saw the Cougars up against the
Bull Ants for the remaining place
in the Grand Final.
Historically, this match has seen
some upsets, as the side with a
victory under their belt in the
morning game generally has the
momentum and confidence over
the side that is coming off a loss.
Cabramatta had experienced this
in 2007 when they dramatically
lost to St Johns Park and Taren
Point to bow out after finishing
2nd on the ladder.
The Cougars seemed to be
heading for the same fate early as
The Bull Ants charged to lead 21-8
after 17 ends, however a spirited
effort by David Ferguson's team
ignited the comeback.
Down 0-4 after 3 ends, Fer-
guson's rink scored 21 shots over
8 consecutive ends. Outstanding
lead bowls by Craig Donaldson
and crucial conversion shots by
Ferguson led them to an eventual
31-12 rink win over Peter Belliss
to swing the momentum back in
favour of the Cougars.
Cabramatta were able to claim
victory on two rinks with Burkett
defeating Warren 25-17, and Bester
continuing his form against Garvey
19-17, however the 18 shot margin
on Ferguson's rink was enough to
carry The Cougars into their first
Premier League Grand Final.
Engadine Cougars 60 d Taren
Point Power 48 (P. Hughes, M.
Wolter, B. Edwards, S. Garvey 25
d C. Green, R. Thompson, A. Sher-
riff, M. Casey 6. C. Donaldson, A.
Moran, N. Wise, D. Ferguson 24
d G. Schuberg, J. Green, N. Bush,
M. Jacobsen 16. D. Roberts, M.
Smith, C. Threlfall, R. Warren 11
lost to R. McCulla, B. Lester, A.
Forsyth, W. Turley 26).
The Premier League Brunch
kicked off Grand Final Day with
200 players and supporters enjoy-
ing the entertainment of MC Steve
Glasson and two bush poets, as
well as the all important Rink
Draw, which was done by side
managers Richard Pomana and Ken
Broughton, resulting in Turley once
again playing Warren, Jacobsen
v Ferguson and Casey v Garvey.
The Grand Final was recorded
to be broadcast nationally for the
first time ever on Fox Sports, and
with television cameras in place
and the grandstands loaded, the
scene was set for the 2009 decider.
It was the third time that the
Cougars and Power had faced off
in 2009, and being at one win
each, local bragging rights were
on the line as well as the coveted
Premier League Title.
-- Continued on page 20
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Choice of Champions
Winner of the U18
South Pacific Junior
Winner of the U16
South Pacific Junior
Matt and Beau both bowled with
ABT-evo to secure their wins.
ABT-evo has a precise draw to get
around bowls to the jack, whilst
holding a magnificent line for
On-green stability in a variety of
playing conditions has made
ABT-evo the bowl of choice for
these rising stars.
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