Men’s Saturday Pennant Wrap 2021-2022

by Kaitlin Tyrrell

Another great season of Professional’s Men’s Saturday Pennants came to a close with two days of bumper finals day of action across multiple venues venues on Saturday the 2nd April and Sunday the 3rd April 2022.

Congratulations to all those that made it to finals and to the winners of the Pennant.

For full results click on the links below.

Premier League

1st Division White

1st Division Blue

2nd Division

3rd Division

4th Division

3rd & 4th Division Promotional Finals

5th Division

5th Division Promotional Finals

6th Division

Saturday Challenge Finals

Finals Day Summary Google Sheet

PREMIER LEAGUE – PENNANT FINAL

The Professionals Men’s Premier League came to its ultimate conclusion on a warm and humid day at Yokine Bowling Club, Sunday 3rd April. The season had been a very interesting one with Doubleview, Cambridge and South Perth all sitting at the top of the ladder through out the year but ultimately it would be Manning who would steal the show in the finals defeating all three to claim their third title in the last eight seasons.

Doubleview Bowling Club hosted the opening finals rounds on the Saturday after defeating Cambridge in the last home and away round, and they would have been bitterly disappointed to end the season with consecutive defeats to South Perth and Manning on their home track. South Perth accounted for them in the morning match comfortably 89-67 whilst at the same time Manning eked out a narrow 6 shot win over Cambridge. With the winner to face South Perth in the grand final Manning proved too good for Doubleview 86-62 to go into the grand final with plenty of confidence.

South Perth who had tasted defeat in grand finals on a number of occasions would have been hoping this was going to be the day they would break through for another flag having last won the title in 1970/71 however right from the start it was Manning who played the better bowls on the day.

The rink of Trewhella, Butler, Ker and O’Brien burst out the blocks scoring multiples on several ends to quickly lead the Pauling rink by double digits and with the other Manning teams all playing strongly Manning had built a 38 shot lead approaching the half way mark of the contest. To the credit of South Perth they then lifted, the rink of Brown, Such, Antonio and Galipo who had earlier dropped a 6 to the Knott team of Jones, Ellis and Angel was able to score a big end of 7 and then followed up with a 5 a few ends later to help narrow the margin. Pauling was able to close the margin on Trewhella and Opie picked up some shots against a very steady Tom Mitchell skipped side along with Ross Bresland’s rink grabbing a much needed count of 4 for them through out the next hour of play saw the margin narrow right down to just 12 shots with around 15 ends to play.

The most unlikely comeback looked a possibility but the Mitchell rink of Grigg, Hogg and Kemp closed out there win over Opie, Kinnane, Manton and Griffin by 8 shots and Daniel Trewhella drew shot on the last end of his match it was the final nail on the coffin leaving the superbly led Will Hyatt rink with the dynamic play of David Downey along with Alan Heal and Mitchell Walker to close out the match with a 7 shot win over the Bresland rink.

Manning were duly presented with the Professionals Men’s Premier League flag and shield with former international cricketer Brad Hogg in just his third season of bowls taking the microphone on behalf of the club. Whether it was real or the thrill of the moment Hogg claimed the pressure and the atmosphere of the final was as intense as any sporting moment he had been in, which is amazing consider he won a World Cup with the Australian cricket team.

MEN’S SATURDAY PREMIER LEAGUE WINNERS – MANNING

1ST DIVISION WHITE – PENNANT FINAL

Gosnells are the Professionals 1st White champions for 2021-22 as they claimed the title over Mt Lawley by 12 shots, amazingly had they bounced back from a 30 shot defeat to the same team the previous day. Mt Lawley had been the best team all season finishing the year clear on top of the ladder however the Gosnells players showed they were up for the challenge as they played great bowls in the grand final to claim the title.

The Gosnells rink of Nicol, Harris, Anderson and Deas had a brilliant last two matches of the year with a 35-9 preliminary final effort getting them to the grand final were they backed it up with the 25-11 win against Mt Lawley in the final.

Mt Lawley whilst perhaps disappointed with their grand final effort will however but absolutely thrilled to have secured a return to the top grade of Premier League. Whilst officials records are hard to find it is believed 2022-23 will be the first time they have done so since the last 1960’s. Gosnells return to Premier League for the first time since 2005-06.

MEN’S SATURDAY 1ST DIVISION WHITE WINNERS – JOONDALUP

1ST DIVISION BLUE – PENNANT FINAL

The 1st Division Blue grand final is always an interesting one as it pits the best teams from North and South against each other. Joondalup showed they are a club on the rise having first entered a team in 5th division in 1996 have reached their highest point yet claiming the 1st Division Blue flag and move into 1st White next season. A mixture of good recruiting and home grown talent got the job done for them against a very gallant Kalamunda side in the final 98-63.

Joondalup boost 5 father and son pairings through all divisions which include two skippers in Wayne and Wes Neilson in their top side. Wes Neilson’s rink ultra impressive defeating Bill Brandsma 25-11 whilst Wayne Neilson’s rink who jumped out the blocks to lead 13-0 head on for a 19-18 victory. Ben Leggett was another big winner 30-13 whilst his father was playing third for Shane Rixom who provided a clear sweep for Joondalup winning 24-21.

MEN’S SATURDAY 1ST DIVISION BLUE WINNERS – JOONDALUP

1ST DIVISION – PENNANT PROMOTION/CHALLENGE

Both these teams will progress to 1st White next year. Warnbro and Quinns Rocks will also remain in 1st White surviving their challenge playoffs against the 1st Blue teams of Swan and South Perth.

2ND DIVISION – PENNANT FINAL

The final four for 2nd Division were Safety Bay 1, Victoria Park Carlisle, Forrestfield & Districts, with each club looking to win the 2nd Division for the first time in a number of years. The Semi Finals saw Victoria Park Carlisle play Safety Bay 1, and Cambridge face Forrestfield & Districts.

Cambridge were victors against Forrestfield & Districts with a 12 shot win, only losing one rink by just 1 shot. The Semi Final between Victoria Park Carlisle and Safety Bay 1, was an absolute nail bitter, with Victoria Park Carlisle securing the aggregate keeping it tight and winning just one rink by 15 shots to drag them over the line to win by just 2 shots.

With the Final set as Victoria Park Carlisle vs Cambridge it was anyone’s Pennant to win. With three rink wins under their belt, Victoria Park Carlisle claimed the 2nd Division Pennant Flag for the first time since 2006.

MEN’S SATURDAY 2ND DIVISION WINNERS – VICTORIA PARK CARLISLE

2ND DIVISION – PENNANT PROMOTION/CHALLENGE

Safety Bay 1, Victoria Park Carlisle, Forrestfield & Districts will look to make their mark when they join 1st Division next year. Fremantle, Hilton Park and Doubleview all retain their spots in 2nd Division with North Perth providing the upset and winning their challenge finals to join 1st Division next year, whilst Morley come down to 2nd Division.

3RD DIVISION – PENNANT FINAL

The final four were determined with each team leading their respective ladders comfortably, the teams of Perth & Tattersalls, Rockingham, Midland Morrison and Joondalup 2. The Semi Final line up saw Rockingham take on Perth & Tattersalls, and Joondalup 2 face off against Midland Morrison, all taking place at Joondalup Bowling Club.

Both games were won comfortably, with Perth & Tattersalls defeating Rockingham by 26 shots, and Joondalup 2 overcoming Midland Morrison by 14 shots.

The Final was a closely fought contest with one rink ending in a draw, but in the end Joondalup 2 continued the clubs winning ways winning by 12 shots against Perth & Tattersalls another club on the rise in recent times.

As well as participating in the Pennant Final, Perth & Tattersalls, Rockingham, Midland Morrison and Joondalup 2 have earnt the right to join 2nd Division next season, bringing an injection of new blood into the division.

MEN’S SATURDAY 3RD DIVISION WINNERS – JOONDALUP

3RD DIVISION RED – PENNANT PROMOTION

Manning played off against Kalamunda to see who else could join the ladder toppers into 2nd Division. In the end Manning earned the right with just a 5 shot win with two rinks decided by just 1 shot each.

3RD DIVISION WHITE – PENNANT PROMOTION

Hilton Park and Rossmoyne faced off for a spot in 2nd Division with Hilton Park claiming glory by 14 shots with a 10 shot rink win helping push them over the line.

3RD DIVISION BLUE – PENNANT PROMOTION

Glen Forrest and Lake Monger battled it out to earn promotion and saw Lake Monger winners by just 4 shots, despite Lake Monger having a 37-10 rink win, Glen Forrest put up a valiant effort to fight back and gave it everything they had.

3RD DIVISION GOLD – PENNANT PROMOTION

Merriwa AFA and Sorrento were the final sides to contest for a 2nd Division spot. Merriwa AFA put out an absolutely dominating performance against Sorrento defeating them 101-59, with each Merriwa AFA rink scoring over 20 shots each.

4TH DIVISION – PENNANT FINAL

The teams that finished top of the ladder in each 4th Division colour had dominating seasons with no one team losing more than 4 games, with 2 sides losing only 1 game all season. Safety Bay 1, Victoria Park Carlise, Yokine 1 and Yokine 2.

Unfortunately for Yokine, the ranking system lead to a Yokine 1 v Yokine 2 Semi Final. This Semi Final saw Yokine 2 earn the Grand Final spot against their fellow club members. Safety Bay 1 and Victoria Park Carlise faced off with Safety Bay 1 the winners to face Yokine 2 in the Grand Final.

The Grand Final was Yokine 2 vs Safety Bay 1 and despite a rink win 32-14 to Yokine 2, Safety Bay 1 won with two rink wins, 26-9 and 26-18 helping them over the line to claim the 4th Division Pennant Flag, their first 4th Division Flag in many years.

These four sides, Safety Bay 1, Victoria Park Carlise, Yokine 1 and Yokine 2, will now join 3rd Division next year along with the winners of the 4th Division Promotional Finals

MEN’S SATURDAY 4TH DIVISION WINNERS – SAFETY BAY 1

4TH DIVISION RED – PENNANT PROMOTION

South Perth and Mt Pleasant faced off to earn Promotion and it was a tight contest that came down to the wire. Mt Pleasant were victors by just 5 shots and will join 3rd Division next season.

4TH DIVISION WHITE – PENNANT PROMOTION

Pickering Brook took on Kalamunda and were comfortable winners 94-68, boasting a rink win of 36-7 to help earn their right to Promotion, to join the others in 2nd Division next year.

4TH DIVISION BLUE – PENNANT PROMOTION

Mt Lawley and Mundaring squared off and ended with Mt Lawley winners over Mundaring by 12 shots joining their club mates in moving on up the Division ladder.

4TH DIVISION GOLD – PENNANT PROMOTION

North Beach and Wanneroo were the final face off to join 3rd Division next year and Wanneroo earnt that right with a 20 shot victory.

5TH DIVISION – PENNANT FINAL

An influx of nominations meant 5th Division was made up of 5 colours which resulted in a 4v5 Elimination Final. Mt Pleasant, Doubleview, Kwinana, North Perth and Dalkeith-Nedlands all finished 1st on their respective ladders. In ranking Dalkeith-Nedlands and North Perth were ranked 4th and 5th respectively. North Perth dominated the game with two North Perth rinks scoring over 30 shots, and winning 85-35, earning a spot in the Semi Finals.

The first Semi Final was Doubleview 1 v Kwinana 1 and resulted in Kwinana 1 winners aided by a 39-7 rink win. Continuing their form into the Semi Finals, North Perth were winners against Mt Pleasant 1, 57-50.

Proving to be in hot form, North Perth became the 5th Division Pennant winners against Kwinana 1, after having to take the harder path toward the final, having to play one more game than their opponents.

Mt Pleasant, Doubleview, Kwinana, North Perth and Dalkeith-Nedlands will join 4th Division next season.

5TH DIVISION – PENNANT PROMOTION (All Colours/Random Draw)

The 5th Division Promotional Finals sees 10 teams face off to fight for just three spots in 4th Division. Maylands 1 and East Fremantle were first through to 1 of the 3 Final games.

Armadale vs Claremont ended with Claremont winners 62-54.
Rossmoyne vs Byford was a close game with Rossmoyne victorious by just 3 shots 64-61.
Yanchep vs North Beach 2 resulted in North Beach 2 67-53 winners.
Wanneroo vs Manning was a dominating performance by Wanneroo, who came out on top 82-37.

Maylands 1 and East Fremantle, resulted in Maylands 1 72-61 winners to become the first team through to 4th Division Promotion.
Claremont and Rossmoyne ended in a close contest with Rossmoyne winners by just 6 shots, with a final result 59-53.
North Beach 2 and Wanneroo resulted in Wanneroo recording a convincing 80-51 win.

6TH DIVISION – PENNANT FINAL

North Perth and Bullsbrook battled it out for the 6th Division Pennant Flag after finishing 1st and 2nd on top of the ladder.

With 6th Division being a two rink competition the battle for the flag is more cut throat than the three rink side competitions. North Perth and Bullsbrook both secured a rink win each but Bullsbrook managed to pull of the win, winning the aggregate by 10.