Camberwell Grammar win Schools Challenge
Another year of Bowls Victoria’s Schools Challenge has come and gone, and it was Camberwell Grammar who went back-to-back taking home the Bob Poulton Trophy for winning the Division 1 Grand Final.
After winning last year’s Grand Final, the three boys from Camberwell Grammar would prove too good again with Harry, Nicholas, and Nicholas taking home the title.
The Schools Challenge, previously known as the School Pennant, was again played over five weeks at North Balwyn and Burwood District Bowling Clubs.
The competition saw boys and girls from across Melbourne come together to represent their schools in four divisions. With power plays and substitutions a feature of the tournament, it provides a fast, fun shortened format of bowls to introduce students to the sport.
Camberwell Grammar A were defending their title from last year, and with their experienced bowlers, were too good for Haileybury College A running out winners 18-8.
In the game to determine third and fourth place, Caulfield Grammar A defeated Balwyn High School 13-12.
This was a very tough game as both teams were at a draw at the end of 14 ends and needed to play the 15th end to decide the winner.
All competitors, coaches’ parents and grandparents were on their feet for the final end to see who would be victorious.
In the end Caulfield Grammar A were the winners by one shot and all present gave them a resounding applause.
Trinity Grammar B started very well and St Kevin’s B couldn’t catch up, with Trinity victors 15-10.
It was a close game in the playoff for third and fourth with Caulfield Grammar B defeating Camberwell Grammar B 16-10.
St Kevin’s College C got away to a flying start to lead 13-7 after 10 ends, Camberwell Grammar C then rallied but went down 13-11.
It was a close game in the play off for third and fourth with St Kevin’s College D defeating Camberwell Grammar E 11-9.
Haileybury College C led all day but required one shot in the sudden death tiebreak to defeat Scotch College C 13-12.
Schools Challenge Coordinator Laurie Browell would like to thank the Burwood District and North Balwyn clubs and their members for allowing the use of their greens and facilities to conduct this popular event.
“We greatly appreciate the assistance from those club members and the many teachers, coaches, parents and grandparents who supported the competition.”
“We commend all concerned on their manner of conduct, both on and off the green, and congratulate all players for the improvement in their bowling ability, as displayed over the period of the competition.
“Bowls Victoria looks forward to some of these players in competition bowls in the future.”
Bowls Victoria would like to thank Schools Challenge Coordinator Laurie Browell and Brian Wood for their fantastic contributions to this year’s event