Rutherglen grit seals Services fate

RUTHERGLEN kept its Ovens and Murray Bowls Association A1 pennant season alive with a gritty 97-81 victory over Corowa Services in the elimination final at Corowa Civic yesterday.

With rain washing out play on Saturday, the in-form Rutherglen returned to score a comfortable win with Chris Langdon and Frank Seaton’s rinks proving pivotal.

Langdon comfortably accounted for Wayne Lee 36-14 while Seaton defeated Max Scanlan 28-13.

Corowa Services, who went into the clash without Josh and Jordan Thornton, hit back through John Payne’s 25-20 over Damian Langdon and Bill Davidson’s 29-13 triumph over Bill Campbell.

Rutherglen’s Graeme Goudie said it was a solid all-round performance.

“A win is a win in finals,” Goudie said.

“It was a pretty good effort.”

Wodonga charged into the grand final with a 116-76 win over Corowa Civic at Corowa Services yesterday.

The minor premier led by 35 shots after 20 ends and never looked back, with John Dawson’s rink in sensational form.

He defeated Ian Lewis 34-12.

Ashley Bates accounted for Alan Bratt 30-21, Jason King edged out Ken Widdison 25-20 and Paul Carey took the honours against Scott Widdison 27-23.

Corowa Civic went into the qualifying final without three of its key players in Tom and Danny Webb and James Dunn due to national championships in Melbourne.

Bates said Wodonga could not have asked for a better start.

“We started really well and Civic came back at us before we got away towards the end again,” Bates said.

“The score probably wasn’t a true indication.

“Corowa Civic were missing a couple of good players as well.”

Rutherglen will play Corowa Civic in the preliminary final on Saturday, with the venue still to be decided.

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