Wodonga set up a replay of last year’s Ovens and Murray A1 pennant decider in week one of the finals.
The Bulldogs secured second spot with a convincing 110-62 victory against Kiewa Valley on Saturday and will face the unbeaten minor premiers next weekend for a spot in the grand final.
Ashley Bates’ side had a 42-19 win against Jude Bartel, Josh Rudd accounted for Dale Mastenbroek, 24-14, Paul Davies saw off Geoff Kidd, 22-14, while Kylie Whitehead completed the whitewash with a 22-15 result against Rob Bartel.
Bates is looking forward to another crack at Benalla.
“They’ve beaten us twice during the year, but it’s only been two or three shots each time,” he said.
“Our side is a bit more settled now and we’ve got some players back playing well.”
Benalla finished the rounds in style with a 105-69 salute against Yarrawonga – winning all four rinks.
Brian Hogg defeated Tyson Cromie, 25-15, Chris Cooney beat Kevin Evans, 27-18, Matt Robertson took down Tim Cromie, 23-14, while Shawn McMahon won 30-22 against Ian Woods.
Corowa Civic recorded a 90-87 triumph against third-placed YMGCR.
Thomas Webb’s 40-13 win against Garry Sanders was the only rink that went Civic’s way, but it proved to be enough.
YMGCR picked up six points thanks to Ray Irvine’s 24-11 victory against Daniel Webb, James Lefevre got past Kurt Webb, 24-18, while Rodney James defeated Colin Hendren, 26-21.
Wangaratta also finished well, cruising through against Chiltern, 124-71.
Greg McDonald, Trevor Selwood and Ian Brimblecombe all won their matches, while Neil Pryor picked up a rink for Chiltern.
The final A1 pennant ladder is: Benalla 206, Wodonga 167, YMGCR 146, Yarrawonga 119, Corowa Civic 106, Wangaratta 105, Kiewa Valley 99, Chiltern 60.
Finals venues for Benalla’s clash with Wodonga and YMCGR’s match-up against Yarrawonga will be determined on Monday.
Meanwhile, Kylie Whitehead won the regional Champion of Champions women’s singles against Sharon Warfe, 25-17, at Corowa Civic on Sunday.
Thomas Webb will play Ken Widdison in the men’s final after they defeated Ray Irvine and Sam Widdop, respectively.
In the men’s pairs finals, Ian Brimblecombe and Mark Bell beat Les Spencer and Peter Velardo, 19-17.
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