Bargara end Waves' dominance in Div 1
BOWLS: The Waves' era of pennant wins is over in Bundaberg - for one year at least.
The side was defeated in the final by Bargara, who won 56-48 to claim the title after both teams were deadlocked on wins, rinks and margins heading into the clash.
It was the first title for Bargara since 2013, with The Waves winning the last three pennants.
"We didn't have any thoughts we could knock them off,” Bargara manager Greg Cahill said.
"It was a David and Goliath battle and it was a great effort to win with their home-ground advantage.”
Bargara had three teams with Ash Powell, Col Watt, Beau Mark and Paul Bianchi in one side and Des Ivins, Bobby Clay, Ron Keating and Nick Cahill in the second.
In the final team, Greg was joined by Jeff Green, Jim Hillier and Barry Burgess.
Greg said the skips, Nick, Burgess and Bianchi, led the team to victory.
"They were remarkable and led the rest of the team well,” he said.
"The side is a pretty close bunch of players as well and we knew we had nothing to lose and everything to gain.
"We were aggressive and took a few risks which paid off on the day.”
Greg said The Waves were also gracious in defeat.
"The game was played in good spirit and they showed tremendous sportsmanship,” he said.
"They handled the defeat really well, it was a great match which was really close.”
Bargara now heads to Yeppoon this weekend for the Zone finals and the chance to play at the state titles later this year.
The side will either take on Biloela or Yeppoon to compete at that event.
"If we can knock off The Waves, we certainly can win the Zone as well,” Greg said.
"Anything can happen, the event is on carpet and we are good on it because we play on carpet at home.”