Melton wins thriller

Alan Thistlethwaite. Photo by Damjan Janevski.

By Tara Murray

There were plenty of celebrations as Melton claimed victory in a thriller against Flemington-Kensington on Saturday in Bowls Victoria pennant division 2, section 2.

Emotions were high as the final rink played their dying shots, with the lead changing three times in the final end.

Melton would come out on top, winning 79 (14)-78 (4).

Melton’s Conrad Dawson said he hadn’t seen anything like it before.

Dawson said Flem-Ken bowlers were celebrating after a David Donaldson shot gave them a one shot lead.

Alan Thistlethwaite, who didn’t hesitate taking his shot, would be the match winner for Melton.

“The end itself played out every emotion,” Dawson said.

“It went from us winning the game and them stealing it from us and us getting it back.

“There were plenty of highs and lows, it was a fantastic game of bowls.”

He the atmosphere during the dying shots was a like a final and the only thing that would likely top it, was winning a final.

Thistlethwaite’s rink won 24-22 and Shannon Clements’ rink won 27-12, while Ray Gnjidic and Craig Norris both suffered losses.

Adding to the emotions, is the significance of the match and top four spots.

Melton moved back ahead of Flemington-Kensington, into second spot with three rounds remaining.

Dawson said finishing second would be a massive thing for the side.

“It would give us a home final,” he said.

“It was crucial we got back in the top two.”