Against all odds Mooroopna rises to top

March 07, 2018

Mooroopna rose from third to knock off top-of-the-table side Dookie in the division five grand final.

Mooroopna's Ester Janke was thrilled to be a part of the side taking out the division five title.

Dookie's Glenda Exton watches on as she awaits her bowl.

Dookie's Wayne Roberts produced a stirling game as his rink winning by 12 shots.

Against the odds, Mooroopna has defeated Dookie to be the division five GVBD premier.

Having finished third after the home-and-away season, Mooroopna worked its way into the decider the hard way.

The club overcame fourth-placed Seymour by just eight shots in the elimination final, before overcoming second-placed Nagambie in the preliminary final.

But there was one more mammoth effort to come on the Members’ Green at Shepparton Park yesterday — when Mooroopna finished the season by toppling top side Dookie.

Dookie had lost just the one game in the season prior to the grand final — but Mooroopna claimed the match 12-50 to 2-44.

Mooroopna team manager Elaine Brown was overjoyed with her side’s success.

‘‘I’m extremely proud, they’ve put in a brilliant effort each and every week and have done it against the odds,’’ she said.

‘‘I just hoped and prayed (yesterday) that we could do it to Dookie because they’d been on top all year, and we did it, we did it like my Bulldogs won the (AFL) flag (in 2016).’’

The two sides split rinks across the day and Brown acknowledged how close the game felt on the green.

‘‘I thought it was tight because it’s a combined score and we only won by six in the end, it was so exciting, it was unexpected for us to win and I couldn’t be prouder.’’

Brown skipped the rink that conquered Margaret Feldtmann in a 36-18 win as her side produced some superb bowls.

The 18-shot victory built a buffer big enough to counteract Ester Janke’s rink going down by 12 shots to Dookie’s Glenda Exton.

With gorgeous autumn sunshine for midweek bowls’ most important day of the season, Brown said the win was a great team effort with ‘‘a lot of fun and laughter along the way’’.

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