KERANG became the third Northern District Bowls Division Saturday Pennant side to win three consecutive Division One pennant titles at the weekend.
Going into the match undefeated following the completion of the home and away season, Kerang rallied after scores were level with 20 ends to play to record a seven-shot win against Cohuna Golf.
In what loomed as a battle between two of the division's top sides this century, Cohuna Golf's experience - having appeared in 11 of the past 12 grand finals, claiming nine consecutive flags between 2005/06 and 2013/14 - pushed the minor premiers in what shaped to be another close match between the two sides.
However, Kerang fought back, led by a Richie Murray's 28-20 win against Bluey Fletcher. The win proved to be the difference, with John Keely's 30-26 win against Kerang's Trevor Pocock almost cancelling out Dale Hancock's 21-18 victory over Jarrod Hammond.
"On the two occasions we had met we had won by one rink," Kerang skipper, Toby Hastie said.
"We knew it would be a tough match, and proved to be a real arm wrestle."
The win secured Kerang's seventh Division One title, with the club joining Cohuna Golf and Barham (2002/03 to 2004/05) as teams to have won the flag in three successive seasons.
Underdogs break drought
COHUNA claimed its first Northern District Bowls Division Saturday Pennant Division Two title in 14 seasons, defeating title favourites, Cohuna Golf Blue by 16 shots.
Going into the match having lost to their local rivals on both occasions in season 2016/17, Cohuna's blend of youth, experience and players who helped the club claim the Division One midweek pennant title last month united to claim the title.
A strong start to the match helped Cohuna - who progressed to the decider on the back of wins in the first semi-final and preliminary final - open up a significant lead, with the 16-shot margin created with 17 ends to play.
Cohuna Golf White did cut the deficit to 11 with nine ends remaining, but a late rally ensured Cohuna had the tie wrapped up with five ends to play.
Cohuna secured two of the three rinks on offer, with the third ending up as a 21-all tie.
Second side prevails
KERANG'S secondary Division Three Saturday Pennant side stunned their highly-fancied teammates on Saturday, defying their ladder position to win the 2016/17 Northern District Bowls Division.
Going into the match against minor premiers, Kerang Blue as underdogs, Kerang White swept all three rinks to record a 13-shot win against their club teammates.
The win was a 56-shot turnaround from the result when the teams last met in late January.
The result saw brothers, husbands and wives play against one another, but results of 26-17, 26-32 and 22-21 helped Kerang White claim its first title.