Hawks into grand final, Bendigo outed

EAGLEHAWK is through to the Bendigo Bowls Division grand final, while reigning premier Bendigo has been eliminated from the flag race.

The Hawks proved too strong for Bendigo East in Saturday's qualifying final at Bendigo.

Eaglehawk lived up to its top-of-the-ladder status with the 27-shot victory, prevailing 105-78.

Despite the lop-sided margin, both sides won two rinks apiece.

However, it was the dominance of the rinks of Eaglehawk's Simon Carter and Phil Godkin that blew the margin wide open.

Carter belted David Keenan 35-18, while Godkin thrashed Brad Holland 30-14.

Liam Crapper and Paul Moller were the winning skippers for Bendigo East.

The comfortable victory propelled power club Eaglehawk into what is its 11th grand final since 2002.

Bendigo East has a second chance and will now take on Golden Square in the preliminary final.

Qualifying final: Eaglehawk 105 d Bendigo East 78. S. Carter 35 d D. Keenan 18, P. Godkin 30 d B. Holland 14, K. Rusbridge 23 lt L. Crapper 26, T. Ellis 17 lt P. Moller 20.

• Golden Square sent reigning premier Bendigo crashing from premiership contention.

Square won the elimination final 95-81 at South Bendigo.

Golden Square - which kept alive its chances of winning its first premiership since 1963 - won three of the rinks, with skippers Tas Wallis, Garry Conforti and Gary Beckham all prevailing.

Beckham inflicted just the second loss of the season on Bendigo's Ian Ross, the BBD's No.1 ranked rink.

Andrew Brown was the sole winning skipper for Bendigo, which had previously beaten Golden Square twice in the home and away season.

Elimination final: Golden Square 95 d Bendigo 81. T. Wallis 26 d N. Belt 23, G. Conforti 26 d G. Carberry 14, G. Beckham 24 d I. Ross 22, M. Smith 19 lt A. Brown 22.

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