Hawks survive BBD thriller against Bendigo by one shot

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EAGLEHAWK is still undefeated and Bendigo winless – but only just after the two sides played out a BBD pennant thriller that defied their ladder positions on Saturday.

CONCENTRATION: Eaglehawk's Max Watts plays a shot during the Hawks' thrilling 79-78 win over Bendigo at home on Saturday. Pictures: LUKE WEST

CONCENTRATION: Eaglehawk's Max Watts plays a shot during the Hawks' thrilling 79-78 win over Bendigo at home on Saturday. Pictures: LUKE WEST

The Hawks went into the game on top of the ladder and Bendigo on the bottom, yet the match wasn’t decided until the final bowl.

Having trailed by 16 at the tea break, Bendigo chipped away at the Hawks and when Torie Babitsch’s rink picked up a two against the Hawks’ Tony Ellis on the 99th end, the Goers had levelled the scores 78-all.

That left the result hinging on the 100th and final end between the rinks of the Hawks’ Dean Carter and Bendigo’s Ian Ross.

Adding to the drama, a replay was needed after Carter killed the final end with Bendigo holding two shots.

Bendigo's Greg Dunn

Bendigo's Greg Dunn

Bendigo was in the box seat to win its first game as it held three shots on the replayed end, with one bowl left to be delivered by Carter.

And in a dramatic finish in which a measure was required, Carter’s final bowl secured the Hawks one shot by just half-an-inch to give the home side a 79-78 victory.

Carter’s one shot on the final end also left he and Ross tied at 19-all.

• Kangaroo Flat had the rink of Barry Anset to thank for its three-shot win at home over Bendigo East.

The Beasties won three of the rinks, yet were beaten 93-90 by the competition’s big improvers.

Kangaroo Flat’s only winning rink was Anset defeating Chris Randall 25-17, which was enough for Flat to get over the line and win three in a row for the first time since late in the 2014-15 season.

• South Bendigo is already +100 shots after just four games after another big win, this time against Golden Square.

South continued its impressive start to the season with a commanding 106-74 triumph at Square.

South’s victory featured double figure wins by the rinks of the unbeaten Liam Crapper (+21) and Mitch Sidebottom (+14).

• Castlemaine broke through for its first win of the season, recording a 94-87 victory over Inglewood.

The Maine won three of the rinks to inflict Inglewood’s third loss in a row.

There will be no pennant next weekend due to the Victorian Open being played in Shepparton.