BENDIGO East extended its historic run in BBD midweek pennant with its 19-shot grand final victory over Eaglehawk on Friday.
Having last year become the first club in midweek pennant history to win four division one flags in a row, the Beasties added a fifth on the trot to continue their remarkable dynasty of success.
The Beasties prevailed 73-54 against the Hawks at Kangaroo Flat, with the catalyst for their win the performance of skipper Ann Borham's rink.
In a game where the final margin was 19 shots, Borham getting away to a 20-0 flyer in her match against Kaye Rowe proved decisive.
Borham went on to win 33-11.
"My team played absolutely perfectly and it was just one of those days," Borham, who is also East's ladies president, said after the victory.
"It was what a skipper calls an armchair ride and it was wonderful to get off to the start we did… that just helps to relax the other rinks a bit."
Borham was the only winning skipper for Bendigo East, which had led by 20 shots at the lunch break.
Eaglehawk's Jan Conder won her game against Judy Davey 21-18, while there was a 22-all tie in the contest between East's Helen Clough and the Hawks' Jan Robertson.
As well as Borham, the Bendigo East side also included Mary Frank, Ruth Cail, Fay Perkarsky and Clough as players to have played in all five of the Beasties' flags in a row.
The lead for Borham's rink was Rob Clough, who has the chance to complete a division one premiership double when he plays for East in Sunday's weekend pennant grand final, also against Eaglehawk.
While it was a fifth premiership in a row for the Beasties, the defeat continues a lengthy drought for the Hawks, whose last midweek flag remains 1967.
"We didn't start the season too well, but we're so happy to have got through to today," Hawks' skipper Conder said.
"It was a very challenging day with the wind, but it was a great day to be part of and we'll look forward to next season."
The Hawks gained some momentum post the lunch-break when they clawed back to within seven shots, but the experienced Beasties answered the challenge.
Bendigo East has now drawn level with South Bendigo for the most midweek division one flags with 19.
• Grand final result:
Bendigo East 73 d Eaglehawk 54
Ann Borham 33 d Kaye Rowe 11
Helen Clough 22 dr Jan Robertson 22
Judy Davey 18 lt Jan Conder 21
• Bendigo East's premiership team - Rob Clough, Jenny Clough, Carol Gallop, Ann Borham, Fay Perkarsky, Ruth Cail, Betty Bodinnar, Helen Clough, Mary Frank, Bronwyn McDermott, Taylah Marron, Judy Davey.
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