The Yass fives travelled to Queanbeyan on Sunday to take on arch rivals Tuggeranong for the grade five 2012 championship.
Both teams finished first and second for the year and a close game was predicted. It didn’t disappoint.
Ted Maher, Rodney Wilson, Gary Brooker and Beau Dunley got off to the start required, with Ted playing a bomb to go from six down to five up.
Phil Murphy, Dave Grear, Geoff Darmody and Eddie Franklin started with a two and Barry Bush, Greg Pryor, Robert Corcoran and John Bruce dropped a two on their first end.
Ted and Barry steadied and moved out to four and five shot leads after 18 ends, but Phil’s lot were not getting the rub of the green; 18 all after 18 ends.
Thirty-two ends in and the big board read 32 all. It was definitely a close game; 48 ends of 63 played and Tuggeranong 42 led Yass 40. It was at this point that the Vikings started to talk it up.
Then some shifting came, with Phil’s team down 18-8 with six ends to play they had the biggest comeback witnessed since Easter, picking up 5,4,1 and 3 to move to a 21-18 lead.
That spurred Ted and Barry’s teams on which were holding leads to bring it home hard and ended up with winning margins of 10 and eight shots respectively. With Phil’s lot ending in front by one the 2012 ACT Pennant Championship was the Yass Blues’ with a winning margin of 19 shots.
David Grear, who played third on rink one, said getting the win meant a great deal to him and the team.
“It was the third year in a row that most of the boys had made the final, so they have finally got the monkey off the back and won one.
“It meant a lot to the guys and the drinks flowed readily until midnight,” he laughed.