Concord have been crowned Apperly Champions after a thrilling four matches to two win over defending champions, Bonnie Doon.
It is the inner-west clubs second triumph in the coveted competition and an ominous sign heading into the 2019 Metropolitan Major Pennant season.
It was a tight affair, and the outcome wasn’t known until the final match between Sebastian Twaddell and Corey Lamb got to the 18th green.
The result was sealed though when Lamb made par from the edge of the water to ensure a win, one up and the shield for Concord.
Earlier in the day, however, the result could have gone either way.
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Jackson Hall, who came into the squad after missing the semifinal win over St. Michael’s, got Concord’s first win, accounting for the experienced Kurt Burns, 4 & 3.
Andrew Cinelli squared the ledger for Bonnie Doon with a 6 & 5 win over Oli Payne. Fletcher Murray made it two points for the eastern suburbs side a short time later when he accounted for Blade Gadd, one up.
Brandon Biddle and Tyrone Jackson, playing in the lead match, staged a tooth and nail battle all day, and it took an extra hole for Biddle to secure Concord’s second point.
The result swung heavily towards the Concord unit late in the morning when NSW Junior representative Lachie Jones grabbed a 2 & 1 win over an unlucky Joshua Bell.
Concord needed just a half from the final match, and with Lamb three up through nine holes, it seemed like a foregone conclusion.
Twaddell had other ideas, and fought back to square the match by the 15th.
Lamb grabbed the lead right back with a birdie on the par five 16th, and from there matching pars was all he needed to do to grab the vital win, and the Pennant was heading to Concord.
After the result, Concord’s Ron Younan, standing in for team manager Peter West, said the win was a fantastic result.
“It is a real thrill for us. They are a young team, and we’ve been building up for the last few years.
“That’s two in the last four,” he said.
Younan added it was a significant win for the club’s Metropolitan Major Pennant stocks with the nucleus of this squad likely to be part of Concord’s 2019 Major Pennant team.
“Last time we won, we managed to get into the (Metropolitan Major) Pennant final in the year after. We lost to Bonnie Doon that year, so It was good to see the boys win today. The club’s stocks will be riding high.”
Losing manager Blake Ballinger, although disappointed, was full of praise for his team.
“They battled hard all day, but it wasn’t meant to be.
“The match was played in good spirits, and congratulations to Concord on a great win.”