Cleve's Harris helps Heysen Comets to grand final

COMET: Ben Harris bowls for the Heysen Comets during the finals matches on August 31. Photo: Bowls SA
COMET: Ben Harris bowls for the Heysen Comets during the finals matches on August 31. Photo: Bowls SA

SA Super League bowls

The Heysen Comets, featuring Cleve bowler Ben Harris, are through to the inaugural SA Super League grand final following their final matches on August 31.

Heysen Comets were the minor premiers and faced South Eastern Spartans in their semi final match.

The match started with singles with Ashley Halls earning a 19-13 win for the Comets against the Spartans’ Blake Fiebig.

Next was the pairs with the Comets sending out Grace Moloney and Australian representative Scott Thulborn to take on the Spartans’ pair of Nathan Black and Tyson Wilson.

The Spartan duo showed consistent drawing and powerful drives to defeat the Comets duo of 25-13.

The final section would be in the triples which featured Harris alongside fellow Eyre Peninsula bowler Damon Edmunds and James Gregory to face the Spartans team of Scott Binns, Tony Devlin and Ken Holtham.

The Comets pushed to a 11-2 lead early before the Spartans closed the gap and going into the final end there were two shots separating them on the scoreboard.

Despite an 18-16 triples rink win for the Comets, the Spartans finished with the overall win with a 54-50 score to earn a spot in the grand final.

The Comets had to try to enter the final the long way as they moved to the preliminary final to take on the Central Chargers, who defeated the Northern Knights 55-42.

After some strategising with their lineups the two teams faced off in the knockout preliminary final, with the Comets making three changes while the Chargers made no changes.

Halls once again fronted for the singles, taking on Steven Dennis for the Chargers, both having great showings in their semi final matches.

In the match up Halls lead early and despite a good challenge from Dennis managed to keep it close, but a four on the last end to get the win 17-12.

Next Harris was once again up in the triples alongside Gregory but instead of Edmunds had Jackie Gardiner against the Chargers trio which featured another Eyre Peninsula bowler, Helen Minhard from Cummins, alongside Ben Bowman and Renata Callisto.

The Chargers won the first four ends before the Comets got two on the board.

With the Chargers up two going into the final end, the Comets called their final Super End and claimed three in the final end, converting to a six to win the triples 21-17 and putting the Comets in the driver’s seat.

The match moved to the final section, the doubles with the Comets putting in Ian Miller and Darren Niblett against the Chargers pair of Fergus Rowntree and Mark Haines.

The Chargers made the early move and were up 12-2 after five ends and the match became closer as it went on with the score at 18-10 after 14.

The Chargers called the final Super End in an attempt to try and steal the win but the Comets held on to win 58-47.

The Comets will once again take on the South Eastern Spartans in the SA Super League final that will be held at the Salisbury Bowling Club on Sunday and will be preceded with a best and fairest count.

Full Super League results are available on the Bowls SA website.