Night Pennant – Eltham Bowling Club
Night pennant begins around mid-October and runs for 11 rounds with finals commencing in January. Tuesday is competition night. The competition is restricted to local clubs nominally in the north east of Melbourne. Apart from Eltham, the other clubs that field sides are Rosanna, City of Heidelberg, Ivanhoe, Bundoora, Templestowe, East Ivanhoe and Montmorency. Hurstbridge and Diamond Creek used to field sides but haven’t recently.
The finals system is unusual in that while there is only 1 division and each side plays each other once, at the end of the season the top 4 sides play off for the division 1 pennant and the next 4 play off for the division 2 pennant.
Night pennant sides consists of 12 players who play in teams of 4. This means that a pennant match between 2 sides has 3 separate games in progress. The aggregate scores over the 3 games determines the winner of the match. The usual starting time for matches is 6.45pm.
Each week all players vote for the best player on their rink. The player with the most votes wins the David Sidwell Trophy as the most consistent player.
Winners of the 2018/2019 Division 2 Night Pennant – Shane Waddingham, James Miles, Luke Roche, Lisa Bartolo, Helen Smith, Joe Bartolo, John Baker, Crystal Bo, Steve Spargo, Tim Smith, Paul Hickey, Jim Yarwood, Brent Blackwell, Rena Baker and Michelle Dalton.