The “super” stars of the southern peninsula take the victory

IN what was arguably the longest bocce tournament in living history, a composite team from the southern tip of the Mornington Peninsula won the most recent blue ribbon event on the national calendar at the Karingal SkyeDome last Friday night.

The rich Skyedome SuperLeague event – originally slated for a seven-week season when it debuted in mid-May – suffered two lockdown interruptions – but reached its climax under the Karingal marquee when the Men @ Work team called surpassed the Port Somerville Pirates in a hard-fought final – 27 weeks later.

Rosebud stars Frank Krslovic, John Sykes and Ben Wales were joined by Joe Turner from Rye in the high-visibility yellow jumpsuit that swept the pool at Karingal, having just qualified for the final when the tournament was cut short for the second time in August.

Frankston JOC went down to Carrum in the 2nds district. Photo: Craig Barrett

But the 12-week layoff appeared to energize the boys as they passed the host club’s Wanderers in Thursday’s semi-final and then outscored Alan Veitch’s highly-prized Port Pirates Steven Tully, Tex McClelland, Britt Jago and Scott. Guymer in the main event.

In particular, Joe Turner, a famous four-way skipper in peninsula bowling circles, showed his versatility with two singles wins in the final series, while the enigmatic Frank Krslovic was unstoppable in triples and pairs.

In the play-offs for third and fourth place, Tom Lockys of Mt Eliza, Mark Stanaway, Mike Pearce, Laurie Harrington, Mike Kallmeier and Wayne Hogan took silver against Wanderers John Curtain, Brian Hemley, Scott Bayles and Nev Bradley.

Superleague Winners: First ‘Men @ Work’ SuperLeague Champions: John Sykes, Joe Turner, Frank Krslovic and Ben Wales with the massive Winners Trophy. Image: Supplied

The inaugural SuperLeague, a new concept of medley competition, drew top-level participants from across the Melbourne metropolitan area and beyond. As many as 28,000 viewers watched the presentation live on local community service RPPFM, as spectators scrambled to all vantage points around the beautiful SkyeDome Stadium.

First published in Mornington News – November 23, 2021

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