Grand effort tinged with sadness

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Shellharbour ladies No 2 pennant team can claim to be the outstanding team in any men's or women's pennant grade this season.

The ladies were unstoppable in Grade 2, losing just one match all season and will take their place as Illawarra champions in the state finals at Port Stephens on August 25-29.

The victory will be tinged with disappointment with this being the final season for the club in both Illawarra men's and women's pennants with the bowling club to close at the end of the year.

"We're a number one pennant team now but without a club," Shellharbour Grade 2 ladies manager Pat Hennessy said.

"The whole team was fantastic and played at a high level every week."

Shellharbour was promoted to Grade 2 after winning the Illawarra Grade 3 crown in 2011 and in the last two years were runners-up before storming to victory this season.

With Naomi Ryan and Deb Waldron skipping a rink, every player made a contribution.

The Shellharbour ladies will take some stopping in the state finals as they chase the perfect end to playing together.

Defending state Grade 1 champions Warilla will also be chasing the state flag after winning the Illawarra pennants.

The Illawarra Grade 3 and 4 winners will take on the Southern Highlands winners Goulburn Railway in the regional finals in June.

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