Mark’s clearly the best

MILDURA Settlers batsman Mark Cleary took out the 2014 Tankard Dental Willowfest Whack, with a monster hit of 103.45m on Monday night.

Whack attack: Speed demon Daniel Bramich hurls down a thunderbolt, while (below) Mark Cleary smashes a long bomb at the Willowfest Whack. Pictures: Sam Smythe

Front foot: The Heat player Teagan Parker hits out against the Beasts in yesterday’s final. Picture: Andrew Brookes

Competing against former Whack champion Michael Wade and Setts teammate Braidyn Turner in the final, Cleary’s hit narrowly trumped Wade’s best effort from two attempts, 101.7m.

Willowfest side Muppets’ quick Daniel Bramich won the TAC Willowfest Express with a 132km/h delivery in the final, which was even faster than the 128km/h ball that won him the Express in 2012.

Bramich had managed 125km/h and 130km/h in his first two attempts, before finding a little extra for his final ball.

The other finalists, Kangarilla’s Luke Coates and Nathan Green, both clocked 130km/h with their best efforts from three attempts.

Coomealla-Wentworth’s 15-year-old star Jarrod Brander was unlucky to miss out on a spot in the final after earlier bowling a 126km/h delivery.

In the women’s competitions, Steph Neaylon took out the Tankard Dental Willowfest Women’s Whack with a 55m shot in the final, easily beating Jenny Donnelly’s 38m hit.

Willowfest ambassador Alex Blackwell took an exhibition whack, managing a 70m hit.

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