Pennants last week’s matches had mixed results.
Grade 7 had a close tussle against our Sister Club Old Bar. Jim Matthews and his team of Mike Lohse, Coops Cooper and Troy Nikitin put up a fine effort to lose by just 2 shots 19-17. Jeff Brown and his boys Wazza Merchant, Emma (not a boy) Jones, and Mark Sellars led for most of their match but also went down by 21-18 in a close match, while Terry Bruton and his comrades Johnny Tippett, Steve Burgess and Mick Brooks were neck and neck at 10-all midway, but could not quite go on with it at the back end of the contest and eventually lost 25-12.
Grade 5 had a good day at the office, particularly Peter Hall’s rink of Ashley Stewart, Matty Tang and Paul PK Knight. By all accounts, Pete Hall played like a man possessed in leading his team to a mammoth 47-7 victory. Scores of this magnitude are rare at Pennant level, so a mandatory steward’s inquiry is likely to be instigated to ensure that Pete had not been sniffing anything he should not have been.
I personally spoke to Pete post match and am of the opinion that the only thing he had been sniffing during the match was the scent of victory. Well done to Pete and Co. for going on with the job. It is often hard to go on and win so comprehensively after gaining an unassailable lead. Not so good for the opposition of course, but such is life.
In other Grade 5 matches, a revamped team of Greg Mayo skipped his team of Tony Cavanagh, Ronny Barnard and Steve Barnard to a comprehensive 29-15 victory. The boys were neck and neck at 14-12 on the 14th end, but kicked into over drive to run out comfortable winners.
Denzo Bridge and team of Bob Worth, Ronny Simonds and Mark Crisp started well to lead 10-5 after 8 ends and were still well in contention at 14-14 on the 16th end, but the Lansdowne boys came home with a wet sail to win 25-15. Overall a good day at the office for Grade 5.
Grade 2 tried hard against competition front runners Forster BC but by the halfway mark it was obvious that Forster were just too dominant across the park.
Final results were John Beach and team of John Barnard, Greg Sadler and Mal Drury went down 22-16 in a match where they had chances but could not quite capitalize on the day. Ashley Hinton and team Thomas Piper, Rob Piper and Gary Basham were also still in the hunt at 10-8 behind at the 13th end but the Forster lads came home too strong to win 24-11, while Tony Hinton and his crew of Gary Stewart, Steve Hutchen and Craig Glover came up against a solid Kev Robinson and Co. who were in no mood to lose an end for most of the day and went on to win 36-6.
Our Club Triples Final was played last Sunday with Phil Capes and his motley crew of Mitch and Bill Townes taking on Roberto Piper and his boys Jim Matthews and Gary Basham.
Phil and team have collectively not been on the green a lot of late, but still managed to produce some fine bowls to lead 22-14 late in the match.
Rob and Co’s never-say-die attitude however saw them claw back to finally lose the match by the slimmest of margins 22-21 in a great spectacle.
At the Zone President's Singles also played on the weekend, Thomas Piper and Troy Nikiten did the Club proud and both went within a couple of shots of progressing to the Quarter-Finals next week. It was not meant to be however, but both lads should be proud of their efforts.
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