With the pennant season now underway, the final of the 2018 Mens Pairs Championship between Graham Hancock & Geoff Rose and Tim Walton & Peter Larcombe will be held this coming Wednesday 2nd May. It should be a great, competitive game so come along and watch.
If the results of round 1 of this year's pennant season is any indication then the Men's Club is in for a fabulous season ahead. As they say, four wins from four outings isn't a bad start to the season!!
Here's a summary of the results.
The 2s, playing away at Pittwater Memorial, led the way, started like men possessed and finished the way they started. Yep a wonderful performance by all players and teams in their 10-0 whitewash of Pittwater - 83 to 35 shots on the main board.
Down the road our 4s were up against the strong Dee Why club and, while playing away and winning only the single rink, they managed a good win on the main board 55 shots to 49 and a great 8 points to 2 upset.
The only team to be playing at home, our 6s, had a far more competitive match against Balgowlah and it went right down to the wire. At the end of 63 ends our 6s had mananged a single shot 9-1 point win, 59-58 on the main board.
And to close off the record breaking day our 7s had the dubious task of playing away at Harbord and, as we all know, not many teams exit the Harbord car park at dusk with a smile on their faces. However our 7s did just that and, after 2 good rink wins and a draw on the third, had a wonderful main board 63-47 shot, 9.5 to 0.5 point win.
Well done guys but don't let's get too carried away. Remember this is only round one in a long pennant season and games on Saturday were played on surfaces that suit our game - medium to slow!! Our biggest challenge will come when the greens quicken up.
The link to obtain all grade results may be found here.
More than one hundred years after World War I and another beautiful day to remember those in all wars who gave so that we could have the freedom that we currently enjoy in Australia. Over 130 members and guests were present to witness this solemn, respected, annual occasion.
The gallery describes the ceremony better than I can put to words.
LEST WE FORGET.
Forget the Commonwealth Games and the Premier League, our very own Mens Pairs' semi-finals had it all! Peter Tonoli & Joe Shofer versus Noel McKenzie (subbing for Geoff Rose) & Graham Hancock and Steven Goddard & Jock Currie versus Tim Walton & Peter Larcombe set the scene on paper for two great games. And no-one was disappointed!
In the first matchup, Joe Shofer hopped off his Japanese flight on Saturday morning, put the sushi out of his mind and arrived at the club ready and raring to go. At age 63 (you did tell me 63 didn't you Joe?) that ain't too bad, is it? Unfortunately he and Peter Tonoli walked into an early red hot Noel McKenzie and Graham Hancock and, faster than the Qantas bag collection, Pete & Joe found themselves down 13-3 after the 11th and 15-6 following the 14th. The game was near gone but, as many games come and go, we all know that you can't count your chickens too soon. It was at this stage of the game that we saw a dramatic change of fortune as Peter & Joe picked up 9 shots in four ends and suddenly with 3 ends remaining it was all square, 15-all in a very competitive match. It was now down to the "championship" ends and a 1 and a 3 on the 19th and 20th permitted Noel & Graham to skip away to a 19-15 lead with one to play. Consolidating this lead was achieved and a 1 on the last to Pete and Joe meant that Noel & Graham had won a tight match 19-16 and that Graham Hancock and Geoff Rose are now through to the final.
The second semi was a fabulous but strange game - Steven Goddard & Jock Currie up against Tim Walton & Peter Larcombe. At no stage were Steve and Jock ahead in the match. Down 8-0 after 4 ends and 12-6 following the 10th, they hung in there when at times Tim & Peter threatened to get away to a big lead. They had bowls in the head on most occasions only to watch a Goddard or Currie bowl slip in to maintain touch. In the eight ends from the 11th to the 18th end Steve & Jock picked up 7 shots to 2 and the score had narrowed to the single shot ...... 14-13 to Tim & Peter. Once again we were down to where it matters and 1 and 2 shots on the 19th and 20th respectively meant that Steven & Jock, like the first semi, needed a 4 on the last to draw and a 5 to win. Impossible "they" said! It was all but over! But someone forgot to tell Steven & Jock, and when the jack was moved towards the boundary pegs, they were suddenly holding 3. A further one with a planned forward push by Jock meant that they had achieved the impossible 4 and now drew level at 17 all at the end of the 21st. Off to the 22nd where Tim drew two, Steve countered with a gorgeous draw about one and a half bowls from the jack and with Peter's second last bowl somehow he drew shot. And at 5:15pm, looking through the darkness from the club, after four and three quarter hours' play, we believe that is where it stayed - game to Tim Waton & Peter Larcombe 18-17.
The final will therefore be played between Graham Hancock & Geoff Rose and Tim Walton & Peter Larcombe on a date as yet to be set. In view of the pennant season start next Saturday it may well be played on a Wednesday but as soon as I am advised by the Bowls Secretary I will publish it accordingly.
Well done to all eight players for such a spectacle in the semis and good luck to our finalists.
The Zone Seniors' team to play in this year's Inter-Zone Championship has been announced and Rod Silber has been selected in the 12-man team. The Championships will be played at Wollongong from 15th - 17th May and Rod has been chosen to lead in the team with Herbie Brenner (Turramurra) and Tony Taylor and Crawford Linton (both Belrose). Congratulations and good bowling Rod!
The much delayed final of the Club's Mixed Fours Competition was played on Sunday last and was won by Rod Silber's team of Di McBryde, Shizuko Hashimoto, Jim Barclay and Rod with a score of 23 shots to 12. Their opponents were Jenni Bradley, Marion Pacey (subbing for Jay Blow), Jock Currie and Mike Heath.
The match was neck and neck- 8 all after 10 ends and 11-9 in favour of Rod's team after 13. Both teams scored 2's on the next two ends but then 'the wheels fell off' Mike's team, scoring only a single shot over the last 6 ends. The result was sealed when Rod's team scored a 4 on the 19th end and then a 3 on the final end.
Congratulations Rod and Co! Commiserations Mike and Co.
This year's Mens Pairs event has been thrown wide open following results in the Easter-interrupted championship.
With the second round now completed and one of the round 3 games also played, we have lost our two favourites and both of last year's finalists: Champions Wilson Cheng & Fred Alexander and Runners-Up Rod Silber & Chris Carey. Cheng/Alexander lost by a single shot (21-20) to Peter Tonoli & Joe Shofer in the top half of the draw and Peter Shlager & Jimmy Barclay opened up the bottom half with a 21-16 win over the Carey Brothers (n.b. Richard Carey was substituting for a sick Rod Silber).
David Hagley, 22 April 2018
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