This weekend saw play across a number of bowling clubs (including St Ives) in the Zone 9 singles competitions. The highlight was undoubtedly Chris Carey's achievement of winning through three rounds at Belrose to reach next weekend's Semi-Finals at Harbord BC. Chris will play Alan McMaster from North Sydney next Saturday morning. The winner will then face either Mona Vale's Stuart Macleod or Scott Sheppard from Pittwater Memorial in the Final.
The full results for St Ives members this weekend are as follows:-
Let's congratulate all our players for their efforts this weekend and keep our fingers crossed for Chris Carey next weekend.
Gerard Coggans 29 July 2018
FINALS DAY 2 AT HARBORD BC
Another beautiful day for the Grade 7 Pennants Final between St Ives and Warrawee. With clear blue skies and no wind, conditions were a little easier than for the Grade 4 side on Saturday. However the #4 green was still fast and our opponents were unbeaten in their section.
St Ives got off to a fast start with Wes Taylor's rink notching a 5 on the very first end. After 15 ends St Ives had a narrow lead of 16-12 with Bob Balmer & Wes Taylor up and Chis Stirling drawing his match. Around the halfway mark the wind started to get up and the tension of the final began to ratchet up as well. All three rinks were very even and there was little difference between the sides on the scoreboard. St Ives did manage to keep their noses in front and after 32 ends they led 34-26; up on two rinks and down on one.
By 48 ends St Ives still held a narrow lead of 46-39 with Bob Balmer & Chis Stirling up and Wes Taylor narrowly behind. On end 15 Wes made a crucial save with his team 5 down; limiting the damage to just one shot with his final bowl. The St Ives stalwarts on the side of the rink were supporting everyone's efforts in this close match. However it was clear even one big end for either side could swing the match decisively.
With 8 ends left Warrawee had narrowed the gap to just 4 shots. Chis Stirling's rink finished their match first losing a low-scoring match 17-15. Now every shot counted and the tension on and around the green was palpable. After 59 ends Warrawee pulled level- a 51-51 tie with 4 ends to go! Bob Balmer's team got a crucial three on their last end to win their game 24-19. Now all eyes were on rink 2 and Wes Taylor's match.
As play began on end 21 St Ives had a 2-shot lead on the big board. After 8 bowls had been delivered St Ives was in trouble- 3 or 4 down. Enter the hero! Ross Johnson's first bowl picked up the jack and put his side 2 up. Wes Taylor didn't have to deliver his last bowl and St Ives bagged one shot to draw that game 17-17. On the big board that gave St Ives the flag, winning 56-53 overall.
It's been twelve years since St Ives last won a flag. It's a great achievement for everyone involved. BRAVO!
Rink 1: Peter Crumpler, Iain Howell, Michael Gallagher and Bob Balmer
Rink 2: Andrew Murphy, Ian Finlay, Ross Johnson and Wes Taylor
Rink 3: Trevor Whitehead, Jim Vatiliotis, Ross Yates and Chis Stirling
Coach: Peter Sullivan
Reserves: Gerard Coggans and Don Blumgart
Gerard Coggans 22 July 2018
FINALS DAY 1 AT HARBORD BC
So the big day came and a clear, sunny day it was. There was a light breeze to remind everyone that we were well into winter despite the sunshine. There were three finals all in progress in parallel- Grades 2, 3 and 4. All the clubs involved were well supported and a good contingent of St Ives members (male & female) stalked the side of Green #1 at Harbord BC.
St Ives (or the "Saints" as the chant came from the side of the green) got off to the best possible start. After 16 ends, St Ives led 19 to 6 with all 3 rinks in the lead. Then the fightback from Harbord began; notably as John Cumming's team lost a 5 and a 4 on successive ends as the big board swung away from St Ives. Harbord's teams were fighting back on all rinks and by 32 ends Harbord had taken a 34-28 advantage and now only Joe Shofer's team were in front.
The green at Harbord was fast (18-19 seconds fast) and "home green advantage" took more of a hold as the games progressed. There were some heroic shots on both sides but increasingly things were swinging Harbord's way. Michael Macourt's team dropped a 5 on end 14 that put that side under pressure. On the next rink John Cumming's team were mounting a big fightback. So by 47 ends Harbord had a lead on the big board of 52-43 with John Cumming's rink now up by 7 and the only St Ives team ahead in their match.
The Harbord team could feel the finish line coming and they slowly added to their advantage in the final few ends. John Cummings's side finished with a 25-17 victory but Joe Shofer lost 21-14 and Michael Macourt 28-14.
So the Big Board showed a Harbord win 66 shots to 53. They deserved their win on the day but the St Ives team performed creditably.
Rink 1: Peter Tonoli, Tim Walton, Graham Hancock and Joe Shofer
Rink 2: Jock Currie, Kevin Latham, Chris Wood and John Cumming
Rink 3: David Gill, Sam Johnston, Laurie Wilson and Michael Macourt
Coach: Peter Larcombe
Reserves: Graeme Manning and Dudley Wrigley
Gerard Coggans 21 July 2018
The final of the Mens Consistency Singles was played out this afternoon between Chris Bergman and Tim Walton. It was Tim Walton who came out on top winning the match 157-133. Well done Tim!
The first round of the 2018 Jack Harkness Invitational Tournament will take place on Saturday 11 August at Mosman BC. The selectors have chosen the following side to represent St Ives:-
We are also proposing a second side should there be room within the draw:-
There will be a complimentary sausage sizzle lunch before the game at 11:45am.
The second round will be on August 25 with the semi-finals on September 1. The Final will be on September 8.
Gerard Coggans 17 July 2018
Last Saturday the St Ives Mens Pennant teams broke the Pennant playoff drought not once but twice!
The Mens 4s team in their final game of the season beat the ladder leaders Willoughby Park to take top spot. The game was close but with wins to Joe Shofer & John Cumming's team and a draw to Geoff Rose's, they did the trick to win their section. So now it is off to Harbord BC next Saturday to try for the Pennant flag against Harbord (2). Games commence at 12 noon.
Not to be outdone the Mens 7s team also produced the goods to win their section. As ladder leaders it was a must-win situation to make sure they won the section and they did just that, winning comfortably. Wes Taylor and Bob Balmer's teams both had wins while Chis Stirling went down by 5 shots in what was a close match. The 7s will play at Harbord BC on Sunday to try for the flag. Our opposition is Warrawee. Games commence at 12 noon.
So congratulations not only to those who are playing in the finals but also to those players who contributed during the season.
What better way to spend a sunny afternoon than join us at Harbord BC to encourage the boys to go for GOLD!
Good luck & good bowling
Peter Larcombe- Chairman of Selectors 17 July 2018
Congratulations to our Grade 4 and Grade 7 Pennant sides for winning their respective sections and making it to the finals weekend. It is wonderful that we have two Grades in the finals- it has been a long time.
Both finals will be played at Harbord BC.
It would be good to have as many members as possible come to the games and cheer our boys on. Your support will be greatly appreciated by the players. I hope to see you there.
Kevin Latham 17 July 2018
The Zone has announced the draw for this weekends' pennants finals with two teams from St Ives involved.
The Grade 4 side will play Harbord (2) on Saturday July 21 starting at 12 noon.
The Grade 7 side will play Warrawee on Sunday July 22 also starting at 12 noon.
All the finals are being hosted by Harbord BC.
Gerard Coggans 16 July 2018
St Ives has had a strong competitive season in the Pennants competition that saw three of our four teams in with a chance of making the Finals Weekend with one match to go. At the end of the day two out of three teams achieved their objective and will be moving on to next weekend at Harbord BC.
The 4s were faced with a winner-take-all match away to Willoughby Park and produced a marvellous 71-52 victory (9 1/2 pts to 1/2) to top their section ladder by 4 pts. St Ives will face Harbord (2) who topped the other Grade 4 section next weekend.
The 7s also had a must-win away game at Seaforth and they too came away with a win 68-60 (9 pts to 1) to seal top spot in their section by 7 pts from Mona Vale. St Ives will be up against Warrawee next weekend.
The 6s had the toughest assignment of Round 10. They had to win their match at North Manly and hope other results went their way. In the end it proved a step too far as North Manly won the match 71-48 (10 pts to 0). In the final analysis it was Mosman who came out on top of the section as they won their last match away at Chatswood.
Congratulations to all involved for their efforts.
The summary of our Pennants results is presented below.
Gerard Coggans 15 July 2018