Stop Press: Tiger wins the Zone Reserve Singles
In a dominant display of draw bowling Greg "Tiger" Smith today won the Zone Reserve Singles. Our Last winner of Zone reserve singles was Jim Rose in 2002 followed by some Carey bloke being runner up in 2007! Greg comfortably won his semi-final against J Lloyd of Lane Cove 31-15. Tiger then played Scott Burrows of Asquith in a tightly contested and long game in the final. Your scribe was not at the event but had a text link up with Trevor Whitehead.
The first update saw Greg up 22-15. Asquith picks up a 2. The next end was very tight, with Tiger collecting a single 23-17 Tiger, still close. Burrows fights back with a single, he's not going away 23-18. Telstra lines go down and the next update is 27-18 Greg, then 28-18. Things are looking good for Greg but never touch the trophy until you win. Singles swapped and it's 29-20. A single to Asquith then the hammer blow, a 2 to Greg and it's all over 31-21 Greg Smith.
Congratulations Greg, your club is proud of you. This is a fantastic result and the second title for the mighty Saints in 2021 on the back of the Senior Fours. St Ives is not a big club compared to others in our zone and playing 3-6 grade pennants we don't necessarily have the top players in the zone but what we have is spirit, determination, and a will to get better week to week. We are now seeing the fruits of the hard work that we are putting in. The Friday coaching days are a good example. Let's keep it up Saints. Well done Greg and the beers are on us this weekend at the home of the Saints.
Report by Chris "Scarey" Carey aka The Saint