"It's a game of two halves" is a well-worn sporting cliché but it was an appropriate description for yesterday's Men's Triples Final where Rod Silber's side overcame an 8-shot deficit to run down Fred Alexander's side to take the 2019 title. Conditions were almost perfect with a sunny day and a fairly quick green but the players did have to combat a gusty southerly down the rink for most of the afternoon.
Fred Alexander's side (comprising Richard Lander and Peter Shlager) got off to a fast start taking 4 shots on the first end. They continued to have the edge building up to a 13-5 advantage after 10 ends. In the middle phase of the game Rod's side (with Richard Carey leading and Chris Carey playing second) just started to cut into that advantage without ever getting their noses in front. After 20 ends Fred's side still had a 3-shot lead, 18-15.
In the home stretch it was Rod's side who found another gear with the skip producing some marvellous last bowl heroics. They won 4 ends in a row to lead 23-18 with 5 ends to play and this proved decisive. Starting the last end Fred's side needed 6 to tie but it was Rod & co who had the last say taking two shots for an impressive 28-20 victory.
Congratulations to all the players in an exciting final match.