Well the Saints nearly came marching in but a tricky breeze and a bowl or two flopping the wrong way changed the day.
We started up against a strong Asquith team all called Mark and skipped by Mark “Boof” Devern. A very even game saw us down 13-8 and not looking good on the long ends as Boof was converting everything. So we went to short to the middle and won the next 4 ends then dropped a 1. It was now the 17th end Saints are down 14-13. Jimmy was having a good day and drew some great shoots. We hit the 18th and dropped a four with Scarey just missing a conversion to 1 up by hitting the outside of the shot down and sliding through. 18-13 down and three ends to play. But the Saints weren’t finished scoring a 2 on the next end back to short ends and another 2 to be 18-16 down going into the last. A great draw each from Pete and Jimmy got us a 2 and it was extra end time.
Saints won the toss and kept the mat went short to the middle and were holding 1 when the Asquith third “Consey” trailed the jack for a 3. Scarey drew positively but scrapped of the side of the shot bowl with no result. Boof draw a metre short. Scarey again tries the positive draw only to be hit by the breeze and cutting the head. Game over and into the bronze playoff.
A few cold ones and some sandwiches and we were off to play Manly. Saints jumped out to a 19-2 lead after 5 ends and the rest was history. We all played very well and converted strongly on te next rink Belrose played Asquith for the gold and a strong Belrose team of Steve Lowe, John Ventamen, James Brown and Doc Smith won the day 23-17.
Thanks again to my teammates Rocket Rod Silber, Pistol Pete Shlager and Jimmy “Midgey” Barclay. Great to play with you and maybe we go one better next year.
Report by Christopher Carey