Pennant Round 2

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Round 2 of the Tobin Bros Pennant was played this weekend past.  Two of last week’s winning teams were not able to keep their record intact, making the ladder a lot more interesting.  Yass gave Canberra a good battle to start its Grade 1 pennant season (having had the bye in Rd 1) with Canberra posting a one shot win on the big board.  Despite winning 2 rinks, Yass had a blow out on one rink and let Jamie Freeman’s rink get too far in front to catch up.  For the majority of the Yass side, it was probably their first roll up on Canberra’s new synthetic surface.  However, for the last quarter of the match, the gusting winds played havoc  – negating much of any home ground advantage. Tuggeranong also had a second round loss, defeated by WC on all rinks, but only narrowly.  Whybrow’s rink got up by 1, Johannes up by 2 and Ashlin up by 5.  Canberra North’s Beau Johnston had an 8 shot win over his opponent but that was not enough to put much of a dint in the overall score with Queanbeyan defeating them by 8 shots.  Scott Dagwell and Sean Robertson had big wins (13 and 12 shots respectively)- Sean’s win catapulting him to the top of the skips ladder, a whisker in front of the Creek’s Eric Johannes.  In the final match of the round, QRSLM leapt to the lead for the first dozen or so ends against City, threatening to give them a whitewash.  However, a dominant performance by Rob Kelly’s rink, saw the result turn in City’s favour.  With one rink drawn and the other down by 4, Kelly, justified the selectors’ faith in elevating him to the skip position in place of the unavailable David Hill.  Final score – City 60, QRSLM 56.  Belconnen had the bye.
In grade two, despite looking flash in their new uniforms, Canberra North struggled with their form against the classy Weston Creek outfit.  With more than half the players in this team arguably capable of a grade 1 spot (were there places available) they are already odds on favourites to take the grade 2 flag.   Over at Canberra, Belconnen came up trumps despite going down in two rinks, thanks to the huge win on Garry Ryan’s rink.  (Some wags claim he had an armchair ride, but it’s still his name on the skips ladder!)
After their big win last week in Grade 3, QRSL had to work much harder to get the points from Tuggeranong.  All rink scores were close, with Tuggeranong taking out 2, but going down overall by one shot.  If you thought that score was close, Yass and City played out a 59 all draw (2 rinks to 1 to Yass)  Ken Dowrick’s rink was again the pick of the match with a 16 shot win. Over at Belconnen, WC took all thee rinks but the margins were all close enough to keep the game interesting.  Overall, a 13 shot win. l
Belconnen were also at home to Weston Creek in grade 4 but with the reverse result coming up with a 1 rink, 9 shot win.  Across the border, Queanbeyan and Yowani shared the rink honours (1.5 each) with Queanbeyan taking the match thanks to a big rink win by Peter Roscoe. With this win, Peter retains his spot on the top of the skips ladder.  Tuggeranong’s Grade 4 team had a good win over Canberra – with Warren Green’s and Brendan Spaven’s rinks both having good wins.  Canberra took home two points thanks to Victor Pulling’s rink win (and someone’s new shorts, I’m sure!)
Rumour has it that the lads (and I use that term generously!) from Norths grade 5 team were read the riot act by selectors after their loss last week. True or not, Norths nonetheless lifted to earn a 2.5 rink win over Canberra – final score 53-70.  Queanbeyan had a near record win over the chaps from Bun Round 2 of the Tobin Bros Pennant was played this weekend past.  Two of last week’s winning teams were not able to keep their record intact, making the ladder a lot more interesting.  Yass gave Canberra a good battle to start its Grade 1 pennant season (having had the bye in Rd 1) with Canberra posting a one shot win on the big board.  Despite winning 2 rinks, Yass had a blow out on one rink and let Jamie Freeman’s rink get too far in front to catch up.  For the majority of the Yass side, it was probably their first roll up on Canberra’s new synthetic surface.  However, for the last quarter of the match, the gusting winds played havoc  – negating much of any home ground advantage. Tuggeranong also had a second round loss, defeated by WC on all rinks, but only narrowly.  Whybrow’s rink got up by 1, Johannes up by 2 and Ashlin up by 5.  Canberra North’s Beau Johnston had an 8 shot win over his opponent but that was not enough to put much of a dint in the overall score with Queanbeyan defeating them by 8 shots.  Scott Dagwell and Sean Robertson had big wins (13 and 12 shots respectively)- Sean’s win catapulting him to the top of the skips ladder, a whisker in front of the Creek’s Eric Johannes.  In the final match of the round, QRSLM leapt to the lead for the first dozen or so ends against City, threatening to give them a whitewash.  However, a dominant performance by Rob Kelly’s rink, saw the result turn in City’s favour.  With one rink drawn and the other down by 4, Kelly, justified the selectors’ faith in elevating him to the skip position in place of the unavailable David Hill.  Final score – City 60, QRSLM 56.  Belconnen had the bye.
In grade two, despite looking flash in their new uniforms, Canberra North struggled with their form against the classy Weston Creek outfit.  With more than half the players in this team arguably capable of a grade 1 spot (were there places available) they are already odds on favourites to take the grade 2 flag.   Over at Canberra, Belconnen came up trumps despite going down in two rinks, thanks to the huge win on Garry Ryan’s rink.  (Some wags claim he had an armchair ride, but it’s still his name on the skips ladder!)
After their big win last week in Grade 3, QRSL had to work much harder to get the points from Tuggeranong.  All rink scores were close, with Tuggeranong taking out 2, but going down overall by one shot.  If you thought that score was close, Yass and City played out a 59 all draw (2 rinks to 1 to Yass)  Ken Dowrick’s rink was again the pick of the match with a 16 shot win. Over at Belconnen, WC took all thee rinks but the margins were all close enough to keep the game interesting.  Overall, a 13 shot win. l
Belconnen were also at home to Weston Creek in grade 4 but with the reverse result coming up with a 1 rink, 9 shot win.  Across the border, Queanbeyan and Yowani shared the rink honours (1.5 each) with Queanbeyan taking the match thanks to a big rink win by Peter Roscoe. With this win, Peter retains his spot on the top of the skips ladder.  Tuggeranong’s Grade 4 team had a good win over Canberra – with Warren Green’s and Brendan Spaven’s rinks both having good wins.  Canberra took home two points thanks to Victor Pulling’s rink win (and someone’s new shorts, I’m sure!)
Rumour has it that the lads (and I use that term generously!) from Norths grade 5 team were read the riot act by selectors after their loss last week. True or not, Norths nonetheless lifted to earn a 2.5 rink win over Canberra – final score 53-70.  Queanbeyan had a near record win over the chaps from Bungendore taking all three rinks comfortably.   QRSLM had another good win this week over Belconnen (2-1) leaving them second on the table behind Tuggeranong (on shots).  I’m sure the beers were flowing at Yass after their Grade 5 team won their second game on the trot. They defeated City by 20 shots (2-1), primarily thanks to the big win by Grant Brewers rink.     And last but not least, despite tricking me by filling in the score sheet in reverse (!) Tuggeranong had big, 3 rink, victory over Weston Creek.
In the Women’s grade, on one of the hottest days of the year, City vs Belconnen was the proverbial hot and cold result with one rink getting up by a lot, the other going down by a lot!  Overall, Belconnen were victors 43-33.  QRSLM and Weston Creek had a shortened match due to the heat with WC winning both rinks, one comfortably.  Canberra North recovered significantly from their loss last week – still posting a loss against Queanbeyan but this week by the merest two shots.  If their twilight comp form is anything to go on, it won’t be long til they’re in the winners circle.
Thanks for the feedback re last week’s report.  Hopefully the photos and experimental videos will turn out ok too!