Rounds 7 & 8 Pennant Wrap

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Rounds 7 & 8 Pennant Wrap
In Grade 1, Weston Creek broke away to win comfortably after being only 6 shots up at about the half way mark.  Cooper Pike came close to posting his first rink win as skipper, filling in the for absent Peter Bowman, but Ian Whybrow dominated the last few ends to take the rink 24-17.  On the other rinks, nothing looked like stopping Andrew Ashlin’s team from posting their win (a handy 7 helped) 25-10 and Black Caviar (Eric Johannes) was in fine form as usual, winning 26-12.  The final score 75-39 (3-0) did not reflect the many good bowls put down by Canberra but that’s bowls for you!  Over at Norths, Belconnen took two rinks from the home team – one by lots and one by just a bit.  Beau Johnston was clearly the Norths bowler of the day with a 31-19 win for his rink. (online rink results are incorrect – to be corrected soon, hopefully!)  I have it on good authority (facebook, of course!) that QRSLM defeated Yass 2 rinks to 1 but no scores yet posted.  Similarly, I believe Queanbeyan took all rinks from City but again no scores posted.  (C’mon guys – only a couple more rounds to do!)  I’ll update this report once results received.  Weston Creek is sitting comfortably on top of the table but the rest of the positions are theoretically up for grabs with a maximum of 24 points still ‘earnable’ (is that even a word?).
Grade 2 had a double header this weekend.  On Saturday, Belconnen had a 3 rink win over Canberra but then went down to Weston Creek on all rinks the following day.  There was an awful lot of laughter drifting over from this match so apparently “a good time was had by all!” Weston Creek also defeated their opponents Canberra North on the Saturday by a large margin -78-42 (3-0).  In the other match played on Sunday, Canberra picked up their first win of the season defeating Queanbeyan 56-51 (2-1).  Peter Wiget has the best performed rink on the day defeating his opponent 25-16.
Grade 3 also had a double header with matches both Saturday and Sunday.  On Saturday, City had a 2 shot, 2 rink win over Yass 61-59.  Jimmy Gillespie had the best performed rink on the day.  Weston Creek had a good win over Belconnen 82- 50 with the rinks skipped by Kevin Antoine (29-16) and Ivan Peric (31-11) posting good wins.  Tugg’s rink only went down by one shot! (see! I mentioned you!)  At Tuggeranong, the Vikings went down to QRSLM 56-59, despite winning 2 rinks. On Sunday, it was a total reversal for the winning teams of Saturday with all three winners going down.  Yass knocked off the Creek 73-54 (3-0), Tuggeranong took 10 points from City (75-43) (Joe Zimoch’s rink smashing his opponent) and Belconnen defeated QRSLM 60-54 (1-2).  With two weeks to go, less than 20 points separate first and last so these last few matches are do or die for all teams!
The last of the double headers was I grade 4 and Yowani were the only team to win both matches.  The first was against Queanbeyan  – 71-49 (2-1) with Flynn O’Shaughnessy and Jeff McKaskill’s rinks doing the damage.  In their Sunday match, Yowani came up against Canberra, defeating them 67-39 (3-0). This time it was Greg Pepper’s and Jeff McKaskill’s rink making the difference.  In other Saturday matches, Canberra had a big, 3 rink , win over Tuggeranong 79-51, with Victor Pulling’s rink outscoring their opponents 3-1.  Belconnen had a 7 shot win over Weston Creek, all rinks being fairly even – Final score: 60-53 (2-1).  On Sunday, Queanbeyan made up for their loss the day before with a huge, 3 rink, win over Belconnen 89 In Grade 1, Weston Creek broke away to win comfortably after being only 6 shots up at about the half way mark.  Cooper Pike came close to posting his first rink win as skipper, filling in the for absent Peter Bowman, but Ian Whybrow dominated the last few ends to take the rink 24-17.  On the other rinks, nothing looked like stopping Andrew Ashlin’s team from posting their win (a handy 7 helped) 25-10 and Black Caviar (Eric Johannes) was in fine form as usual, winning 26-12.  The final score 75-39 (3-0) did not reflect the many good bowls put down by Canberra but that’s bowls for you!  Over at Norths, Belconnen took two rinks from the home team – one by lots and one by just a bit.  Beau Johnston was clearly the Norths bowler of the day with a 32-19 win for his rink. (online rink results have now been  corrected!)  Facebook was a bit misleading in the scores QRSLM v Yass! (facebook?  Misleading? never!)  It seems that QRSLM did get 10 points but this was due to two tied rinks, with Wade Turner’s 5 shot win being the decider. Facebook rumours were correct in reporting that Queanbeyan took all rinks from City.  There was only one shot difference in the Robert Chesher v Charles Smith rink, whereas Sean Robertson and Scott Dagwell both had 9 shot wins over their opponents.  Weston Creek is sitting comfortably on top of the table but the rest of the positions are theoretically up for grabs with a maximum of 24 points still ‘earnable’ (is that even a word?).
Grade 2 had a double header this weekend.  On Saturday, Belconnen had a 3 rink win over Canberra but then went down to Weston Creek on all rinks the following day.  There was an awful lot of laughter drifting over from this match so apparently “a good time was had by all!” Weston Creek also defeated their opponents Canberra North on the Saturday by a large margi: 78-42 (3-0).  In the other match played on Sunday, Canberra picked up their first win of the season defeating Queanbeyan 56-51 (2-1).  Peter Wiget has the best performed rink on the day defeating his opponent 25-16.
Grade 3 also had a double header with matches both Saturday and Sunday.  On Saturday, City had a 2 shot, 2 rink win over Yass 61-59.  Jimmy Gillespie had the best performed rink on the day.  Weston Creek had a good win over Belconnen 82- 50 with the rinks skipped by Kevin Antoine (29-16) and Ivan Peric (31-11) posting good wins.  Tugg’s rink only went down by one shot! (see! I mentioned you!)  At Tuggeranong, the Vikings went down to QRSLM 56-59, despite winning 2 rinks. On Sunday, it was a total reversal for the winning teams of Saturday with all three winners going down.  Yass knocked off the Creek 73-54 (3-0), Tuggeranong took 10 points from City (75-43) (Joe Zimoch’s rink smashing his opponent) and Belconnen defeated QRSLM 60-54 (1-2).  With two weeks to go, less than 20 points separate first and last so these last few matches are do or die for all teams!
The last of the double headers was in grade 4 and Yowani were the only team to win both matches.  The first was against Queanbeyan  – 71-49 (2-1) with Flynn O’Shaughnessy and Jeff McKaskill’s rinks doing the damage.  In their Sunday match, Yowani came up against Canberra, defeating them 67-39 (3-0). This time it was Greg Pepper’s and Jeff McKaskill’s rink making the difference.  In other Saturday matches, Canberra had a big, 3 rink , win over Tuggeranong 79-51, with Victor Pulling’s rink outscoring their opponents 3-1.  Belconnen had a 7 shot win over Weston Creek, all rinks being fairly even – Final score: 60-53 (2-1).  On Sunday, Queanbeyan made up for their loss the day before with a huge, 3 rink, win over Belconnen 89-43.  In the final match of the round, Tuggeranong’s Warren Green won his rink by enough to take the major points from Weston Creek 65-57 (1-2). 
In grade 5, Yass showed their country cousins no mercy, defeating them 78-43 (2-1).  In other matches, City’s Frank Hornblower won his rink 32-9, helping his team to an overall win -64-54 (2-1) but Tuggeranong’s Frank Southwell’s rink win (30-11) kept the scores close.  Belconnen posted a 5 shot, 2 rink win against Canberra with all rinks being fairly close.  Over on the carpet at WC, both teams battled with the effects of the patchy cloud cover but the home team’s Mal Brown put the result beyond doubt skipping his rink to a 28-7 win.  With one rink having a draw, WC took the over points.  Final score 65-40 (2.5 -.5).  I note that Canberra North’s Manager (and Bowls ACT Board member) Roger Grylls was conscripted for the match with Patrick Robinson stepping in as manager! In the final game of the round, Queanbeyan played QRSL with Queanbeyan taking the match 63-47 (2-1).  Hugh Davies’s rink was the best performed on the day.
In the Women’s Pennant, although each had a rink win, thanks to the “on fire” Ruth Moore, City took the main points from Belconnen.  Final score 49-41.  At the Creek, a mammoth performance by Margaret Bacchetto’s rink against QRSLM saw them winning 29-9, and with another win to Sharon Harmer’s rink, the score blew out to 51-26.  Canberra North should be happy with their performance after they went down by a mere 6 shots against second placed (equal) Queanbeyan. 

Also played this weekend were two of the round 5 washed out matches:  City took both rinks from Weston Creek who seemed to be bowling in a twilight zone!  Only a late surge from Margaret Bacchetto’s rink prevented the result from being a whitewash.  Over at Belconnen, Queanbeyan’s Maggie Johnston proved she still has what it takes by knocking up a 31-11 rink win over her opponent’s rink.  A stellar performance by Helena Megee’s rink wasn’t enough to earn them the big board points.  Final score Belconnen 38, Queanbeyan 40 (1-1).