Round 10 Pennant Wrap

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All eyes were on two matches in Grade 1 this week with 3 positions of the top four up for grabs.  At Weston Creek, Belconnen were hoping to take at least 2, hopefully more, points to scrape into the top four.  Alas, awesome displays by Andrew Ashlin’s and Eric Johannes’s rinks put this out of reach.  Ashlin started off with two 5 shot ends of the first three, and never looked back.  Against Johannes, Peter Watts could be heard to say “rats!”** when a last delivery didn’t go as planned, leaving the Creek with a valuable 8 shots (and Bowls ACT out of pocket for another set of pins!).  (NB: ** words to that effect!).  Belconnen’s John Bice and his rink were in front for most of the match but a determined Ian Whybrow kept chipping away.  Two ends from the finish, a four set him up for a win, only for Bice to answer with a 3.  The end result was a one shot win for the Creek, taking all 12 points from Belco. Final score 76-43.  Over the border at QRSLM, the Diggers were at home to Canberra, also fighting for a top 4 position.  They needed at least 2 points, and for Belco to go down, to shore up their spot.  They took 1 rink, and that was enough, given the results at the Creek.  For QRSLM, this week it was Mark Ebswoth’s rink that did the major damage.  Unfortunately for Robert Craven’s previously unblemished record, his rink went down to the experienced Manny Brookmans rink – after a marathon effort including several last end kills.  In the remaining matches, Tuggeranong suffered at the hands of Yass, going down 53-62 (1-2).  Good rink wins to Tuggeranong’s Barry Freebody and Yass’s Breeze Howard and Ted Maher.  City finished the season with a win over Canberra North, with Cliff Gilbert’s rink finally able to make the news for a great rink win!  Charles Smith’s rink also had a good win with the remaining rink being drawn.  Final Score 80-51 (2.5-0.1).  Top 4, in order, Weston Creek (88), Quenbeyan (62), QRSLM (59, Canberra (52).
In Grade 2, Weston Creek showed no mercy defeating Canberra on all rinks (92-38).  All rinks for the Creek scored well.  In the other match of the day, Queanbeyan had a similar result over Canberra North 86-40.  Again, all three Queanbeyan rinks had good wins.  Final table, top 4: Weston Creek (75) Canberra North (55), Queanbeyan (53), Belconnen (39).
In Grade 3, QRSLM were hoping to defeat Yass to leapfrog City for a place in the 4.  Neil Craven’s rink knocked up a 4 shot win, Scott Marquet/Trevor Hegan drew with Beau Dunley’s rink giving Yass the major points.  Final score 49-54 (1.5-1.5).  City took 2 rinks from Weston Creek but went down on the big board 43-50.  Ron Hawke skipped the best of City’s rinks; Jay Cullen’s rink best for the Creek. Tuggeranong defeated Belconnen 65-50 (2-1), Don Lauchland’s rink being the best performed on the day.  Final table top 4:  Yass (77) Weston Creek (67), Belconnen (58), City (55).
In Grade 4, Belconnen had a good win over Yowani 73-59 (2-1) with large rink score differences being the name of the game.  These two teams will play again in the minor semi.  Similarly, Queanbeyan and Tuggeranong had a practice run for the major semi when they played each other this week.  Queanbeyan came out on top 66-48 (2-1).  Tuggeranong will use this experience to try to reverse this result, without a doubt!   In the bottom of the table clash, Weston Creek took 12 points from Canberra 68-51. Final table top 4:  Queanbeyan (83), Tuggeranong (70), Yowani (66), Belconnen (64).
Grade 5 results were a mixed batch.  Yass rebounded from last week’s result just getting over the line against Canberra North 60-57 (1-2).  Norths 2 rinks effectively put an end to Queanbeyan’s run at the final 4.  Queanbeyan took 12 points from City (76-41) doing their utmost to make the 4 but were kept in fifth position by Canberra North.    Second placed QRSLM took two rinks from Canberra in their 68-43 win.  Bungendore took 2 rinks from Weston Creek but went down on the big board 53-63.  A big win to Mal Brown’s rink was the difference.  In the final match of the round, Tuggeranong just got the better of Belconnen defeating them 56-52 (2-1).  Final table top 4:  Yass (77), QRSLM (71), Tuggeranong (69), Canberra North (57).
NB: All grades’ final 4 are subject to player eligibility.
In the women’s’ grade, Canberra North finally got the win they’d been threatening to take all season when they stormed through QRSLM 46-28 (2-0).  They repeated the win the following day, again against QRSLM playing the washed out round 5 match.  This time the score was a more respectable 44-43 with the rinks shared.  Weston Creek had a good win over City taking both rinks 43-24.  Sharon Harmer’s rink was the best on the day.  Queanbeyan cemented the minor premiership with a 2 rink win over Belconnen 45-40.  This grade now splits in 2 with the top 3 teams playing of for the Grade 1 flag, and teams 4-6 playing off for the Grade 2 flag.   Queanbeyan therefore go straight into the Gd 1 Grand Final, with City and Weston Creek playing off for the honour of meeting  them.  Belconnen go straight into the Gd 2 Grand Final, with QRSLM and Canberra North meeting for the third consecutive time to fight for their grand final spot. All eyes were on two matches in Grade 1 this week with 3 positions of the top four up for grabs.  At Weston Creek, Belconnen were hoping to take at least 2, hopefully more, points to scrape into the top four.  Alas, awesome displays by Andrew Ashlin’s and Eric Johannes’s rinks put this out of reach.  Ashlin started off with two 5 shot ends of the first three, and never looked back.  Against Johannes, Peter Watts could be heard to say “rats!”** when a last delivery didn’t go as planned, leaving the Creek with a valuable 8 shots (and Bowls ACT out of pocket for another set of pins!).  (NB: ** words to that effect!).  Belconnen’s John Bice and his rink were in front for most of the match but a determined Ian Whybrow kept chipping away.  Two ends from the finish, a four set him up for a win, only for Bice to answer with a 3.  The end result was a one shot win for the Creek, taking all 12 points from Belco. Final score 76-43.  Over the border at QRSLM, the Diggers were at home to Canberra, also fighting for a top 4 position.  They needed at least 2 points, and for Belco to go down, to shore up their spot.  They took 1 rink, and that was enough, given the results at the Creek.  For QRSLM, this week it was Mark Ebswoth’s rink that did the major damage.  Unfortunately for Robert Craven’s previously unblemished record, his rink went down to the experienced Manny Brookmans rink – after a marathon effort including several last end kills.  In the remaining matches, Tuggeranong suffered at the hands of Yass, going down 53-62 (1-2).  Good rink wins to Tuggeranong’s Barry Freebody and Yass’s Breeze Howard and Ted Maher.  City finished the season with a win over Canberra North, with Cliff Gilbert’s rink finally able to make the news for a great rink win!  Charles Smith’s rink also had a good win with the remaining rink being drawn.  Final Score 80-51 (2.5-0.1).  Top 4, in order, Weston Creek (88), Quenbeyan (62), QRSLM (59, Canberra (52).
In Grade 2, Weston Creek showed no mercy defeating Canberra on all rinks (92-38).  All rinks for the Creek scored well.  In the other match of the day, Queanbeyan had a similar result over Canberra North 86-40.  Again, all three Queanbeyan rinks had good wins.  Final table, top 4: Weston Creek (75) Canberra North (55), Queanbeyan (53), Belconnen (39).
In Grade 3, QRSLM were hoping to defeat Yass to leapfrog City for a place in the 4.  Neil Craven’s rink knocked up a 4 shot win, Scott Marquet/Trevor Hegan drew with Beau Dunley’s rink giving Yass the major points.  Final score 49-54 (1.5-1.5).  City took 2 rinks from Weston Creek but went down on the big board 43-50.  Ron Hawke skipped the best of City’s rinks; Jay Cullen’s rink best for the Creek. Tuggeranong defeated Belconnen 65-50 (2-1), Don Lauchland’s rink being the best performed on the day.  Final table top 4:  Yass (77) Weston Creek (67), Belconnen (58), City (55).
In Grade 4, Belconnen had a good win over Yowani 73-59 (2-1) with large rink score differences being the name of the game.  These two teams will play again in the minor semi.  Similarly, Queanbeyan and Tuggeranong had a practice run for the major semi when they played each other this week.  Queanbeyan came out on top 66-48 (2-1).  Tuggeranong will use this experience to try to reverse this result, without a doubt!   In the bottom of the table clash, Weston Creek took 12 points from Canberra 68-51. Final table top 4:  Queanbeyan (83), Tuggeranong (70), Yowani (66), Belconnen (64).
Grade 5 results were a mixed batch.  Yass rebounded from last week’s result just getting over the line against Canberra North 60-57 (1-2).  Norths 2 rinks effectively put an end to Queanbeyan’s run at the final 4.  Queanbeyan took 12 points from City (76-41) doing their utmost to make the 4 but were kept in fifth position by Canberra North.    Second placed QRSLM took two rinks from Canberra in their 68-43 win.  Bungendore took 2 rinks from Weston Creek but went down on the big board 53-63.  A big win to Mal Brown’s rink was the difference.  In the final match of the round, Tuggeranong just got the better of Belconnen defeating them 56-52 (2-1).  Final table top 4:  Yass (77), QRSLM (71), Tuggeranong (69), Canberra North (57).
NB: All grades’ final 4 are subject to player eligibility.
In the women’s’ grade, Canberra North finally got the win they’d been threatening to take all season when they stormed through QRSLM 46-28 (2-0).  They repeated the win the following day, again against QRSLM playing the washed out round 5 match.  This time the score was a more respectable 44-43 with the rinks shared.  Weston Creek had a good win over City taking both rinks 43-24.  Sharon Harmer’s rink was the best on the day.  Queanbeyan cemented the minor premiership with a 2 rink win over Belconnen 45-40.  This grade now splits in 2 with the top 3 teams playing of for the Grade 1 flag, and teams 4-6 playing off for the Grade 2 flag.   Queanbeyan therefore go straight into the Gd 1 Grand Final, with City and Weston Creek playing off for the honour of meeting  them.  Belconnen go straight into the Gd 2 Grand Final, with QRSLM and Canberra North meeting for the third consecutive time to fight for their grand final spot.