WR Engineering Pennant Wrap Round 6

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Round 6 – 11 Mar 2018
Round 6 of the WR Engineering Pennants was a bye round for Men’s grades 1 & 2 and the Women’s grade.  (In case you’re wondering why, which many seemed to, this is because they have a different number of teams in those grades, requiring fewer matches needing to be played.  It was logical to have them not play on the long weekend.) 

For many involved in Pennants this weekend, it was a difficult day following the news late last week of the passing of QRSLM player Alex Braakman.  Alex was well known throughout the bowls community but especially in the two Queanbeyan Clubs and Bungendore.  There were various gestures made in his memory, and I thank those clubs for the dignified way they handled this emotional situation. Check back here for funeral details as they are released.
M Round 6 – 11 Mar 2018
Round 6 of the WR Engineering Pennants was a bye round for Men’s grades 1 & 2 and the Women’s grade.  (In case you’re wondering why, which many seemed to, this is because they have a different number of teams in those grades, requiring fewer matches needing to be played.  It was logical to have them not play on the long weekend.)  
For many involved in Pennants this weekend, it was a difficult day following the news late last week of the passing of QRSLM player Alex Braakman.  Alex was well known throughout the bowls community but especially in the two Queanbeyan Clubs and Bungendore.  There were various gestures made in his memory, and I thank those clubs for the dignified way they handled this emotional situation. Check back here for funeral details as they are released.
Men’s Grade 3
This round saw the first of the ‘return’ matches of the home and away series.  At QRSLM, the Diggers picked up 11 points with a good win over Goulburn, winning on two rinks and drawing the other.  Neil Craven had the best rink win 38-15.  Goulburn’s Hayden Ward led his rink to a draw but that was enough to see him go to the top of the skips ladder for this week! FS 81-57 (11-1).  With a “so-much-for-home-ground-advantage” result, Tuggeranong defeated WC on their turf this time around although with a much tighter margin.  Best performed rink, Dale Budnick’s. FS 60-69 (1-2).  Out at Yass, the lads from the country had another win over Yowani, this time by only 6 shots – Yowani taking one rink from Yass.  FS 66-60 (2-1).  The top four teams (1-4) WC, Tugg, Yass and QRSL are only separated by 3 points overall making this grade anyone’s!
Men’s Grade 4 
In the first of 2 draws for Goulburn this weekend, Goulburn and Canberra had a 58 all draw.  The home side (Gbn) won one game and lost the other two. The results of the big board were not final till the last end of the day when Goulburn won one point. This was after some controversy where a bowl was inadvertently stopped by an opposition player and as a result it was replayed and Goulburn scored one point which was needed for the draw. Harold Price (Gbn) was the pick of the days skips winning his rink 29-9.  FS 58-58 (1-2).  Over at Tuggeranong, Alan Taylor returned to the greens after injury but couldn’t quite get up on his rink.  Ben Griffiths was the one who posted a good 15 shot win for his rink (apologies to both teams for earlier comments but I can only go on what is submitted!) .  John Beaumont caught some lovely fish……I wonder if he kept some for the selectors!  Lol! FS 68-49 (2-1).   In the remaining match of the grade, Queanbeyan defeated City on the synthetic at Canberra (where all City home games will now be played).  Darryl Peters had a good 13 shot win for his rink but Ben McLennan won the match when he snagged a 4 on the last end, taking his rink to a 1 shot victory.  FS 57-63 (1-2).
Men’s Grade 5
Over in the northern suburbs, Belconnen had a big board draw with QRSLM.  QRSL took the majority of points, however, by winning 2 of the rinks.  Bob Bryant had a good win for the Diggers, whereas Stephen Young was the best performed Belco skip.  FS 60-60 (1-2).  Yowani had a close one over Yass at Yass, with Phil Beggs’s rink being the decider with a 12 shot win.  The other rinks, one apiece, were both close.  FS 53-66 (1-2)  Finally, Tuggeranong defeated Canberra North by 3 shots overall, Murray Holgate’s big rink win for Norths not being enough to counter the rinks wins to Tuggeranong’s Scott Smith and Garry Goodman.  FS 58-55 (2-1). Belconnen’s Stephen Young sits 2 points ahead on the skips ladder but on the one that actually matters (!!), Yowani tops the ladder followed by Tugg, Yass and QRSL.
Men’s Grade 6
Over at Queanbeyan, the maroons were just too strong on 2 rinks (skips Tony Marceddo & William Maroney) defeating City by 9 and 21 shots respectively.  Gary Barron’s rink win gave the City chaps 2 points, which helps to keep them in the top 4, with Goulburn snapping at their heals in 5th place!  FS 70-44 (2-1).   Tuggeranong sixers gave the club a clean sweep (albeit with only 4 grades playing!) when they defeated WC by a mere 4 shots.  Jeffery Richard’s rink was the best performed on the day with a 6 shot win.  FS 59-63 (1-2) Out in glorious Bungendore, Goulburn had to battle the sounds of the magpies and the smell of the snags on the barbie when it took on the boys from the bush.  With a player short on one rink, Bungendore couldn’t counter the efforts of Michael Argents rink, but a win to Tony Noble and a rink draw for Jack Marquet and Michael Watts, saw the points shared.  FS 59-59 (1.5-1.5) Jeff Richards (Tugg) leads the skips ladder with an unblemished 10 points from 5 games!  (Totally unrelated to this report, but nice to note anyway, Logan Watts (playing in the Goulburn team), Brock Edwards for Bungendore and Harvey McAlister in the Queanbeyan team all fronted up to pennant after impressing the junior coaches at training that morning – top stuff lads!)   

  
Round 6 Men’s Skip Ladder (points/shot difference)
Grade 1 Scott Dagwell (QBN) 8 / 34
Grade 2 Bruce Waugh (WC) 6 / 33
Grade 3 Hayden Ward (Gbn) 7 / 7
Grade 4 Ben Griffiths (Tugg) 8 / 34
Grade 5 Stephen Young (Belc) 8 / 13
Grade 6 Jeffery Richards Tugg) 10/43

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