WR Engineering Pennant Wrap Round 10

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Round 10 14/15 April 2018
Grade 1 – City played their last ever Grade 1 pennant match at Weston Creek and nearly had themselves a fairy tale ending.  In front for 2/3’s of the match, City could not hold out the Creekers, renowned for their finishing prowess.  Frankly, I was too absorbed by the talent to note who played well and who didn’t so nobody gets a special mention!  FS 68-50 (3-0)  Out at Yass, the boys from the bush threw everything they had at Canberra, needing to win all three rinks to save their finals chances.  And win they did!  Best on ground was Breeze Howard’s rink winning by 33 shots. I heard on the grapevine that the score didn’t do the Canberra chaps justice – with a lot of good bowls played.  FS 85-34 (3-0).  Tuggeranong had a shots draw, but took 2 rinks to give them the major points.  Neither team will have another appearance this season.  FS 57-57 (1-2).  In the final match of the round, second placed QRSLM met their neighbours Qbn and came away with 12 points.  Robert Craven had his mojo back and had the best of the wins, but Mark Ebsworth’s rink also added significantly to the total, thanks to a handy 7 on the last end.  There’s a reasonable chance these two teams might meet again before the year is out and I predict a closer score next time!  FS 70-43 (3-0).  So, no surprises there with WC taking out the minor premiership and securing the home ground advantage.  They will play QRSLM in the major semi whereas Queanbeyan take on Yass in the sudden death semi.  Both matches at WC from 12:30 Saturday. Round 10 14/15 April 2018
Grade 1 – City played their last ever Grade 1 pennant match at Weston Creek and nearly had themselves a fairy tale ending.  In front for 2/3’s of the match, City could not hold out the Creekers, renowned for their finishing prowess.  Frankly, I was too absorbed by the talent to note who played well and who didn’t so nobody gets a special mention!  FS 68-50 (3-0)  Out at Yass, the boys from the bush threw everything they had at Canberra, needing to win all three rinks to save their finals chances.  And win they did!  Best on ground was Breeze Howard’s rink winning by 33 shots. I heard on the grapevine that the score didn’t do the Canberra chaps justice – with a lot of good bowls played.  FS 85-34 (3-0).  Tuggeranong had a shots draw, but took 2 rinks to give them the major points.  Neither team will have another appearance this season.  FS 57-57 (1-2).  In the final match of the round, second placed QRSLM met their neighbours Qbn and came away with 12 points.  Robert Craven had his mojo back and had the best of the wins, but Mark Ebsworth’s rink also added significantly to the total, thanks to a handy 7 on the last end.  There’s a reasonable chance these two teams might meet again before the year is out and I predict a closer score next time!  FS 70-43 (3-0).  So, no surprises there with WC taking out the minor premiership and securing the home ground advantage.  They will play QRSLM in the major semi whereas Queanbeyan take on Yass in the sudden death semi.  Both matches at WC from 12:30 Saturday.
Grade 2 – In the top of the table clash, WC met Belconnen on the blustery number 2 green, getting up by 4 shots.  Terry McInnes’s rink had a good win whereas once again, John Bice’s rink dominated for Belco.  A win in all rinks would have been enough to snatch the minor premiership title from WC but it was not to be.  Now, the Creekers go straight to the GF and Belco and Queanbeyan battle it out for the right to play WC.  This match will be played at Belconnen, on Sunday.  (NB: due to being only a four team grade, there are no Saturday semi-finals).  FS 58-52 (2-1)  Queanbeyan also had a 4 shot win, this time against Norths.  Josh McLennan’s rink was the best for Qbn, whereas Mort Schipp’s rink shined for Norths.  FS 56-52 (2-1).

Grade 3 – Goulburn had a morale boosting win against Yowani to round off their season.  With 2 rink wins and draw, Goulburn’s Hayden Ward and John Ensby both skipped good wins.  FS 43-61 (.5 – 2.5)  Top placed Weston Creek played host to QRSLM and took 2 rinks for a 19 shot overall win.  As on the rinks beside them, the scores were close until the final third of the match when WC broke away.  FS 61-42 (2-1).  Tuggeranong travelled to Yass and came home victorious after a 1 rink win.  Brian Smith’s rink made the difference with the other two being fairly close.  FS 53-57 (2-1).  Weston Creek makes it three in a row for the Minor Premierships, earning them the right to host their match against Tuggeranong next Saturday.  QRSLM take on Yass in the sudden death semi.
Grade 4 –Like their grade 3 teammates, Goulburn finished their season with a sweet 2 rink win over Queanbeyan.  This time Joe Gray’s rink was the best on ground.  Darryl Peter’s rink gave Queanbeyan their only points.  FS 61-49 (2-1)  Tuggeranong had a 5 shot, 1 rink win against Canberra.  Ben Griffiths (if the skips are correctly aligned!) was the best performed skip but I must make an honourable mention of John Beaumont, in case he lets me come fishing with him….! It is probably small consolation but Ken Dowrick and Keith Pickard finish their City Pennant history with rink wins. FS 65-60 (1-2)  Weston Creek defeated Canberra on all three rinks, albeit not by many.   However, it was enough to leapfrog the Creekers into the Major Semi much to the disappointment of the Canberra lads.  FS 52-66 (0-3).  Not surprisingly, with a record 78 point total, Tuggeranong are the Minor Premiers, earning them the hosting rights against WC.  Canberra and Queanbeyan will also make the trek down south on Saturday.  
Grade 5 – Canberra North put paid to any hope Yowani had of making the finals when they defeated them by 9 shots.  This match also puts paid to any chance I had of photographing Lachlan Chislett this year, but them’s the breaks…!)  Keith Groves and Rob Horner both skipped good rink wins.  FS 67-49 (2-1)  Tuggeranong was at home to QRSLM and thanks to a mammoth win by Garry Goodman’s rink, took the major points.  This win elevated them to the major semi, at the expense of Belconnen.  FS 59-50 (2-1)  Yass defeated Belconnen on 2 rinks and now get to play them again in the sudden death semi – this time without the home ground advantage.  Best rink for Belco was Greig Ryan’s, and for Yass, Matt Waters’s.  FS 62-51 (2-1)  This grade’s semi’s will be played at QRSLM where they meet Tuggeranong, and where Yass play Belco.  Although they still have some tough matches ahead of them, congratulations to Yass, QRSLM, Qbn and WC who have all their teams making an appearance in the finals. 
In Grade 6, Bungendore made the trip to Weston Creek where they notched up a 2 rink win – giving them the game and the minor premiership. Brock Edwards skipped another winning rink but honourable mention goes to Kane Bull for his consistent performance.  Jack Marquet also continues to show Dad how it’s done….. !!!  FS 52-61 (1-2).  City’s Grade 6 side finished the year with the best of the Club’s result – with a 3 shot, 1 and a half rink win over Tuggeranong.  William Wright had the best result for City, and John Southwell for Tuggeranong.  FS53-56 (1.5 – 1.5)  Queanbeyan’s Tony Marceddo scored more than half the shots in his sides 2 rink win over Goulburn.  Dennis Forbes was the winning Goulburn skip.  FS 83-45 (2-1)  The good season finish gives Bungendore their first ever Minor Premiership and the right to host the semi.  They take on Tuggeranong in the major semi, with Queanbeyan to play City in the sudden death semi – at a venue to be confirmed.  
Congratulations to all those who have made it to the semi finals – and commiserations to those who’s season has come to an end.  It was an historic season – the first for Goulburn as part of the Bowls ACT family and although they haven’t made any finals, they showed promise of things to come.  It was also a sad one, as we say good bye to the entity that was Canberra City Bowls Club.  We know their players will still be around, but just no longer in the City colours.  I won’t be surprised if City boasts the biggest crowd of all the semi matches! 
Women’s Grade
QRSLM went down to Qbn Blue by the smallest of margins, a five on the last end sealing the rink win for Nerrida Black’s rink by 3.  There was but a one shot difference on the other rink.  Queanbeyan Blue might now be rueing those dropped shots of earlier games as they missed out on making the grade 2 final four, equal on points but with a one shot worse difference to that of the combined Norths/Yass team.  FS 42-46 (0-2)  Belconnen’s strong 2 rink win over Queanbeyan Gold gave them enough points to leap over City to take out 3rd place in the Grade 1 top 4.  Helena Megee was the skip of the day with a 26 shot win.  FS 19-55 (0-2)  In the near-shock of the round, Weston Creek had their feathers ruffled by a determined City, with the wildcats sneaking over the line by 1 shot only.  The rinks were shared, with Ruth Moore getting up for the City team and Margaret Bacchetto for the Wildcats.  FS 42-41 (1-1)   City welcomed Lexie Webster back to the team, replacing an unwell Bev Dowrick.  Canberra defeated the combined Norths/Yass women, sharing the rinks.  Helen Eggins’s rink again put in a great performance whereas Spud Scott’s rink also shared good form.  FS 39-44 (1-1)  Tuggeranong worked themselves back onto the winners podium with a good win over Norths Green.  Gillian Harris-Mayes had a spectacular 30 shot win, whereas Shane Woodburn’s rink ensured Norths took 2 points.  FS 58-33 (1-1).  
As scheduled, the women’s grade now splits into 2 with the top 4 teams making up the new Grade 1, and the next 4 making up the new Grade 2.  So this coming weekend’s finals will see Wes ton Creek take on Tuggeranong in the major semi; Belconnen take on City in the Minor semi.  Both matches to be played at Weston Creek with an earlier start time of 9:30.  In the new Grade 2, QRSLM takes on Norths Green and Canberra takes on Norths red/Yass, both games at QRSLM, again at the earlier start time of 9:30.  With a number of players available after a few weeks off, and several others not available, the finals will be a whole new ballgame for many teams!  Good luck to all!
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