Round 2 Pennant Wrap

by Bowls ACT on February 13, 2019

A shorter “Wrap” this week with round byes to both the grade 1 men and the women due to representative commitments.

Grade 2 sees WC and Belconnen pull away as the only two teams to have won both their matches so far.  [On that note, did you know that you can see total shots for and against by switching between the options on the “Basic/Detailed” button on the “Ladder” tab? – not sure whether this works on all phones, but certainly on tablet and desktop!]  Belconnen were at home to QRSLM and defeated them by mere 4 shots.  However, there were big rink scores to get that way.  Neil Craven’s (QRSL) rink had another great win, offset by John Bice’s (B) and David Gallagher (B).  Final score Belc 62, QRSL 58 (2-1).  WC had a big win over Norths, with ‘Spider’ Monfries doing the most damage with his 25 shot rink win.  Bruce Waugh’s rink (WC) also had a good win, with Steve Cottle (CN) taking 2 points for his side.  Final score WC 71, CN 37 (2-1). In another close game, Queanbeyan also coming home victorious by 4 shots when they hosted Tuggeranong.  This time, however, all rinks were close.  Final score Qbn 57, Tugg 53 (2-1). So, after two rounds, the Skips Ladder (if the rinks have been aligned correctly – don’t get me started!) B Waugh (WC) is on top closely followed by N Craven (QRSL) and J Bice (B) all with 4 from 2.

In Grade 3, Goulburn had another good 3 rink win, this time over Weston Creek. Hayden Ward and his rink was again ‘best on ground’ with a 33 shot win.  Final score Gbn 77, WC 33 (3-0).  Tuggeranong were too good for their visitors from Yass, winning 2 rinks and drawing the other.  Alan Naughton’s (T) rink was the one that did the most damage with a 12 shot win.  Final score Tug 69, Yass 50 (2.5 – 0.5)  The wins to Goulburn and Tuggeranong see them sitting at the top, the only teams with two wins from two.  The final match in the grade was a draw between Canberra and Yowani.  They each took one rink by one shot, and drew the other – it doesn’t get much closer than that, lads!  Final score Can 57, Yow 57 (1.5-1.5).  In the Skips Ladder (the bain of my life!) two of the top three are from Goulburn, with Alan Naughton (T) being the other.  Round 3 sees Goulburn vs Tuggeranong so the ladders will have some changes!

In Grade 4, Canberra North took revenge for their colleagues’ loss last week by defeating QRSL. The CN Owls have Murray Sutherland’s rink to thank for that, as their other two rinks went down!  New-to-QRSL, Colin Cassidy had the best rink result for the Diggers.  Final score CN 62, QRSL 55 (1-2).  In Belconnen’s other home match of the round they defeated WC by 2 and a half rinks.  Good rink wins to Stephen Young and Owen Stephenson’s rinks, whereas it was the Pat Canny (B) vs Ian Vandenburgh (WC) rink that had the draw giving WC one point.  Final score Belc 68, WC 44 (2.5 – 0.5).  In the other match of the round, Queanbeyan became the only team to post its second win, defeating Tuggeranong on all rinks.  David Van Resch’s rink was the best rink win, but all three skips had pleasing r4esults!  Final score Qbn 76, Tug 38 (3-0).  Queanbeyan sits alone at the top of the table with 24 points (a perfect score!), followed by Belconnen and WC equal on 13 points.  The Skips ladder, understandably, has all three Queanbeyan skips on with 4 points for two games, with Belconnen’s Steve Young also in the mix.  This week coming, Belconnen are at home to Queanbeyan so this match promises to be a biggie!

In Grade 5, Goulburn made the trek to Tuggeranong returning victorious with a strong 2 rink win.  Jouko Karjalainen’s rink was again the best performed rink for Goulburn with a 21 shot win.  Tuggeranong’s Brian Higgins would be pleased with his rinks win too! Final score Tugg 53, Gbn 66 (1-2).  Bungendore were unable to keep their winning streak going when they were at home to Yass.  There wasn’t much in it, however, with all rinks being close.  [completely unrelated, but RIP, Rexy. ]  Final score Bung 52, Yass 56 (1-2).  QRSLM retained its unbeaten record with a strong, 3 rink win over Yowani.  Peter Schofield and Micky White both had big rink wins whereas the remaining rink was significantly closer.  Final score QRSL 71, Yow 40 (3-0).  Last but not least, another draw – this time between Queanbeyan at home to Belconnen.  Queanbeyan took 7 points with their two rink win, but all rinks were close.  Final score Qbn 62, Bel 62 (2-1).  Canberra North had the bye this week.  QRSLM and Goulburn are on top of the table with two wins from two.  6 players on the skips ladder have won both rinks from both games but Michael White from QRSL has the best shots difference.