INCLEMENT WEATHER A FACTOR IN THE ZONE MIXED PAIR'S FINALS


TOP OF THE MIXED POPS FOR THE DOUBLE 'J's '
I Glover, Sunday, 15 November 2015

 

WHILE water is absolutely essential in green maintainance, most bowlers would prefer if it's timing could be better regulated, however there are a minority who revel in wet conditions, as their bowls appear to grow web feet.

The heavy downpour brought the semi finals of the zone mixed pairs to a stand still, which couldn't have occurred at a more inopportune time, particularly as both games were at the critical three-quarter stage, with all four sides a chance of a final's berth.  

Endeavouring to complete the end in drenching conditions, rather than run for cover and have to replay the end, one side drop a dreaded six. If you're the recipient then it's quite acceptable, however for the (dropee's?), it's the way the cookie crumbles. Particularly as your opponents, who are obviously holding shot/s, are hardly likely to agree to hightail it.  

The eventual finalists were Jan Newell and Jim Dowd (Harbord) who defeated Norths' Anne and Steve Coleman, and another Norths' side, Emma Brown and Kenta Treacher, who played well enough to beat the Turramurra pairing of Elizabeth Blackwell and Ken Wallis.

Harbord led 10-6 after nine ends, while the biggest margin of the game was indicative of the high standard played by both sides, particularly by Norths', who were finally rewarded with a four on the 15th end, which put them only one shot behind and were coming home under a full sail.

There was nothing between either lead who gave their skips a great start.

While Jan, with her huge experience in the highest level of the game (represented the State in the seniors) had a slight edge over her opponent as third, Emma (a member of her club's victorious fours side the previous day) who by comparison is a relative newcomer to the game, played some extraordinary shots, either converting heads or drawing a close second.

On the rare occasions she was off target, Kenta either drew or drove, the latter with pin point accuracy, which augurs well for next week's foray at the Asia-Pacific Games in Wellington N.Z., who together with Masako and Hank Sato, Hiroko and Ken Emura will represent Japan.

While Kenta may have been on the backfoot on many ends, the unflappable Jim Dowd (who also has compiled an enviable bowl's record over many years), excelled in the draw shot department. Time and again he drew Harbord out of trouble, and it's doubtful if he had to fire a shot in anger at any stage of proceedings.

Not surprisingly the game went down to the wire, with Norths' requiring a three on the last end to square the match and force an extra end.

However, Harbord covered all bases, and despite Kenta playing some "get out from under shots", both he and Emma bowed out graciously to Jan and Jim, whose combined experience possibly gave them just that slight edge.

This prestigious 20-16 win completed a double, having won the Harbord mixed pairs a week earlier. 

 

Some people relish statistics, while others can please themselves:

Two Asquith men take the honours for introducing two of their junior members, Amber Thornhill (reached the quarter finals with Mark Davern) and Louise Cronin who led for Tony Macri to this event, with hopefully more juniors next year.

There were 39 sides this year compared with 23 in 2014.

Whether rule change, which restricts the event to ladies who are members of clubs within the zone 9 boundaries had any bearing on the remarkable increase is entirely a matter of opinion.   

 

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RUNNER'S UP, EMMA BROWN and KENTA TREACHER

SEMI FINALISTS, ELIZABETH BLACKHOUSE and KEN WALLIS

SEMI FINALISTS, ANNE and STEVE COLEMAN
 
 
 


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