NO REAL SURPRISE TO SEE BELROSE WIN THEIR SECOND SUCCESSIVE SENIOR PAIRS


CRAWFORD AND TONY, CONSECUTIVE SENIOR WINNERS
Photograph:IAN GLOVER
I Glover, Sunday, 14 August 2016

                   BELROSE  PAIR  REPEAT  THE  DOSE

ALTHOUGH stranger things have happened in finals, defending Senior Pair's champions, Tony Taylor and Crawford Linton would in racing parlance, have been considered as "unbackable" and dead set certainties to take out the title for their second year as a combination. 

If any further justification is necessary for the above, visitors to Harbord's tiffy can find it quite tricky, particularly as it was getting along at a steady clip, 16-16.5 seconds according to Crawford, who thrives even more when greens are either dead slow or lightning fast.

While their grade 4 Mosman opponents, Bruce Atkins and Brian Spears have been around the traps long enough not to be over-awed by Crawford, it has to count for something, particularly as this was his fifth win and currently has a mortgage on this event. If that's not impressive enough, then look no further than his recent selection in the NSW senior side. He didn't exactly go into this event light on as Tony's regularly represents in the zone seniors and his name invariably appears among the winner's lists both locally and throughout the State. However, they may not have anticipated that Crawford would lead, which to some can be quite intimidating. 

Not surprisingly the role change proved to be the perfect combination, particularly as Crawford relishes the fact that he can control the game and Tony is more than comfortable playing skip.

Crawford invariably pulled the mat up as he revels in the minimum length and that equates to exactly the white bank line to the "T", which for many opposing leads can be set alarm bells ringing, particularly if the tiffy green is quickish, although he would have loved a decent tailwind. For those not accustomed to this tactic it can be quite a challenge.

Mosman defied the odds when they settled quicker than Belrose and led 9-6 on the 7th end, however this came to an abrupt halt when they dropped a "dreaded" 6, which effectively was the double whammy, as they continued to stay on 9 for the next six ends, no doubt due to the unsettling effect that normally follows when more than a handful of shots are dropped in one hit.

Once Crawford hits the front he seldom relinquishes it and without wishing to sound overly condescending, Mosman did well to keep within five or six shots until Belrose put their foot down on the 15th end and held it there to run out 29-14 winners.

It would have been very gratifying for the Mosman pair to see many of their fellow club members, both male and female who made that horrific weekend trek across the Spit Bridge to cheer on the popular pair. 

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MOSMAN'S BRIAN SPEAR AND BRUCE ATKINS, GRACIOUS IN DEFEAT
 
 
 


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