Photograph:IAN GLOVER
I Glover, Monday, 29 August 2016


                     A  TEST  OF  ENDURANCE    

SUCCESSFUL singles players are unquestionably a breed of their own, which may account for many club single's champions drawing the line at competing at the next level, more particularly if they're aware of the indignity, humiliation and loneliness that can occur when competing at zone level.

One of the biggest factors that come into question is endurance, which many ageing bowlers are totally unaware of as the majority of club single's are spread over weeks or in some cases months..

The luck of the draw in the C. of C. often gives older bowlers a false sense of their physical capabilities, particularly if their early rounds are easy and quick, however lining up again the next morning, regardless of rain, hail or shine and invariably against a more formidable opponent, also raises aspects of a more personal nature such as muscles and bones that were previously dormant.

No better illustration of the above was more evident than in one of this year champion of champion single's semi final, which determined that Adam Moody (Belrose) will play Mark Blackwood (Mona Vale) in the final on the 24th September.

Firstly it would be reasonable to assume that both these player's ages would be closer to 30 than 40, and it's also worth mentioning that they both play in their respective club's top grades and are accustomed to tiffy greens. This, if for no other reason brings us to the only logical conclusion, single's is a young man's game, with one proviso, there's always exceptions to the rule.

To be totally honest, the score in Adam Moody's semi final win over Turramurra's Geoff Hamilton was in no way a reflection of the standard of Hammo's game, in fact he played well, although he would be adament and insist he can play better. It was a classic example of the old adage, "you can only play as well as your opponent will allow you".

Moods is an entirely different breed to your average club bowler. After the first few ends he leaves you in no doubt that he intends to win and doesn't hesitate to demonstrate his vicious streak . . . the full blooded drive. Throwing caution to the wind and regardless of possible consequences, if an opposing bowl is holding him up from scoring either the shot or multiples, he doesn't hesitate to fire, with may I add, invariably deadly accuracy. 

While this approach to singles is now typical of most top bowlers, it can also be disastrous if things are slightly of target. However, Moods has this wonderful ability to come back to a delicate draw after firing off a sound-breaking drive, in fact he has all the attributes necessary to join the ranks of the aforesaid top bowlers. 

Hammo was first on the board but that was it until the 10th end when he scored a two, followed by a second two. Four ends later he grabbed another two, however with the board showing 26-7 it was a fait accompli with generous compliments post game for Moods.

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