MONA VALE PRESENTS A NEW FACE AND CLINCHS A SPOT IN THE C. of C. SINGLE'S FINAL


MARK BLACKWOOD (Mona Vale)
Photograph:IAN GLOVER
I Glover, Monday, 29 August 2016

                       BRAD  PROVES  THE  THIRD  TIME

              LUCKY THEORY  A  FURPHY   

THE other C. of C. semi-final was a totally different game, which saw a newcomer to this event, Mark Blackwood (Mona Vale) play Avalon's Brad Landi (well who else, you may well ask), for the very good reason that it was Brad's third attempt in this event, and unfortunately his chance of clinching a final's berth was once again dashed. 

While it was Mark Blackwood who took the honours at his first attempt, he arrived very well credentialled for one very good reason. If you can snare a club single's at Mona Vale you've done extremely well. 

Mona Vale's membership may have diminished over time, however the quality in the top grade is very high, and from all accounts next season is guaranteed to sky rocket.   

In this game they they really slugged it out, more particularly in the early stages. And while Mark always had his nose in front, albeit only narrowly, Brad kept right on his hammer until the 17th end.

Then the game took a dramatic change for Brad, who found himself on 12 and Mark slowly edging away with ones until he picked up a four, which understandably put Brad well and truly on the back foot.

So much so he remained there, only to see Mark draw away and set up a nearly unattainable lead, so it was only in the closing ends that Brad was able to break the trend and add a couple ones.

"I lost my line on the narrow hand with the wind change, which meant you only had to be a fraction wide and the bowl refused to turn," said Brad.

Both players acknowledged that Harbord's tiffy green was in great shape, but it was the wind that became a real challenge.

Brad doesn't appear to be someone who would be deterred by such vagaries as the wind and with an ounce of luck, will be back next year to break the hoodoo and make it four times lucky.  

Many Harbord members experience similar problems and find the problem isn't as acute on the old Greenlees Couch greens, however they also realise it's a matter of   them coming to terms with the tiff. As Harbord have renegotiated their sponsorship, all zone championships will be held there for at least the next three years.  

                

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