POSITIONAL FINAL BOWL SECURES THE 3's FLAG FOR THE PELICANS


PITTWATER PELICANS LATE TAKE OFF TAKE OUT THE 3's FLAG
Photograph:IAN GLOVER
I Glover, Saturday, 27 May 2017

 

BACK ROW: ALBY HOMER, PETER ROBINSON, GREG HOBSON (reserve), ALISTAIR BARTROP, DAVID SCOTTER, GREG PARSONS.    MIDDLE ROW: MURRAY BLACKMAN, SCOTT SHEPPARD, CHRIS WARD, PETER WARD, NORM CALTHORPE (reserve).     FRONT ROW: ADAM GARRICK, NIGEL HILTON, CHRIS CHRISTENSON (manager) 

 

PITTWATER  WAITED  11-YEARS

  (AND  RACING  PULSE  RATES) 

      TO  SNATCH  ANOTHER  3'S  FLAG   

SIMILAR to their neighbours just down the road, Pittwater RSL have been knocking on the door since 2002 to give that flag a mate, although at the halfway mark it certainly didn't appear very promising.

Dee Why were another side who jumped out early and by 30 ends had set up a 12 shot lead and playing with deserved confidence. Due no doubt to the bowling credentials of their team, several who are currently or have represented the zone or won similar championships.  

By the 51st end Dee Why had set a commanding 13 shot lead and had firmed into 3's pennant flag favourites, while Pittwater certainly wouldn't have be happy with aspects of their game and appeared to lack any real confidence.

Obviously something happened (in the writer's absence) over the ensuing five ends and Pittwater pulled back to be only five shots behind and were well and truly back in the game.

Things really hotted up as both sides settled down for a dog fight finish, particularly as Pittwater were four shots in front with two ends remaining.

With two rinks finished and Dee Why holding shot and a possible three thirds. Their big hope was for the jack to be sliced which would force a draw and an extra end. 

Pittwater's skip, Scotty Sheppard had a prolonged discussion with his third, Chris Ward, and agreed that this was very much a possibility, so Sheppo subsequently placed a perfect catcher, behind and slightly to the side of the head.

In the meantime a slightly more than gentle nor' westerly had arrived which held Dee Why's John Courtney's first bowl was slightly off the mark. However, he played a slightly weighted shot with his second, which on the way down appeared could have resulted in a reprieve for his side. It was a great pressure bowl, however the angle of impact was so delicate that the monkey went through the only gap in the head, right into the waiting arms of Pittwater's aforesaid catcher.

FINAL SCORE: Pittwater 60 def. Dee Why 56.      

 PITTWATER PELICANS are somewhere around Maitland for the State play offs where it only floods every 50 years, so they should be safe.    

 

           

 

                          

BACK ROW: JOHN COURTNEY, BRIAN STELLING, GREG FRYER, DARRYL COLLINS, NIGEL DANIEL, CHRIS ENG, STEVE MACKIN, SHANE MORRIS.    FRONT ROW: MATTHEW HOLMES, BOB JONES, JOHN BOREHAM, WARREN GREEN (sub).  (MISSING TONY KING)

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DEE WHY LOOKED THE GOODS AT THE HALFWAY MARK
 
 
 


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