THE FIRST FLAG FOR A COMPOSITE TEAM


NEUTRAL BAY/ NORTHS' . . . 'A HAPPY MARRIAGE'
I Glover, Sunday, 28 May 2017

       BACK: RON TEBBUTT, BILL GIFFEN, PAUL DWYER, PAUL McDONALD, KEVIN GOLSBY, BRYAN BESLY, STEVE MABBOTT

 FRONT: GERRY JOHNSTON, PHIL SLADE, GEOFF GREEN, GEORGE KALESS, DEAN SAUNDERS, (missing) RON MACKSON 

 

HISTORY  IN  THE  MAKING . .

THE combined Neutral Bay/North Sydney 7's side made zone 9 history when they won the grade 7 flag in what can only be described as the most nail biting finish over the entire weekend.

Equally important is that many of the players were given the opportunity of being involved in pennants for the entire season, rather than sitting on the reserve bench in the hope of getting a run in a higher grade or filling their Saturday afternoons with a couple of others playing social bowls.

For some of the side it may well be their first zone flag which they may have never considered a possibility at the start of the season. 

Manly had the luxury of having played their first game on Saturday, whereas for NBN it meant playing two games in one day, which for some may have been more a test of endurance and the associated pressure, rather than bowling ability.

There was nothing between the sides early in the game, then Manly broke away to lead by 14 shots after 26 ends.

The margin between the sides was much the same until the 50th end, when NBN broke back to lead 52-47 and gave every indication of making a game out it.

As the crowd swelled and became unusually vocal, both sides went hammer and tong over the ensuing ends and with four ends left to play, NBN looked home (well their supporters believed it).

However, Manly's skips had experienced much the same pressure over the years and played some magnificent shots and pegged NBN 's lead back to only two shots the difference.

The NBN skips also showed bowling skills far in excess of what's generally the accepted standard in grade 7 and in one instance, played perfect weight to turn a Manly toucher and shot bowl out and take it's exact spot.

The final score of Neutral Bay/ North Sydney 60 def. Manly 59 . . .  says it all, particularly as NBN had only one winning  rink win in both games.  

The State play offs are Engadine or thereabouts. 

                                    MANLY:

BACK ROW: JOE QUITTNER, ALLAN OLD (manager), FRED McKENZIE, STEVE GRANT,

KEVIN KILBRIDE, JASON HARDMAN, (missing TREVOR WOOLLEY)

MIDDLE ROW: BARRY ROTHWELL, TIM BOURKE, CHRIS HAWKINS

FRONT ROW: FRANK POSTLE, ROD MOORE, ROY ANDERSON, RAY JEFFS

 

 

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RUNNER'S UP, MANLY 7's . . . HOW CLOSE CAN YOU GO?

THE SIGN BOARD SAYS IT ALL . . .
 
 
 


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