CHAMPION OF CHAMPION PAIR'S FINAL PLUS PICTORIAL GALLERY


NORTHS' CREATE BACK TO BACK C. of C. RECORD
I Glover, Sunday, 27 August 2017

 

NORTHS'  GO  BACK  TO  BACK IN

                CHAMPION  OF  CHAMPION  PAIR'S  FINAL  

 

THIS year's champion of club champion final proved to be one of the closest and longest (4.5 hours) finals when the St Ive's pair of Wilson Cheng and Fred Alexander put it to defending champions Gerard Kebourian and Kenta Treacher, that if they were to retain the title, they would make them do it the hard way.

That would have been the furthest thing in the Norths' pair's minds after they picked up a six on the second end, however they were quickly brought back to earth when the Saints countered with a four, followed by a two and led 9-6 after four ends.

Then Norths' commenced the most bizarre scoring sequence imaginable which resembled more of a day/nighter at the S.C.G. than a bowl's final.

Over the following six ends they scored three 4's and a single to lead 18-13, while the Saints picked up the crumbs. 

From then on both sides settled down on Harbord's TV green, two rinks out from the pit which ran true as plus every bit of 16 seconds.

Heavy breathing from both sides was stronger than the intermittent zephyr, the exact opposite to the previous week during the semi finals.

Despite the near perfect conditions, it would be fair to say and both sides would agree, that far too many loose bowls were delivered by all concerned, although when in serious trouble, Kenta had no hesitation in resorting to his accurate driving, which resulted in him notching a minimum of least six kills to his already over-laden driving belt.  

The Saints had finally settled into the game and looked comfortable which was reflected in their game when they rattled off two singles, followed by two 2's and squared the game at 22 all with three ends to play.

By this time the Harbord social hordes were winding up and had lined the bank, with some of "experts" not quite believing the score as it hadn't followed their predicted script. 

The atmosphere and silence on the bank was reflected in the tension on the player's faces, partly due to the late arrival of the wind and no doubt exacerbated by the shadows on one end of the green, which took the edge off the pace and consequently resulted in too many short bowls, due to both sides inability to compensate.

On the 19th end the Saints picked up a two to lead 24-22, then Norths' followed with a one and instantly both the tension and the standard of bowls rose in similar proportions

However, Fred's demeanour remained calm and composed throughout, quite possibly due to having been down a similar track on many previous occasions and showed in him producing some huge saving bowls.

While Wilson gave him immeasurable support, it was repaid in full by Fred's encouragement, who would have been very aware of Gerry's ability in the lead and third position, plus the bonus of a very seasoned campaigner in the tactical department.   

Norths' picked up a one shot with an end to play with the Saint's one shot up.

Gerry's experience surfaced at the most critical stage when he threw a three-quarter end (enabling a kill if warranted) which also suited Norths' who held three shots which remained undisturbed until Fred went to the mat.

While Kenta covered the back, Fred played a little under-weighted bowl which subsequently crossed the head.

While it's so easy for those on the bank to opinionise, he then changed hands and played a huge draw shot which, as they say "if only" had rolled another turn would have resulted in an umpire's decision for shot and game.

Congratulations to all for a great final and to Norths' who created a new record as the first back-to-back zone winners in this event and best wishes in the State play offs.

                  FINAL SCORE: NORTHS' 25 defeated ST IVES 24

       (TO ENLARGE, CLICK ON PHOTOS WHICH COVER BOTH SEMI AND FINALS) 

 

 


FRED ALEXANDER and WILSON CHENG (ST IVES)

WILSON CHENG (ST IVES)

AFTER THE BALL . . . FRED, WILSON, KENTA, GERRY

KENTA . . . HOW LOW CAN YOU GO?

FRED ALEXANDER . . . CLASSIC DELIVERY

GERRY KEBOURIAN . . . NOTE THE FINGER

WILSON CHENG (ST IVES) . . . LOOKS THE GOODS

GERRY KEBOURIAN . . . NOTE THE FINGER THIS TIME

ONE END REMAINING AND DOESN'T GET MUCH CLOSER . . .

KENTA IN DRIVING MODE . . .

MAL FAIRLIE (HARBORD)

FRED ALEXANDER (ST IVES)

WILSON CHENG (ST IVES)

GERARD KEBOURIAN (NORTHS')

ROSS STEVENS (HARBORD)

KENTA TREACHER (NORTHS')

MATT BLACKBURN (HARBORD)

CRAWFORD LINTON (BELROSE)
 
 
 


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