NORTHS - RESERVE TRIPLES' WINNERS


NORTHS, ZONE 9 RESERVE TRIPLES WINNERS: PHIL HEATH, NATHAN GABRIELSEN, IAN READ
Photograph:IAN GLOVER
I Glover, Sunday, 4 February 2018

 

NORTHS'  YOUNG  GUNS  HIT  A

             BULL'S  EYE  IN  THE  RESERVE  FINAL

FOR a relatively small club, Norths' Bears have a very impressive record in their top grade, although for what ever reason there was no joy this year. However, their bottom feeders, i.e. President Reserve players have always excelled in this department and this year was no exception. 

The side comprised of two young guns, Nathan Gabrielsen (skip) and Phil Heath plus the steadying influence of Norths' presidento, Ian Read and deserved their hard fought win over a strong Harbord side the week before. 

They continued to impress in the Reserve final against the Warraee side of Warwick Davis, Malcolm Kirby and Jamie Hancock (skip), although they certainly didn't have it all their own way, which is the way a final should be.

What made this final more impressive than in previous years were the huge number of supporters, which gave the main event on the opposite side of the green a run for their money.

For some it may well have been their initial visit to a bowls final, which was evidenced by their quiet demeanour, as if they had been counselled in bowl's spectator etiquette prior to the game.

While this is of course is nonsense, quite the opposite occurs in State pennant finals where it is certainly customary, if not mandatory with some clubs for the women to flaunt and wave their coloured bunting, while the males scream the place down when their opposition step on the mat.

Also worthy of mention was after Norths had won their semi final last week, Warrawee appeared somewhat surprised when they realised they had made the final. Their next opponents were (Norths), who had to be pointed out to them.

It was all perfectly understandable and full credit to all concerned, as this was the first time the club had made the final in this event and hopefully many more to come.

THE GAME: Warrawee were first out of the boxes and led 3-1 after three ends, however this was a wake up call for Norths, who quickly gained the ascendency and strung together a series of 1s, 2s, a 3, then a 4 to set up a commanding lead by the halfway mark.

Down 9-16, Warrawee displayed resilence (a necessary attribute, particularly in bowls)  and slowly pegged Norths back on an end by end basis, until the 17th to be only one shot in arrears.

To Norths credit they dug deep and grabbed a 3, then a single and lead 20-15.

Warrawee were obviously not about to give up and they picked a fortuitious 4, to be only one shot behind after 20 ends.

Norths then had their second wake up call and the previous week's gung ho attitude had been replaced with a far more positive approach to the game.

This was replicated in their choice of shots and overall play, particularly under pressure, as they scored 6 shots to Warrawee's 1 and go out deserved 26-21 winners.

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NATHAN GABRIELSEN (NORTHS)

IAN READ (NORTHS)

MALCOLM KIRBY (WARRAWEE)

JAMIE HANCOCK (WARRAWEE)
 
 
 


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