HAWKS BEAT PELICANS FOR THE CATCH OF THE DAY IN A SUPERB OPEN FINAL


HARBORD, 2018 ZONE 9 STATE TRIPLES WINNERS: STEVE SMITH, TERRY WARDER, MARK ALEXANDER
Photograph:IAN GLOVER
I Glover, Saturday, 10 February 2018

 

              "POSSIBLY  THE   BEST  TRIPLES

                FINAL   FOR   MANY   YEARS"

       UMPIRE FOR THE DAY, CHAIRMAN OF ZONE 9 UMPIRES, GARRY ENFIELD

 

Some years ago 3-bowl triples (although it was also known by another name, which due to 18 (c) of the Racial discrimination Act could be unwise to publish) was the accepted State Triples format.

After much deliberation, common sense prevailed and someone or other had the fortitude to change it to a 2-bowl triples, and it became an entirely new and far more skilful concept.

For the benefit of newer bowlers or those who refuse to accept change, it was primarily for the following reasons: The reduction of bowls on the green reduces the number of short or obstacle bowls; and it also reduces what was the common practice of skips driving with their first, and if necessary their second bowl and clear the rubbish out of the way to enable them to draw the shot with their third. 

The highlight in this year's zone triple's final between Harbord's Steve Smith, Mark Alexander and Terry Warder who defeated Pittwater Memorial's Mark Coleman, Peter Robinson and Scott Sheppard 27-17 was exactly why the 2-bowl game was introduced  . . .  precision draw bowling.

It had all the makings of a great final even as the players rolled-up . . . no wind to speak of . . . a superb tift green which despite a little overnight rain, began around a comfortable 14 and probably didin't change a great deal.

Then add six quality players, the three from Harbord need no introduction as it's all on the zone honour roll, against three from Pittwater, a club which until recently, may have been regarded as unfashionable when compared to the so called gun clubs.

However, their judicious pennant selection where they gave new members, regardless of their previous grading in other clubs, the opportunity to show their capabilities in a team position, that otherwise may never have been a consideration.  

Any doubts were dispelled when they beat a top Mona Vale side in Stewie McLeod, Chook Clark and Adam Glew to make the final. 

THE LEADS: Possibly the best example of lead drawing by both bowlers in any final since Harbord have been the zone sponsors and produced quality greens. 

THE SECONDS: While "Doc" Alexander generally plays skip, he gives a 110% with every bowl, an invaluable player, regardless of position. His impeccable record both in club and zone events compared to a younger "Robo", has been achieved by virtue of mileage on the green. However, that margin wasn't obvious in this game and became less so the longer the game went, particularly when Robo executed some brilliant shots. In brief: Robo is entitled to be re-assessed by zone selectors.

THE SKIPS: Unparalleled rapport with their respective sides. No high fives or "look at me" stage theatrics. Competent journeymen who consistently turned heads around with delicate weighted shots, as opposed to putting dents in the back board with futile drives.  There were no winners in this department, both accomplished 99% of requirements. ON A PERSONAL FRONT: Terry opted for retirement and consequently plays more bowls and enjoying every minute of it. Conversely, Scotty marked off a personal milestone last week when he had the pleasure of escorting his 6-year-old daughter to her first day at school.

THE GAME: Basically played in blocks until the halfway mark. Harbord 8-0 after 3 ends, PItty scored on the next 4 ends to be one behind, Harbord three consecutive 2's, Pitty picked up their second 4 of the game to be 3 behind and looked a big chance. It then developed into a tit for tat up to the 20th end after Harbord had edged their opposition out with a 10 shot lead, and then basically shut shop and retained their 10 shot margin.  

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PETER ROBINSON (PITTWATER)

TERRY WARDER (HARBORD)

STEVE SMITH (HARBORD)

MARK COLEMAN (PITTWATER)

MARK ALEXANDER (HARBORD)

SCOTTY SHEPPARD (PITTWATER)
 
 
 


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