HARBORD SENIORS MANAGE TO FALL OVER THE LINE IN ZONE TRIPLE'S FINAL


HARBORD, 2018 ZONE 9 SENIOR TRIPLES WINNERS: ERROL MILLSTEED, MAL FAIRLIE, MICHAEL SPAROZVICH
Photograph:IAN GLOVER
I Glover, Sunday, 11 February 2018

 

IT  COULD  ONLY  HAPPEN  AT  HARBORD . . . 

ST IVES skip, Fred Alexander may well have been echoing some of the other players thoughts in the final of the Zone Senior triple's final when said very early in the game, "I'm not playing at all well" . . . . while a little harsh, it obviously didn't impact sufficiently enough on the players from either side, who have shown far more consistency in previous zone finals.

The Harbord side of Errol Millsteed, Mal Fairlie and Mick Sparozvich were first to settle and after eight ends led 10-3 and while St Ives (Tim Walton, Wilson Cheng and Fred Alexander) picked up the odd one shot here and there. By the halfway mark Harbord were five in front. 

Fred then produced what must be the only invisible persuader in the game and his troops responded accordingly and put Harbord to the sword. They levelled on the 20th end with board at 15-all, then added a further two for good measure.  

At this stage of proceedings the Harbord side appeared to be like ships in the desert and the bar a mirage in the far, far distance. The obvious question . . . where's our usual drink runner . . .  we need help, badly. Not a solitary hand went up.

Was this a get square on "Chalk" who was by now glowing like the old Coke sign at the Cross, for "sticking to the R.S.A. rules" when he's behind the bar. We'll never know. 

For Harbord backers it became very painful to watch, particularly when St Ives hit the front and displayed fleeting smiles (well two of them anyhow) or were they just squinting? 

It became totally irrelevant when on the 24th end, Harbord held two shots at the head and the game was squared, and surprise, surprise, their skip Sparra, (Michael Sparozvich) had a bowl to play. 

"Play it and be one up going into the last," suggested Malcolm  . . .  then before he could take a breath, a deep, dry voice from the deep roared, "or don't play it"!

Sparra immediately walked off the mat and threw his bowl away. Good thinking!

Two Sparras in hand is hard to beat, particularly if he had gone off half cocked and misfired.

"Now where's that runner, we're desperate and need something to save the day," said that even drier voice who also answers to "chalk". Sadly, no an offers.  

That Harbord mob weren't going to miss this last end for quids, they love to see grown men cry.

As they say in the classics, the rest is history and coincidentally so were all the other bowls on that last end (see photo below).

Except of course for Ezza (Chalk) Millsteeds whose lone bowl held shot and according to him "the only bowl within cooee of the jack."

The photo has definitely not been photo shopped, however it was taken prior to Sparra's final bowl which gave Chalk's bowl a friend and Fred Alexander's chances of removing both bowls even more remote.

A chirping Sparra then walked up the green sporting a huge green, only to be  stopped in his tracks by Chalk, who it must be said had been lapping up all the credit from the spectators for playing the winning bowl.

"It took you long enough to play one decent bowl".  Happy days.   

Tall tale but true, as it could only happen at Harbord.

FINAL SCORE: Harbord 20 def. St Ives 18. 

                       (TO ENLARGE, CLICK PHOTO)

 

 


CHALK SAYS HE'S SHOT, NOTHING ELSE WITHIN COOEE

SPARRA EVEN OUTDRAWS CHALK . . .

MAL FAIRLIE (HARBORD)

EZZA (CHALK) MILLSTEED

MICHAEL (SPARRA) SPAROZVICH (HARBORD)

TIM WALTON (ST IVES)
 
 
 


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