Zone 9 - Sydney Northern District Bowls
Zone 9 - Sydney Northern District Bowls
MIRACLES ARE RARE
IN THE ROOKIE'S
WHEN three of Pittwater's rookies found themselves in the semis of this year's Rookie's singles it looked great for the club, however things don't always go according to plan in bowls and it was left to Pat Eather to be the sole custodian of the Pym Bowl trophy for the ensuing 12 months.
Invariably, although by no means a guarantee of winning, early composure in singles is a huge advantage. Unfortunately Pat experienced the opposite, which invariably is the kiss of death in a 17-up game.
To his credit, he eventually knuckled down, found his rhythm and displayed his true potential. However, miracles seldom occur under this format.
The deserved winner was Killara's Scott Laffer, who started this game as if it was a continuation of his convincing semi win, where he showed his consistency both in weight and line.
This would be no real surprise to anyone who had witnessed his delivery style the week prior, when he and Richard Hinsley snared the Rookie's pairs.
Results to one side, Pittwater can be justifiably proud and very confident of the club's future prospects, as four of the five sections of this year's tournament were won by relatively new bowlers.
The unavoidable downside for Pat Eather, particularly in the quarters and semis was it was like a roll-up on his home ground. He played fellow club mate Bruce Meek in Saturday's quarter, fronted up Sunday morning for the semi against Ralph Abbott, while Michael Auld, the third man, could say he was odd man out when he drew a stranger who turned out to be the eventual winner.
The 17-up single's is absurd, as it doesn't allow time for new bowlers to settle into their game. Apart from the zone championships, 31-up club singles are the only opportunity on offer for most rookies.
It's even more farcical when the final is also first to 17, when it could accommodate a minimum of 25, more particularly as this entire zone segment of the rookies was scheduled for two days, but was done and totally dusted by midday Sunday.
Up till the halfway mark, the final appeared to be a one act affair as Scott Laffer scooted away with several two's plus a couple of 3's and marker, Bob Abdallah looked forward to an early mark.
Down 14-2 and your opponent only requires another three and it's game, set and your shout at the bar would be enough to knock the stuffing out of most players.
However, they breed 'em tough down that part of God's country and Pat dug deep and snared three consecutive 2's followed by a single to be only five behind.
This wouldn't be any hardship if the game was fair dinkum, however he did have Scott on the back foot, who was obviously going through the heebey jeebey's . . . the usual springboard nerves . . . so close, but yet so far.
It wasn't as if Scott wasn't playing well. Pat had finally got his act together and as a consequence played some sensational bowls, particularly when he was one down and played a great replacement shot and make two.
While Scott resorted to a few drives to overcome the agony, Pat had found the perfect on-shot weight for a holding green, and played the sit and stay with the utmost confidence.
Anything is possible in bowls, however the final scrip had been mentally written by a very stoic group of spectators and Scott obeyed it to the letter.
However, having picked up a single he got overly ambitious and possibly a little impatient amd dropped a two, but was still four in front.
He then settled and put the whole thing to bed with consecutive singles and go out a very convincing 17-11 Rookie single's winner.
With the dual title under his belt, Scott in particular (together with pair's partner, Richard Hinsley) will be busy boys at the State play offs at Raymond Terrace in November and will carry the zone's best wishes.
The very impressive Pymble Bell trophy was donated to Zone 9 by the Pymble bowling club to be kept in safe keeping by each year's winner.
NOTE: The original Rookie's was conducted by Zone 9 and restricted to bowlers with no more than 12 months club membership, and included a separate division for women. This event is now conducted by Bowls NSW.
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