Zone 9 - Sydney Northern District Bowls
Asquith wins Grade 1 Pennant
The gods smiled on Zone 9 this weekend!
Only a super optimist - and the Match Committee - could believe on Friday evening that we would be able to hold, yet alone finish, the 2010 Pennant finals this weekend.
Thanks to some welcome sunshine and a favourable breeze, the greenkeepers at Pittwater did a great job in making their greens playable.
In a stunning reversal of last years competition, Asquith snatched the Grade 1 Pennant from North Sydney by 7 shots, having just made it into 3rd place in the sectional play and after the disappointment of not winning the flag last year having been undefeated in the round robin. At the presentation of the Pennant by Zone Councillor Les McAlpine, President Don Wall observed that it was the 'icing on the cake' as the Club was celebrating it's 60th anniversary this year. This was Asquith's fifth win of the Grade 1 Pennant in the past 7 years. In the match, Asquith jumped away to a good start and lead almost all the way but North Sydney managed to get their nose in front for just a few ends until Asquith put the pressure on. It was a much closer game than the final score would indicate.
Harbord continued in it's winning ways to win the Grade 4 Pennant making it four in all - Grades 2,3 4 & 5 - an incredible achievement. Dee Why won the Grade 6 Pennant and Seaforth Grade 7 - they won the same Pennant in 2008. It was disappointing for Killara to only end up as runners-up in the Grade 6 competition but still a wonderful achievement for this club who have not featured in any Pennant finals for many, many years. A disappointment, too,for Gordon, defeated today by Harbord after winning the Grade 5 Pennant last year.
Pittwater are to be thanked for their hospitality; they thoughtfully even arranged a marquee just in case it rained!