Night Pennant – Round 5 vs CHELTENHAM
Undefeated Ashy took on the strong 3rd. placed Cheltenham at Ashburton tonight, and came back to earth quickly with a thud!
We quickly discovered that no matches would be easy this year at after 8 ends the Big Board said Ashy 21 shots vs Cheltenham 22 shots!
Grant Pickering’s rink of himself, Ian Lee, Dianne McLeod and Ken Lawrence was involved in an epic shot for shot, 1 shot per end battle. You had to deliver centimetre perfect bowls, and even then you were odds on to be replaced. On one end the shot, within 10 inches of the jack, changed 5 times!! After 10 ends it was Ashy 6 vs Cheltenham 4, then they broke the 1 shot run with a 2. 6 All. Then their wheels fell off, Ken Lawrence and Dianne where all over the jack, and only superb bowls from their 3rd reduced a number of 3’s and 4’s to 1 or even shot to them. But with judicial moving of the jack we collected 2 and then another 2. When we were holding 4 tight shots next end I think they had a brain fade, and despite us holding all the back bowls kept driving and knocking their own bowls out. End result a 5 to Ashy! Grant protected the next 3 ends and the final score was Ashy 15 to Cheltenham 9.
Rob Wilson’s rink with Shaun Wilson, Andrew Eyers and Rachel Wilson, was also going shot for shot, just not only 1 per end. Again after 10 ends there was only 1 shot in it, with Ashy leading 11 to 10. The next 3 ends decided the game, with Ashy collecting an additional 5 shots. I do recall seeing Andrew produce a number of perfect bowls either rolling the opponents shot out and sitting or nudging the jack back to us. Another highlight was a number of Rob’s bowls that weaved through tiny gaps and sat inside shot bowls only 1 bowl from the jack. With the whole of the green urging one home with multiple cries of “Like this, Yes, Yes, Yes, Looks good, Looks Perfect, IS PERFECT!”
They won 2 of the last 3 ends to come home 18 vs 12 winners.
All the while Tony Villani, with Liz Kortum, Ray Namour and Terry Quirk, was having absolutely no luck! Multiple, and I mean Many Multiple times, I saw our bowls edge the jack the wrong way, their bowls do exactly the opposite, their skip produce astoundingly perfect bowls to change 3 or 4 down to 2 or 3 up. Terry was back to his best at times and providing excellent starts which Ray added to or moved opponents bowls as required. But it all mattered nought as Tony was just having a Bad, Bad Luck Night. The highlight of this had to be a drive by Tony that hit the jack sweet as, only to see it cannon into one of their bowls and bounce back, forwards, to EXACTLY WHERE IT HAD BEEN!! Down 1 vs 11 after 6 ends things had to change our way surely. Change they did, the next 7 ends producing 16 shots for Ashburton and 2 for Cheltenham to take Ashy to a lead of 17 vs 13. We wrapped the game up with 4 shots vs 3 in the last 4 and ran out 21 vs 16 winners.
So end result 3 rinks and 17 shots up, leaving us undefeated at the top of the ladder. Next week we are away vs bottom placed South Oakleigh, but the big test comes 1st week back after Christmas when we meet 2nd. Placed Bentleigh.
Another great night Ashy Well Done!!!!