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Round 11 vs CLAYTON – At Ashburton

Ashburton hosted the might of Clayton trying to consolidate their position at the top of the Ladder. We know no matches will be easy so it is imperative we take every opportunity presented to gain vital points.
So we fielded an almost full strength side, missing only the finesse and guile of Peter Simos.
SKIP: Rob Wilson Tony Villani Grant Pickering
3rd. Ian Lee Liz Kortum Dianne McLeod
2nd. Shaun Wilson Ray NAmour Ken Lawrence
Lead: Heinz Kazenwedel Terry Quirk Sharon Cornish

Clearly Clayton had come to play, they had a different looking side from last time we meet, and some very strong bowlers.
After 10 ends Ashy trailed in 2 rinks and was just ahead on the Big board 29 vs 27. Grant Pickering’s rink seemed to just not have the right bowls tonight and the opposing skip was excellent. At one point drawing a dead set resting toucher when down 4 in the head. Despite winning 8 of the 17 ends Ashy could not collect multiple shots but dropped two 3’s, two 2’s and a disasterous 5 on the very first end. Battling on gamely against a dominant and noisy Tim Gole led rink they fell 8 vs 19, and finished 2 ends before the other 2 rinks.
In Rob Wilson’s rink the opposing skip and 3rd were putting on a clinic. On NUMEROUS ends Ashy held 3, 4, 5 and even 6 shots, only to go down by 1 to unbelievable bowls and just that little bit of luck. They dropped another disasterous 6 on the 2nd end and this would prove pivotal later in the night.after 14 ends they trailed 9 vs 13, and held multiple shots on all of the last 3 ends, but we will come back to them.

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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.

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The Pennant draw for 2016 -1017 year is now on the website under EVENTS
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New lights in action during the Div. 1 final tonight between Beaumaris Vs Caufield Park - Alma. A bit like daylight on the green and no shadows. Brilliant.New Lights 1New Lights 2


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