Pennants Round 1
Div 5 – Red Hill 51 lost to Enoggera 73
Red Hill Division 5 Team arrived at the Enoggera Bowls Club full of confidence for Saturday’s game. Sunny skies and a light breeze provided excellent bowling conditions. The bowling green was in immaculate condition and very fast, much quicker than our Red Hill home. We were given a friendly welcome by our opposition and the mats were put in place for the first end.
Bob Green’s team knew immediately they were in trouble. The opposition lead Len Perkins (87 years young) consistently put his two bowls on the kitty. The pressure was on. Down 19-3 early on, adjusting to the pace of the green was a big factor. Despite a late run, the team went down 28-19 on Rink 5.
Joe Thompson’s team got off to a flying start on rink 6 and were leading 8-1 early in the game. Unfortunately, their opposition’s home ground advantage and local knowledge of the green came to the fore and they were overrun to lose 24-15.
Col Kable’s Team was always in the mix, leading early only to get headed midway through the game. It was a tight tussle and the result could have gone either way. Col’s team eventually lost 21-17 on rink 7.
All in all, not doom and gloom for DIV 5. It is expected that Enoggera’s second team will be a flag contender, and very tough to beat at home. We get our first run at home next week against the combined forces of (Evil) Everton Park & Stafford …
Div 3 – Red Hill 57 def Ashgrove 55
Division3 headed to our nearest neighbours, Ashgrove to get the season underway. The Ashgrovians would not be easy to beat as they had played Div2 in 2015.
Lets look at the games as they finished.
Firstly on rink 5, our team was represented by Messrs Waters, Crebbin, Kirkman and Young; a strong unit for sure. This game was tight throughout and in fact scores were level after 3 ends (at 4), after 7 ends (at 7), after 12 ends (at 10). Our boys were all having their moments but finding it hard to put a couple of really solid consistent ends together – even the Kirkinator was running a bit cold. It was mentioned that perhaps he should be the Kelvinator for the day! We hung in throughout though, and despite being 4 down with just 3 ends to play, managed to salvage a couple of shots but failed to win the rink by a solitary shot. So we went down in this one by 16 – 17.
On rink 6, Magilla Norton skipped for Keith Andrews, Mark Anderson and Warren Birks. It was noted that this was Big Mark’s first game of bowls away from Red Hill. The Hillies started like dynamos and got away to an 8 – 0 lead with Keith and Mark all over the jack. The home team steadied though and were able to win 6 of the next 8 ends to trail by just 1 shot (at 11 – 10) after 11 ends. Our boys snapped out of their slump and Magilla saved the day a few times as we moved away again by winning all of ends 12 through 17 to sneak away by 22 – 10. Keith, especially, had found some great form again towards the end of the game as the Ashgrove turf slowed right down. Our boys held on to win by 24 – 15. This put us up overall by 8 shots.
However on rink 4 our boys of Bruce Purcell, Brettman Dury, Matty Gilbert and Bobby Morton were struggling. When the other matches had finished these boys still had three ends to play and were down 14 – 20; so overall we half a very slender lead of 2. The crowd descended onto rink 4 to watch the finale. On end 19 we managed to pick up a 2 after several changes to the head, and the opposition skip saving a hand full with his last bowl. On end 20, Matty proved he was worth every cent of his huge transfer fee by drawing a beautiful shot to a tight head and ensuring we picked up a single. So with one end to go we were 3 behind on the card but 5 up on the big scoreboard. Bruce Almighty put two bowls within about 15 inches and the talk was that the opposition could not possibly get 5 shots inside that! Well the next 3 bowls of theirs sat on the jack and we were 3 down! Mattty again steadied the ship and the attempts of the Ashgrove skip to find a couple more shots failed – we dropped a 3 to go down in the match by 17 – 23.
So losses on two rinks but an overall win by 57 – 55! A great start for the season. Away wins are always hard to come by.
Next week Div 3 head to Everton park and are sure to be improved by this first up outing and some growth in confidence. Well done boys!
Div 1 – Red Hill 65 def Ferny Grove “A” 52
Our newly crowned singles champ, Kitch took on Steve Petsky on rink 5, and after a confident start by the Visitors, we clawed back the ascendancy. Barry Sillett’s debut may have begun modestly, but by game’s end he had justified the Selector’s confidence in him with a Man of the Match performance – well done Barry. Kitch and the Jet were able to snuff out any Ferny retaliation, and our boys Kitch, Jet, Ned and Bazza went on to record a decisive rink win 27-15. This margin was to prove too great for Ferny Grove to overcome …… and also saw these boys hold aloft the inaugural Roast Turkey Award!!!
Meanwhile on rink 4, Macca drew the Dangerous Don Brumwell, with the talented Johnny Jones playing at three. It was a real arm wrestle throughout, with the Tank and PC providing a great platform upfront, and Marto and Macca doing enough to restrict an impressive Ferny Four to a 1 shot victory. In fact we struck late with a 5 on the 20th end, which gave us the lead temporarily, only to lose it at the death. However, Macca, Marto, PC and Tank had certainly played their part in our overall success, going down by the narrowest of margins, 20-21
Over on rink 3, Roller drew the short straw – and got RVH!!! In a very evenly contested affair, we prevailed by two, having held the advantage for most of the match. Everyone chipped in, with the Axe really enjoying his new role at two. And so it was, Roller, Haydos, Axe and Aka emerged as deserved winners by 18-16, thus helping get the job done!
Great kick-start for the DIV 1 season, starting with the defending Premiers, and triumphing with a very convincing 13 shot victory – a real team effort well done to everyone!!! Next week is another tough encounter against a reinvigorated New Farm team, once again at home …….. GO THE HILL!!!