Pennants Round 4
Div 5 – Red Hill 48 lost to Samford 61
This week we travelled to Samford to play their carpet green. It was a typical Brisbane winters day, sunny, warm but with an inconsistent swirling breeze. With a number of our team members never having played on this type of surface before it was always going to be a difficult task. Team confidence was high, having won their past two games. The windy conditions also made it equally difficult for both teams.
On rink 4, the team of Chris Hoskins, Vince Knauth, Greg Birks and skip Col Kable were always in contention. They were leading 7-6 after seven ends and it was 10 all after 12 ends. Unfortunately, some average bowling from all players at the same time saw them fall behind 11-16 after sixteen ends. The situation was not looking good. A strong desire to win then came to the fore and they drew level at 16 all after eighteen ends. Giving away four on the nineteenth end made the task too difficult and the hillies eventually went down 19-20.
On rink 5 because of his previous experience Danny Keough, playing his first game this season, was made skip. With Bernie Schloss leading followed by Bob Green and Coops the team started well but gave away seven shots in three ends which left them trailing 9 – 3 after seven ends. They fought back and after twelve ends were down by four, 9 – 13. Still anyone’s game. However, some good bowling from the opposition, over the concluding ends put paid to the hillies challenge, going down 13 – 22.
On rink 6 the team of Mark McAleer, Mara Ruka, Brian Hoey and Alan Daniel were in a real arm wrestle with neither team gaining the ascendancy. The score was 6 – 6 after seven ends. The game remained close and after twelve ends Red Hill were trailing 11 – 12. Still anyone’s game. Both teams were playing well and at 16 all after nineteen ends we were in for a nail biter. Disappointingly for the Hillies, Samford scored three shots in the last two ends to win 19 – 16.
Overall, a sound performance by Red Hill for an away game on an unfamiliar surface.
Div 3 – Red Hill 74 def. Stafford 46
What a contrast in weather conditions from last week, with a fine, hot and windy day at Red Hill for the Div 3 team to host the boys from Stafford. The Hillies were full of confidence after a big win last week against Ferny Grove and this confidence was well justified with a big home win. Red Hill 74 d Stafford 46.
On rink 1 we had almost a ‘new’ team take to the green with Dave Lee leading, Jamie Dury at 2, Joey T at 3, and Yorkey skipping. Despite the lack of familiarity as a team, our boys were off to a great start and led by 14 – 4 after 10 ends. Dave was going well up front despite the wind and things looked cosy! We then led by 18 – 10 after 16 ends and seemed to be comfortable, but then the “oh shit” experience! Our boys managed to have a couple of loose ends and dropped a 5 and then a 4 on ends 17 and 18. Trailing by 1 with three to play, the Hillies fought hard but could not get the shot(s) they needed to wrest back the lead. We went down on this rink by the single shot 20 – 21.
On rink 2, we had Trevor, Trevor, Denis (please don’t call me Trevor), and Wally. This game was also tight early and was 6 all after 7 ends, and 7 all after 9. The change came on ends 14 through 17 when our local lads picked up 1,5,2,1 to scoot to a lead of 20 – 10 after 17 ends. The Trev’s both found the green more to their looking than last weeks water park, and Denis and Wally were not under the pressure that had been evident in prior weeks. We went on to win this one by 21 – 14.
The turkey holders from last week, Ando, Keith, Magilla and Birksy were on rink 3 and were full of confidence. The Hillies jumped the gates and led 11 – 1 after 7 ends. Despite the tricky wind, Ando and Keith were in great form. Ando however seemed far more comfortable with a bowl in his hand than the jack which he managed to spray all over the green! Magilla chimed in with some great bowls and the result was never in doubt. Our boys went on to win by 33 – 11 in what was an excellent team effort. It didn’t get the turkey because some Div 1 geese also had an outstanding win, but it was very satisfying just the same.
Great win by Red Hill to consolidate a strong position on the ladder. Go the Hill!
Div 1 – Red Hill 91 def. Everton Park 35
Hot and dry beats cold and wet any day, even if more than a little windy at times! Everton Park were never in the hunt, with Red Hill victorious by 91-35.
A couple of forced changes this week, with Marto “gone fishing” and PC a last minute flu victim! Pottsy came to the rescue, (fresh from a 5 hour drive home from Fraser Island) taking Pete’s two spot, and making for a new look rink of Haydos, Tank, Pottsy and the Almighty, with this crew getting the “baked bird” in winning 39-12! Haydos had a day out, Pottsy unrelenting, and Tank and Almighty too good for their respective opponents, in a home side romp, which led to the ultimate prize – the roast turkey!!! This rink saw the unusual match-up of both threes named Dave, and both skips Steve ….. WOW!
Kitch got his “usual” match up against Ray (Winter) Whiting, and struck some resistance along the way from the EP boys in recording a 22-16 win. Never troubled, the boys did enough to maintain a solid lead, in pretty tricky conditions, with plenty of wind gusts to contend with. That’s now 4 straight wins for the unchanged quartet of Kitch, Jet, Ned and the Fillett ‘o Sillett …… well done guys!
Roller’s rabble of Macca, Axe and Aka proved far too strong for Wayne Collyer’s foursome, putting up a 30-7 scoreline, and so close to getting our mitts on the Poultry prize! Once again we all outplayed our opponents, with Macca pulling off a couple of stunners in very difficult conditions. Aka got though the game without a single wrong bias, but word on the rink is that he came very close on one occasion …….
GO THE HILL!!!