Premier 7s 2017 – Round 2

Match Report

January 24, 2017

Premier 7s Div 5 Round 2 vs Jindalee (Away)

After as disappointing loss at home in Round 1, last week, (well beaten by a very good Southport unit), we travelled to Jindalee with some apprehension.

The conditions were hot and humid, with overcast skies …..

Greg Birks was up against Jindalee’s Dan Baldwin on the singles rink. Greg was playing his first representative singles game, which presented a new challenge for him! Red Hill won the mat which proved most advantageous for Birksy, who immediately found his range, jumping out to a 5-0 lead early. Unfortunately, a dropped 4 soon followed, enabling Jindalee to stay in touch at 7-4. It was at this point where the game turned dramatically in Red Hill’s favour, with Jindalee moving the jack to Birksy’s well positioned bowls more than once, resulting in a 4 and a 3 count. The scoreline read 21-9 when the heavens opened up, and all rinks were temporarily halted, and were on weather watch! After about an hour’s delay, Jindalee rallied to 21-12, but the comeback was short lived, with Birksy closing out in impressive style, 31-17. Red Hill one up, and one more rink required!

A new pairs combination of Chris Hoskins and Alan Daniel took some time in adjusting to the foreign conditions, (as well as drawing a well-practised Jindalee Husband and Wife combination), falling behind 0-10 after 6 ends. From this point the Red Hillians started to find their range, and slowly made inroads into the solid Jindalee lead. By the time rain had stopped play, we had a real sniff at 10-15, with 14 ends completed. However, the break had halted our momentum, and Jindalee took a stranglehold, setting up a rink winning break. Our boys never threw in the towel though and fought to the end eventually going down 14-23. From the poor start (-10) we had more than held our own after those first 6 ends ….. Red Hill and Jindalee now tied at 1 rink a piece!

The Fours unit, a formidable one, welcomed back Joe Thompson at the helm, with Rod McConochie, Ian Dent and Mark McAleer up front. They too struggled early, enabling the hosts establish a handy lead, trailing 6-12 when the rains came after 12 ends. This time the rain revitalised our chances, with Mark and Ian providing a good base for Rod and Joe to apply some pressure, and challenge for the lead. the 16th end proved pivotal, with Red Hill claiming a 5 which tied the board at 15-15. The damage had been done, with Jindalee seemingly affected by this surge, and surrendering to a rampant Red Hill outfit, 24-16, a great come from behind victory! This enabled us to leave Jindalee with the points, and get well and truly back into contention!

Well Done indeed Boys!