2017 Super Challenge – Round 5

Match Report

March 26, 2017

Silver Round 5 vs Musgrave Hill (Away)

Round 5 of Super Challenge saw the Silver team travel down to the Gold Coast to take on ladder leaders Musgrave Hill. We knew this was going to be a tough assignment, and a swirling wind made it even more challenging so we all needed to be on our games.

Our “teams” events, the Triples and Fours were both in fine form and the Manager was happy and had them in the book very early for a win each.

The triples of Fillet, Marto and Roller went on a rampage and never let the opposition into the match. This was another great team effort with Fillet brilliant up front as was Marto in the middle. Roller was superb and followed on with his good form as finalist during the week at the Cementco Master Pairs to lead the team well. Not a lot more can be said here as we ran away with this rink winning 20 of the ends played to record victory 42-12.

The fours of Aka, Ned, Axe and Chappy started a bit slowly again this week and were behind 2-6 after 5 ends. But all of a sudden the boys took off winning the next 8 ends to jump to a 19-6 lead. This included scoring a 7 on one end as the Musgrave Hill heads dropped. The Manager did check with this 7 to make sure that we had all 8 bowls in play but Aka had done his job and rolled BOTH of his. After that it was coasting time for our boys and we cruised home with a win 24-14.

So leading 2-0 we needed to win one more rink to win the day.

In the singles our Jet took on the very highly credentialed Des Duller so we knew straight away that we had a game on our hands. To our joy Jet jumped out to an early lead and after 3 ends was leading 6-0. All was looking good except that Jet was having a bit of a problem rolling the jack and couldn’t manage to keep it in play – seems he went to the same jack rolling school as Cunno. But all was good but the game was gradually going the way of Musgrave Hill as Des opened up a handy lead and at 13-21 down it looked like a loss for the Jet. But 8 shots in 3 ends saw Jet come back and it was 21 all and anyone’s game. There were a number of tight ends played and Jet made it to 28 shots and on a number of occasions was holding game only for Des to come in and not only cut it down but take the shot. And that was the story of the final few ends where just missing a trail twice by a millimetre saw Jet go down in a thriller 29-31.

So it as over to the pairs to find a rink win.

The Manger was extremely happy early on when Kitch and Bwian shot out to an 11-1 lead and had even pencilled in a win on this rink before, in the flash of an eye and just past half way it was 13 all and anyone’s game. We found a bit of form again and got away with a couple of ends and lead 17-15 but unfortunately that was the last time we scored for the day and the with the opposition coming home like a train we went down 17-24.

So we needed our reliable and previously undefeated team of Tank and Haydos to get us home – hopefully recording another comfortable victory. But everything was far from comfortable over on that rink however at the halfway point it was anyone’s game at 8 all. But that was just about the end of the good news for our boys as we only managed to score 2 more shots and were well beaten 10-21.

So while it all looked promising early on it didn’t quite finish that way and we went home disappointed after losing 3-2. There was however one final highlight for the day, the queue at Yatala was extremely short so the pies were served quickly.

A double header next week with a tough away game against Toombul who will be out for revenge before we play a Sunday game against Cleveland who beat us in the first round. It goes without saying that both of these games are vital to our season and it will be good to erase the memories of this defeat.

Bronze Round 6 vs Manly (Home)

It was another warm day as the Bronze team took to their home ‘court’ to try to change their luck and find a win against a confident Manly side, fresh from defeating Musgrave Hill last Sunday. A few changes were made to the teams for this week; some forced, and some to experiment with new combinations.

Brettman was just off a plane from the USA and was thrust into the Singles role. In his bowling career, Brett took a long time to break his Singles virginity (can I say that in a bowls report?) but was playing some great bowls prior to the US sojourn, and was looking for a crack at the Singles job. Brett started very positively and led 6-0, then 11-5, but his opponent was starting to find range. Our boy led 13-10 but got stuck on the devil’s number!  He lost the next 7 ends to be behind 13-22 and this lead proved impossible to peg back. Brettman went down swinging by 21-31, so we were down in the match 0-1 early.

At the time of the singles ending only our 4’s team looked likely to win. The Pairs games were close and the Triples were behind.  Let’s talk about the Triples.  We were today represented by The Almighty, Danny K and Leon.  We were slow out of the blocks and were down by 1-10 after 6 ends. Our experienced team did not panic and soon reigned in the lead to be at 11 all after 14 ends, half way.  After doing the work to catch the Manly boys, we dropped a clumsy 4 but the lapse was short lived and again we were able to pull level and then take the lead.
It was 18 all after 22 ends but the good guys won 5 of the last 6 ends to romp away with a win by 31-18. Match score 1-1.

Magilla jumped into the lead spot for our 4’s team today in an attempt to replace the irreplaceable Judge.  So it would be Glenn, Keith, Denis and Wally representing the Hill today. 7-0 after 2 ends and we were very cocky.  The Manly boys tried to bridge the gap but every time they got close, our boys found shots to pull clear again.
It was a great team effort with all players contributing well.  At half way, we led by 14-8, and we were playing too well to lose this type of lead. Eventually the Hillies prevailed by 23-14. Match score 2-1.

In the first of the Pairings, the very vocal Ando led for Jason B.  Gatorade was on hand to ensure these boys remained hydrated and it served them well on the track. They led early but let it slip and were at 12 all after 11 ends. The match was tight all the way out on the tricky rink 2.
It was too and fro but we edged clear to lead 18-14 after 18 ends and appeared to be ‘safe’. Wrong!  Our lads let down their guard and dropped a 4 so the scores were then tied at 18 with just 2 ends to play. Ando showed grit (yes that’s grit) the likes of which has not been seen before on rink 2 and we managed to sneak home by a single shot 20-19.
Great play from both our boys with Jason continuing his excellent form from Pine Rivers. Match score 3-1 (and unbeatable).

The final pairing saw Al Daniels team up with Birksy in another new look team.  They had no Gatorade (thanks Ando) but were very focused in a tough match. It was all “1’s” early and after 12 ends the score was a lowly 9-5 to the home team. “Scores” seemed most unlikely with many very tight heads played. It was 12-12 after 17 ends but, with some excellent lead bowls from Al, the Hillies snuck away to lead 17-12 with only a single end to play.  There had been several ends killed in this match by both teams so it took a while to end and the fans were going wild as the home team went down 1 on the last end. However, that resulted in a win by 17-13 and a match score of 4-1.

It was an excellent return to form with many solid performances across all rinks. Wins in our final 3 rounds will see us into the finals!!