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Men’s Pennants

Saturday 6 April 2019: 

CLAREMONT WINS 5TH DIVISION PENNANT FLAG

Morning Games:

Semi-Final 1: Claremont 77 defeated Cockburn 45 for a 6 – 0 point win. 

Rink scores as follows:
Marsland Rink: 25 – 18
Litchfield Rink: 19 – 17 
Lindsay Rink: 33 – 10 

Semi-Final 2: Manning 56 defeated Scarborough 50 for a 5 – 1 point win.

Afternoon Flag Final: Claremont 58 defeated Manning 54 for a 5 – 1 point win. 

Rink scores as follows:
Marsland Rink: 22 – 11
Litchfield Rink: 18 – 26 
Lindsay Rink: 18 – 17 

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5th Division Blue, Saturday 30 March 2019 – HOME against Mt Lawley.  

A positive way to finish off the home and away Saturday bowls season with a 5 to 1 point victory over the third placed side.

An interesting side issue was that the two top skippers in our colour (5 Blue) were both ours, Chris Litchfield .5 of a point clear of Brian Marsland. They couldn’t be caught by others, but could change places.   

The Marsland rink, for the second week in a row, were without a regular player. Thankfully we had a D. Leeson to replace a D. Leeson :-).  They were locked in a tight contest early leading only 7 to 6 after 9 ends, but from there slowly started to pull away, leading 18 – 10 after 15 and going on to win by 4 shots. Thanks to Dorothy for her good game and for making herself available as usual.     

The Litchfield rink were also down on regular personnel for the second week in a row. It was clear early that the rink was going to be in for a trying afternoon, 6 to 6 after 5 ends, 8 – 8 after 7 ends, 9 – 10 after 10 ends and 10 – 11 after 12 ends. However, they were mainly fighting a rear-guard action and that’s difficult to maintain. Unfortunately, they then lost 6 of the next 7 ends to be 11 – 19 down after 19 ends. To their credit they won the last 2 ends to only go down by 5 shots at the end of the day. Thanks to Barry Caporn for filling in for Jack Wara. 

The Lindsay rink, incidentally, drew Mt Lawley’s top skipper, Goodman, who was running third behind Chris and Brian. We got away brilliantly to lead 10 – 1 after 4 ends.  Our opponents fought back hard to only be down 12 – 8 after 11 ends. We got away again thought to be up 23 – 13 after 17 ends and cruised home to win by 8 shots. A very good team effort by us.

Rink scores as follows:

Marsland Rink: 22 – 18
Litchfield Rink: 14 – 19 
Lindsay Rink: 24 – 16

Well deserved pots to the winning rink of Mark Lindsay, Peter Imms, Martin Downey and Neil Howat.

Congratulations to both Brian Marsland and Chris Litchfield who finished 1st and 2nd respectively of the Skipper’s ladder for 5 Blue. 

As indicated last week, we have finished first in 5 Blue, and with the most points of the four 5th Division colour winners, so we will host the finals at our club next Saturday. Congratulations to all concerned.

There will be two semi-final games in the morning (9.30am start) with the winners playing off in the afternoon (1.45pm start) for the 5th Division Pennant Flag. 

4th Division White, Thursday 21 March 2019 – HOME against Cockburn.  

Not quite the fairy-tale finish for the last game of the midweek season, but considering the circumstances, it was close enough. We won the aggregate 4 – 2 against the 3rd placed side, and in the process jumped Mt Pleasant to finish in 6th position. Not bad at all.

We were already down on players with the unavailability of Peter Hiatt and Gavin Cann, when suddenly my regular super-sub, Paul Scales, found himself unwell only hours before play. Many thanks to Rick Kendall and Mark Lindsay who unselfishly made themselves available at short notice to help their team mates and club.   

The Marsland rink were under pressure from the get-go, down 1 – 6 after 5 ends; 5 – 13 after 10 ends; and 8 – 18 after 17 ends. BUT WAIT – this is when the aggregate was well and truly on the line. So, this rink responded to the pressure as they have all season. They won the last 4 ends picking up an extra 8 shots in the process to only go down by 2 shots at the finish. True grit yet again guys.   

The Litchfield rink came out firing on all 4 cylinders and barely looked back. Ahead 12 – 1 after 5 ends; 24 – 6 after 11 ends; and 29 – 11 after 18 ends. Despite this position, at this stage of the game, we were 2 shots behind in the aggregate over the three rinks. All four of us were already playing well but we turned up the wick even further to win the last 3 ends to also pick up another 8 shots. 

The Lindsay rink were in for an afternoon of fluctuating fortunes. They were up 11 – 5 after 7 ends but the tide was about to turn. Their opponents then won the next 4 ends to suddenly have our rink down 11 – 15 after 11 ends. Things were about to get even worse, down 13 – 23 after 17 ends and this corresponded with us being down by 2 shots in the aggregate score. However, just like our other two rinks, these Claremont players also responded to win 3 of the last 4 ends for a 7 to 1 shot advantage, to only lose the afternoon by 4 shots. Great work.    

Rink scores as follows:

Marsland Rink: 16 – 18.
Litchfield Rink: 37 – 11.
Lindsay Rink:    20 – 24. 

The well deserved pots to the winning rink of Chris Litchfield, Ian White, Jack Wara and Martin Downey. 

regards

Martin

SATURDAY - 5th DIVISION PENNANT FLAG FINALS

6 APRIL 2019 - 9.30am 1st Semi-Final HOME against COCKBURN
Skip 3rd 2nd Lead
C. Litchfield I. White J. Wara G. Cann
B. Marsland Dave Leeson P. Hiatt P. Channer
M. Lindsay P. Imms M. Downey N. Howat

 

THURSDAY - 4 WHITE

21 March 2019 - HOME against Cockburn.
Skip 3rd 2nd Lead
C. Litchfield I. White J. Wara M. Downey
B. Marsland Dave Leeson R. Kendall P. Channer
M. Lindsay Dot Leeson M. Byass N. Howat
       

WHERE WE ARE FOR SEASON 2018/2019:

It’s no secret that several of our pennant bowlers from last season have moved on for various reasons. All have departed on good terms and with our thanks and best wishes.

Mitch Cranswick and David Downey will now play in Premier Division for South Perth BC.
Vincent Santostefano and Bill Owen will also play at the South Perth BC. 
Brian Wright will play closer to home at the Manning Bowling Club.
Beau McGrechan has moved to Yokine, and will play at the Yokine BC.
Marlene Yates and John Williams will also stay closer to home at the Gosnells BC.

Apart from the above confirmed losses, several other players have indicated to me that they may be unavailable to play pennants at various stages and for a range of reasons. As the Club Captain this situation has dictated that I review the club’s position with regards to the club’s representation in both the Saturday and Thursday Bowls WA Pennant Competitions. Bowls WA contacted me and required a submission regarding our pennant entitlements for the coming season by close of business Monday 17 September 2018.

In response to the above I have had to ‘crunch the numbers’ to ascertain exactly who is still available for the coming bowls season. I took the opportunity to listen to various opinions regarding the best way forward, given the projected circumstances. 

I take this opportunity to thank everyone who spoke candidly with me about their personal situation and who expressed their opinion. Some past players, including a very senior past office holder, who now wants to point the finger, wouldn’t even respond to my approaches for a commitment to play for us. The situation was dealt a further blow when neither Michael Yates or Mark Lindsay were able to commit to playing pennants for Claremont in the coming season. It was very evident to me that as a club we simply didn’t have the numbers to field a pennant side in any division requiring four rinks. i.e. higher than 5thDivision for Saturday.

On Monday 17 September 2018, I presented the above situation and my recommendation to the club President, Ian White, and Club Secretary, Chris Litchfield. Neither could offer an alternative course of action to the one I recommended under the circumstances. As a result, for the forthcoming pennant season, the Claremont Bowling Club has requested the following entitlements from Bowls WA: 1 x 5th Division allocation for Saturday 1 x 4th Division allocation for Thursday. I will assume the duties of Club Selector for the coming season and look forward to us all having an enjoyable season on the greens, and in representing the Claremont Bowling Club with pride.

Martin Downey
Bowls Captain

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