Doesn’t make a difference how you say it – “Back-to-Back”, “Repeat”, “Two in a Row”, “Twice” it all adds up to we won the Div 1 Premiership yesterday, again.
Yesterday, Saturday 26th March 2022, our Division 1 Pennant team completed a dream by downing the strong Woodside team by four shots. Heading for Gumeracha Bowling Club, there was a quiet confidence in the team that they could overcome the last minor round loss to Woodside and we had the ability to do so.
Geoff Deeble’s team of Richard Crocker, Phil Nagel, and Sue Hutchinson together with Jamie Burt’s team of Tim Anderson, Roger Mableson, and Sue Maddern quickly jumped to early leads, whilst Glen McGough’s team of Bob Edwards, Rick Babidge, and Rob Hutchinson were having a difficult time getting on the board. By the break at 3.00pm, the scores were well in favour of Woodside and there would need to be a turnaround in fortunes to see our team get home.
To the credit of all our bowlers, they continued to show they were not going to lie down and gradually got themselves back into the game. The lead seemed to change over the last five ends with the result going down to the wire. The old adjudge that the last five ends are the most important certainly came to light here.
With Geoff Deeble’s rink having comfortably won by fifteen shots it was now left to McGough and Burt’s rinks to hold their nerve and with both on their last ends, Jamie moved the jack to hold four shots to put the team in front and Glen to cover by not going down by any more than three shots. When the Woodside skipper missed changing the head and only holding one shot, we were home.
The tension throughout those last ends was not only felt by those on the green but the fabulous number of Hahndorf spectators who supported the team.
Well done to all who have made this season such a successful one, with three teams making the finals and the other two playing creditable bowls by just missing out.
Here’s to a successful 2022-2023 season.