Zone 9 - Sydney Northern District Bowls
LINDFIELD ROLLERS REPEAT TRIPLE'S PERFORMANCE IN THE RESERVE FOURS
ZONE RESERVE 2019 WINNERS: IAN KIMMORLEY, WILLIE MOK, PHIL LEWIS, ALAN PLAMBECK (LINDFIELD ROLLERS)
THE RESERVE'S FINAL WAS
A HANDICAPPER'S DREAM
BOTH finalists in the Reserves Fours, Harbord and the Lindfield Rollers had dream runs throughout their sectional rounds, so it was no surprise that the final would be an absolute cracker.
The Roller's skip had no reason to change his victorious Reserve Triple's side, consequently Alan Plambeck filled the fourth position as lead.
Harbord's skip, Lucas Shankland wisely retained his pennant third, Mick Dietrich which didn't surprise as they had won the 2018 grade 5 flag.
While his lead, Keith Gray is a relative new bowler, the second, Ross Parry has proved to be a lot more accomplished than a grade 7.
The Rollers were the first to hit their straps and were in control for the first quarter, while Harbord who were expected to hit the ground running, particularly as they were on their home paddock, were somewhat overwhelmed.
Although they did pick up the odd single, it wasn't until the ninth end that a much needed three, put them one shot in front.
By then both sides had settled down and the serious stuff emerged.
Good bowls invariably produce good heads and both sides were invariably locked up, until the critical 16th.
That was when Harbord dropped a four.
Bowlers who deny that four fingers down has a dramatic psychological effect on a side, particularly with four ends to play, obviously haven't been there.
The Rollers increased their lead by one, then Harbord countered.
With three ends to go, and Harbord five behind, a multiple was essential.
To their credit they responded with a single, then a two, and went into the last two in arrears.
The well worn debate that if possible, a draw gives you another bite at the apple.
Phil Lewis, the Rollers skip grabbed the crowd's attention when he played two huge bowls that literally won the Rollers the game.
Harbord's third, Mick Dietrich removed one of them and held hold shot.
However the remaining second bowl, may have quite possibly been partly hidden from the mat end.
Lucas, the Harbord skip didn't hesitate, that second shot had to go, regardless.
The drive was chased down the green, accompanied by desperate verbal encouragement.
Halfway down it looked close, however not close enough.
A great fight to the finish and by far the tightest result on the day.
LINDFIELD ROLLERS 15 def. HARBORD 14