GAME, SET AND MATCH WINS ASQUITH THE 3'S FLAG FINAL


ZONE 3's 2019 PENNANT FLAG WINNERS, ASQUITH
Photograph:IAN GLOVER
I Glover, Friday, 24 May 2019

ASQUITH, BACK: Mark Conroy, Ross Irwin, Greg Loomes, John Campton, Bill Miller, Mark Prosper, Arthur Foy, Ray Jacka (manager). FRONT: Quentin Price, Marcel Mroczkowski, Torin Chen, Mick Barry, Mark Davern

 

ASQUITH'S  THIRD  WIN  OVER  MANLY

        PUT  THE  THREE'S  FLAG

               BEYOND  DOUBT 

 

WHAT would have been regarded as nonsense three years ago, saw this year's Grade 3 reduced to one section.

This unquestionably is due to a decrease in new bowlers, compounded by members who are not prepared to commit to a minimum 10 week pennant program.

Similar to grade 2 and 4, the sectional runner-up now has a second bite of the cherry.

Although they finished one point behind Asquith on the differential, Manly, the zone's oldest club were the section winners. 

However, Asquith beat Manly in both sectional games, and subsequently won the play-off.   

While it was both clubs top sides and only three year's since Asquith's 3's victory, Manly were hopeful they could break their 20 year drought.

                     THE GAME: 

Up to and beyond the halfway mark the lead must have changed at least six times, and as a consequence, kept the supporters from both sides on the edge of their rock hard timber seats (or for some, comfortable camp chairs).   

With regard to the individual rink scores, this game was identical to the pattern in the 2's game, on the same green and only metres apart.

In both instances there was nothing between the scores on two of the rinks, however the disparity on the third was totally bizarre.

It may have occurred to new bowlers on the bank with aspirations of skipping to have a long, hard think about it.     

It's well documented that final's pressure can put an entirely new dimension on an individual's performance, regardless of their position in a side.

In these instances, the skip whose invariably on the back foot and attempting to salvage shots, is generally the only name attributed to the loss.

After 51 ends the board showed Asquith 48, Manly 45, then Asquith slowly increased their lead to win 64-51.

The venue for the 3's State play offs is yet to be confirmed, possibly South Tamworth B.C.

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ZONE 3's 2019 PENNANT FLAG RUNNER'S UP, MANLY

THE BIG BOARD TELLS THE STORY
 
 
 


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