History will show that the Wizards finished up winning that second promotion spot up to Division One White and Jack Driver, who has been so very balanced in his reports for the season, could not contain his excitement at the end of the day, especially having, at last, made some good predictions about the finals!!
This is how the final series in One Blue South panned out down at Wizardland
WARNBRO 84(5) defeated SAFETY BAY 78(3)
It was to be the Wizards that would win that second coveted spot for promotion to Division One White. In a heart-stopping finish, the Wizards got up by those 6 shots in a game that see-sawed for much of the day.
The Bay broke out to a 35-18 lead after 28 completed ends, and the Wizards looked a little shell-shocked. However they fought back well to lead 43-42 at the halfway point.
It was then nip and tuck up to 70 ends when the Wizards led narrowly 68-66. The Bay regained the lead by the 78th end only to see the Wizards pull away at the very end to win narrowly.
John Trewhella’s rink of Dennis Pattullo (Third), John Hudson (Second) and Matt Trewhella (Lead) were the mainstay for the Wizards with a massive 35-5 win over Matt Massari’s rink of Ron Hall (Third), Russell Heydon (Second) and Tony Brazel (Lead).
They jumped out early to a 11-3 lead, increased that to 17-3 at the halfway point, before powering away to win by those 30 shots. It was a great weekend for John’s rink with two big wins and a great deal of comfort for John who missed out on that final bowl against the Magic in the final qualifying game.
Norm Read’s rink of Ray Kennedy (Third), Mick Jaworski (Second) and Jim Beswick (Lead) set up a handy 9-3 lead against Lindsay Strange’s rink of Bill Baker (Third), Young George Jackson (Second) and Dave Phillips (Lead), but the Wizards clawed their way back to go into the last end leading by two shots. They were holding 3 shots before Norm played a classic shot with his very last bowl to secure 3 shots himself and win the rink 18-17 in what was a titanic struggle.
The man they christened “Figjam” at the One Blue team wind-up had a very good game leading for the Wizards!!
Dave Phillips is the man they christened “Figjam” but the fact is he has had a great year playing lead and is a great Clubman for the Wizards
The result gave Norm’s rink three close wins for the weekend. Alan Holmes’ rink of John Van Tuyl (Third), Neville Crocker (Second) and Harry Wilson (Lead) had a 23-17 win over Terry Ball’s rink of Kerry Eames (Third), Tony De Brouwer (Second) and Ian Donaldson (Lead).
Alan led by some 4 or 5 shots for most of the afternoon before the Wizards clawed their way back to level the score at 17-17 by the 18th end before Alan pulled away at the end to win by those 6 shots, and his rink was pivotal in the Bay progressing as far as they did.
Graham Scott’s rink of Ray Beard (Third), Lance Gandy (Second) and Simon Timms (Lead) had a huge 32-15 win over Tony Tuckerman’s rink of Kyle Prime (Third), Ian Gibson (Second) and Stephen Fairbotham (Lead).
Graham led by a massive 16-1 after only 7 ends before Tony pulled back to be 20-10 down at the halfway mark. Graham’s rink then powered away to win handsomely at the end but it was not quite enough to carry the day for the Bay.
Skipper Graham Scott nearly got Safety Bay over the line with a huge win has been a great skip for many years
The Bay did well to come from fourth position on the ladder to contest the Grand Final and serve it right up to the Wizards.
In the final analysis, it was a great weekend of bowls down at Wizardland and congratulations go to all four teams that participated in the finals.
SAFETY BAY 74(7) defeated SPEARWOOD 61(1)
It was the Bay that would proceed through to the Grand Final to meet the Wizards on Sunday afternoon. It was again the Alan Holmes rink that led the way for the Bay with a 19-12 win over Ivan Unkovich’s rink, to give Alan two good wins for the day. Not far behind was Graham Scott’s rink who were successful by a 21-15 margin over Vled Pesich’s crew.
Norm Read was the other winner for the Bay, getting home 20-18 in a keen tussle with Italo D’Ascenzo’s rink. The only winner for the Dallies was Ken Nadilo’s rink who had a narrow 16-14 win over Matt Massari whose rink fought back well after being far behind at one stage. It was a good day for Ken and his rink with two good wins.
The Dallies can be very pleased with their effort this season, being the only one of the Promoted teams from second Division to hold their place in One Blue South.
WARNBRO 88(6) defeated SPEARWOOD 74(2)
In the second semi-final it was the Wizards who prevailed over the Dallies where the aggregate lead see-sawed for much of the game. The Dallies led 32-27 after 30 ends, but the Wizards fought back to lead 65-52 after 56 ends.
There was never more than a single digit margin for the next 20 ends or so, until the Wizards stretched that margin to 14 shots by the end of the game. John Trewhella’s rink of Dennis Pattullo (Third), John Hudson (Second) and Matt Trewhella (Lead) led the way for the Wizards with a big 27-10 win over Italo D’Ascenzo’s rink. They led 13-3 after only 7 ends and maintained that lead after 14 ends, to pull away towards the conclusion of the match to win by that 17 shot margin.
The Wizard fight-back in the middle and late parts of the game was, in no small part, due to the magnificent “Lazarus” performance by Tony Tuckerman’s rink of Kyle Prime (Third), Ian Gibson (Second) and Stephen Fairbotham (Lead). Down 17-3 to Vled Pesich’s rink after 9 ends, they produced a herculean reversal to end up winning 23-21 in an aggregate saving performance.
Terry Ball’s rink of Kerry Eames (Third), Tony De Brouwer (Second) and Ian Donaldson (Lead) had a keen tussle with Ivan Unkovich’s rink all day. Down 9-3 after 7 ends, they fought back to draw level at 13-13 after 14 ends. It was then a close match for the next 6 ends before the Dallies’ rink poked their noses in front to win 18-17 at the finish.
Ken Nadilo’s rink had a 25-21 win over Lindsay Strange’s rink of Bill Baker (Third), Young George Jackson (Second) and Dave Phillips (Lead). Lindsay’s rink led from the start and held a 19-14 lead after 14 ends. However Ken’s rink battled back to score 11 shots to the Wizards’ 2 shots over those last 7 ends, taking the lead after 18 ends to go on to win by that 4 shot margin.
The Wizard win saw them go directly into the Grand Final, while the Dallies lived to fight another day in the Preliminary Final against the Bay.
SAFETY BAY 82(6½) defeated SOUTH PERTH 71(1½)
In a keenly contested first semi-final, the Bay proved that little too strong for the Millers with an 11 shot buffer at the conclusion of the game. The margin in the aggregate virtually amounted to the win on the ever-reliable Alan Holmes rink that had a 27-16 victory over Barry Kalinowsky’s rink. Norm Read’s rink chipped in with a very narrow 21-19 win over Max Petrich’s crew while Matt Massari fought out a tense 15-15 draw with Stallion Santostefano’s four.
The only winning rink for the Millers was that of Ken CEO Pride’s rink which has been the outstanding rink for the Millers this season. Ken beat Graham Scott’s rink 21-19.
The Millers did very well to finish in the top five, bearing in mind that they field a Premier League team, and we know that being competitive in two First Divisions is no mean feat. The win by the Bay allowed them to progress to the Preliminary Final where they met the Dallies.