Pennant Match Report 2018-19

 

PAKENHAM BOWLS CLUB – ROUND 16 – PENNANT 2018/19

SATURDAY

Pakenham One (Div 1) had a great result at Ringwood on Saturday, collecting 17 Pennant points from three winning rinks and one draw. The Lions were up and about from the outset and had all four rinks in front and a lead of 25-10 by the time 20 ends had been completed. That pressure was maintained throughout the afternoon and the margin which grew to 59-24 by the half way mark blew out to 107-53 by the end of the game. Pakenham more than doubled their hosts’ score, despite a spirited comeback by one Eagles’ rink.  Best for the Lions with a 34-10 score card were Neil (Big Dev) Devlin (S), Brad Martin (3), Jammie Corney (2) and Ian (Lefty) Anderson (L).

After such a good win, the Ones expected to be putting real pressure on Heathmont for fourth spot on the ladder; however Heathmont surprised everyone with a good win against ladder leaders Mentone and retained their hold on that position, still almost a full round clear of the Lions who have a tough away game next round against second placed Croydon.

At home against ladder leaders Keysborough, Pakenham Two (Div 2) also established a clear lead from very early in their game and with the score at 36-27, led on all rinks at the half way point.   There was a minor lapse after the break when two of the visitors’ rinks briefly had their noses in front but the Lions powered home to a 92-57 win and with all rinks up, collected maximum Pennant points. Best of the winners with 31-11 was Keith Lewis (S), Kerry Lewis (3), Wally Noy (2) and Val Moore (L).

Despite the win, the Twos are still on the fifth rung of the ladder, more than a full round behind Berwick but only seven points ahead of Cranbourne. They will be at home again for the penultimate round against Glen Waverley (ninth).

Pakenham Three put up a spirited fight, with a win on one rink and a draw on a second, at Chelsea on Saturday but simply lacked the depth to upset their host’s top side - at the end of the day they went down 63-91. The only winning rink, with 23-19, was Reg (Wombat) Mattingly (S), (Razor) Ray Pigdon (3), Gian (Bear) Pianezzola (2) and John Coote (L). Terry O’toole, John Siekman, Kevin (Digger) Goonan and Sandra (Wildwoman)Wilde featured in a 17 all draw.

The Threes have, unfortunately, become accustomed to the bottom of the ladder. They will be at home to Cranbourne RSL (1), sixth, next round.

Pakenham Four (Div 6) were scheduled to play Mulgrave Country Club (9) but that team has withdrawn from the competition. Consequently they will be awarded average points and shots for the round (when available) which will ensure that they retain second spot on the ladder. They are away to Ferntree Gully (currently fifth) in round 17.

Pakenham Five (Div 7) collected 18 points from a bye; however they remain in seventh spot, now half a round clear of Carrum but more than a full round behind Berwick. They are at home to Cranbourne (second) next round.

MIDWEEK

We are currently experiencing one of the driest periods on record yet three of the Midweek games scheduled for last week were washed out – the only one which was completed was under the roof at Dandenong!

Pakenham One (Div 1) were to play Clayton at Pakenham. At fifth on the ladder, they missed out on the opportunity to pressure Clayton for fourth spot. They are away to Ferntree Gully (eighth) next round.

Pakenham Two (Div 2) were to host Keysborough. They are currently fifth, only six points behind Narre Warren in fourth. A win at Narre next round would get them into the final four.

Pakenham Three were doubly fortunate – they played under The Dandenong Club’s new roof and therefore avoided the rain and as the entire section was not declared a wash out, they kept the points from their win. However they dropped to second rung of the ladder behind Berwick which gained maximum points due to a forfeit. This game remained close all day on two rinks, with one going down by a single shot and the other finishing with a draw but a big win on the third rink gave the Lions clear overall victory. The big winners with 31-13 were Bill Bosch (S), John Tarr (3), Peter Wilson (2) and Lavinia Moss (L). The matter of which club should occupy top spot will be determined next round when Pakenham play Berwick at Pakenham.

The Six-A-Side Pakenham Four’s game against Churchill Waverley Golf was also washed out. They sit on the fourth rung of the ladder and cannot improve on that position. If they are to feature in the finals they must continue to win as Narre Warren is only seven points behind them in fifth. Although at home, their next game is a tough one against top of the ladder, Hampton Park.

HI-LO

As Bowls Victoria has not yet posted the Division 6 results there is no winner yet for the Hi-Lo.

Des Leigh

 

PAKENHAM BOWLS CLUB – ROUND 15 PENNANT – 09 FEB 2019

It was a mixed bag of results for Pakenham sides last week.

SATURDAY

There was a real sense of “we owe them a beating” felt by Pakenham’s Division One side as they lined up on Saturday in damp and blustery conditions for the game against their opponents from Ferntree Gully. In the early stages though, things did not exactly run according to the script as with two rinks down and one all square, the Lions had only one rink in front. Fortunately that situation did not last too long and through the application of a fair degree of grit and concentration they had three rinks up and a handy 12 shot lead by the half way mark. From that point onwards the home side slowly pulled away to record a 93-74 win and collect 16 Pennant points. Best of three winning rinks was Josh McQueen (S), Trent Gribbin (3), Dave Wood (2) and Steve (Krusty) Bentley (L) with a handy 30-16 scorecard.

The win strengthened their hold on fifth position, now with a bit of a buffer back to Warburton in sixth but still a full round behind Heathmont in fourth.   They are away to Ringwood (ninth) next round.

Pakenham Two (Div 2) had a strangely lopsided game at Mulgrave Country Club. They got the jump on their opponents and established an early lead only to see that eroded by the mid point of the match where they had two rinks up but were down by 12 shots overall (but still in it). From there on however although two rinks held on for slender wins, the others were completely outscored and Pakenham was comprehensively beaten 58-99. Best rink with 19-17 was Peter Ellis (S), Gary (Crow) Crowley (3), Charles Harris (2) and Brian Norton (L).

Despite the loss they held onto fifth spot, now more than a round behind Berwick in fourth but with Hampton Park, Cranbourne and Glen Waverley all breathing down their necks. They have a tough one at home next round against top of the ladder Keysborough.

Playing at home against Keysborough, the Thirds had another day they would rather forget. At 36-42 down but with two rinks in front they were well and truly in it at half time, however two rinks were completely blown away from that point forward and they eventually lost 74-95. Best of the two winning rinks with a very creditable 28-14 was Terry O’Toole (S), John Siekman (3), Kevin (Digger) Goonan (2) and Sandra Wilde (L). They are away to Chelsea (seventh) next round.

Also at home, Pakenham Four (Div 6) had a day to remember against a hapless Bentleigh. Things didn’t look too promising early in that game as although one rink was clearly dominant, the others were lagging behind. However by half time they had all woken up and despite still being behind on one rink, had a clear lead of 25 shots overall. They then went on a rampage and romped home to an overall score of 118-55 with all rinks up. Best of all were Peter Bott (S), Gian (Bear) Pianezzola (3), Peter Wilson (2) and Adrian (ATrain) Wheelan (L) with a huge score of 43-6.

The Fours now hold second spot. They were due to play Mulgrave Country Club next round but as that side has withdrawn (forfeited) will receive average points and shots for the round.

Pakenham Five were massacred at Monbulk, 55-111. They are in seventh position and have a bye next round.

MIDWEEK

The on again off again season for Pakenham One (Div 1) continued last Tuesday with a loss at Vermont South. They were never far away in that game with no more than four shots in it by the half way mark but could never quite bridge the gap. Losing two fives late in the piece put the final nails in the coffin and they eventually went down 55-69 with one winning rink: Keith Lewis (S), Jim Williams (3), Ken Clifton (2) and Val Moore (L) with 22-16. They retain fifth spot on the ladder and play Clayton (fourth) at home next round.

Pakenham Two (Div 2) also suffered an away loss, in their case at the hands of Hampton Park. Theirs was an odd result as they were ahead early in the game and in control at the half way mark with two rinks up, one even and a lead of seven shots. It is not known what was in the lunch time cuppa but they fell away badly in the second half to succomb 53-74 and collect only two Pennant points. The one winning rink was Paul Currie (S), Brian Norton (3), Graeme (Wildman) Wilde (2) and Sandra (Wildwoman) Wilde (L) with 21-19. They also held onto fifth spot, now 10 points ahead of Cardinia Waters and ironically, still almost a full round in front of Hampton Park. They will be home to Keysborough (second) in round 16.

Pakenham Three (Div 5) were scheduled to play The Dandenong Club (Five) who forfeited. As a result they received 16 points and 12 shots which elevated them to their rightful position on top of the ladder but only one point ahead of Berwick. If they are to retain top spot they must have a good win next round against The Dandenong Club (Four) as Berwick are due to play The Dandenong Club (Five) and are likely to get the advantage of the forfeit.

The Six-A-Side Pakenham Four were only just beaten at home by Cardinia Waters 35-37. Again, they were in control until half way through the game but both rinks were outscored in the run home. The one winning rink with 21-17 was Roy Harvie (S), Faye Osborne (2) and John Barlow (L). They are now in fourth spot, almost two full rounds behind Cranbourne in third but only half a round ahead of Narre Warren. They are away to Churchill Waverley Golf (eighth) next round.

HI-LO

The winner last week with number 36 was Roger Platt.

Des (Grizzly) Leigh

 

PENNANT ROUND 14 – PAKENHAM BOWLS CLUB – 02 FEB 2019

SATURDAY

A win on Saturday would have lifted Pakenham One (Div 1) back into the four – however it was not to be. Playing on grass at Heathmont (2 points above them on the ladder) the Lions got away to a good start and with a quarter of the game completed had two rinks up and were in front, but only by a single shot. Regrettably, that was the last time they held the lead and by the half way mark their hosts had pulled ahead by 24 shots and despite the Lions all but matching them from that point onwards they eventually went down 72-99. Pakenham’s best rink was Daniel (Huddo) Hudson (S), Ryan (Rhino) Drummond (3), Keith (Golden Arm) Archer (2) and Terry Sullivan (L) with a score of 26-23.

The Ones still hold fifth place on the ladder, equal on points with Warburton (sixth) but well ahead of them on percentage - however they are now almost a full round behind Heathmont in fourth. They will be at home to Ferntree Gully (seventh) next round.

Although playing with the home ground advantage, Pakenham Two (Div 2), seventh, faced a tough assignment against top of the ladder Carrum. However they were well and truly up to the task. It was neck and neck and scores were level during the first quarter of the game but by the half way mark the Lions had surged ahead to be in front on three rinks with an overall lead of 18 shots. The second half of the game was an arm wrestle and Pakenham only managed to increase that margin by a further three shots, eventually winning 97-76 with the only losing rink going down by a solitary shot. Best rink with 26-15 was Peter Ellis (S), Kevin (Murph) Murphy (3), Charles Harris (2) and Brian Norton (L).

The Twos are now fifth on the ladder, over a full round behind Berwick in fourth and with Hampton Park and Cranbourne breathing down their necks. They are away to Mulgrave Country Club (ninth) next round.

The Third Division side (Pakenham Three) continued their horror year but they were at least competitive last Saturday against Cranbourne. Despite losing the lead after the first couple of ends, they stayed with their opponents for the entire game and eventually lost by only 12 shots, 72-84. Best rink with a 22-15 score was Terry O’Toole (S), John Siekman (3), Kevin (Digger) Goonan (2) and Alan Wilcock (L). They are at home to Keysborough (fourth) next round.

It took the Div 6 Pakenham Four side some time to become accustomed to the grass at Berwick - consequently their opponents jumped away to an early lead. However by the midway mark the Lions had caught up and were leading on two rinks and ahead overall by one shot. From that point onwards they never let Berwick back into the game and went on to win 87-75 with three rinks up. The best of those was Peter Bott (S), Gian (Bear) Pianezzola (3), Peter Wilson (2) and Adrian (ATrain) Wheelan (L) with a 32-20 score.

Despite the win the Fours remain in third spot but are now more than a round clear of Upwey-Tecoma in fourth and Ferntree Gully in fifth. They are home to Bentleigh (eighth) next round.

Pakenham Five (Div 7) jumped away to an early lead at home against Dandenong RSL REC but unfortunately could not maintain that momentum. They were still in front at the half way mark but only by one shot, with one rink well up and one all square. By the completion of play they had only one winning rink and lost overall 61-76. The winners were Alan Waterson (S), Luis Aguilar (3), Elaine Butler (2) and Ray Wood (L) with 27-16. They are now in seventh spot with Carrum hard on their heels and have a tough game away against Monbulk (second) next round.

MIDWEEK

What started as a close game slowly slipped away for Pakenham One (Div 1) playing at home against Mulgrave Country Club. After holding their own for the first few ends the lead soon swung the other way as their opponents became accustomed to the green and they eventually lost on all rinks with an overall score of 49-71. They still hold fifth spot on the ladder but have a tough away game next round against second placed Vermont South.

Pakenham Two (Div 2) notched up a good win at Berwick. They lagged behind in the early stages of that game but once they adapted to the conditions, pulled ahead to establish a 17 shot lead by half time. From that point onwards, with neither side giving an inch, the final margin only grew by one shot with the eventual outcome 73-55 in Pakenham’s favour. Best rink with 26-13 was Paul Currie (S), Brian Norton (3), Graeme (Wildman) Wilde (2) and Sandra (Wildwoman) Wilde (L).

The Twos remain in fifth spot but are now only six points behind Narre Warren in fourth. They are away to Hampton Park (seventh) next round.

Pakenham Three (Div 5) also won well, picking up maximum Pennant points from their home game against Churchill Waverly Golf.   The visitors took an immediate liking to Pakenham’s greens and had their noses in front during the early stages of the game – however by half time the Lions had two rinks up and an overall lead of six shots. From that point forward, Pakenham outscored their opponents 37-17 with the rink which had been behind picking up 16 shots to four in the run home. Best of the winners with 25-14 was Bill Bosch (S), Darren Webster (3), Peter Wilson (2) and Lavinia Moss (L).

The Threes are still in second spot, now only one point behind Berwick but a full round ahead of Edithvale. They will be at home again next round to The Dandenong Club Five (tenth).

The Six-A-Side Pakenham Four also collected maximum Pennant points with an away win against Noble Park. Their game was evenly poised during the early stages but by the half way mark the Lions had their noses in front with one rink up and a slender lead. From that point forward, the rink which had been lagging behind outscored their opponents by 14 shots to one, with the final result being 42-30 Pakenham’s way. Best rink with 20-10 was Alan Waterson (S), Faye Osborne (2) and Helen Wright (L). The win did not affect their ladder position (fourth) but they are now a little more than a clear round ahead of Willow Lodge in fifth. They will host Cardinia Waters (second) next round.

HI-LO

Winner of the HI-LO last week with number 21 was Trent Gribbin (again).

Des Leigh

 

PAKENHAM BOWLS CLUB - MIDWEEK ROUND 13 – 2018/19 PENNANT SEASON

SATURDAY

Due to the Australia Day holiday, there were no Saturday Pennant games played last weekend. However the postponed Round 10 Division One game was played under lights at Mentone on Friday night.

Fresh from their good win in Round 13, the Lions headed off to Mentone with the very realistic belief that they might pull off the upset of the season by beating the former Premier Division club and clear ladder leaders on their home turf. The Edge had other ideas however and although they did not have everything go their own way, quickly gained control of the game. Forced to play catch-up bowls, Pakenham then ground away at the lead, eventually getting their noses in front at about the half way mark.   They managed to hold onto a slender break until quite late in the game when it began to look like the hoped for fairy tale finish was in sight. However once the business end was reached the true quality of the Mentone players came to the fore – they found another gear and lifted across the board to force an 83-63 win. The Lions finished with only winning rink – Neil (Big Dev) Devlin (S), Chris (Foxy) Fox (3), Graeme (Wildman) Wilde (2) and Terry (Tmac) McRedmond (L). However no one was disgraced on the night.

Although the Pakenham players returned home with just two Pennant points it was sufficient to lift them from sixth place on the ladder to fifth, now only two points out of the four but ahead of Warburton in sixth on percentage only. They are on the road again next Saturday against Heathmont (fourth) for a game which may well determine the outcome of their season.

The other games scheduled for round 14 are: Pakenham Two (seventh) home to clear ladder leaders Carrum One; Pakenham Three (tenth) home to Cranbourne Two (sixth); Pakenham Four (third) away to Berwick Eight (seventh); and Pakenham Five (seventh) home to Dandenong RSL REC One (fourth).

MIDWEEK

Although the standard of their opponents might not have been quite the same, the Midweek Div 1 team showed that it was possible to win and win well, at Mentone. They surprised their hosts by jumping away to an early lead which they continued to build on and by the half way mark were ahead 43-25 with all three rinks up. From that point, one of the Mentone rinks put up a spirited fight back and managed to get their noses in front by the end of the game. However their efforts were more than negated by the other two Pakenham rinks which both (in a happy coincidence) outscored their opponents 13-5 in the run home. The final result was a 73-48 win to the Lions. Best rink with a score of 28-13 and 15 of the 21 ends was Keith (Golden Arm) Archer (S), Terry (Tmac) McRedmond (3), Charles Harris (2) and Kerry Lewis (L).

Despite the win, the Ones remain in fifth spot on the ladder, now only two behind Heathmont in fourth but more than a full round ahead of Ferntree Gully in fifth. They are at home against top of the ladder Mulgrave Country Club next round.

When they headed off to Carrum last Tuesday, Pakenham Three (Div 5), sitting on top of the ladder, could have been excused for pencilling in a win against their ninth placed opponents. However that is not the way things panned out as although one Lions rink was dominant all day, the other two didn’t just struggle, they were well beaten. Taken at face value, the final score of 52-55 would indicate that the game was close - however Pakenham’s only winning rink scored 33 of those 52 shots. The winners were Bill Bosch (S), Darren Webster (3), Peter Wilson (2) and Lavinia Moss (L).

Hopefully the round 13 result is an aberration only and the Threes will quickly regain their mojo. They have the chance to do just that, at home to Churchill Waverley Golf (fourth) next round. Note that there is some confusion regarding the points awarded for the round 12 game against Edithvale – Bowls Vic shared the points due to a “Heat Out” - however it is believed that Pakenham should have been awarded maximum points on the basis of a walk over.

 

The Six-A-Side Pakenham Four rounded out last week’s results with a good, maximum points win at home against Narre Warren. After establishing an early lead they were never really troubled for most of the game, winning overall 44-36, although one rink briefly fell behind in the latter stages. Best rink with 21-15 was Alan Waterson (S), Jan Stevenson (2) and Faye Osborne (L). They are still in fourth spot, now almost a full round clear of Keysborough in fifth but almost two rounds behind Cardinia Waters in third. They are away to Noble Park (ninth) next round.

HI-LO

The winner for Round 10 (now completed) was Des (Grizzly) Leigh with number 27.

 Des Leigh

 

PAKENHAM BOWLS CLUB – ROUND 13 PENNANT – 19 JANUARY 2019

SATURDAY

After the disappointment of their one shot loss at Warburton last week, Pakenham One (Div 1) bounced back hard on Saturday with a convincing 95 to 60 win at home against Berwick. The Lions were up and about from the outset and despite one rink lagging behind, quickly established an early lead which had grown to 25 shots by the half way mark, with two rinks well up, one level and one down. There was no easing of the pressure after the break and with wins on three rinks the home side pocketed 16 Pennant points. Best rink with a 35/7 score card was Geoff (Voota) Van Vugt (S), Daniel (Huddo) Hudson (3), Des (Grizzly) Leigh (2) and Glenn (Google) Bainbridge (L).

The Ones remain on the sixth rung of the ladder but are only four points out of the top four and almost a full round clear of Ferntree Gully in seventh. Although beating the clear ladder leaders on their own turf is a tough assignment, they have the opportunity at Mentone on Friday night to pick up the required points when their postponed round 10 match is finally played.

Pakenham Two (Div 2) had a close one at Hampton Park which unfortunately resulted in a loss. The home side grabbed the lead in the first few ends but by the half way mark, Pakenham was only three shots behind, despite having only one rink up at that stage. The game was there to be taken, however the Lions fell short by six shots, going down overall 71/77 but with wins on two rinks collected four Pennant points. Best of the winners was Peter Ellis (S), Gary (Crow) Crowley (3), Charles Harris (2) and Graeme (Wildman) Wilde (L) with a score of 20/16.

The Twos have a hard road ahead – of their last five games three are against the top three sides, although two of those will be at home. Their opponent for round 14 (2 February) will be top of the ladder Carrum, at home. Due to the Australia Day holiday, there will not be any games played next Saturday.

It was Queen Elizabeth who coined the phrase “annus horribilis” when describing her year at Windsor. However the description might also be applied to the season being experienced by Pakenham’s Third Division side. They suffered another drubbing on Saturday, this time at the hands of the ladder leaders, The Dandenong Club – roll on 2019/20! At least when they meet sixth placed Cranbourne at home on 2 February they should have a fighting chance.

The Sixth Div Fours shared the home ground with the Ones on Saturday and joined them in the winners circle. Playing second placed Chelsea, they started slowly and with just 25% of the game completed they looked to be in trouble as they were down on three rinks and behind overall. However from that point they obviously found another gear which changed the game entirely and by the half way mark they had three rinks up and a handy 56/37 lead. By the completion of play they had two winning rinks, one drawn and the fourth down by just two shots for a comfortable overall win of 92/65. It was pleasing to note that the one losing rink clearly outscored their opponents in the run home. Best rink was Jan Moore (S), Josie Mazzarella (3), Jan Stevenson (2) and Vince Bevilaqua (L), which with 29/14 more than doubled their rival’s score.

The win elevated them to the third rung of the ladder. They play Berwick (seventh), away, in round 14.

At sixth on the ladder, Pakenham Five (Div 7) might have looked forward to a close away game against fifth placed Berwick. However that was not the way it panned out. The “Wickers” were anything but hospitable, first grabbing an early lead and then doubling the Lions score, 54/27, by the half way mark. From that point it was all downhill – the final score was 55/102 with only one winning rink: Alan Waterson (S), Luis Aguilar (3), Elaine Butler (2) and Ray Wood (L) with a creditable 25/9 score card.  They dropped from sixth to seventh on the ladder and host fourth placed Dandenong RSL REC in round 14.

MIDWEEK

For a variety of reasons, only one game was actually completed last Tuesday. Given the heatwave conditions, Pakenham One (Div 1) were fortunate to get a result from their game at home against Heathmont. They got away to a good start but by the half way mark their opponents had snatched a narrow lead and were ahead on two of the three rinks. However the Lions pushed back hard, particularly on their best rink which finished the day with a score of 31/12.   The final result was Pakenham up 64/49 with two winning rinks, the best of which was Keith (Golden Arm)Archer (S), Terry (Tmac) McRedmond (3), Charles Harris (2) and Kerry Lewis (L). Although still in fifth spot the Ones are now only four points behind Heathmont in fourth. They play Mentone (tenth) away next round.

The game between Pakenham Two (Div 2) and Cardinia Waters was abandonded because of the heat and the points were therefore shared. The Twos (fifth) will host Burden Park (third) next round.

Pakenham Three (Div 5) were given a walk over by Edithvale and should receive maximum Pennant points plus 12 shots, which would cement their position at the top of the ladder (Bowls Vic had not posted results at the time of writing).

The Six-A-Side Pakenham Four had a bye. Now in fourth spot, they will host Narre Warren (sixth) next round.

HI-LO

Winner of the HI-LO this week was Trent Gribbin with number 21.

Des Leigh

 

PAKENHAM BOWLS CLUB – PENNANT REPORT ROUND 12 – 2019

SATURDAY

It was a case of “close, but no cigar” (or free drinks) for Pakenham’s Pennant players last Saturday.   All teams won except the Div One side which wasted a golden opportunity to consolidate fourth spot on the ladder, going down by just one shot in a heart breaking finish at Warburton.

Although one rink jumped ahead from the start and quickly established a good lead, most of the Pakenham players struggled a little on what was a strange surface - a synthetic green which seemed to run at about 12 seconds in terms of weight but much faster in terms of the grass line. By the time each rink had played five ends, with the score at 14/31, the Burra’s had more than doubled the Lions’ score; nevertheless, by the half way mark Pakenham was still within striking distance, being just 10 shots down overall. After a half time rev-up by stand in manager Chris Fox (Coach Neil Devlin being one of three regulars missing from the side) the Lions fired up and by the time the business end of the game had been reached had snatched the lead and looked like powering home. However the locals were not finished and put up a spirited fight, with the game being decided on the last end, 83/82 in their favour.

The only winning rink for Pakenham with a score of 36/12 was Geoff (Voota)Van Vugt (S), Daniel (Huddo) Hudson (3), Des (Grizzly) Leigh (2) and Glenn (Google) Bainbridge (L). The loss saw the Ones drop from fourth to sixth. They have a must win game against Berwick at home next round.

Pakenham Two (Div 2) showed how it’s done, winning on all rinks in their home game against Churchill Waverley Golf. From the commencement of play they leapt from the barriers and by the time 20 ends (overall) had been played had established a lead of 29/9 which was extended to 57/27 by the half way mark. From there on, despite one rink being temporarily all square at the eighteenth end, they never gave their shell-shocked opponents a sniff and cruised to a comfortable 94/61 win. Best rink was Peter Ellis (S), Gary (Crow) Crowley (3), Charles Harris (2) and Sandra (Wildwoman) Wilde (L) with a 29/13 score card.

The win elevated the Twos from seventh to the sixth rung of the ladder. They are drawn to play Hampton Park (seventh) away next round.

In what was the battle of the “cellar dwellers”, the long suffering third division side finally had a win, at home against Mulgrave Country Club. This game started well for the Lions who established a 25/16 lead, with all rinks ahead, by the time a quarter of the game had been completed. However the situation was not as promising at the half way mark as the visitors had by then pulled ahead and with two rinks up, led overall by eight shots. The ham and pickle rolls at afternoon tea had the desired affect however, as the home side embarked on a spirited fight back after the break and despite being badly mauled on one rink eventually got the other three up for an overall 10 shot win, 93/83. Best rink with 32/13 was Terry O’Toole (S), Alan Wilcock (3), Kevin (Digger) Goonan (2) and John Seikman (L).

Unfortunately the Threes are still at the bottom of the ladder. They have an extremely tough assignment next round, away to clear ladder leaders, The Dandenong Club.

Pakenham Four (Div 6) had a very satisfying win away, picking up maximum Pennant points at Glen Waverley (away wins are always that little bit sweeter). The Lions put the foot down from the word “go,” quickly establishing an early lead and by the half way mark, at 54/29, had almost doubled their opponent’s score. From that point they kept the pressure up and by the end of play had a commanding lead of 101 shots to 60, with four winning rinks. Best rink with a huge score of 34/10 and 15 of the 21 ends, was Peter Bott (S), Gian (Cuddly Bear) Pianezzola (3), Peter Wilson (2) and Joan Montgomery (L).

The win gave the Fours a leg up to fourth rung of the ladder. They have a tough one at home against Chelsea (second) next round.

The members of Pakenham Five (Div 7) were also wearing winning (and relieved) grins on Saturday evening, despite the fact that their home game against Carrum did not start well. The visitors got the jump on them from the outset and with two of Pakenham’s rinks in trouble, quickly established an early lead. However the Lions fought back hard and by the half way mark had two rinks ahead and were down overall by just one shot.   They kept that momentum going after the break and when the dust settled, despite going down on two rinks, managed to construct a reasonably comfortable 95/79 win. Best rink with a score of 26/10 was Roger Platt (S), Eric Peterson (3), John Lindley (2) and Helen Wright (L). That rink came home with a wet sail in the second half of the game, outscoring their opponents by14 shots to two.

The Fives now occupy sixth spot on the ladder. They face fifth placed Berwick, away, next round.

HI-LO

Winner of the HI-LO this week with number 49 was John Coote.

Des Leigh

 

PAKENHAM BOWLS CLUB – 2018/19 PENNANT ROUND 11

SATURDAY

Three of the five games involving Pakenham teams which were scheduled for last Saturday were washed out. Pakenham One (Div 1) had only played 11 of 84 ends at home against Burden Park when the skies opened up and the lightning started. After a lengthy delay the decision was made to abandon play and the points were therefore shared. Apparently the heavy rain only fell in the Pakenham/Cranbourne area as all other games in the section were completed. Nevertheless, the Ones go into the Christmas break in fourth position. They will be at Warburton (seventh) on 12 January 2019 for the resumption of the season.

Pakenham Two (Div 2) also had an early finish to their game at Cranbourne. Again, theirs was the only game in the section which was washed out. They are in seventh position and will be at home to Churchill Waverley Golf (eighth) for round 12.

Pakenham Three (Div 3) let another one get away at Noble Park. With one rink jumping away to a great start, they grabbed an early break and at the half way mark had two rinks up and a handy lead of 46/27. However by the completion of play they had only one winning rink and agonizingly, at 70/71, fell short by a single shot.   Best rink was Jim Williams (S), Paul Walter (3), Razor Ray Pigdon (2) and Tina Courtin (L) with 28/12. They will be at home to Mulgrave Country Club (ninth) for the next round.

The Div 6 Pakenham Four were a bit smarter (and drier) than the Ones and were off the green, out of the rain and into the club house a couple of minutes earlier than the senior side. They break for Christmas on top of the ladder, three full rounds (that’s 54 points!) ahead of Chelsea in second. Their first outing after the holiday will be at Glen Waverley (ninth).

Pakenham Five (Div 7) had a great win at Narre Warren, picking up the maximum 18 Pennant points. They led at all stages of the game and eventually romped home 96/53. Best rink with 22/8 was Roger Platt (S), Peter Powney (3), John Lindley (2) and Joan Montgomery (L). Despite their win, the Fives did not climb out of eighth spot. They will be at home to Carrum (seventh) for round 12.

MIDWEEK

The Midweek sides returned good results, winning three out of the four scheduled matches.

The First Division side had a clear yet somehow uncomfortable win at home against Ringwood. Whereas one rink absolutely thrashed their opponents (35/8), the other two struggled all day, eventually going down by one and ten shots respectively. The rink which pulled the others over the line was Keith (Golden Arm) Archer (S), Terry (Tmac) McRedmond (3), Charles Harris (2) and Kerry Lewis (L). Ironically, despite the win, they dropped from sixth to seventh on the ladder, now two points behind Berwick who leap frogged them with a better result. They have the opportunity to regain their position by beating Berwick (away) in the last round before the Christmas break.

Pakenham Two (Div 2) had a disappointing day at Cranbourne. Overall, they were level with the opposition early in the game but with one rink being hammered, began to fall away as the day progressed. Down 19/35 at half time, they were eventually beaten 46/63. Their one winning rink was Terry O’Toole (S), David Moore (3), Josie Mazzarella (2) and John Coote (L) with a score of 23/16. The Twos dropped from fifth to sixth, now only two ahead of Hampton Park. They have a home game against Edithvale (fifth) in round 11.

Pakenham Three (Div 5) fared far better at home against Noble Park. They jumped away to a big early lead and by the half way mark were up on all three rinks and ahead by 30 shots. They eventually cruised to a 95/43 win with each rink scoring heavily. Best of the winners with 40/18 was Bill Bosch (S), Peter Powney (3), Peter Wilson (2) and Lavinia Moss (L). They are still on top of the ladder, now more than a full round ahead of Churchill Waverley Golf in second. They will be away at Edithvale (fourth) next round.

The Six-A-Side Fours also had a good win, collecting maximum Pennant points. Playing away at Willow Lodge they were never really challenged and ended the day with both rinks up and at 49/24 more than doubled their opponent’s score. Best rink with 26/10 was Lindsay Stevenson (S), Jan Stevenson (2) and Faye Osborne (L). The win elevated them from eighth to fifth, one point ahead of Narre Warren but still 11 behind Willow Lodge. They will be at home in round 11 to Cranbourne (third).

HI-LO

The winner for round 11 with number 42 was John (Giovanni) Donazzan.

Have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year. Good bowling to those who are hunting tournaments. Take care and come back safely in 2019.

Des Leigh

 

PAKENHAM BOWLS CLUB – 2018/19 PENNANT ROUND 9

SATURDAY

It was imperative that the Pakenham One (Div 1) players maintained their match winning momentum at Mulgrave Country Club on Saturday and they did not disappoint, despite the fact that it was only the third time that they had played on grass this season. They were up and about from the word go, and by the completion of 20 ends had surged to a 28/10 lead with three rinks up and one level.  By the half way point, the margin had grown to 56/32, still with three up and one square. The Coach’s plea after the tea break was predictable; it may have been in a broad Scottish brogue but the meaning was clear - keep the pressure up and don’t let them back in! The final result was a big 98/68 win with two rinks up and the other two only falling short by very narrow margins (one and three respectively). (New) best winning rink with 34/13 was Trent Gribbin (S), Dave Wood (3), Keith (Golden Arm) Archer (2) and Terry Sullivan (L).

The win elevated the Ones into the top four and incredibly, despite being unable to collect any points in the Sunday double header, (their round 10 game against Mentone having been rescheduled to 25 January) they were still in fourth position on Sunday night.   They host second on the ladder Burden Park next Saturday for the final round of 2018.

For the majority of the other Pakenham sides it was a dirty weekend. Pakenham Two had “two that got away” and they were both at home. On Saturday they hosted Edithvale and were in front 46/41 at half time with three rinks up only to be outscored in the run home and go down 80/88 overall with two winning rinks. On Sunday against Berwick they started well but were caught by the half way mark. It then became an arm wrestle which could have gone either way but it was the “old enemy” unfortunately, which prevailed. Best winning rink on both days with 26/20 and 23/15 respectively, was Peter Ellis (S), Gary (Crow) Crowley (3), Charles Harris (2) and Ian (Lefty) Anderson (L).

The Twos now occupy the seventh rung of the ladder. They are away to Cranbourne 1 (sixth) next round.

Pakenham Three (Div 3) continue their year in purgatory. They also let two chances slip away - on Saturday at half time they had three rinks up and the narrowest of leads (one shot) over the visiting Edithvale only to fall by the way side, eventually losing 73/91 with only one successful rink. On Sunday against second placed Narre Warren they had two rinks up and again a one shot lead only to go down 70/101(what are they putting in their afternoon cuppa?). Best rink on Saturday with 24/19 was Jim Williams (S), Paul Walter (3), Tina Courtin (2) and Razor Ray Pigdon (L). Sunday’s best was Paul Currie (S), Reg (Wombat) Mattingly (3), Anna Barrie (2) and John Coote (L) with 25/18.

The Threes will be at Noble Park for round 11.

The tale of woe continued with Pakenham Four (Div 6).   With the exception of one rink they started well at Burden Park on Saturday and even by the half way point they only trailed by five shots. However they never seemed able to get a handle on the game and eventually lost by just seven shots, 73/80. On Sunday at Upwey-Tecoma they got away to a good start again and had a slender three shot lead at half time. However the wheels fell off after that and they ultimately lost the game 75/95. Bill Bosch (S), Ray Illing (3), Darren Webster (2) and Ray Leggett (L) with 28/8 were the best rink on Saturday while John Moore, Sam Granieri (3), Luis Aguilar and Adrian (ATrain)Wheelan with 21/19 were best on Sunday.

Pakenham Four are in no man’s land in fifth spot at present, almost a full round clear of Burden Park in sixth but almost a full round behind Ferntree Gully in fourth. After two away games, they will be at home next Saturday against Carrum (second).

The one bright light at home on Saturday was the Div 7 match between Pakenham Five and the Dandenong Club. The Fives led at all stages of the game and eventually cruised to a 99/71 victory with three winning rinks and the other losing by only two shots. Best of the winners with 26/13 was Lindsay Stevenson (S), Alan Waterson (3), Alan Wilcock (2) and Gail Bowman (L). Unfortunately, due to religious and other committments there were insufficient players available to field all teams on Sunday and the Fives were therefore obliged to forfeit their home game against Cardinia Waters. They meet Narre Warren (ninth) away next round.

MIDWEEK

Pakenham One (Div 1) had only one winning rink in their 53/64 loss at Beaumaris last Tuesday. Gary (Crow) Crowley and his crew of Ned Courtin (3), Jim Williams (2) and Stormin’ Norm Box (L) had a close battle all day against their hosts but although they drew level on a couple of occasions they were never in front. Then on the last end, at two down on the card and one down at the head, Crow took out the Beaumaris shot as clean as a whistle with his last bowl and converted to four up to snatch a 24/22 win. The Ones dropped to sixth place on the ladder, equal on points with Ringwood in seventh but ahead on percentage. They meet Ringwood at home next round.

Pakenham Two (Div 2) unfortunately came home from the Dandenong Club without one winning rink. This game simply got away from them in the second half and from being close at half time they eventually lost by 37/80. They were fortunate to retain fifth spot. They would hope for a win away at Cranbourne (ninth) next round.

The Fifth Division side (Pakenham Three) showed how it’s done. They started positively at home against Mulgrave Country Club and were in front all day, eventually romping home by forty shots, 76/36. Best rink with 33/10 was Bill Bosch (S), David Moore (3), Peter Wilson (2) and Lavinia Moss (L). The Threes sit proudly on top of the ladder. They have a home game against Noble Park (fifth) next round.

The Six-A-Side Pakenham Four also constructed a good home win last Tuesday against Keysborough. Although challenged earlier, one rink began to dominate while the other, although trailing, never allowed its opponent to get away. They were eventually rewarded with a reasonably comfortable 40/31 win. Best rink was Roy Harvie (S), John Barlow (2) and Jan Stevenson (L) with a 23/11 score card. They will be away at Willow Lodge next round.

HI-LO

The winner of the HI-LO for round nine was Graeme (Wildman) Wilde with number 25.

Des Leigh

 

PAKENHAM BOWLS CLUB – 2018/19 PENNANT - ROUND 8

SATURDAY

The cat (Lion) has been let loose among the pigeons! After a great win last week against the Ringwood Eagles, Pakenham One (Div 1) upped the ante on Saturday with an even better victory against Croydon. Sitting securely on the second rung of the ladder, Croydon’s Pirates may have already pencilled in a win against the Lions (eighth) but it was the home side which gained a massive early advantage, being ahead on all rinks and up 32/6 by the completion of the first 20 ends. At the half way mark the Pirates were still shell shocked but had recovered a little to reduce the deficit to 20 shots – however they still did not have a winning rink. The Lions kept the pressure up after the tea break, eventually booting home a 108/70 victory and collecting 16 valuable Pennant points in the process. Best rink with 32/12 was Geoff (Voota) Van Vugt (S), Josh McQueen (3), Des (Grizzly) Leigh (2) and Glenn (Google) Bainbridge (L).

The Ones have moved up two rungs on the ladder to sixth and face Mulgrave Country Club (seventh) away, next round. Only three points cover fourth to seventh spots at present so it is important that they maintain their momentum.

Pakenham Two (Div 2) did not find the grass at Glen Waverley to their liking and their opponents grabbed an early lead. By the half way mark the Lions had made some inroads into the deficit but at 30/42 were still in trouble. From that point forward, both sides were evenly balanced but the hosts never gave up their early lead and ran out overall winners, 78/61. Pakenham’s only winning rink with 21/16 was Keith Lewis (S), Kerry Lewis (3), Wally Noy (2) and Val Moore (L). They dropped from fifth to seventh on the ladder.

Pakenham Two to Pakenham Five all have a double header next weekend. The twos are home to Edithvale (third) on Saturday and home again to Berwick (sixth) on Sunday.

In terms of results, Pakenham Three’s horror year continued on Saturday, although they acquitted themselves well in their away game against Cranbourne RSL One; with one rink up and the others losing by narrow margins, they came close to grabbing that elusive victory and went down by only 10 shots overall. Their only winning rink staged a great comeback, turning a half time score of 6/14 down into 23/22 up by the completion of play. Well done Jennifer Bainbridge (S), Charles Harris (3), Lois Mashado (2) and Ron Hawkins (L). The Threes also have two home games next weekend – they host Burden Park (fourth) on Saturday and Narre Warren (second) on Sunday.

Also flying the flag at home on Saturday, fifth placed Pakenham Four (Div 6) never gave their higher ranked opponents Ferntree Gully (second) a sniff at victory. By a quarter of the way into the game they had three rinks up and one level for an overall score of 28/11 and were still three up and one drawn at the half way mark with the score at 49/33. They dropped into top gear after the tea break and powered home to win on all rinks with an overall score of 89/57. Best rink with 30/17 was Jan Moore (S), Josie Mazzarella (3), Ken Clifton (2) and Vince Bevilacqua (L).

The Fours are still in fifth spot but are now only two points behind Ferntree Gully who dropped to fourth. They are away to Burden Park (sixth) on Saturday and Upwey/Tecoma (third) on Sunday.

Pakenham Five (Div 7) had a day they would prefer to forget. They were absolutely flogged at Cranbourne and dropped from seventh to ninth rung of the ladder. They have two home games to try to recover next weekend – against the Dandenong Club (sixth) on Saturday and Cardinia Waters (first) on Sunday.

MIDWEEK

Despite getting up on only one rink, Pakenham One (Div 1) had a comfortable win against the visitors from Ferntree Gully last Tuesday. They were ahead at all stages of the game and with their best rink romping home by 29/11 and the others down by only two shots apiece they were never troubled. The winning rink was Keith (Golden Arm) Archer (S), Charles Harris (3), Terry (Tmac) McRedmond (2) and Kerry Lewis (L). The win saw them climb from seventh to fifth on the ladder; however only seven points covers fourth to eighth so winning or losing could mean rapid movement in either direction. They will be away to Beaumaris (tenth) in round nine.

Pakenham Two (Div 2) hosted Narre Warren, also for a home win. The Lions lagged behind a little early in the game but had found their rhythm by the half way point when they had two rinks ahead and the overall score at 42/28. At 60/52 it was not a comfortable win, but a win, nevertheless and the 14 Pennant points gained saw them move from sixth to fifth on the ladder. Best rink with 26/8 was Peter Bott (S), Ray Illing (3), Razor Ray Pigdon (2) and Sandra (Wildwoman) Wilde (L). They are now only two points behind Narre Warren in fourth. Round nine will see them under the new roof at the Dandenong Club (second).

The old enemy Berwick threw a spanner into the works for Pakenham Three (Div 5). The Lions came home with two winning rinks but the third experienced an unacustomed loss. They trailed all day by a few shots and eventually went down overall by just four shots, 61/65. Best rink with 24/12 was Bill Bosch (S), David Moore (3), Peter Wilson (2) and Lavinia Moss (L). Despite the loss, the Threes retain top spot, still almost a full round ahead of Berwick who are now second. They will be home to Mulgrave Country Club (seventh) next round.

The Six-A-Side Pakenham Four were away at Hampton Park. They played catch up bowls for the whole day and eventually lost 28/43, banking zero Pennant points. They dropped from sixth to eighth on the ladder and will host Keysborough (seventh) next round.

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

A reminder that the final of the Men’s Singles Championship between Neil Devlin and Terry Sullivan will be played this Thursday, 6 December, commencing at 5pm.

HI-LO

The winner this week with number seven was Trent (Rowdy) Bedford.

Des Leigh

 

PENNANT REPORT – PAKENHAM BOWLS CLUB – ROUND 7 – 2018/19

 

With the Victorian Open in progress at Shepparton, there were no Midweek Pennant games played last week. This week however, everything is back to normal, although the Saturday players have a double header coming up on Saturday and Sunday 8 & 9 December.

 

SATURDAY

 

Sitting at eighth on the ladder with their backs to the wall, Pakenham One (Div 1) desparately needed a win last Saturday. During the pre match rev-up, Coach Neil (Big Dev) Devlin urged his players to exploit the home ground advantage and get an early jump on the visitors from Ringwood. However it was the Eagles who had the upper hand early in the game and after 20 ends the Lions had only one rink up, one level and were down overall by three shots. Pakenham players were bowling well but at that stage their opponents were bowling better – Geoff Van Vugt’s direct opponent, in particular, was playing remarkable bowls and the question was asked “He can’t keep this up can he?” The answer came as the game progressed and the Lions applied more pressure; although still bowling well, he began to make errors in judgement which cost him dearly.

 

Pakenham kept pushing hard and by the half way mark had two rinks up and importantly, a lead of seven shots overall. The visitors hit back immediately after the afternoon tea break but the Lions rallied and fought out a very good win with two rinks up, one drawn and an overall score of 77/66. Best rink with a score of 26/14 was Geoff (Voota) Van Vugt (S), Josh McQueen (3), Des (Grizzly) Leigh (2) and Glenn (Google) Bainbridge (L).

 

The 15 Pennant points which they earned did not elevate the Lions any further up the ladder but they are now breathing down the necks of Mulgrave Country Club and Ringwood (two points behind both) and are more than a full round clear of Warburton in ninth. Another win next week at home against second placed Croydon would really put the cat (or Lion) amongst the pigeons, particularly as Ringwood is scheduled to play Mulgrave Country Club.

 

Pakenham Two (Div 2) were on the road to Keysborough where on a surprisingly slow synthetic green they got away to a faltering start against a side which absolutely bolted from the barriers. As the afternoon wore on the situation became progressively worse and they were eventually soundly beaten to the tune of 98 shots to 59. Their only winning rink with a score of 20/18 was Keith Lewis (S), Kerry Lewis (3), Wally Noy (2) and Val Moore (L). The loss saw them drop from fourth to fifth on the ladder, equal on points with Berwick in sixth and only four points clear of Hampton Park in seventh. Needless to say, it is a must win game at Glen Waverley (ninth) next round.

 

The dismal weather on Saturday did nothing to lighten the spirits of Pakenham Three (Div 3) as they faced another tough game at home, this time against Chelsea’s number one side. After 20 ends had been played the Lions were still well in it, despite having only one rink up and one level and even at the half way mark, at 12 shots down, they were within striking distance; however as the game progressed the deficit grew and they eventually lost 71/95 with only one winning rink. The sole winners were Paul Currie (S), Reg Mattingly (3), Anna Barrie (2) and John Coote (L) with a 23/17 score card.

 

The Threes face another number one side in Cranbourne RSL, away, next round. It has very much become a case of grin and bear it and hope for a more competitive draw next season.

 

Both Pakenham Four and Pakenham Five both had byes last weekend. However it was heartening to see that despite the miserable weather, the majority of players turned out for an intra club practice match. As the Fours are in a section where the bye came about as the result of another club pulling out part way into the season, they received zero Pennant points for round seven and as a consequence dropped from fourth to fifth spot on the ladder. The Fives on the other hand received 18 Pennant points and moved from eighth to seventh without having to fire a shot – Pauline Hanson might well say, “Please explain!”

 

The Fours will be at home in round eight against second placed Ferntree Gully while the Fives will be away against Cranbourne (third).

 

HI-LO

 

The winner this week with number two was Keith Lewis.

 

Des Leigh

 

PAKENHAM BOWLS CLUB - PENNANT REPORT – MIDWEEK ROUND SEVEN 2018/19

 

With the Victorian Open underway, there were no Saturday Pennant games played on 17 November 2018. For the same reason, there will be a break in Midweek Pennant and the next (eighth) round will not be played until 27 November.

 

MIDWEEK

 

Following their good win in the previous round, Pakenham One (Div1) were keen to maintain that momentum in their game at Clayton last Tuesday, although beating a strong side like Clayton on their home (grass) turf was likely to be a tall order. However the Lions jumped away to an incredible start and after only 15 ends had established a lead of 27 shots to nine. As they got deeper into the game, the Pakenham juggernaught continued to roll on and by the half way mark, despite being down on one rink, they had extended their lead to 49/23. In the second half a change in conditions brought on by a strengthening wind seemed to favour the locals who came back hard; but not hard enough to prevent the Lions claiming overall victory, with two rinks up and a score of 66/57. Best rink with a 27/9 score card was Keith (Golden Arm) Archer (S), Terry (Tmac) McRedmond (3), Keith (Lewie) Lewis (2) and Kerry (Also Lewie?) Lewis (L). The win promoted them one rung up the ladder to seventh. They will be home to Ferntree Gully (third) in round eight.

 

Pakenham Two (Div 2) were also away, their opponent being Keysborough. However they did not fare anwhere near as well as the Ones. Despite getting away to a good start, they were in trouble, 20/40 down, by the time the game had reached the half way point. Then as the wind picked up the Lions fell further away and by the end were soundly beaten 36/84 and collected zero Pennant points. The loss saw them drop to the sixth rung of the ladder; fortunately still more than a round clear of Hampton Park in seventh. They will be at home to Narre Warren (fourth) next round.

 

The Fifth Division side (Pakenham Three) flew the flag at home in very emphatic fashion against the visiting Dandenong Club. They never gave their opponents a sniff - after only a few ends they held a lead of 17/6 and that quickly blew out to 50/14 by the half way mark. They were no more charitable after lunch and pushed on to a very big win, 89 shots to 33. Best rink yet again was Jan Moore (S), Lindsay Stevenson (3), Darren Webster (2) and Eric Peterson (L) with a 35/6 score card. The Threes remain in top spot, more than a full round clear of Churchill Waverley Golf in second. They will be away at Berwick next round - hopefully for a more competitive (and satisfying) game.

 

Also playing at home but not having such an easy day of it, the Six-A-Side Pakenham Four were host to Churchill Waverley Golf. The visitors got the jump on the Lions from the outset but as the game progressed the locals fought back and by the half way mark, with one rink up and one down, were only two shots behind. Then in the second half, with heads down and tails up, both Pakenham rinks outscored their opponents to bring home a 38/32 win with one rink up and the other drawn. Best rink with a score of 20/14 was Alan Waterson (S), Jan Stevenson (2) and John Barlow (L). The Fours are now sixth on the ladder. Their next outing will be away against top of the ladder Hampton Park.

 

 

 

Des Leigh

 

PAKENHAM BOWLS CLUB - 2018/19 SEASON - PENNANT REPORT - ROUND SIX

 

SATURDAY

 

After a wonderful win against the high flying Heathmont in the previous round, Pakenham One (Div 1) came to earth with a thud at Ferntree Gully last Saturday. The signs were encouraging early in this game and by the half way mark the Lions had two rinks up and one level and were holding the slimmest of leads – a single shot. Then came disaster - the afternoon tea provided by their hosts was delicious but it apparently had the effect of causing some of the Pakenham players to forget their sense of purpose – they dropped off to sleep in the second half and were overcome by their more determined opponents and lost the game, 59 shots to 87. Hence all of the gains of the previous week disappeared and they dropped back to eighth on the ladder. The Ones must regroup and put up a better show at home next round against Ringwood on 24 November.

 

Note that to avoid any clashes with the Victorian Open which commences on Friday 16 November and continues through to Friday 23 November, there will not be any Pennant played on Saturday 17 November or Tuesday 20 November.

 

In marked contrast to the efforts of the more senior side, Pakenham Two (Div 2) set about the demolition of their visitors from Mulgrave Country Club from the outset. By the time the game reached the half way mark they had all rinks up and had established a 31 shot lead and by the cessation of hostilities that margin had grown to 52 shots (106/54) and the Twos had banked maximum Pennant points. It has been a long time since a Pakenham side has inflicted such an overwhelming defeat on a team from the usually strong Mulgrave Country Club.

 

Best rink with a 28/7 score card was Keith (Lewie) Lewis (S), Glenn (Google) Bainbridge (3), Wally Noy (2) and Val Moore (L). The Twos now occupy the fourth rung of the ladder. Hopefully they can carry their winning momentum forward into round seven, away against Keysborough (second).

 

Pakenham Three (Div 3) were set an extremely difficult task this season – five of the teams in their section are the number one side from their opposing clubs and three are the number two. It is not all that surprising therefore that they find themselves on the bottom of the ladder. Nevertheless, they did a remarkable job last Saturday in almost pulling off an away win against Keysborough. They were behind by 19 shots at the half way mark but clawed their way back into the game and eventually went down overall by just six shots (71/77) and with three winning rinks collected six Pennant points. Best rink with a score of 21/13 was Terry O’Toole (S), Roger Till (3), Kevin (Digger) Goonan (2) and Ron Hawkins (L). They will be at home to Chelsea One (fifth) next round.

 

Pakenham Four (Div 6) had a nail biter at Bentleigh. Neither team seemed able to take the early ascendency but as the game progressed, the tide seemed to be going with the home side. By the half way mark the Lions were down overall by seven shots and had only one rink in front. What caused the greatest concern however was that one of Pakenham’s rinks was trailing 8/19 and looked likely to be belted.   Then in a remarkable second half turn around, the rink which was struggling outscored their opponents by 11/4, all the others dug deep and when the game was completed, with one rink up and one drawn and the score at 72/70, Pakenham pulled off a great two shot win.  

 

Best rink with a score of 21/11was Jan Moore (S), Josie Mazzarella (3), Gian Pianezzola (2) and Alan Wilcock (L) - Jan’s crew seems to have a mortgage on the title of “best rink.” The win pushed them up into fourth spot on the ladder with only six points covering the top four. They have a bye in round seven. Unfortunately, in this section, the bye having been created by the withdrawal of a team part way into the season, zero points are awarded for a bye so the Fours may lose fourth spot if Upwey-Tecoma defeats Berwick.

 

There were early indications that the “Bowls Gods” were not going to favour Pakenham Five (Div 7) in their home game against Monbulk last Saturday and with half the game