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Pennant Reort Round 3 Season 2020/2021

SATURDAY

Given the ongoing work on Pakenham’s new “roof” and consequent doubt regarding the availability of the home green(s), early arrangements were made to play Saturday’s scheduled Division One home game on the opposition green at Mordialloc.  On what was a “cracker” of a day, the Lions took a while to become accustomed to the woven carpet surface and although tied on two rinks, were 11 shots down overall after the completion of the first 20 ends.  From that stage to the half way mark, both sides were evenly matched, although the deficit had been slightly reduced by then to nine shots.  At the start of the business ends the Lions were still behind; however the margin was at that stage only four shots.  Pakenham then outscored their opponents in the run home to get two rinks up and with the score at 84/76, won by eight shots overall.

Best rink with 23/14 and 12 ends were Neil (Big Dev) Devlin (S), Des (Grizzly) Leigh (3), Gian Pianezzola (2) and Darren Webster (L).  In a mighty effort, Brad Martin’s rink also won by nine shots, converting a score of 1/9 down after five ends to 27/18 up after 21.  The Ones will be away at Berwick next Saturday.

Pakenham Two are proving to be competitive in Division Three and that was the case again at Berwick last Saturday – however they trailed by a small margin at all the major milestones and could not quite snatch the few shots that were required for victory.  After 20 ends they were four shots down and at the half way mark only one shot in arrears; at the start of the home run the margin was still only two shots but when it was all over, at 68/73, Berwick prevailed by just five shots.

The best of Pakenham’s rinks with 22/13 was Paul Currie (S), Reg (Wombat) Mattingly (3), Jan Stevenson (2) and Sandra (Wildwoman) Wilde (L).  The Two’s will be at home for round four against the undefeated ladder leaders, Dandenong Club Two.

Pakenham Three (Div 4) also had a close game, at home against Cranbourne; however they let the visitors get the jump on them in the early stages of the game and were 12/28 down after the first 20 ends.  The Lions pushed back hard from that point to get within two shots at the half way mark and were well in the game, only to see the margin extended to 11 shots with only 20 ends to go.  Both sides were more or less even in the final ends and at 72/80 the visitors won overall by just eight shots.

Pakenham’s best rink with 23/19 was Ray Leggett (S), Lois Mashado (3), Gail Bowman (2) and Joan Montgomery (L).  The Three’s will be away at Berwick next round.

It’s a cut-throat game in the Six-A-Side Spring competition – of the three games so far this season, Pakenham Four has not recorded a win but as Maxwell Smart would say, with losing margins of one shot, three shots and one shot, they “missed, by that much”.  Best rink in this shorter version of the game with 16/12 was John Hickman (S), John Barlow (2) and Gail Wilcock (L).  There will be no nail biting finish in the last round before Christmas as the Fours have a bye.

MIDWEEK

Pakenham One (Div 2) continued their excellent start to the season with a win at home against Edithvale last Tuesday.  This was an unusual game in that the home side looked a little vulnerable at times, despite the fact that they were always in front on the score board.  However, by the time they headed into the home straight, they were well in control, leading by 20 shots and they romped home with two rinks winning very comfortably and the other just falling short.  Best of the winners with a huge score of 24/8 were Terry (Tmac) McRedmond (S), Brian Norton (3), David Laird (2) and Val Moore (L).  Round three will see them away at Keysborough.

With two rinks battling to keep their heads above water and the other on the end of a hiding, the unfortunate Pakenham Two (Div 3) were never in the hunt at Cranbourne RSL and eventually lost the game with the score at 39/77 and collected zero Pennant points.  Best to forget the day, write it off to experience and look forward to a home win against Dandy RSL Rec next round.

It was also a hard day at the office for Pakenham Three (Div 4).  Their opponents, Churchill Waverley Golf, utilised their home ground advantage to great effect to get the early jump on the Pakenham side and having established a good lead, never lifted their collective foot from the Lions’ throat.  Pakenham ended the game 39/75 down with only one winning rink – Eric Peterson (S), John Hickman (3), Faye Osborne (2) and Helen Wright (L).  Unfortunately, as they are unable to make up the numbers they have forfeited their round three game against Boronia.

HI-LO

The winner for round three, including the jackpot brought forward from round two, was Glenn (Google) Bainbridge with number six.  You lucky …….!

 Des Leigh