Pennant Round 4 Midweek Season 2020/2021


Another chapter in the history of the Pakenham Bowls Club was written today with the first games of Pennant Bowls being played under the brand new “Paky Dome” and from day one, the roof has already proved its value – given today’s adverse weather conditions, it is likely that play may well have been abandoned if it were not for the cover provided.

Pakenham One (Div 2) got away to a good start in their game against Cranbourne and with the first quarter of the match completed, had two rinks up and a lead of 16 shots to nine.  They continued to build on that lead and by the half way point all three rinks were in front and at 38/19 they had doubled their opponents’ score.  However the stewards need to have a serious look at what the Lions are having for lunch as almost everything went pear shaped after the break.  By the start of the business ends Pakenham had only one winning rink and the 19 shot lead had been whittled down to just seven shots – when the dust settled it was the visitors who collected the spoils, getting up by a single shot and with two rinks up, taking the bulk of the Pennant points.  The Lions only winning rink with a creditable 25/15 score line was Paul Currie (S), Ned Courtin (3), Stormin’ Norm Box (2) and Graeme (Wildman) Wilde (L).

Despite the loss, Pakenham are still on top of the ladder – however they are now ahead of Cranbourne on percentage only and have Narre Warren breathing down their necks, only two points behind.  They will be across town at Cardinia Waters when play resumes after the Christmas break on 12 January 2021.

Despite the wet weather, Pakenham Two (Div 3) were able to complete their game at Ferntree Gully where they returned a result which was the direct opposite of that achieved by the Ones; i.e. they snatched a one shot win and with two successful rinks collected 14 Pennant points.  However the way the two games were played out was vastly different – in this case the Twos were neck and neck with their opponents all day and there were a number of lead changes.  After the first 15 ends the scores were level at 20 shots apiece and the Gully had two rinks in front; at the half way mark the Lions were in front by eight shots with two rinks up but by the start of the business ends, the scores were again level (51 all) although Pakenham led on two rinks at that stage.  In the end, with two rinks up by one shot each and one down by the same margin, Pakenham prevailed by a solitary shot.  Best of the winners with 23/22 and 13 ends, was Ken Clifton (S), Peter Wilson (3), David Moore (2) and John Barlow (L).

The Twos go into the break in fourth spot (subject to confirmation – the ladder is yet to be updated by Bowls Vic).  They will be at home under the dome against Mulgrave Country Club for the first round of the New Year.

Pakenham Three were simply outclassed in their home game against Cranbourne.  Each of their three rinks won the first of their 21 ends but unfortunately everything went downhill from that point forward – one of those days best written off to experience.   The best performed rink with 14/21 was Alan Waterson (S), Alan Wilcock (3), Roy Harvie (2) and Eric Peterson (L).  Their first game after Chistmas will be at the Dandenong Club.

Best wishes to everyone for Christmas and the New Year.  Stay safe and come back with that winning feeling!

Des Leigh