PREMIER LEAGUE 10/11/12
Two wins to start the season was exactly the tonic we were looking for with the Premier division. The challenge this week however was to be on the road for the first time this season so off we went to Bassendean to play a team that, like us, just hung in Premier last year. They are currently sitting 5th on the ladder after a 1 win, 1 loss start to the season.
Everyone arrived at Bassendean in a timely fashion, although I do believe one car took a rather scenic route, there was still time to conduct the pre-game meeting in the middle of the green. Just on the green what a beauty. Great cover, flat and about 15 seconds the Basso greenkeeper should take a bow. In the meeting we spoke about the importance of the first 5 ends. The Basso boys are passionate and can get very loud if you let them get away from you. Although a dream start was not enjoyed by everyone, the big board after 20 ends showed we were in front and building.
Team Turra found themselves just a few ahead of Pup’s rink, Shagga and the boys were obviously still enjoying the scenic route they took to the venue as their score indicated that they had failed to turn up against the Rhodes led team. Team Pluck on the other hand were starting to build quite a substantial lead against the big Axe whilst team 3BM also got away to a bit of a flyer against the Justin Opie led rink.
After 11 ends each the boards read Turra 13 – 8 up, Adams 15 – 5 up, Bates 12 – 5 up and Shagga 7 – 13 down.
After 16 ends the scores were Turra 20 – 14 up, Adams 25 – 9 up, Bates 14 – 10 up and Shagga had got back to 12 – 15 down.
Down the stretch saw some remarkable transitions. Team 3BM (Bates) were beaten 11 shots to 3 to get beat 17 – 20. Team Plucka was beaten 8 shots to 1 but easily held the whip hand and won 26 – 17. Team Shagga won the last 5 sprint 10 shots to 4 to win 22 – 19 and Team Turra in a far more respectable fashion won the last 5, 4 shots to 2 to record a 24 – 16 win. The only explanation I can come up with for the dramatic number of shots being scored over the last 5 ends could have been due to the shower of rain we had and the subsequent change in conditions. Whatever it was it was different and just another example of not to take things for granted in this game.
Three starts for 3 wins is just terrific.
A huge week end looms with the double header. Vic Park away is far from a happy hunting ground for us and Stirling at home on Sunday is no walk in the park either. This with a couple of absentee’s will require us to be at our best as we continue to chase points this season.
Another win by both the 1 Blue sides rounded out another terrific week end of results by the first division teams. Well done to both of those sides.
Keep an eye on our thermometers on the board as we are starting to close in on our first celebration milestone which represents a quarter of the way to our goals.
The big double header week end will see a number of changes on the boards due to 11 bowlers being unavailable for one reason or another. Please check where you are playing and have a bit of patience with the ins and outs this week.
(Welcome back John Weir)