After a season like no other, we finally reached the end of the road at Weekend Pennant Round 14, and it was time to relax.
It was a happy atmosphere, with the No 1 side drawing with ladder leader Lilydale, a great effort, while the No 2 and 3 sides confirmed in their positions. The No 4 side having been promoted from a lower division in the previous season, also performed well, finishing 5th in their section.
After a drink or three, about 70 players stayed to await the arrival of a great array of pizzas.
Kay Plain, Sally Quilliam and Jane Edgcumbe looking after the hungry hoard.
Skip Jim Gregory with his team reminiscing their successes during the season.
And of course, there always has to be one in every room. No further comment necessary.
Then on the following Tuesday, it was the Midweek Pennant bowlers’ turn. The No 1 side was the star turn – they stormed home over the last three rounds to grab second spot and a home semi-final. The No 2 side was relying on other results which didn’t go their way, but finished a close 5th.
With one side less than in the previous season and teams being selected by just one Match Committee, the culture was different this season. However, the midweek pennant bowlers – both ladies and men are a hardy lot with good camaraderie.
This year, for the end of season function, we missed the popular pancakes from prior years and had to settle on party pies and sausage rolls which nevertheless were very good with lots of sauce. Just ask those unnamed who went back for seconds plus!!
This motley trio then settled down to watch the Most Valuable Player presentation that followed.
At both Weekend Pennant and Midweek Pennant end of season functions, the amazing Kevin Meade kept us fascinated with his Powerpoint presentations of the season’s highlights, round by round.
Kevin receives summaries of the player votes each week from the Match Committee which he meticulously records and which leads to an eventual winner of the Most Valuable Player awards. Only Kevin knows who the winner is until the day of his presentation. No leaking from this source!
The presentations bring back many memories of good (and bad) performances during the season, with photos of winning rinks each week; milestones reached by players and other special achievements.
There is an enormous lot of work by Kevin during the season for our enjoyment. Thanks so much!!