If you weren’t there you missed it.
The Club Mixed Pairs probably does not garner a lot of interest around the place, except maybe than for those who play in it. If you had been at the club late this afternoon (24.03.22) you would have had the good fortune to witness an excellent match between the pairing of, arguably, the best male and female Rosanna bowlers, up against a pair who would be very long odds even in a two horse race.
Margaret Hunt (lead) and Aaron Van Haaften (skip) faced off against Warren Williams (lead) and Aileen Lundberg (skip). Warren stepped in as a substitute when Rat Lundberg was unable to play, however, under the rules was not permitted to skip, so Aileen stepped up.
The match was nip and tuck and going in to the last end, Aileen and Warren were two shots down. The L/W team made short work of the end, claiming two shots and forcing a cut throat 16th end, to decide the game. With the skippers left to play their three bowls in the decider, Aaron led off without exciting the crowd, and Ailee followed suit. Aaron repeated the dose with his second bowl, however, Aileen, with superb touch, drew the shot. Aaron could not convert with his last bowl, which meant Aileen put hers in her pocket, and it was game over. Some beautiful bowling was witnessed, and it was a great win for the underdog.
In an earlier match another keen tussle played out when Rebecca Merrick (lead) and John Aldridge (skip), fell in by one shot to defeat Lorraine Campbell (lead) and Jeff Cook (skip). Another excellent display of good bowling which held the very small band of spectators spellbound..
An interested Observer.
Midweek Tuesday 25 January 2022.
Rosanna had one side up and two down in the Bowls Victoria Midweek Competion yesterday.
Side 1 hosted top of table City of Heidelberg, and overcame the opposition by 23 shots in a payback for earlier in the season, when it was an unfavourable result for Rosanna. Our losing rink only went down by 2 shots in a great comeback effort. The other two rinks won by 12 and 13 shots with the best winning rink honours going to Robin Doherty (lead), Margaret Hunt (second), John Aldridge (third) and Don Casey (skip).
The side is now 5th on the ladder on 70 points, five behind 4th placed Bundoora, and 10 behind the top three sides who are all equal on 80 points.
Next week they play away at Brunswick (6th).
Side 2 had a tough day at the office going down to Ivanhoe, at Ivanhoe, by 34 shots. They managed to eke two points out of the game, however, were overwhelmed by Ivanhoe’s other two rinks. The side is 15 points out of the four and has a chance of making finals if they can snare a couple of wins before season’s end.
Next week they will host 8th placed MCC.
Side 3 unfortunately had a disastrous day going down by 64 shots. They currently languish in bottom spot on the ladder and do not appear to have any chance of making finals.
Next week they will host Thornbury.