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Bowls In Focus : March April 2010
6 Bowls In Focus The 110 64 scoreline was the most one sided con test in PD history, easily eclipsing the previous record grand final margin, Burden Park's 39-shot win over Burwood back in 1999. It was such a shock turnaround from their semi-final clash at Glenroy two weeks earlier when the exact same rink match-ups resulted in an 11-shot win to Melbourne. Hardly anyone saw this train wreck coming. On that day only the Simmons rink got over the line; this time all four Clayton rinks won. All the pre-game momentum seemed to be with Melbourne, but Clayton had placed their supporting stocks strategically and in significant numbers. And it was the two rinks closest to the roaring and adoring fans that did all the damage for Clayton. The Demons arrived at 11.30am, as a group and obviously keyed up. On rink 12, where former international Michael Wilks' Clayton rink was due to play Brett Leighton's quartet, the scoreboard already had Melbourne 7-2 ahead. At noon. An hour before play commenced. Was this a potent omen? Well, no, as it turned out. Wilks and his three amigos raced to a 9-0 lead after four ends as Clayton rattled up a 28-10 overall lead. Wilks was playing in front of the boisterous Clay- tonians near the MCC bar, and he surfed the wave of noise in the manner of world champion Mick Fanning at Bells Beach. He is the master of the big occasion, y y g g McCarron. He started off by offering the grandstand throng a sweet from a big tub of lollies. One wag in the crowd unkindly mentioned overcoats and children. But the ice was broken, and the crowd had warmed to Simmons. After dropping a single on the opening end, McCar- ron appeared to be in a strong position with two close bowls on the next end. But then Simmons broke his heart, and probably Melbourne's premiership dreams, with two killer bowls. The left-handed Simmons played backhand weight with his first bowl to remove the Melbourne counters before drawing to within a foot with his last bowl to give his rink a count of seven. Right in from of the packed stand full of Clayton supporters, including three gals who advertised their friendliness with T-shirts printed with the words 'The Bowls Moles'. As a contest the flag fight was effectively over. Sim- mons rink led 8-0 and Clayton was 13-5 up. Hullo over there Mr Hosken, start engraving the winners' medals and championship trophy. The Dees were dee-stroyed in one end. Afterwards Simmons said he knew the importance of that conversion opportunity. "My heart was racing, I can tell you that. The shot was there and I was able to get the two bowls out and draw the last. Clayton Exorcises Demons in Grand Final
Bowls In Focus May 2010