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Bowls In Focus : March April 2010
Bowls In Focus 7 "But heads like that are set up by the front end. They gave me the chance to get it," Simmons said. The Clayton coach was fully aware what such a crunching tally would have on the Melbourne crew. "It's always hard when you lose a big number early in the game, the confidence is down. My boys were playing good and I was able to convert when we were down, so we just got the run on from there and went on with it," he said. Even when he was none down on another end (it was seemingly headed for a no score with a Melbourne and Clayton bowl touching the jack), Sim- mons got shot with a sublimely weighted draw on his backhand. Magic it was. McCarron is a former speedway driver who needs to be revved up to perform well. But on this occasion there was not sufficient oxygen getting through the carburettors and the cylinders were being starved of fuel. The small-block V8 was badly misfiring. After seven ends and the scoreboard showing 2-16 against them, McCarron called his teammates into a mid-rink huddle that had all the body language of a crisis chat. They then dropped a three on the 8th end. When play stopped six ends later for the mandatory biscuits and brew break, Simmons and his mates had added another 11 shots for a 30-2 lead. To their credit McCarron and his rink of lead Angelo Cardamone, second Michael Stange and third Justin Short outscored their opponents 14-6 in the run home, it was too late. While the Melbourne rinks on either side of the green were bleeding shots, the heart-and-soul rinks in the centre skipped by youngster John McCarron and Canadian star Ryan Bester were grafting away in the vain hope of remaining in the contest. At the tea break McCarron Jr was 11-14 against an- other tyro in Dylan Benwell, while Bester had his nose in front 10-9 against the wily Brad Martin. It seemed an unusually subdued Bester who had turned up; it was eight ends before the 'Master Blaster' unleashed one of his trademark drives. Overall Clayton was ahead 69-29 after 55 ends, meaning Melbourne had 45 ends to close the 40-shot gap. In one-day cricket terms, that's more than gettable. Game still on, mathematically. Unfortunately for Melbourne the ends remaining were slipping away and the margin was growing. After 64 ends the difference had grown to 44 shots, while at the 80-end mark Clayton was 50 shots ahead. Really Mr Hosken could have blown the final siren after 86 ends when Clayton passed the crucial three figures. Under the little known Gerty Duckworth system, the match is dead and buried when one team gets to 100. Funnily enough, this formula hasn't been introduced into metropolitan pennant bowls yet. Over on the Wilks-Leighton rink the Clayton chaps, with hefty lead Colin Davis enthusiastically encourag- ing his yellow bowls to greater things, led 16-6 at the break. They outscored Melbourne 12-6 on the final 10 ends to finish 28-12 up. For the casual observer, as a contest, the 2010 finale was something of an anti-climax. But not for Simmons after the disappointments of the previous when unfortunate washouts kept Clayton out of the finals positions. "It's amazing. I went to the club five years ago and this was my plan. We were able to recruit a lot of good players, good mates. We had our ups and downs last year, just missed out on finals," Simmons said. - Peter Gerty Premier Division Grand Finalists 1997 Altona d Melbourne 90-89 1998 Altona d Melbourne 97-83 1999 Burden Park d Burwood 107-68 2000 Melbourne d Altona 102-73 2001 Altona d Melbourne 105-94 2002 Altona d Melbourne 106-100 2003 Melbourne d Altona 93-92 2004 Melbourne d Moonee Ponds 95-83 2005 Bundoora d Darebin City 87-85 2006 Altona d Melbourne 96-91 2007 Altona d Melbourne 84-83 2008 Melbourne d Moonee Ponds 103-81 2009 Moonee Ponds d Altona 94-79 2010 Clayton d Melbourne 110-64 The Championship Final score: Clayton d Melbourne 110-64 Rink 1: Clayton (Todd Simmons, Dan Rushton, Stuart Huddle, Chris Hannaford) d Melbourne (Craig McCarron, Justin Short, Michael Stange, Angelo Cardamone) 36-16. Rink 2: Clayton (Dylan Benwell, Tony Wood, Stan Sliwinski, Glenn Cook) d Melbourne (John McCarron, David Hoareau, Victor Chett, Scott Mortimer) 25-15. Rink 3: Clayton (Brad Martin, Neil Devlin, David Shortal, Ash Rowan) d Melbourne (Ryan Bester, Russell Green, James Dunne, Jason Saunders) 21-20. Rink 4: Clayton (Michael Wilks, Dylan Fisher, Jeff Parker, Colin Davis) d Melbourne (Brett Leighton, Barry McGregor, Brian Richards, Greg Crozier) 28-12. 2010 Metropolitan Grand Finals Premier: Clayton d Melbourne 110-64 at Mulgrave CC Division 1: Bundoora RSL d Altona 109-83 at Glenroy Division 2: Elsternwick Club d Bundoora RSL 85-82 at Doncaster Division 3: Elsternwick Park d Mooroolbark 83-76 at Burwood Division 4: Lilydale d Pakenham 87-75 at Mitcham Division 5: Whittlesea d Burwood 99-85 at Ivanhoe Division 6: Albert Park VRI d Heatherdale 95- 88 at Kew Heights Division 7: Bundoora RSL d Keysborough 132- 70 at Doncaster Division 8: Moonee Ponds d Mulgrave CC 103-89 at Burwood • Left: The triumphant Clayton crew celebrates after its emphatic win in the Premier Division grand final. • Below Left: Club coach Todd Simmons set the Clayton victory march in motion on the second end. • Above: Michael Wilks thrilled the Clayton faithful with his antics and magnificent shot play. • Below: Young Demon David Hoareau played a solid game for his club. • Above Right: Clayton's Tony Wood was another strong performer in his club's victory.
Bowls In Focus May 2010