Thriller opening match of season

THE Sharks hosted Premier League rivals Ferny Grove in the season opening match on Saturday in gloomy conditions.

While the rain did interrupt the game on occasions the match was eventually completed.

It was a thriller too and close for much of the game with the Sharks generally leading by five to eight shots.

However, on the last end of the night the Sharks dropped shots on all rinks to go down by one shot.

With two rinks completed and only the final end to play on Neville Jenkins' rink left to play, the scores were level.

Jenkins, after all his rinks bowls were played, held three shots and a victory looked certain with a very difficult head for his opponent Chris Hepburn to get shot.

But he played a perfectly weighted shot and was able to get a fortunate slide onto the shot bowl and subsequently fall into teh shot itself much to the delight of Ferny Grove and agony of Sharks.

Jenkins' rink was the only successful rink for the Sharks, winning 20-12 against Chris Hepburn.

Lead Peter Richards had a great game while newcomers Steve Lowe and Max Jaffray played solid games.

Jenkins was in his usual good form converting and adding where necessary, but Richards clearly set the game up.

In the closest game of the night, Ferny Grove's Jim Wise eventually overtook yours trulyon the last end of the match claiming, three shots to win 17–16.

Sharks newcomer Geoff Twist, playing at third, had a good game while his direct opponent Ray O'Brien also had a great game.

My rink took an early lead 12-6 but Wise's rink slowly clawed their way back for the narrowest of victories.

In the final game Tod McIntosh went down to Rodger Connolly by eight shots 12–20.

Lead Sally Hickman was the best player for the Sharks whilst Ferny's skip Rodger Connolly had a great game converting and adding shots on a regular basis.

In the reserves the Sharks had a great win defeating Ferny Grove 63-49.

The big winner for the night was Daryl “Dasher” Maxwell winning 26–12 with all his rink in Nathan Heap Kim Mitchell and Jim Chapman together with Maxwell all having good games.

In the other two games David Bennett got across the line by one shot whilst Bobbie Dawson lost by one shot.

The ladies rink also had a great start by defeating last year's finalist 20-18 in a game that was always close but the Sharks ladies, skipped by Dell O'Neill, fought gamely in the closing ends to secure a narrow but glorious victory.



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