Wounded Sharks make comeback
THE Sharks travelled to Ipswich last Saturday and were victorious on all three rinks, winning by 14 shots 66-52.
While the win in the end was reasonably convincing, the game throughout was very close and it was not until the final 10 ends that the Sharks pulled away.
Kelvin Kerkow’s rink jumped out to a 12-shot lead mid-way through the game against Rod Blake. Kerkow played at his brilliant best and was ably supported by lead Alan Fawcett and second Wayne Earea while “Bullet” O’Conner chimed in with his usual odd clever bowl.
But Blake’s rink kept chipping away at the lead to eventually go down by just three shots. Kerkow won 24-21 by game end.
Neville Jenkins returned to the winner’s list with a four-shot victory over Joe Rowley 19-15. Jenkins was always in front but could never establish a big lead, albeit holding many shots on several heads only to be reduced by Rowley.
Lead Peter Richards was solid while newcomer Jim “Chappo” Chapman consistently had bowls in the head playing at second. Third Max Jaffray and skip Jenkins played telling shots when required.
My rink was well down by eight shots after the first 11ends but in a resurgence, our rink scored 16 to their one over the next 10 ends to win by seven shots 23-16 over Terry Waters.
Lead Rex Wildash is having a stellar season and again bowled very consistently and John North at second had a solid game.
In other Premier League matches, undefeated Toowoomba came back to earth with a 20-shot loss to the very strong Pine Rivers.
Springwood also continued their winning form with a convincing 15-shot win over Bribie Island.
Other winners were Hamilton, Ferny Grove and Wynnum Manly who returned to the winner’s circle with a 43-shot win against Salisbury.
Helensvale now returns to the top of the table with Pine Rivers close at second together with Toowoomba and Capalaba. The Sharks remain mid-field.
In Premier League reserves, the Sharks also won on all three rinks, defeating Ipswich by 17 shots 67-50.
“Dasha” Maxwell again had a great game to win by six shots. Dave Bennett also had a good game to win by five shots, while “Smokey” Dawson scored a six-shot victory.
In the ladies division, our girls had a great game to tie the match with Ipswich 20-all. Our girls were well up early but the strong Ipswich ladies scrambled home for a tie.
The news only gets better for the Sharks with both Sevens divisions winning comfortably. In Division 2, the Sharks won two rinks to one against Wynnum Manly.
Dave Lawrie had a tight six-shot victory in a great game while the fours won by 11 shots with Greg Bostock starring at second.
In Division 3, all rinks were won against Sunnybank.
Ivan Ensby had his singles game over quickly, winning by 11 shots, while pairs Bruce Dare and Jim Moreton won by six shots and the fours, skipped by Margaret Dare, won by three shots.
The Sharks lost only one rink across all divisions in a great comeback after the heavy losses from last week.