Waters evaporate in the heat

It’s a busy scene at Cranbourne RSL bowling green last Saturday. The game was always close with the home side prevailing.


Midweek Report

Cardinia Waters side one travelled to Keysborough to play Keysborough side two last Tuesday and came home with their tails between their legs.

It was a humiliating game for the village side who lost all three rinks by a cumulative 56 shots down. Given that one rink only lost by two shots the result was a thrashing for the other two.

This side will need to regroup for its game against Cranbourne at home next week.

It was a contrasting story for side two, when the ladder leaders took on Ferntree Gully at home on Tuesday.

The home side galloped away from the visitors, and set up a winning lead by the lunch break.

After lunch Ferntree Gully regrouped and came back at Cardinia Waters, who withstood the challenge and ran out easy winner by 30 shots.

They won two rinks, and the 14 points gained will keep them in first place on the ladder. All this was done without the reliable Tom Gogan, who was unavailable.

Best winning rink was Stuart Tokely, John Moore, Brian Byrne and Jenny Cole who won 33/12. Other winners were Jenny Edmonds, Jim Smith, Michele Bondfield and Ian Kennedy who won 24/12.

Next week Cardinia Waters travel to Cranbourne, and will be hoping to continue their winning way.

Saturday Pennant

On a day when the most popular part of the bowling green was the water fountain, Cardinia Waters side one travelled to Cranbourne RSL to do battle.

And what a battle it was. The two sides were very even on paper with the villagers higher on the ladder, and RSL exploiting a supposed home ground advantage.

Cranbourne RSL took an early lead, which had diminished to just one shot at afternoon tea.

A strong gusty wind and hot conditions made it a tough day out for both teams, especially later in the afternoon.

At the penultimate end of the game, it was two rinks up to each team and one end to play. Cardinia Waters were in front by four shots.

Steady bowling by the RSL four, and wayward shots by the villagers, saw Cranbourne RSL win the last end with a seven, and salvage the game. They won 12 of the 18 points available.

Of the two winning Cardinia Waters rinks the best was Bill Hite (skip), Ashley Graham, Jim Barrie and Terry Nye who won by seven shots. Close on their hammer was the rink of Keith Lewis (skip), Ray Naylor, Jill Naylor and Bill Tippelt who won by six shots.

Side one is struggling to keep in touch to the competition leaders, and will be keen to beat Pakenham side two next Saturday at home.

However, the Lions will be sore after getting beaten by Berwick this week. Cardinia Waters have dropped to seventh after this week’s loss.

Back at home Cardinia Waters side two welcomed the Noble Park side to their Racecourse Road home green.

These two sides hadn’t met this year as their round one game at Noble Park was a washout.

So, it was somewhat unknown territory for both sides. Cardinia Waters needed their reserves to fill the team, and ended up no match for the visitors.

Noble Park won on all three rinks, and took home the whole 16 points available for the game.

Despite their loss, Cardinia Waters side two grimly hang on to fourth spot, one point ahead of fifth place Highett. Next week they travel to Cheltenham.

-John Moore-