6th vs. 7th and 2nd vs. 3rd
Two crucial bowls from Gore Ram’s skipper Sheldon Bagrie-Howley rounded out a steady performance from the Gore side in the first game of the night, with the Rams doing enough to draw the first set, win the second and secure their place in next year’s competition.
Given the loss, reigning champions Pt Chevalier Pirates will now be fighting for survival in the relegation battle tomorrow night, opposite the Parajacks. The winner of the game will be safe for another season, while the losing side will bid farewell to the league.
In the other action of the night, the Elmwood Park Saint’s trio of Lance Pascoe, Kelvin Scott and Mandy Boyd proved too strong for the Stokes Valley Vipers in the semi-final fixture, with the Vipers finding it tough against a well performed Saints side, going down in straight sets 4-1, 4-2.
The win has now advanced the Saints through to the Grand Final opposite the table topping Stoke Thunder, in what promises to be a thrilling showdown at New Lynn.
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Relegation and Grand Final
And the winner is . . . Stoke Thunder.
After eight weeks, a fitting finale between two outstanding Blackjacks and their sides saw Gary Lawson and Shannon McIlroy go head to head, with a tie break win going the way of Stoke.
A commanding first set saw Lawson, Kelvin Scott and Mandy Boyd take control of proceedings, securing the set 5-1, though a maximum count in set two on the Power Play propelled the Thunder line-up of McIlroy, Peter Hodson and Kirsten Edwards in to an unassailable position with one end to play – both teams deciding to get straight in to the tie-break showdown.
A stunning bowl from Hodson saw him land a front toucher, with Lawson then unable to dislodge the bowl after two drives – turning the trophy and spoils over to the Thunder and rounding off a strong campaign for the Nelson-based side, losing only three fixtures all season.
The victory gifts the Stoke set-up a winners’ cheque of $15,000 and the honour of being named the 2019 Bowls3Five LIVE champions, with their team comprising McIlroy, Hodson, Edwards, Selina Goddard, Robbie Reed, Leigh Griffin, crowd favourite Jimmy Pugh and team manager/selector, Brendan Hodgson.
Meanwhile, last year’s champion Pt Chevalier Pirates trio of Aiden Takarua, Alex Reed and Jenny Stockford left nothing to chance in their relegation battle opposite the Parajacks – bringing some of last season’s form back to the rink and dominating play in straight sets, 6-2, 11-2.
The win means the Pirates will return for next year’s edition, while the loss for the Parajacks sees us bid farewell to a team that gave everything and on many occasions, showed they were up there with the best in the country.
Congratulations Stoke Bowls.