Pirates crowned champions, while Jets are relegated

The Point Chevalier Pirates have won the inaugural Bowls3Five televised league in spectacular fashion.

The Pirates have come-from-behind to dramatically beat the Gore Rams in the grand final at the New Lynn Bowling Club in Auckland

Reed delivered an inch perfect drive, trailing the jack to the ditch, and Rams skip Sheldon Bagrie-Howley was forced to concede.

“I’m not often rendered speechless but it’s just about one of those times,” Reed said.

“That’s the way you win competitions, you have to take your chance.”

Pirate skip Aiden Takarua had to produce some heroics of his own to force the tie-breaker end, driving the jack into the ditch on the fifth and final end of the second set to break a 4-4 deadlock and win it 6-4.

The Rams had run away with the first set, winning each of the five ends to take it 8-0. But Pt Chev delivered in the crunch, as it has all tournament, to snatch the $15,000 winners’ cheque.

“That’s going to go to the club and the club committee will decide what happens,” Reed said.

“To be honest…I was happy to be given the opportunity to play in this event and whatever they decide I’ll be quite content with.”

Earlier, the Royal Oak Rockets secured a place in next year’s competition with a tense 7-6, 8-5 win over the Woodend Jets in the relegation playoff.

The first set was a topsy-turvy affair, with the Rockets jumping out to a 5-0 lead before the Jets picked up five shots on the third end to draw level.

Woodend collected another on the fourth end to take a 6-5 lead, but they couldn’t close out the set.

Royal Oak lead David Akaruru helped set up the head for the Rockets on the fifth end, helping them take two shots and the set.

The second set was decided on the third end, when Royal Oak called its power play, trailing 2-0.

Unfortunately for the Jets it was their worst end of the match, with the Rockets picking up four shots to take what was ultimately a match-winning 8-2 lead.

Attentions will now turn to next year’s Bowls3Five Interclub to see who will replace the Woodend Jets in the second televised league.

Day 12 results

Relegation match: Royal Oak Rockets bt Woodend Jets 7-6, 8-5
Title match: Point Chevalier Pirates bt Gore Rams 0-8, 6-4 (Pt Chev won the tie-breaker end 1-0)

1st place: $15,000 – Point Chevalier Pirates

2nd place: $7,000 – Gore Rams

3rd place: $4,000 – Stoke Thunder

4th place: $2,000 – Stokes Valley Vipers
5th place: – Royal Oak Rockets
Relegated: – Woodend Jets