AS was touted in last weeks’ report… “Just hope it is a great game and a fitting close to the pennant season” and from an administrators point of view that was what it was.
From a Hamilton point of view it was more, and Portland Blue a little less. as Hamilton got home by 14 shots, and that may sound a fair bit for a grand final.
Let’s have a look at the game to prove or disprove it.
The Heywood green and surrounds were in perfect condition with the speed of the green being tested at 16 seconds.
Contrary to what a few comments from ‘both’ side supporters or players suggested, the green had not been brushed in the last couple of days, it was brushed on Monday the 17th.
Some may ask why worry about this? Brushing can have the effect of slowing a synthetic green down.
Managers tossed and Hamilton had first use of the mat.
Nerves were an obvious problem as several bowls were high wide and hansom to coin a phrase.
Two Blue rinks scored three between them on end one but the Hamilton rink countered with a three, but the players settled down and at 15 ends, Blue led 17 to 13 and included in the Blue score was a five to the Bruce Groves rink.
The following end on this rink, an event that doesn’t usually happen occurred when the John Overall team scored a matching five!
Full story in The Spectator on Thursday, March 6, 2014.