Hamilton Power got their 2019 Premier League campaign off to a topsy turvy start for the Double Header weekend.
What a way to kick off the Premier League Season, under lights with a good crowd, great weather and awesome atmosphere as The Powerhouse was pumping.
Everyone that turned up were treated to some great bowls and a down to the wire thriller in the top grade.
Norfolk Superstar Shae Wilson settled into to The Power with a great display of lead bowls to silence some critics. Shae was impressive all night and played like she belongs at the Top level. Alan Howard, Jesse Turnbull and Alex Murtagh were having a night out as they played some wonderful bowls to get a big 12 shot win over Tweed star Kelvin Kerkow.
Import Aaron Hewson lined up for the first time for the Power and was greeted with a tough first up opponent in Wayne Turley.
Neither side really got away too much in this one and Turls produced some absolute cracking draw shots in the last 5 ends to keep them level pegging.
Unfortunately for Turley, he played one a little to well and edged the jack to give the rink win away on the last when scores were locked at 19 all.
Steve Anderson’s rink struggled against an in-form Kurt Brown and Chloe Stewart. Kurt kept the Ospreys in with a chance to win overall and required a 3 on the last end to give the Ospreys the victory. But He could only manage 1 shot to get up by 11 but go down overall by 2.
Great first up win for The Mighty Power
The Reserve Grade Power side played great all night and got up to win by a solid 9 shots with 2 rink wins.
Noel Dingle skipped well to produce a great 6 shot win over Dee Robertson and Jaime Camara enjoyed his first night with The Power coming away with a 4-shot victory over Kleinhans.
Tim Jones’s rink and also Wally Schmidt’s rink were on top and in control all night. They both seemed to be cruising to a 4-rink victory until a late charge from the Ospreys snatched a couple of rink wins away from The Power. Wally dropped 9 shots in the last 3 ends including a 5 on the last to draw with Wendy Wilson and Tim’s rink dropped 8 shots in the last 2 ends to go down by 1 shot Mark Bayliss.
Still it was a great night overall with both grades getting the job done against the more fancied Tweed Ospreys.
Sunday’s game saw Victoria Point travelling up to The Powerhouse also coming off a good win in their first round against Gecko’s.
And not much resistance was put up by The Power as the Magpies took control early and maintained a high standard of bowls all afternoon. Both Power grades were taught a lesson by the high-flying Magpies who dominated the game from start to finish.
Brad Coleman’s Rink was the standout in the top side for the Magpies and they were on fire as they touched Murtagh’s rink by a solid 20 shots.
Whilst Lindsay Ponting from the Magpies eased past Jaime Camara’s rink to win by 15 in the Reserve grade. The Power’s only real highlight was Noel Dingle’s rink for the Power Reserve being the only Power rink in both grades to Win both games.
Power overall up and down, but are looking forward to getting back on top with a big win over Broadbeach @ Broadbeach this weekend.
Premier 7’s DIVISION 2
SOUTHPORT 3 RINKS 77 DEF HAMILTON POWER 0 RINKS 49
Rob Parella 31 def John Warrell 25
Marcus Yost, Dennis McDonald 24 def Phil McLaren, Lawrie Paatsch 14
Tom singleton, Joe Cacace, Grahame Mee, Sue Pooley 22 def David Barakin, Craig Howlett, Les Joyce, Mike Hill 10
The Power travelled to Southport for the first round of DIv 2 Premier 7’s.
The quick pace of the green seemed to startle The Power early in this game and as much as they tried to reduce the margin, The Southport side always had an answer.
John Warrell did well to only go down by 5 against Bowls Legend and Hall of Famer Rob Parella. The pair were neck and neck and playing some good bowls in tricky conditions for much of the game. Parella’s experience getting him over the line in the end.
Phil and Lawrie found it tough going down there after being 3 all after 4 ends and then dropping a nasty 6 and a 4 within 5 ends to be the difference in this game. Other then those 2 ends, The Power were neck and neck with their opponents. I’m sure they will be returning the favour when they meet again at home.
Unfortunately, Mike Hill’s rink were never in the contest after being down 14-1 early. They hung in and kept it tight after the slow start and eventually going down by 12.
HAMILTON POWER 3 RINKS 72 DEF KALLANGUR 0 RINKS 53
Robert Hook 31 def John Orr 19
Craig Mason, Des Mullins 21 def Trevor Treichel, Graham Evens 17
Alan Whiteman, Darby Monro, Helen Whitby, Vlad Polich 20 def David Hill, Tony Mason, Craig Elbourn, Mel Horne 17
Division 5 Played host at The Powerhouse Saturday afternoon to Kallangur for their first round Premier 7’s clash.
A great gritty win by The Power in this game.
Hooky led the charge with a good solid win in the singles. After being down 8-4, Hooky played some great bowls to pick up the next 10 shots and give himself a 6 shot buffer. He then went on to stay in control and group some nice ends together to cruise to a 12 shot win.
Craig Mason and Des Mullins had to fight hard to get the win in this game. Both teams started pretty well and was pretty tight early on until The Power pulled away to lead 13-6 at the hallway mark. But by the 15th end scores were 13-12 to The Power. Craig and des played some terrific bowls after that and picked up 8 shots in 4 ends to eventually win by 4 shots.
Vlad’s rink was also battling hard with the Kallangur side all day with the scores staying close all game. Alan, Darby, Helen and Vlad all chipped in to do their job and give The Power a 3 shot win and a clean sweep on rinks. Great First up start for The Mighty 5 Power side
HAMILTON POWER 2 RINKS 95 LOST TO KALLANGUR 2 RINKS 96
Peter Flower 32 def G. Scannell 28
Chrissy Smith, Cec Russell 18 lost to R. Bateman, T Smith 19
Bill Eakin, Bob Vitnell 24 def K. Ziebell, L. Haley 14
Lachlan Moore, Jim Hanna, Mal Bates, Neil Jackson 21 lost to J. Mulruss, K. Small, M. Barker, G. Davidson 35
Peter Flossy Flower had the Singles honours for the start of Taigum Challenge, and Wow, what a comeback. Peter was trailling 15-4 before going on a huge run to be in front 16-15. The game stayed pretty tight after that all the way to death. Pete picking up a 3 when the scores were 29-28 to seal the victory.
Chrissy and Cec’s game was really a game of 2 halves. With The Power Pair jumping out early and holding a 6 shot lead at the halfway mark. Then Kallangur gained some momentum and came storming home in the second half to get the win on the last end and defeat The Power by 1 shot.
Billy and Bob got off to a slow start in their game being down 6-1 after 4 ends. The boys starting finding their rhythm and surged back into the game. With scores locked at 10 all halfway through the game, Billy and Bob constructed a tight head saw them pick up 6 shots and run away with the game by 10.
Lachy, Jimmy, Mal and Neil started their game well and kept the score close for the first half of the game. But some big dropped numbers saw them fall away and were never able to recover. This was a high scoring game for both teams and I’m sure The Power rink will be searching for revenge the next time they meet as Kallangur win this one by 14.
WHAT’S COMING UP
SATURDAY 19TH JANUARY
HAMILTON POWER VS BROADBEACH BULLS @ BROADBEACH FROM 10AM
HAMILTON POWER VS EVERTON PARK @ THE POWERHOUSE FROM 12.30PM
HAMILTON POWER VS SCARBOROUGH @ SCARBOROUGH FROM 1PM
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