Full Summer Nines Results: https://mckenziepark.com.au/results/summer-nines-2023/
It has all come to a close for McKenzie Park in Summer Nines. Unfortunately, the unicorn of Summer Nines stardom has evaded us for another year as all three teams unsuccessfully qualified for the Finals.
A spectacular season in the end though, some minor slip ups and slow starts in the earlier stages of the campaign meant each team narrowly missed out on a spot in the Finals weekend.
Here’s how each team faired overall after the end of Round 9;
Division Blue Season Win Rate
Shots For: 616
Shots Against: 538
Overall Margin: +91
All round a great season for Division Blue. Striving to maintain a position in the top 2 for multiple weeks, they unfortunately dropped a precious game against Helensvale in Round 6 and then lost another to Benowa by a piddly 4 in Round 7 leaving them with an almost impossible task of beating Tweed Heads by a more than substantial margin.
They managed to topple Tweed by a whopping 30 shots, but that just wasn’t enough in the end to catch up to Burleigh or Benowa.
The win over Tweed was bitter sweet – not enough of a margin to get them into the Finals, but a win was good enough to keep Tweed out of the Finals – an almost identical team that knocked our Pennant Orange out in the Quarter Finals earlier this year. Something we joked about with the Tweed team and arranged to meet very soon in the future!
Some really strong friendships made through the team, and we are likely to see them partner up in future competition.
A top effort to finish in 4th place. Well done everyone!
Division White Season Win Rate
Shots For: 674
Shots Against: 512
Overall Margin: +162
Division White didn’t really step a foot wrong all season, really working mechanically together to produce results almost every week.
A well earnt win over Beaudesert in Beauy, winning by 27 shots, their Finals spot relied heavily on one particular game…
A loss to Robina in Round 1 by a mere 2 points eventually came back to brick wall them out of Finals contention as Robina played Mermaid in their last game and won with a margin of 32. Nudging out Division White on a countback to margins, where Robina had an extra 32 shots.
Losing only two of their games all season, one by just 2 shots and the other by 13, White performed amazingly and although it’s heartbreaking to miss out on Finals by a countback to shots, they did a marvelous job all season and should be filled with pride!
Finishing 3rd overall, they really deserved to be a Finals contender. Better luck next comp and congratulations on an astounding season!
Division Purple Season Win Rate
Shots For: 549
Shots Against: 637
Overall Margin: -88
The underdog that became the Purple Team Eater!
Division Purple looked in big trouble with 3 straight losses in three rounds, then kicking it into gear with an eye-catching 4 wins consecutively. Jumping from last place to mid-ladder with a close eye on a top 4 finish!
With their last two games against the number 1 Mudgeeraba in Round 8 at Mudgeeraba, then against number 2 Benowa in Round 9 at Benowa, Purples reign of glory was cut short as far as a top four finish was concerned. The glory in the end came from a loss albeit, but a heroic effort against Benowa to go down by only 15 shots overall – something to be satisfied about.
Finishing 5th overall, Purple showed, no matter what sort of start you have, its about the journey. Club Pride is the motivation and they showed this through the season with a monster finish in that 5th position. A big clap for the people that continued to fight and made the difference to progress each week, not only up the ladder, but personally, as a player and a team mate. Congrats.
HAM DAY #1
A flawless event put on by the Men’s Club, ran by Russel Taylor & John Mitchell with help from Sandra Taylor. As a player, this event went smooth as silk. It was well organised, and run quickly and efficiently – which was terrific given the disgusting heat!
42 players took to the greens in the 2-Bowl-Triples for a chance at 6 hams for the winners.
In the end it was the winning team of Marg Bowdler, John Benigno & Colleen Willis who won with a +20.
Runners Up – Rod Brown, Courtney Wright & David Ross also get to feed the family on Christmas, winning with a +18.
The sheet is up for Ham Day #2 on the Main Board outside the Bowls Office. Get in quick and put your names down!
One thing that was prevalent today, was players pulling out due to various reasons (mainly the scorching heat). So if you find a nomination sheet full (for any event), but still want a game, put your name down as a reserve/spare and come prepared. Several spectators managed to find themselves shoved into the festivities before we even got on the green!