Soilies power home in Yeppoon's first Power Pairs tournament
From The Capricorn Coast Mirror
THE first season of Corporate Power Pairs at Yeppoon Bowls Club has come to a nail-biting conclusion as Capricorn Coast Sand and Soil recorded a narrow two-shot win in the grand final.
The semi-finals had previously seen Cap Coast Sand and Soil and the Old Farts teams qualify, setting the scene for a great final.
The Old Farts team of Steve Suthers and Dave Wootton had finished the six-week Tuesday evening season undefeated, while Cap Coast Sand and Soil, consisting of Kev Luck, Robbie Martel and Brad Hof, had started slowly but came home with a wet sail, taking the unofficial title of "most improved team" for the season.
In the final, Old Farts darted out to solid lead of 5-0 after the first two ends of the five-end final but, in a strategic tactic, both teams called their "power plays" on the third end.
The power play sees the team which calls it double their shots' total if they win that end.
The end turned out to be a game-changer for Cap Coast Sand and Soil, as they won the end by a single shot, bringing them back into contention at 5-2 down with two ends remaining.
The fourth end saw the 'Soilies' score two more shots, meaning the final end had Old Farts going in with a slender one-shot lead at 5-4.
The crowd was vocal and clearly favoured the underdogs. And mysteriously, the bowls belonging to the skip of the Old Farts team went missing before his turn to bowl and he was "forced" to use an unfamiliar set for the final three bowls of the game.
With the skips of both teams down to their final bowl, Old Farts were holding the match-winning shot.
It was then that Cap Coast Sand and Soil's Robbie Martel summoned all his inexperience and delivered his final bowl.
It looked good all the way down the green and perfectly nudged the kitty gently back a metre or so to where his team had two bowls, resulting in them holding a game-winning three shots with only Steve Suthers' final bowl to come.
The crowd was on its feet heckling Steve and trying to break his concentration as he let go the fateful bowl. It seemed on target but pulled up a metre short, allowing Cap Coast Sand and Soil to claim the victory by 7-5.
All four finalists received a VIP voucher, courtesy of Keppel Bay Sailing Club, to the second NRL Origin party at Spinnaker.
Power Pairs organiser and creator of the innovative, short-game format Kim Martin said the season had been a huge success, with all 12 teams having a terrific time and most declaring they would be back for the second season, starting in late September.
Teams wishing to nominate for the September season can do so through Keppel Bay Sailing Club website, under the Lawn Bowls tab.