Orator makes habit coming second

EVEN when the Emu Park orator Norm Bethell gets others to tell the story of encounters on the greens it is impossible to embellish the event to make Bethell the hero.

Bethell has earned the reputation for securing second place in everything he enters. Even his horse in the Melbourne Cup came second although on that occasion it has to be said that was second from last.

Even when he had talented bowlers around him in Raye Burns and Chris Perel for the recent Club Mixed Triples he still had the talent to manufacture a second placed finish when victory appeared assured.

Not that the opposition were mugs, far from it, the team of Merv Bird, Ted Porteous and Jan Knox is as good as you could select from any club.

According to Emu Park's newly appointed assistant storyteller, Gerry Brimmell, Team Bethell was right in the game going into the final end.

Unfortunately the final say then belongs to the skip of each of the teams and needless to say, despite protests, Bethell was the skip.

The team had got Bethell into an unbeatable position and were holding shots.

Opposing skip, Bird, had other ideas and with Team Bethell ready to do their victory lap of the greens he drew a shot to take the victory.

Brimmell said the consolation for Bethell was being acknowledged for his tasteful fashion accessory – the trade mark pork pie hat.

“It looked like a pea on a pumpkin.” Brimmell said caustically.



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