Cockburn 67 (5) defeated South Perth 30 (1)
Photo: Steve Srhoy watches intently as Rod Clinch delivers another toucher.
South Perth was drawn to host the first round of fixtures for the second Bowls WA Winter Pennant season. Owing to building renovations, the South Perth greens and club rooms were closed and so our neighbours Como kindly made their facilities available.
That is where the kindness ended for our nine as they clashed with a strong Cockburn line up which included the accomplished Steve Srhoy.
Michael Dodd, Vicki Edwards and Ross Pringle had a tough day but fought hard to be down 11-4 after eleven ends. From that point onwards the Cockburn lead was able to dictate the length of the ends and helped them to break away 24-4.
Next door Irene Groves, Peter Taplin and John Brown were off to a promising start, leading 3-2 after four ends. John commented that Irene was leading well, but the Cockburn side continually converted heads and were able to pull away 29-6.
As he did last season, Rod Clinch happily tackled a well credentialed opponent, this time former State Representative Steve Srhoy. With Danny Green and Stuart Masterson building up the heads, Rod was left to add or occasionally convert as required. Looking comfortable when leading 15-6, a momentary lapse saw Cockburn get back within one shot with two ends to play before the Millers rallied to secure a 20-14 victory and a solitary point.
Our side can hold their heads up high for the way in which they conducted themselves against a tough opponent. The Cockburn side boasted three players from their successful One White side which was promoted to Premier League for the upcoming season.