Koorda Pairing Have Destiny on Their Side
Played Friday 7th March 2014 Koorda Bowling Club have never had Men’s Countryweek Pairs Champions. but all that changed at the 2014 Crown Perth Men’s Countryweek Pairs Championship. Quietly slipping through the top half of the draw, Craig Greenham and Wayne Maher used every end of every game to win the pairs championship.
If winning multiple close games means a team is destined to be the champions, then as each round passed. the Koorda pair had champions written all over them. Their match in the round of sixteen was a cliffhanger with a 15-14 scoreline. If that wasn’t enough the quarter final win of 11-10 was a game of inches. In the semi final Greenham came up against the quality pairing of John Davidson and Fred Early (Wagin) and after a nip and tuck game, a four on the second last end gave the Koorda pair a 13-11 lead. With a nail biting last end, a single to Davidson wasn’t enough and gave Greenham his third straight single shot victory with a 13-12 score.
On the other side of the draw the Toodyay pairing of James Jaworski and Ashley Grundy was having a slightly easier time of it with some solid wins. In the semi final Jaworski came up against Michael Ford and Jim Taylor (Geraldton) and were in command with a16-5 win.
So in the final, it came down to, had the Koorda pair used up all their luck in the last three rounds or were they destined to win. At the half way mark of the final it certainly looked like an end to a charmed tournament with Jaworski leading 11-4 after 8 ends. However as they had done all tournament, the Koorda pair kept on coming and three consecutive winning ends put them back in the game. Coming into the last end their were still two behind but a two on that last end meant an extra end was needed to separate the pairs and destiny was still an option. From the very start of the extra end Greenham and Maher were in control and despite a last gasp running shot from Jaworski threatening to ruin their party, the Koorda pair held on to win 13-12, their fourth consecutive one shot victory and the 2014 Crown Perth Men’s Countryweek Pairs Championship.
Final Pairs Knockout Results