Fired-up Parkers won’t be Ryan wondering

March 05, 2018

Surviving another day: Retiring Shepparton Park coach Mark Ryan will lead the team for another match after it progressed to the preliminary final.

Keeping a close eye: Shepparton Park's Dave Hardie watches team mate Ernie Salvemini execute his bowl.

Not found wanting: Shepparton Park's produced an impressive game during the elimination final.

Taking the right line: East Shepparton's John Crosier delivers the perfect delivery, although it was not enough to get his side over the line.

Bringing out the big guns: Umpire Rob Brent was called in to make a decision on this end.

Shepparton Park rallied around outgoing coach Mark Ryan on Saturday.

Entering every game with the possibility of it being the last under their coach, the Parkers lifted to ensure they would take to the greens alongside their leader for another week.

Shepparton Park bundled East Shepparton out of the finals for the second straight year, with East again exiting in disappointing fashion as it was unable to claim a rink.

The Parkers were set from the opening delivery of the match, entering with the mindset of a team wanting to move forward.

‘‘We didn’t want our season to end and we’ve got a lot to offer and a lot to give, so to take away wins on all rinks was great, so we’ll take a lot of confidence from that,’’ Ryan said.

‘‘It was a pretty exciting day, to get a win in a knockout final knowing that it could potentially be your last as coach.’’

With all four rinks going in Shepparton Park’s favour in the 115 to 63 demolition, there is plenty of life in the Parkers as they await Kyabram next week.

‘‘We played them at their home ground two weeks ago and it was a reasonably close game, two rinks up, two rinks down and we’ve improved since that game,’’ Ryan said.

After the Parkers lost to Kyabram in the final round of the home-and-away season, they returned to Kyabram for the elimination final yesterday.

Having to contend with Shepparton Park’s determination, East Shepparton struggled against its opposition’s want to progress.

Jordan Thornton could not match it with Jarryd Tinning, who continues to own a spectacular winning ratio.

Tinning has won eight times from nine appearances this season, overcoming Thornton 29-13 on Saturday.

Ryan said Tinning was in impeccable form, as was Kris Ferguson, Denis Smyth and Josh Warren who made up his rink.

‘‘Jarryd was outstanding, he had a good performance by his team, but he was awesome in his own right and (skip) Leigh Clark was very similar, he was set up by a good team effort from Paul Warren and Brian Hall.’’

Clark’s rink went down to Rob George against Kyabram in round 14 and Ryan said it was positive to see the foursome be responsible for turning its luck around.

‘‘They bounced back and that’s what it’s all about, you can’t have those sort of down days in finals, those that were down last week lifted yesterday and got us over the line,’’ he said.

Clark was superb against East’s Geoff Franze in the 20-shot victory, while Jeff Anselmi brought home a five-shot win against Josh Thornton.

Ryan applauded Dave Hardie for his work as lead in his own rink, which blitzed Nick Boyd by 11 shots.

East coach Thornton was shattered; not only with the loss, but the continuation of his side’s struggles in the finals.

‘‘At the end of the day they out-bowled us, handled the conditions better and bowled with more confidence,’’ he said.

‘‘I’ve been playing pennant a long time where I’ve come from and had plenty of success, so to go out in straight sets two years in a row, nobody likes that.

‘‘But we’ll rebound, it’s not the end of the world, we’ll do a bit of recruiting and hopefully be ready for next season.’’

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