No putting this book down

March 12, 2018

The fairytale finish to Mark Ryan’s tenure as coach at Shepparton Park has one more chapter to play out.

The fairytale finish to Mark Ryan’s tenure as coach at Shepparton Park has one more chapter to play out.

The build since the midway point of the season has been phenomenal to follow, and on Saturday the Parkers brought up a 26-shot win against Kyabram to send them into another grand final.

It will be a rematch of last year’s decider, with Shepparton Golf already securing its spot after defeating Kyabram in the first week of finals.

Another grand final presents Ryan the opportunity to win his third title as coach of Shepparton Park, while Kyabram exited in straight sets.

Failing to win a final after a stellar season is a disappointing end for David Cartwright’s men.

The side was ferocious at best and in contrast to Shepparton Park, was most brutal at the beginning of the season.

The Parkers knew there was a chance to progress entering the match on Saturday, having fallen just eight shots short of Kyabram in the final round.

But Shepparton Park plays best when under pressure, whether it be needing every point in order to just make the finals or performing in a knock-out final.

Taking to well-manicured greens at Stanhope, Ryan said his side had enjoyed the past two weeks of sudden death finals.

‘‘Sometimes you go through the season underdone because there’s not as much riding on every game, but in a pressure situation everyone lifts and they did it (on Saturday),’’ he said.

‘‘Coming from the season we had we’re sort of overwhelmed and excited, I couldn’t imagine we’d finish off the year in such a strong way.

‘‘We’ve just been playing with a nothing to lose attitude and timed our run at the the right time.’’

Hitting the peak of his game is Jarryd Tinning, who put in a scintillating showing against Rob George to take the encounter 32-12.

‘‘Jarryd executed some really, really good bowls and has a had a couple of good wins in a row,’’ Ryan said.

But Ryan said there was still enough left in the tank that would need to be used if the side was to overcome Golf and turn the tables on last year’s grand final loss.

‘‘(Our leads) were very steady, I guess there’s always a bit of room for improvement from everyone, a 10 to 20 per cent improvement can come from a few of our guys and we’ll need every bit to win a grand final,’’ he said.

The two coaches drew each other and it was Ryan that took the spoils in the 25-16 win.

Cartwright took out the top skip mantle as the best performer of the home-and-away season and tried to pull his side across the line on Saturday.

Each side accumulated mostly ones before a six from Shepparton Park presented a buffer it could work with.

Jeff Anselmi narrowly prevailed by three shots against Rob Sceney and consistent Kyabram skip Greg Shilling took out the only rink for his side with the final scoreline reading 101 to 75.

Shepparton Park and Shepparton Golf will do battle at Kyabram on Sunday.

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