Graham Scott was Safety Bay’s top skipper this season and a driving force to get the Bay’s back into One White
The quite vocal Armadale team jumped out of the blocks and were eleven shots up at the eighth end.
At this stage Daniel Brown’s rink led Paul Beaumont seventeen to one.
The Safety Bay sixteen kept plugging away and by the fifteenth end held a five shot lead over Armadale going into the crucial last few ends and the Armadale team and supporters were not quite as vocal knowing they had a game on their hands.
In these ends Alan Holmes picked up thirteen shots and Paul Beaumont, in a great comeback against Daniel Brown, picked up seven shots to give Safety Bay the aggregate and a berth in One White.
While the aggregate was really carried by Alan Holmes’s team of Harry Wilson, Neville Crocker and John Van Tuyl with their huge 36 – 10 win over Kevin McKay, a review of this grand final would not be complete without giving due recognition to the huge comeback by Paul Beaumont, Kennedy, Stanley, and Harman to finish only eight shots down against a quality opponent in Daniel Brown, West, Innes, and Hunt.
Armadale set themselves for promotion this season, and looked the goods to achieve that goal one way or another, but fell on the final hurdle on both occasions.
The job was made harder when the Bays pipped them at the post for hosting honours, but one cannot take anything away from the resolve of the Safety Bay boys, who are a close knit unit, and will now take on the higher grade.
ARMADALE 80 D MELVILLE 63
Melville bowed out of season 2012-13, but it wasn’t without a fight.
The side that looked at one stage a relegation candidate fought hard to qualify for these Promotional Finals, but came up against the favoured Armadale combination.
The Storm led all the way, with Steve McKay ten shot victors over Mal Randall and Daniel Brown eight shots up against Steve Hughes. Armadale’s Rob Foy had a one shot win over B. Henley. Cat Fewing was the only shining light for Melville with a four shot victory against Mick Trojak.
With a ten shot deficit by the Randall rink against the Storm’s Steve McKay and Steve Hughes eight shots in the red in their clash with Daniel Brown, the Magic found themselves behind the eightball for most of proceedings.
Graeme Fewings had plenty on his hands with Mike Trojac and the Henley and Foy rinks were inseparable, which meant that Armadale were able to maintain a healthy margin.
The Storm won by seventeen shots in the end over a Melville side that competed well but had to lower their colours to a determined opposition sixteen.
The Magic can be well satisfied with their season, the character they showed reflecting well on a proud club.
Safety Bay 85 D Kardinya 73
This was a close game throughout the first sixteen ends with neither side really getting on top.
At this stage Safety Bay had the lead by five shots (61 – 56). In the telling last five ends Paul Beaumont’s rink picked up a six on the seventeenth end and Norm Read’s rink picked up a five on the eighteenth and twentieth, putting the result beyond doubt.
All rinks were keenly contested, with the highest winning margin being Norm Read’s seven shots over Ross Knapp.
Graeme Scott, Lynch, Owen, and Taylor were steady in their six shot win over Steve Vinci, and Paul Beaumont held on to a two shot advantage against Norm Ball.
While this was going on, Chris Jones, Brooks, Wacamor, and Vassallo were doing a fine job against the consistent Bays Allan Holmes four, but their three shot win was to no avail.
The Kats were strong competitors all season, and will be a force again next season