Dave Rankin goes back-to-back
Premier Division skipper Dave Rankin displayed both class and experience to defeat Daryl Radford in a high-quality club final to win back-to-back singles titles on Kardinya’s newly christened A-green on 9 June.
For Rankin it was the first time that he had set foot on the newly laid sand-filled synthetic surface in front of Kardinya’s club pavilion, winning the contest 25 shots to 19.
A good crowd of more than 50 spectators took advantage of windless, twilight conditions—plus a free sausage sizzle—to see two of the club’s leading players slug it out for the club’s most coveted individual prize.
It was the first time in the club’s 32-year history that a championship event had been decided on a winter’s night in June. Sectional play had started in March until the emergence of Covid-19 forced the cancellation of the remainder of the 2019/20 pennant and club bowls season.
For Rankin it was his sixth bowls singles title. His other titles include two while a greenkeeper at Claremont, and one each at Osborne Park and Doubleview.
Rankin (48), who originally comes from Oamaru in the Waitaki district of New Zealand’s south island, has been playing lawn bowls for 31 years.
The final of Kardinya’s 2nd division and under championship was a contest between two veteran bowlers in Norm Ball and Silvio Vassallo. Vassallo played a good range of draw shots and drives to win 25-13.
The novice final was a walkover for Leon Jamieson with Billy McGlue unable to play due to injury.
9 June 2020 Daryl Radford was valiant in defeat. He got within two shots (18-20) in the closing stages of his match against eventual champion Dave Rankin. In the background are 2nd division and under contestants Silvio Vassallo and Norm Ball.
9 June 2020 Second division and under singles champion Silvio Vassallo is a picture of poise as he sends sound a bowl in the final.