Semi-final bloodbath squashes hype

January 30, 2017

A larger crowd gathered to watch one semi-final of the Goulburn Valley Champion of Champions tournament, rather than the main event.

More than 100 fans found a spot in the shade at Shepparton Golf to watch Brad Orr go up against his former mentor and dual Shepparton premiership teammate Mark Ryan.

The enticing battle would not be the epic the crowd hope for, with Orr sublime on his way to winning the tournament.

The semi-final match between the 2014 Victorian Open pairs champions was over in just more than an hour, with the players leaving the greens before the day’s heat had sank in.

Orr’s form was impeccable and any player would have found him difficult to beat in his opening match of the day. While Parkers coach Ryan succeeded in claiming the first shot of the match, that would be where the joy would end for him.

He was unable to gain another shot until end six, by which time Orr had created a 10-3 lead.

Orr only gave up three shots in an end to Ryan once, while he claimed the same feat five times.

Ryan’s three shots came in the second last end of the day, as a comeback no longer looked like it was on the cards.

From the moment his first shot hugged the jack, Orr was in winning form.

He said he was pleased with the performance that helped him create a lead so early in the match.

‘‘It obviously does (give you confidence). You know you’ve got that breathing space and also just making contact on probably the first bowl of each end and nailing it and putting the pressure on,’’ Orr said.

‘‘If I didn’t nail it with my first one, I probably nailed it with my second one, so he was always under pressure which was probably the aim of the game.’’

Orr defeated Ryan in the first time the two players have met since Orr left Golf for the 2015-16 season, but the laidback character said the hype did not concern him.

‘‘To be honest that sort of doesn’t bother me, I was just happy enough to be in the final. I’ve never made the final before,’’ he said.

‘‘I’ve played in it (Champion of Champions) before, that was my first year at Mooroopna four or five years ago, that was back when I couldn’t bowl real good, so it’s good to make the final.’’

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