An unbelievable year for the Cambridge Knights that saw the reigning Premiers relegated from the Premier League. A feat that has never occurred in the history of Premier League to my knowledge.
The Club had lost skipper Jon Sharp for the whole season which was unfortunate but that alone could not be the reason for their sudden demise as a power in the PL competition. The Club also had a new synthetic surface installed which had taken some time for the players to adjust to, and may have played a part.
There was some hope for the Knights to avoid demotion, late in the season the Club was dreadfully unlucky in two games (both away games) that were lost on the last or second last bowl of those games, no doubt they were heart breaking losses, win them both and Cambridge might have survived relegation
With the Knights now relegated to One White division for next season, we must say how pleasing it is to see the loyalty of the players coming to the fore, to stick by the Club and take responsibility for the demotion and attempt to win back the place they lost in the PL.
Chris Lander had a season similar to last season for the Knights won the “Brownlow” back to back,. He increased his vote winning tally which is up from last season’s 365
Wins this season were up 9/7/1 +5, last season was 8/6/3 + 5, overall very similar.
Chris, a very skilled and dedicated player, was selected to play in the State squad this season, but had to withdraw due to injury, he was one to shine with an outstanding display in the State Side V the Zusman 12 playing as a second, such is his abilty he can play any position with aplomb.
It has been a tough year for Cambridge, but with players such as Chris Lander who has been the Club Captain for the last two seasons, and is determined that the Cambridge Knights will become a force once more.
Pieter Harris had an enormous season with 12/5/1 + 42 which is outstanding in a season that the Club was demoted.
Quite clearly he with the help of his rink did all they could to keep the side from being demoted
Pieter also had a lift in the voting which emphasizes the season he produced, Last season he finished 3rd with 344 votes.
He is another highly skilled player who has been very loyal and will stay at Cambridge and help win a promotion back to the PL.
3rd Luke Richardson 345
Luke Richardson won the State Singles this season and with that win came selection in the State side to play in Bendigo next week
This year playing 3rd or skip, has been a topsey turvey season pennant wise for Luke in comparison to last season, Last season he played the huge majority of his games as a 3rd
Wins as a skip were below the 50% mark, but he himself held similar form polling one more vote than last season .
No doubt this season will always be one to remember for Luke Richardson.
4th Ross Bolton 342
Ross Bolton, who is recognized as one of the better leaders in the Premier League has done well to finish in 4th position. Ross played under a variety of skippers thru the season and often in changing rinks
That never deterred him from playing consistently well and to poll the amount of votes he has from such a variety of players, is confirmation of his performance this season.