Re­verse psy­chol­ogy wins

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT -

RE­VERSE psy­chol­ogy se­cured a one-point lead for the Gayn­dah men’s triples bowls cham­pi­ons on Satur­day.

After-War­ick Bellert’s team se­cured a 9–6 lead, team mem­ber Ash­ley Har­ris said get­ting closer to the op­po­si­tion hinged on re­verse psy­chol­ogy.

“I want to say that we’re los­ing, so we’ve got to keep win­ning,” Har­ris said.

“You’ve got to put it the other way round, oth­er­wise you get too com­pla­cent and you lose con­cen­tra­tion.”

The other es­sen­tial was to talk to team­mates, Har­ris said.

“It’s all in com­mu­ni­ca­tion mainly – you’ve got to keep talk­ing to them.

“Oth­er­wise, you don’t and your team just falls apart.”

Op­po­si­tion skip Peter Ben­nett talked through the match to his team­mates Neville McCosker and Noel ‘Brody’ Kirk.

“We’ll get bet­ter as the day goes on,” Ben­nett said.

“We’re slow starters and fast fin­ish­ers.

“The way the head’s set up now, we’ve just got to try to draw one closer.

“Where they have a lot closer bowls, you could play into the head and hope to move the kitty, or sit one of their bowls for shot.”

Ben­nett’s strat­egy worked with his team pick­ing up pace to fin­ish with 19, just one point be­hind.

FO­CUS: Win­ning skip War­ick Bellert launches a bowl dur­ing the Gayn­dah men's triples cham­pi­onships.

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