Careful: Meningie’s Trevor Mitchell gets out the measuring tape to work out which bowl holds sway in the division one match against Murray Bridge White.WELL it must be said the biggest surprise of the round in division onewas the upset, and good for the competition, win by RSL over Karoonda.
Tailem Bend also injected a bit of extra enthusiasm into proceedings with a solid win at Murray Bridge.
Jervois survived a thriller at home against Mannum while Bridge White scored maximum points in an entertaining clash with Meningie.
Karoonda won on two rinks at RSL only to crash badly on the other; Kevin Leslie was on the receiving end the previous Saturday but this time he dished it out in a mighty reversal of fortunes.
Leslie turned in a Skipper of the Round exhibition when he steered his team to a 30-shot win that paved the way for RSL’s first win of the season.
Bridge Blue v Tailem Bend by Paul Smart
The topsy-turvey season continued for the home sidewhen they were soundly beaten by a much more focused Tailem team.
The reinvigorated duo of Peter Connolly and Brian Leckie both played major roles in the win.
Bruce Attrill met David Hoare and the well drilled team jumped away to a 5-1 lead after four ends and gradually increase the lead to run out the easiest of winners on the day, 24-9.
Noel Kneebone, playing his third game as a skipper, guided his team to a 21-13 win over the experienced Charlie Disanto.
Although the home side led six shots to two after four ends, the rot then set in and Tailem controlled the game.Again the Tailem players contributed when needed, with lead Colin Baxter putting the pressure on.
In the most even game of the day, the rink of Les Trewren, Ron Goodwin, Peter White and skipper Gerry Penta, were the only winners for Blue against Travis Schenke, Mike Bristow, Peter Connolly and skip Duane Edwards, they were able to hold on to win, 22-18.
The scores were tied on seven occasions with both teams on 18going into the last end, with the home scoring their second fourof the day to win.
Jervois v Mannum
Once again Jervois narrowly escaped to take 10 points over an unlucky Mannum in a thrilling finish.
Graeme Herbert, Rodger Zarantonello, Denis Hicks and Kevin Spinks continued their winning streak with a 24-16 win over Gary Fowler, Jack Pitcher, Trevor Dicker and Gary Odgers.
Herbert was off to a great start with a four on the opening end, followed by a single, only to see Fowler respond to tie the scores after four ends.
Herbert again eased out to a seven-shot lead after scoring a four on the ninth, but this was reduced when Fowler secured a three and a single.
Fowler was forced to play catch up as the margin blew out to nine shots as Herbert finished the stronger.
Denis Hicks was again outstanding for Jervois in his most consistent season.
Andrew Stasinowski, Graham Schenke, Derek Vanderzon and John McEntee emerged with a 24-18 win over Terry McDonald, John Windebank, Mike Pethic and Martin March.
Once again it was Jervois out of the blocks early with a four, but McDonald won sixof the next seven to take the lead 8-5.Stasinowski steadied over the next few ends and he went to the break with a four-shot lead.
The lead built to six by the 16th end, but a four to McDonald reduced the marginwith four ends to play.
Jervois responded with a six on the next end to virtually kill off the challenge.
Graham Wakefield, Tommy Towns, Peter Wegener and Steve Gregory were winners for Mannum with a 26-14 win over Russel Schutz, David Kempe, Len Gommers and Garry Mason.
But it was a hollow victory, with the 12-shot margin having evaporated from a game high lead of 18-4.Jervois escaped with an overall two-shot win, avoiding what would have been their first loss this season.
Wakefield had six shots on the board before Schutz got started, and won eight of the first 10 ends for an 11-shot lead.
A 4 to Schutz on the 6th end was his only bright spot, and when Wakefield continued dominating after the break to go to a 25-7 lead Mannum were almost home.
Schutz won successive ends on the 18th and 19th, which was totally against the flow, but it revived Jervois’ chances, as they finished strongly on neighbouring rinks. A single to Wakefield on the 20th set up a tense finish, with Jervois taking an overall one-shot lead. Then is was some close bowls as Jervois won 62-60 despite therink’s 12-shot loss.
Bridge White v Meningie
White defeated Meningie 76-43 with White gaining valuable premiership points by winning all rinks.
The rinks of Fromm andTraeger had comfortable wins however the rink of White’sJason Sipos against Brian Lord went down to the wire before Sipos won by three shots.Brian Traeger, White, defeated Barry Jennings 33-11 whileGraham Fromm won over Wayne Lehmann 23-15.Best players for White were Tom Griffith & Ian Oats and Wayne Lehmann was best for Meningie.Jason Sipos defeated Brian Lord 20-17.With only three ends left the Sipos rink appeared to be cruising, however the persistence by Brian Lord almost brought his rink to an unexpected victory.
On line: Bow Jude, Meningie, gets ready to line up a bowl during the division one match against Murray Bridge White on the weekend.
On a roll: Tom Griffiths, Murray Bridge White, sends a bowl down the home turf in the division one match against Meningie on the weekend.
Concentration: Meningie’s Robert Warnes gets ready to play a shot during the division one match in Murray Bridge on Saturday.
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