A couple of big surprises came out of last Saturday’s fourth round with the biggest upset taking place at Karoonda, where the locals knocked over the more fancied Mannum winning on all rinks and moving into second place.
Bridge Whites were favourite to win at Tailem Bend but had to go home satisfied with a drawn result.
At Murray Bridge, the home side won comfortably on two rinks but was beaten on the other where Noel Kneebone led early by a spacious margin then had to fight off a challenge from Paul Smart to win by six shots.
Skipper of the round goes to Bridge Blue’s Gerry Penta whose team recorded a 24 shot winning margin.
At Tailem Bend thanks to a five-shot win to Scott. Dinham’s team the locals forced a drawn result with Bridge White.
Tailem was not fancied by some, but with two rinks down the side would have been content with the result. Dinham started the better against Les Trewren but the first seven ends were low scoring results with five singles to Tailem and a two and a single was all White’s could muster.
On the eighth end, Tailem broke away with a five followed by two shots which gave them a handy lead of nine shots. This was cut to three when the Whites won the next four ends.
Tailem counteracted quickly scoring nine shots to nil that set up an advantage of 12 shots.
The comebacks continued as usual and Whites hit back to get within two shots by the 21st end, only one more single was to be added by them while three singles to Dinham’s team finished the game five shots up that sealed the overall draw.
The other two rinks went Whites way with Ted Baxter by three shots over Sam Shepherd and Chester Moore made it in a thriller by a single shot against Merv Stevens.
Moore and Stevens went neck and neck over the first few ends but it was Moore’s team that led by four after eight ends played.
Tailem recovered to hit the lead by two shots four ends late.
Whites retaliated with five shots to a single to go five up. Tailem then set up what appeared to be a winning break securing five ends straight for a total of 11 shots that included a five.
Then a massive turnaround came when Whites scored a five on the second to last end followed by two to win the match by one shot.
It took Ted Baxter’s team a little while to warm up but once they did they put in some big scores and were never headed again.
Sam Shepherd’s players won the first three ends and Whites got started with two singles that still had them trailing by four shots on the sixth.
From that point they took control of the scoreboard winning three ends straight for two, six and two, Tailem replied with two singles only for Whites hit again with a five.
The teams squared off for the next few ends with Whites hanging onto a five-shot lead on the 21st , that was extended to eight two ends later. Tailem added a three and a two to finish the contest but it was the White team that got home the better by three shots.
Mannum holds top place ahead of Jervois Black with Bridge Red and Bridge Green situated third and fourth. It was a tight tussle at Murray Bridge where local colour Green defeated Tailem Bend by two shots.
Tailem picked up two points when Ian Shepherd’s rink finished the better to win by seven shots against John Pohl’s, the scores were level on the 14th end with unusual scoring to that stage.
Tailem had five twos and a single on the board while Greens score was three twos and five singles.
A six to Tailem then a two and a single broke the deadlock at the right time with two ends to go that Green’s won with 2 singles.
Tailem’s Kevin Griffiths and Peter Shilton kept the score close with low end scoring and Tailem up by four on the 14th end.
Tailem only scored twice for the rest of the match for a total of four shots, but it was a different story for Greens who won five of the last seven ends compared to their opponents who scored 11 shots, that included a five making it a three-shot win at the finish.
Green’s Brian Welch’s team won the three opening ends against Peter Connolly and quickly had five shots on the board.
Tailem slowly came back but struggled to put two ends together straight and with the Green team playing more consistently soon built up a seven shot lead.
With a four Tailem got within two shots by the 14th end, but in a very tight contest didn’t do enough over the last seven ends only winning three of them.
The four Green players were on top even though it was a low scoring match with mainly only twos and singles scored, then a four on the 17th end proved to be a match winner as the locals did enough to win by six shots.
Mannum did enough on two rinks to win against Jervois by six shots, Jerry Pannell won by four against Kevin Spinks and John Sage was up by five in his meeting with Rod Harris. David Graham was Reds winner defeating Mike Pethick by three.
It was an encouraging days bowling for the RSL club, the second division side won at Meningie where Peter Tuxford got the points with a 13 shot win against Ash.
Hunt that turned out to be enough to cover losses by the other two losing RSL rinks won by Brian Bagshaw and Trevor Mitchell.
Bridge Red had 12 shots to spare at Karoonda, Barry Manuel struck a blow for Karoonda with a three shot win over Barry Kirchner and Richard Humphrys finished two up against David White. Peter White clinched the win for Reds, finishing 17 in front of Kevin Burdett.
Helped with a forfeit Mannum Green sits at the head of the table closely followed by Jervois, Murray Bridge and Mannum Gold. This will all be changed on the Saturday program.
Winners were Jervois against Meningie, Karoonda against Bridge Purple and RSL over Tailem Bend Blue.