Bridge Blues again demonstrated their superiority with a crushing win over Tailem Bend that has elevated the side 15 points clear at the head of the table. Mannum sit second, just ahead of Jervois and Karoonda, the latter slipped a couple of positions but was gallant in defeat winning on two rinks against Jervois.
Mannum did it comfortably in opposition to Bridge White with two rinks up and the other one drawn.
Blue’s skipper Gerry Penta is skipper of the round after steering his team of Hugh Smythe, Mario Grande and Kristeena Kirchner to a 17 shot win. This was just ahead of Jervois skipper Graeme Herbert by one shot.
Tailem Bend vs Bridge Blue
At Tailem, Bend Blue showed their authority with an imposing 29 shot win over the Eagles, two rinks were marginal but a thriller was played out between the local team of skipper Sam Shepherd, Travis Schenke, Michael Thorne and Brian Leckie.
Blue skipper Paul Smart extracted the utmost out of his players Peter White, Helen Linder and Ron Goodwin to go down by just one shot.
These two teams were still playing well after the others were finished and the contest captivated the attention of the many onlookers who had finished their games.
Blues set the pace with a five on the second end but by the ninth end the scores were level, from that point Shepherd drew away with a four then a three that set up a three shot lead on the 14th.
Smart then hit back winning six of the next eight ends to take a four shot lead with three to go, they were all wonby Tailem, but going into the last the scores were level.
It was a pulsating finish; Tailem held a very close shot, Blues converted to hold game, then Shepherd swung it Tailem’s way to hold the one shot for the two points.
The other two rinks were not as close at the finish but still provided plenty of action, Duane Edward’s Tailem team, Scott.
“Big Dog” Dinham, Graeme Millard and Glenda Shepherd went end for end with Bruce Attrill, Ben Traeger, Frank Nagy and Tom Griffiths until the Blue team broke the shackles on the 13th end with a three followed by a four then a five to hit the front by eight shots.
Edwards responded to get within four shots. This lead was temporary, as Attrill reeled off eight shots to a single to be 13 up at the finish.
Gerry Penta’s Blue skipper of round team got away to a solid start against Merv. Stevens, Rob. Hales, John Gregory and Colin Baxter, starting the game with six singles and a four.
This set up an advantage of nine shots by the 14th end, Tailem cut it back with a four only to drop a five immediately.
The Blues stormed home very strongly winning seven of the remaining 10 ends for a total of 16 shots to four winning by 17.
Mannum vs Murray Bridge White
Mannum hosted Murray Bridge White and a minutes silence was held at the start of the match in memory of Club and Association player and friend to all Jack Pitcher, who passed away earlier in the week.
The match was played in warm and sunny conditions with a light breeze at the riverside rinks.
The visitors started well and held a 12 shot advantage at the break. However, the second half saw Mannum hit back and over took Bridge White to come away winners by 18 shots.
Ted Baxter, Jim Brandle, Graham Rolton and Mike Ferris won the first end with two shots, then Lynton Jones Chook Fowler Ron Van Tijn and Dickie Symonds hit back with a two, Baxter took one shot on the third, with Jones grabbing three shots on the next three ends.
Baxter snared a three, Jones one shot, then Baxter fired up and won the next four ends for 12 shots, Jones grabbed one to make it seven to 18 at the break. After the break, Jones fired back to win 12 of the next 13 ends and drew the game in a nail biting finish 19 all. A great game by both sides.
Chester Moore, Charlie De Santo, Leo Liebelt and Malcolm Carter started brilliantly and won nine of the first 12 ends to take a commanding lead at the break 17 to four shots. The break came at a good time and whatever Peter Hollywood Wegener said to his troops at the break worked.
First end back from drinks, Peter Wegener, Ian (Windy) Windebank, Chris Mundie and Steve Gregory got back into the match with a confidence boosting six shots at end 14 and it was game on. Wegener’s crew picked up another seven shots in the next three ends to tie the match.
It was then an arm wrestle over the eight ends with Wegener winning the last two ends and take the match by five shots. Another quality game.
Graham Wakefield, Marty March, Tommy Towns and Denise Barnes hit the ground running and won the first fours ends for six shots then Les Trewen, Ian Oates, Tony Trewen and Bob Johnston hit back with a two only to drop the next end with a three.
Trewen hung on and grabbed one shot on the seventh end but then Wakefields crew widened the gap with nine shots from the next four ends to go to the break 19 shots to five leaders.
After drinks, Trewen grabbed a three to keep them in the game but Wakefield fired back with another one, one and two shots to lead 23 shots to eight after 17 ends. Trewen’s crew had to do something and they did by picking up seven shots from end 18 to 21 to bridge the gap to eight shots, but Wakefield’s mob held their nerve and pulled away in the last few ends to win 30 shots to 17.
The win saw Mannum climb into second spot on the ladder.
Karoonda vs Jervois
Jervois travelled to Karoonda for a real danger game, and although only winning one rink, were able to claim eight points with a 10 shot win.
Graeme Herbert, Garry Mason, Tim Hicks and Denis Hicks were far too good for the local side of Josh Porker, Malcolm Waechter, Len Symonds and Barry Cornish, leading throughout for an easy 31 to 15 win.
Herbert took the first three ends to establish an early lead and was never seriously threatened, although Porker briefly closed the gap to two shots after nine ends. The visitors were far too consistent and steadily increased the gap, and finished strongly with a succession of twos to set up the Jervois win.
For most of the afternoon Gary Zadow, Kim Tomkinson, Rowan Zadow and John Wegner dominated thier rivals David Kempe, Russell Schutz, Len Gommers and Graham Schenke, but a late revival saw the home sides final winning margin cut to just two shots.
Zadow made an early break, leading by as much as eight shots, but when Kempe clawed back five suceessive ends, the scores became locked together at 14 each after 14 ends. Zadow again broke away, extending the lead to 11 shots with their third four of the day on the 20th end.
With Karoonda edging out in front overall Kempe's team needed to hit back, and they did so with a couple of twos and a five on the final end which was critical to the end result, despite the 25 to 27 loss.
Ian Symonds, Steven Kroehn, Rowan Tomkinson amd Paul Wegner had the better of Graham Fromm, Rodger Zarantonello, Derek Vanderzon and Shawn Hicks in a 27 to 23 win.
Once again Karoonda started better, but a six to Fromm on the 10th end briefly put the visitors in front.
Symonds again edged ahead but could not open up a gap until a five on the 23rd end gave him a seven shot buffer.
Fromm responded with a five of his own, narrowing the margin to two shots, before Symonds took the last end with a two to make the margin four shots.
Although the final margin of 10 shots looked reasonably comfortable, the final two ends across the board yielded an additional 11 shots to the victors, and had the game been played over 21 ends the result would have been reversed.
Mannum had a mixed bag against Karoonda but a win a loss and a draw and nine points was enough to keep the side safe for the time being in top position.
Jervois Black are sitting second and then there is quite a gap to Bridge Red and Meningie with Bridge Green just outside the four on percentage.
RSL was a mild surprise winner getting up on two rinks with Dennis Fiegert and Peter Tuxford’s teams beating their opposition to secure the three shot win. Bob Afford picked up 2 points for Jervois Red winning by seven shots.
Meningie was just a bit too good for Bridge Green winning overall by a margin of 16 shots, Ash Hunt was up by seven shots and Tom Mitchell by 11. John Pohl was the point-getter for Greens with a two shot winning margin.
At Tailem Bend the Jervois Black side proved too good for Tailem by 25 shots with two wins and a draw.
John Obst’s team got on top of Peter Connolly’s early and never let up to win by 11 shots and Black’s got away the better winning the first four ends for a total of seven shots.
With the opposition well on top Tailem struggled to hold shots and only won eight of the 21 ends. Blacks mainly won singles in the run home but a three on the last blew the margin out.
Tailem’s Ian Shepherd Ted Roberts finished the day with a draw that was played in two halves, Roberts won the first and Shepherd second.
By the 13th end after scoring a couple of fours and keeping Tailem mainly to singles Blacks held a lead of eight shots.
Then Tailem lifted a notch winning the next six ends to go three shots up. Blacks won the last two ends gaining the three shots that forced the drawn result.
Kevin Griffith’s Tailem team only won six of the 21 ends which was not near enough to have a chance in opposition to Owen Allen. Black’s scored all singles and twos up to the 14th end to be nine in front but only won two more ends from then on.
Black’s hadn’t scored heavily but a three on the 17th end and a four on the second to last made it 18 the difference.
Tailem brought it back somewhat finishing the game with a four.
Mannum vs Karoonda
Mannum hosted Karoonda and despite their positions on the ladder – first against ninth – a good battle ensued during the afternoon.
Jerry Pannell, Darryl “Blackdog” Rebbeck, David “Duck” Evans and Maurie Davey had an enthralling game all day with scores going neck-and-neck all day. At the break Pannell was down by four shots but hit back in the second half to tie the game on the last end. 16 shots all.
Kevin Burdett, Colin Bormann, Damon Fromm and Warren Green, started well, but Sage quickly got on the board with six shots on the second end.
From then it was a great battle with Sage leading most of the day until end 18 when Burdett hit the front with a three on end 18 and a one on end 19 and then held Sage to only two shots on ends 20 and 21 – Burdett winning a nail-biter by one shot.
Mike Pethick, Graham “Zulu” Leathers, Steve Wilkinson and Max Greer dropped one shot on the first end but hit back with 17 Shots over the next 12 ends to lead 17 to seven seven at the break.
After drinks Pethick picked up five shots then dropped four shots and put the foot down to grab 11 shots from ends 17 to 20 to put the game and match to bed.
Pethick’s crew defeated Burdett’s crew 30 shots to 15 giving Mannum nine points and a fourteen shot win to stay on top of the ladder.
There’s not a lot separating the top four placegetters in this revamped competition.
Mannum Green is top, then eight points away sits Murray Bridge ahead of Mannum Gold by two points with Jervois a further two points away.
Karoonda is in with a chance but Meningie, Tailem Bend and RSL will have to do everything right to get anywhere near the top four.
Mannum Green got on top of RSL by 24 shots and Karoonda beat Meningie by 19. Murray Bridge defeated Tailem Bend and Mannum Gold too good for Jervois.
At Tailem Bend the Bridge side defeated Tailem Bend by 30 shots winning on both rinks; Jeff Tonkin won the first six ends against John Brook and led by eight after scoring singles and twos.
Tailem won the next four that included a seven to hit the front.
Two threes straight and a five on 16th made it six in the Bridge’s favour. Tailem reduced it to two shots but six shots over the last three ends to the Bridge settled the issue by eight shots.
David Trevorrow had too much up his team for that of Gary Beauglehall to win by 22 shots, Tailem only managed four singles up to the 17th end while Murray Bridge scored 29 shots.
A four to Tailem on the 18th was encouraging, but the Bridge players were the dominant factor winning 15 of the 21 ends played.
Mannum Gold vs Jervois
Mannum Gold hosted Jervois in great conditions with Mannum Gold winning overall by 45 shots to 32 shots.
Mannum Gold’s crew of Pam Bormann, Susie Jones, Helen Wakefield and David Wilson had a great battle with Jervois’s Elaine Atkins, Ivy Kluske, Greg Miller and Carl Hamiester – however, the visitors took the honours with a 23 shot to 18 shot win.
Mannum Gold’s Beryl Brandle, Colin Pym, Barry Maloney and Kaye Hall started well and finished well to win their match, 27 shots to nine shots over Jervois’s R Miller, J Atkins, P Hameister and P Lewis Brown.
Mannum Green vs Murray Bridge RSL
Murray Bridge RSL hosted the Mannum team in good conditions with the visitors being too strong for the home side.
Mannum Green’s side of Trevor Frahn, Pam Eichler, Chris Thomas and Jeff Eichler dominated the game to win 31 shots to RSL’s side of Rosie Jones, Di O’Connell, Duell Hartley and Des Walton who scored 11 shots.
The second rink of RSL’s Ida Warner, Marlene Fahey, Derek Stamers and F Lucas had a great battle against Mannum Green’s side of Grant Bormann, Bob Hughes, Ramon Leahy and Frank Dite. Mannum held sway in a tight game to win by four shots.
Overall Mannum took out the match 49 to 24.