Tailem finally firing

Division One

The big surprise of the round was Jervois being beaten by lowly Tailem Bend 21 shots, it was the usual rivalry on display with this time Tailem up on all rinks. 

POISE: Murray Bridge White's Mike Ferris during his side's clash with RSL on Saturday.  Photo: William Bailey.

POISE: Murray Bridge White's Mike Ferris during his side's clash with RSL on Saturday. Photo: William Bailey.

Rob Hales got up against Graeme Herbert by one shot, and Sam Shepherd accounted for David Kempe by seven shots.

In the other game Duane Edwards turned in a skipper of the round performance when his team defeated Graham Fromm by 13 shots.

RSL hosted the Mannum Club on the first hot day of the bowls calendar.

Although the Mannum team ended up winning comfortably in the end the result at the halfway mark was only three shots difference.

Stuart Keogh's rink took on the mannum ring skipped by Graham Wakefield. Panda's RSL boys got off to a good start with Bertie Trewren on lead having a great tussle with Denise Barnes.

It was the last five ends that broke the RSL back with the mannum rink Barnes, Tommy Towns and Mary March at third providing strong heads for Wakefield to finally find shots on enough ends to take the game by five shots.

Grizzly Daniels took on Peter Wegener and the locals were 12/10 up at the halfway point.

Again the locals gave away too many shots early in the second half to give the Mannum side a comfortable lead and winning nine out of 11 ends up to round 24.

Grizzly was able to save many shots but still went down 30/22 in the end.

Noel Kneebone's rink took on Lynton Jones’ team members.

The game was tight for the first 10 ends at 4/7 the visitors way when Kneebone dropped a four to go into the halfway break down 4/11.

Jones skipped well and was supported by some strong bowling from his team to always have multiple numbers in the head.

The second half started disastrously for the RSL member dropping four straight ends in a row to see the game slipping away from them.

Chook Fowler playing third was playing aggressively to cancel good early work by Anne-Marie Kuchel, Karen Kneebone and Allan Arbon.

To their credit RSL won seven  of the last eight ends. But weren't able to make up for the poor ends early on.

The match between Josh Porker and Ted Baxter was all tied up at the break at 15 shots a piece but Josh bowled excellently well after the break to gain a 10 shot victory.

Chester Moore and Kim Tomkinson had a very tight match all day with the score level at 15 shots each after 14 ends and they were tied at 25 shots each with one end to go, were a tight end saw Moore and Charlie di Santo each draw shot to gain a much needed two shot win.

In the third game between the two Ian’s Oats and Symons a score line of 17 shots to seven at the break was holding the overall match score well and truly in whites favor, the 10 shot gap was maintained with oats winning the last end to secure a very close overall match difference of two shots to White.

The top four is interesting, Bridge Blue had the bye but is still top just ahead of Mannum, Bridge White and Jervois. Karoonda is placed just outside the four on percentage.

Division Two

Murray Bridge Red flexed their muscles against Tailem Bend, winning by an overall margin of 41 shots. Damage was done on Peter White’s rink where his teammates Alby Aay, Ken Carter and Alan Kennedy proved way too good for Peter Connolly’s line up.

The scores stayed close for the first 10 ends but from that point the Bridge four all played brilliant bowls to take over completely, they scored heavily in the run home scoring from the 10th end to the finish 28 shots to just two singles, running away to a 28 shot win.

Champion veteran Alby Aay got things started on the lead and in a fine display the rest of the team joined in the splurge.

David White Red’s skipper David White finished up with a two shot winning margin over Ruth Cross, Tailem started the better but by the 17th end Reds were eight shots in front but it was Tailem who finished the better without winning.

They scored 8 shots to 4 to just fail to catch Reds by 2 shots.

Barry Kirchner’s Red team scored heavily up to the 14th end setting up a lead of 25 shots to six against John Gregory.

Tailem finished the better but it was Reds in front at the finish by 11 shots.

In other games RSL beat Karoonda by 15 shots, Meningie defeated Jervois Red by eight shots with the main winner for Meningie Brian Bagshaw who defeated John McEntee by 11 shots.

Bridge Green was too good for Jervois Black, kocking them off by 16 shots.

Division Three

Jervois defeated Tailem Bend by 30 shots but the scores were a bit closer for most of the game than the final score indicated.

Greg Miller’s Jervois rink got the better start against Gary Beauglehall’s winning the first 6 ends to lead by 6 shots.

Tailem got started winning seven of the next 10 ends scoring 13 shots to six that set up a lead of one shot by the 14th.

Jervois finished much the better over the last few ends adding 15 shots to two, Jervois only led by three with two ends to go but that was where Jervois hit hard to finish the game with a five and a four making it a 12 up at the finish.

John Atkins got his Jervois players up and about early against John Brook’s team winning on 10 of the first 14 ends building up a 16 shot lead by the 15th end, they kept up the pace in the run home scoring 6 shots to four to make the winning margin at the finish 18 shots.

RSL pulled off a big one defeating Karoonda by three shots by still lays low on the ladder, Mannum Gold won the derby beating Mannum Green by 18 shots with maximum points. Bridge Purple was way too good for Meningie on both rinks.

It remains a very tight top four with the Bridge on top but only four points separates top from fourth. Mannum Green, Mannum Gold and Jervois.

MEASURE: Karoonda's Len Symonds animatedly rolling down the green against Murray Bridge White on Saturday.

MEASURE: Karoonda's Len Symonds animatedly rolling down the green against Murray Bridge White on Saturday.