The competition took an unexpected twist on Saturday with three sides jostling for fourth position all losing by big margins.
Tailem Bend went down to Bridge Blue by 26 shots, Karoonda did not measure up at Jervois, losing by 58 shots, while at Murray Bridge Mannum tidied up the White colour by 29 shots.
Bridge Blue still leads the pack ahead of Jervois by 12 points, a further one point away sits Mannum which is now throwing out a massive challenge to all contenders.
Bridge White managed to hold fourth but Karoonda and Tailem Bend are still right in the running for that position.
Skipper of the round was clear cut, it goes to Graham Fromm, he got his Jervois rink up by a comprehensive 34 shots.
Jervois Black is the new leader taking over from Mannum which was beaten by Meningie, after those two comes Bridge Red and Bridge Green.
Karoonda caused an upset defeating Bridge Green by 12 shots, Barry Manuel and Kevin Burdett got their teams up while Richard Humphrys was only beaten by 3 shots.
RSL almost pulled off a bolter at Murray Bridge going down by just one shot against the highly credentialed Red side.
Peter White got in by nine shots for Reds, Leo Liebelt and Neil Zander drew in their match while Peter Tuxford’s eight shot margin almost made it for RSL.
Meningie would have been looking for more but picked up a handy nine points against Mannum. Mike Pethick for Mannum won by a single shot against Brian Lord while Trevor Mitchell (Man) and Jerry Pannell finished with a drawn result.
The big winner for Meningie was Brian Bagshaw his rink swung the result Meningie’s way with a nine shot margin over Ian Windenbank.
Only eight points separate the top four with Mannum Green’s the leader followed by Mannum Gold, Jervois and Murray Bridge. RSL, Meningie, Karoonda and Tailem Bend look too far behind to bridge the gap. They will however win their share to make it interesting as the minor round progresses.
Mannum Green made it through comfortably against Karoonda with both rinks winning, RSL also gained maximum points in the clash with Meningie and Jervois as well won on both rinks for a winning total of 29 shots.
At Tailem Bend the locals drew with Mannum Gold 35 shots each; Mannum’s Pam Borman had the better of Ruth Cross over the first 14 ends to take a lead of four shots.
From there on the game was in favour of the Tailem rink, they started a run with fours on the 15th and 16 ends then scored a further five shots in reply to two singles in reply that made it a seven shot win to Cross.
On the other rink Bernie Cross drew Mannum’s Beryl Brandle in a contest that Mannum won by seven shots, apart from a six on the fourth end to Mannum the scores levelled out reasonably well with a lead to Brandle on the 14th end five shots.
Over the remaining seven ends Mannum put on eight shots over three ends while Tailem added six of the remaining four.
RSL vs Meningie
RSL hosted Meningie in an entertaining game that saw RSL too strong in the finish by 11 shots.
New Skip, Peter Phillips, combined well with his team mates to have a convincing win 24/16.
Derek Stammers at second proved invaluable with excellent draw shots to set up strong heads for Phillips to capitalise on.
Veteran Skip, Ian Kluge was well supported by Hartley Duell at second and was on fire early in the game, but to Meningie’s credit they made the locals earn the points right down to the last ends with the locals taking the cake 16/13.
A morale boosting win for an RSL team that was looking like being eliminated from the comp earlier in the season.
RSL may not make the finals in all the divisions but certainly can shape the finals with some fierce competitive games on their agenda in the lead up to the finals in March.
- More results on page 15