Another enthralling round of bowls transpired with Karoonda bouncing back from a marginal loss, with a comprehensive win over Mannum to jump from fourth position on the ladder to take over the top rung by one point.
Bridge Blue figured in a draw with RSL but picked up enough points to hold second spot, RSL is third two points ahead of Jervois with Tailem Bend a further one point away.
Then a gap to Mannum and Bridge White.
At home Josh Porker got his Karoonda rink up by two shots, Rowan Zadow by three and to make it a clean sweep Ian Zadow gets skipper of the round steering his team home by 11 shots.
Tailem Bend v Bridge White
At Tailem Bend the locals got up on all rinks beating Bridge White by 18 shots.
Skipper Travis Schenke got his team of Jason Montgomerie, David Hoare and Graeme Millard away to a handy start with a four on the first end opposed to Ian Oats, Graham Rolton, Peter White and David Ratch.
Things settled down after that as the teams went shot for shot to the 14th end where Tailem led by one shot.
It was from the 17th end to the 21st where Tailem gained the upper hand scoring eight shots to nil making the advantage 10 shots.
White won the remaining four ends leaving Tailem five in front at the finish.
It was a tight contest with apart from the four on the first end and a three on the sixth it was a game of twos and singles.
Tailem skipper Sam Shepherd lined up with Merv Stevens, David Linde and Damian Ackland, opposed to skipper Ted Baxter, Peter Shilton, Ken Carter and Malcolm Carter.
The home team opened proceedings scoring three, one, four and one. White quickly got started winning the next fourends tallying up six shots, Tailem picked up a three but another surge by White had the scores level on the 15th end.
White won five ends in the run home but they were all singles compared to Tailem’s count of 11 shots to win by eight.
It was a scrappy match between the local team Skipper Duane Edwards, Michael Thorne, Rob. Hales and Colin Baxter, they faced up to White’s skipper Bruce Attrill, John Pohl, Mark Callery and Mike Ferriss.
It was a quiet start with three shots going to Tailem on the sixth end and White on the seventh, then again it was singles until Tailem picked up a four on the 13th that put the team three in front, and by the 16th extended the lead to five shots.
With both teams scoring seven shots over the concluding stages the five advantage was held to the finish.
Bridge Blue v RSL
A great contest was played out between Bridge Blue and RSL.
With two rinks up Blue claimed the majority of the points even though the overall scores were all tied up at the conclusion of play.
Jim Freak, Charlie Di Santo, Frank Nagy and Haydn Hein were down in the early stages of their game against Max Wilkin, Karen Kneebone, Brad Wilkin and Tony Gill. After dropping a five on the eighth end they trailed by 10 shots, 4-14.
They then kicked into gear and with three threes they were just one behind, 14-15. Wilkin got his lead back out to eight shots by the 17th end but things then stalled for the visitors.
Freak claimed all but one of the remaining ends adding 14 shots, including a five on the 23rd end, to finish up with a win 28-23.
Scores were close at the start of the game between Paul Smart, Ben Traeger, Helen Lindner and Tom Griffiths and Noel Kneebone, Michael Bristow, David Graham and Ann-Marie Kuchel until the home side picked up a five on the tenth end.
This put Smart six shots up but he did not stay there for long as two fours to Kneebone saw him leading 17-11. From here singles were all either side could manage, except for another four to Kneebone, as he collected the win for RSL, 25-16.
John Jackson, Hugh Smythe, Gerry Penta and Kristeena Kirchner got to seven shots before Jason Sipos, Gary Daniels, David Thiele and Chook Kennedy opened their account.
They got back into the game with a five on the eighth end and slowly worked their way into the lead on the 14th end.
It was short lived though as Jackson reclaimed it on the next end before the scores were locked together twice 17 all and 20 all.
A four and a three to the home rink gave them a lead of eight shots and despite dropping the last three ends finished winners 28-23.
Going into the last end the Blues were one shot up and were unable to beat the RSL shot bowl which left the two sides with a draw.
RSL, in a massive turnaround has made it four wins straight and holds top position by nine points.
In other games Bridge Red was too good for Bridge Green by 23 shots; Leo Liebelt up by two, Barry Kirchner by four and Bill “Daddy” Leggatt by 20.
Jervois Black broke the drought with a seven-shot win over Tailem Bend, Ted Roberts with his Black team of Rod Harris, Bob Afford and Brian Spinks built up a lead of six shots on the 16th end but was to only score one more single on the last end.
It counted, though, as they held on for a draw against Neville Merritt, Glenda Shepherd, Rob Hughes and Sallee Shepherd who added seven shots from the 16th end to the 20th.
Aided by fours on the fourth and sixth ends Black’s team Owen Allen, Rob Tyas, Trevor Mann and Lui Brion held a two-shot lead on the 14th end, they still held it on the 16 but Tailem’s Ian Shepherd, Kevin McDonald, Chris Drewitt and Bevan Jaensch with a three on the 17th hit the front.
Black regained it though to finish two in front at the finish.
Tailem’s rink comprising Steve Gordge, Kevin Griffiths, Matt Hogan and Sophie Edwards were pitted against John Obst, Shawn Hicks, John M’Entee and Neil Morris, Tailem set the early pace but couldn’t quite hang on.
From the fifth end to the 10th the scored 10 shots to nil and by the 14th were four in front.
Black came back to level the score on the 16th but Tailem hit back to go three in front, over the last three ends Blacks added eight shots to claim the result by five shots.
RSL v Karoonda
RSL were at home playing Karoonda in perfect conditions early with a wind changing directions as the afternoon went on.
With two of the rinks having a real good battle it was the Perrin Kuchel versus Richard Humphrys rink that really was the difference between the two teams.
Starting early the rink shot out to a 19-5 lead at the break, Kuchel was having armchair ride with Dennis Fiegert, Hartley Duell and Allan Wooldridge all combining well to provide strong heads all day, winning 14 ends out of 21 to a comfortable 30-11 win.
The Allan Arbon v Peter Jones game was played, according to local reporters, as a four quarter game.
The first quarter Karoonda broke away to a six shot lead, in the second quarter RSL fought back to square off at half-time, in the third term RSL broke away to a five shot lead, and in the last quarter, Karoonda fought back to narrowly go down by two shots overall.
Allan Arbon held a lonely hand early, and was the only stumbling block to a greater Karoonda lead, his team must have thought it was a two o’clock start, and eventually turned things around through a rebounding Michael Walker playing second.
Lead bowler Peter Phillips, third Nugget Zander took a bit longer to join in, but when they did the entire team were back on track, and it was only the accurate drives from Karoonda skipper Peter Jones who kept Karoonda in the game.
A five shot turn around to give RSL the lead from an Allan Arbon ‘targeted shot’ on the 20th end all but sealed the game for RSL.
Karoonda replied with a hard fought three shots on the last, but RSL held on for a two shot win 20-18.
Trevor Pevic took on Paul Wegner with Karoonda starting well and leading 14-9 at the break.
It was then that RSL were able to take advantage of Kerri Bolt’s steady leading, winning eight shots in four ends – it was then game on at 17-16 RSL’s way.
Again Bolt kept giving early bowls to RSL and they managed to win three of the last four ends to take the game 21-17.
With all rinks winning the RSL combination have started well and continue in top position.
This, along with player depth in all divisions, provides a strong position for the revitalised Murray Bridge RSL club.
It’s sure is crowed at the top in this division.
Meningie holds pride of place four points ahead of Mannum Gold which just shades Jervois on percentage.
The others, Mannum Green, Murray Bridge, RSL, Karoonda, and Tailem Bend have a bit of catching up to do.
Karoonda and Meningie had a good close tussle with Meningie winning by two shots; Robert Warnes won by five for Meningie and Robyn Burdett made it by three for Meningie.
Mannum Green only got up on one rink, but Peter Mc Avaney, Kelvin Newman, Marie Wachtel and Heather Sexton did enough by 18 shots to secure the win for Mannum.
On the other rink John Brook’s players Margaret Woidt, Kath Liebich and Chris.
Beauglehall finished strongly winning by one shot.
Tailem Bend trailed by eight on the 16th end but finished with three singles and two threes to snare the win.
Jervois and Mannum Gold also figured in a close result with Greg Miller doing sufficient with his team winning by 5 shots to give Jervois a four-shot winning margin.
Colin Pym steered his Mannum team over the line by a single shot.
Murray Bridge V RSL
RSL came and conquered away from home in a game that saw both rinks winning in what was an exciting result for the new team members at the RSL club.
New skip Graham Wilmshurst had a commanding game with first year bowler Gillian Newell really starting to learn the craft of Lead bowling.
The other rink RSL’s Robert Sexton had a good battle with Jeff Tonkin winning a dingdong battle 19-18.
He highlighted first year bowler, David Newell, as an exciting prospect for the future and Jim Kerville continuing his good form.
RSL’s first win gives them confidence, knowing they are good enough to take on the kingpins of the comp as the season starts to take shape.