Lower Murray lawn bowls, December 1, 2018 | PHOTOS

Players had to deal with near gale force wind that contributed to a low standard of bowling at all venues on Saturday in Lower Murray pennant bowls. 

Early pace setters RSL and Karoonda were well-beaten, resulting in RSL dropping out of the four and Karoonda just hanging onto fourth position. Bridge Blue holds top position with Jervois second and Tailem Bend is third.

Mannum recovered from a runoff outs to defeat Bridge White by 24 shots, Graham Wakefield defeated Ted Baxter by eight shots while Terry McDonnell finished in front of Ian Oats by a margin of 17.

Bruce Attrill salvaged two points for Whites by just one shot. In this match Terry McDonnell’s win gives him skipper of the round.

Tailem Bend v RSL

At Tailem Bend, the locals out-played RSL to win the match by 16 shots.

In a low-scoring affair Duane Edwards, Michael Thorne, Rob Hales and Colin Baxter played out a drawn result against the RSL line up of Jason Sipos, Gary Daniels, David Thiele and Tony Gill.  

At the half-way mark Tailem Bend had just seven singles on the board compared to the visitors two threes and five singles. They stretched their lead out to seven shots by the 16th end but was reeled in as Tailem won the next five ends for a tally of seven that were mainly singles.

That levelled the scores that stayed that way as both teams finished with singles.

Tailem’s Travis Schenke, Jason Montgomeriie, David Hoare and Graeme Millard outscored Max Wilkin, Brad Wilkin, Robert Sexton and Karen Kneebone in the early stages to open up a lead of five shots after seven ends played.

That was whittled back to one but Tailem recovered to stretch it out to that margin again. RSL replied with three singles to make it seven in Tailem’s favour, again RSL responded to cut the margin to three shots.

Two threes straight to the home team with just one end to play put it out of RSL’s reach they just got a little bit closer scoring a three on the last end.

Tailem’s Sam Shepherd, Merv. Stevens, David Linde and Damian Ackland started against Noel Kneebone, Mike Bristow, Alan Arbon and Ann Marie with a couple of singles but it was RSL that took over to go six in front after six ends played.

Then Tailem lifted sharply to add what was to be a match winning spurt winning seven out of the next eight ends that reaped 16 shots. RSL came back from there adding seven shots to Tailem’s eight, the damage had been done however making it a 10-shot win to the Tailem team.

Murray Bridge Blue v Karoonda

Murray Bridge Blue and Karoonda had a great tussle in their match but at the end of the day the Blues finished 19 shots up with wins on all three rinks.

Jim Freak, Charlie Di Santo, Frank Nagy and Haydn Hein were first on the board in their game against Rowan Zadow, Kim Tomkinson, Rohan Tomkinson and Gary Zadow and by the ninth end had a handy lead of seven shots, 10-3.

Zadow then turned things around and after picking up a four on the 13th end he had hit the front 11-10.

Two ends later the two sides were locked at 13 apiece and by the 20th end they were even again at 16-all.

Bridge Blue finished the game strongly taking the last five ends adding four singles and a two to win 22-16.

Although they won the first end, Paul Smart, Ben Traeger, Helen Lindner and Brian Leckie were under the pump as Josh Porker, Malcolm Waechter, John Wegner and Barry Cornish opened up an early lead (8-2) after four ends.

By the eighth end the margin was out to eight shots (12-4) before the Blues began their comeback. They got the deficit back to three shots but could not quite get their noses in front until a four on the 20th end saw them take the lead 19-17.

A three to Porker on the 23rd caused some concern but Smart held on to take the game 23-20.

The game between John Jackson, Kristeena Kirchner, Hugh Smythe and Gerry Penta and Ian Symonds, Len Symonds, Don Loller and Steve Kroehn started fairly evenly as by the ninth end the teams had six shots each. 

The Blues then added 12 shots over three ends and continued to build on this advantage.

With a four on the 18th end Jackson had a lead of 15 shots (24-9) however Symonds made a late dash to the line and was seven shots down with two ends to go. This was the best they could do as the Blues took the last two ends and the game 27-17. 

Division two

RSL had the bye but still holds top position ahead of a pressing Meningie side that won well again on Saturday. 

Jervois Red is thirdonly a point away, three points ahead of Mannum. Bridge Red is in the running but the others Tailem Bend, Jervois Black, Bridge Green and Karoonda won’t make it.

Meningie recorded a 39=shot win against with Ash Hunt, Trevor Mitchell and Brian Bagshaw all spacious winners.

Bridge Green won on two rinks against Karoonda but went down by nine shots at Karoonda. Don Harper won by four shots and David White by six, it wasn’t enough however as Paul Wegener got up by 19 to secure the win for Karoonda.

Mannum has picked up defeating Bridge Red by 12 shots, Tommy Towns up by nine shots and Gaynor Pitcher continues to impress with her team winning by four. Leo Liebelt scrambled home by one shot for Reds.

Jervois Red v Tailem Bend

Jervois Red consolidated their position in the top four, taking all 12 points with a solid win over the visiting Tailem Bend side 73 to 46 in windy conditions.

Leading the way for the home side were Derek Vanderzon, Jock Hart, Matt Wynne and Karl Hamiester, who outpointed Ian Shepherd, Neville Merritt, Bevan Jaensch and Rob Hughes  26 to 12. The first seven ends were only single shot wins, with the visitors taking a narrow advantage, but with Matt Wynne in outstanding form and Jock Hart finding his touch the home side soon powered away to a 14 to 5 lead at the break.

Shepherd responded with a three after the break, but the challenge was shortlived as the margin blew out to a comfortable 14 shots.

Chester Moore, Denis Hicks, John Petrovic and Kasey Ebdon had a slowish start against Peter Connolly, Ken McDonald, Chris Drewitt and Sophie Edwards, but eventually prevailed 27 to 12.

Connolly led by two shots after six ends, but found himself trailing by eight shots after dropping four consecutive ends, with a six on the 10th end proving decisive. From there on the visitors were playing catchup, but despite Connolly's best efforts the experience of Hicks helped the home side to a solid win. 

The final rink was a real nailbiter, with Kevin Spinks, Grace Hamiester, Bruce Smith and Jack Hamiester edging out Kevin Griffiths, Steve Gordge, Matt Hogan and Glenda Shepherd by a single shot. The home side were in control early and held a commanding 14-3 lead after eight ends. 

Three singles took Griffiths to the break still trailing by eight shots, but by the 17th end they had taken a 2-shot lead by winning eight of nine ends while conceding only a single shot. 

With two ends remaining Spinks trailled by three shots, but reduced the margin to a single shot for the final end, and then added another two for the narrowest of wins.

Division three

Following a three-shot win against Mannum Green, Mannum Gold hangs on by percentage in top place over Jervois with Meningie not far away in third place followed by Mannum Green. Jervois had a solid workout against Meningie before winning by nine shots. Robert Warnes picked up two points for a one shot win but it was Greg Miller’s rink that saved the day with a 10-shot winning margin. It was a rink each in the derby at Mannum where Beryl Brandle won by 10 shots for Gold and Trevor Frahn by eight for Green.

RSL had a 13-shot win at Karoonda where Graham Wilmshurst set the pace for the winners getting through by 14 shots. Roybn Burdett skippered her Karoonda team to a shot a win. Tailem chalked up a well-earned nine-shot win against Murray Bridge at the Bridge. Steve Richards’ team of Bernie Cross, Denis Ackland and Bob Connolly was a 10-shot winner over Jeff Tonkin, Janneen Logan, Bob Traeger and Des Walton.

Tailem won 13 of the 21 ends played and singles were the main order of the day apart from the last two ends. For the first 19 ends except for a three to the Bridge and a two to Tailem the rest of the scoring was all singles. An indication of the weather conditions. The score stayed close until the last two ends where Tailem scored a four and a five to take the result by 11 shots.

One the other rink the Bridge team Denise Menzies, John Phillpst, Neville Gregory and Kevin Markham defeated John Brook, Gary Beaglehall, Lew Richards and David Wells by one shot. Tailem started all right with a three and a two but then lost the next seven ends as the Bridge piled on 15 shots. Tailem rallied from that point to win nine of the remaining 12 ends to cut the deficit to the single shot at the finish.