Murraylands 2022 lawn bowls competition begins

The Murraylands lawn bowls competition for 2022 gets underway this weekend. Photo: File.
The Murraylands lawn bowls competition for 2022 gets underway this weekend. Photo: File.

Bowls resumes after the Christmas break, but it will only be divisions 2 and 3 that will be competing, the Divvy One players evidently need an extra week rest.

Jervois Red and Murray Bridge White will be opposed at Jervois and this could be a block buster to embark on the run to the finals.

At the moment the ladder reads White's in second spot with Reds a bit lower down in fifth location. They did go into the break however scoring a very good win, now skippers Heather Fromm, Rod Harris and Chester Moore will be on the lookout with their teams to improve on that position.

It won't be an easy task, Whites have put together two very good wins that would have skippers Les Maynard, Brian Traeger and Trevor Pevic quietly confident with their players chances of making it three straight and a crack at top rating. They look the winners by around six shots.

Meningie fronts up at home to Karoonda and will be searching for a lift in form after going down last start in a loss that relegated the teams of Ash Hunt, Garry Mason and Trevor Mitchell to sixth place.

That is a rung on the ladder the "Lakesiders" are not accustomed to and while Karoonda is below them in placings Paul Wegener, Keith Wood and Colin Bormann have the squad to cause an upset by three shots, adding to Meningie's wobbly ground.

Tailem Bend has shown glimpses of good expectations but is not gathering sufficient points to climb the ladder a couple of rungs. Steven Gordge, Kevin Griffiths and Michael Thorne got enough out of their teams prior to the break to chalk up a one shot morale booster.

That will be something encouraging to look back on, but RSL's success cannot be denied, and third position only three points away from top tells a story, that is what Perrin Kuchel, Jeff Henschke and Allan Arbon will carry with their teams into this clash at Tailem Bend by a margin of four shots.

Bridge Blues are just holding fourth position on percentage, the side was buoyed by the inclusion of decorated veteran Ian Oats, but they just failed against Tailem Bend by one shot.

Now skippers Ian Oats, Kay Edson and Ted Baxter will line up against Jervois Black's who are coming off an extended break courtesy of the bye. Blacks have slipped down the ladder somewhat but are still a very capable package with John McEntee, John Obst and Kevin Spinks guiding their teams.

A good tally of points are vital to both but weighing it all up Blues could get the most by seven shots.

Division Three

This has shaped up to be a very even competition. Mannum Green and Mannum Gold are showing the way with reasonable leads over their challengers.

Greens are top, nine points ahead of Golds. After that only nine points separates the next five. The order is Bridge Blue, Bridge White, RSL, Jervois and Meningie.

Tailem Bend and Karoonda trail that five but are going well enough to have a look at fourth position.

Tailem's Robert Hughes and Colin Brerton will come against Blues Denise Menzies and Brian Hood in what should be a very interesting contest. Both are coming off full point's wins that have boosted their chances on the ladder.

Blues are snug holding third and while Tailem is still down the ladder another win will see a move in the right direction. The teams are going well enough to get through with two wins straight by five shots.

Meningie Skippers Greg Miller and Glen Andrews will be at home with their teams by the lake facing Bridge Whites John Simpson and Neville Gregory , both sides are mulling over losses that failed to register a solitary point. So this is recovery stakes that could go Meningie's way by a margin of three shots.

There is only two points separating Jervois and RSL on the ladder, both are just outside the four with RSL fairly shading their opponents by two points.

Ian Kluge and Robert Sexton can look back savouring a maximum points win before the break, meanwhile Helen Roberts and Christine Hicks were one rink winners that their Jervois teams collected nne points for.

That indicates there is not a lot between them, so it looks like another close one that they will be contesting, with perhaps RSL home in a thriller by two shots.

Mannum Green will travel will travel cross country in a bid to consolidate top position against Karoonda.

Greens Skippers Peter McAvaney and Rob Hughes know that won't be any easy task, the Mallee Minders skippered by Kevin Burdett and Warren Green are low on the ladder, but placings in a game of bowls doesn't really mean a thing, which makes me think Karoonda can collect the goods by four shots and really hot the competition up.

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