After a couple of days of warm weather round five on Thursday was punctuated with cool temperatures and gusty winds making draw bowling a challenge across the city. There were the expected surprise results whilst some of the top clubs fired. In the Premier League Hawthorn was beaten at Happy Valley leaving us with no unbeaten side going into round six.
Prospect/Broadview v Payneham:
Prospect/Broadview remained in eighth spot on the ladder despite a hard fought 60-57-10 point home win against Payneham on Thursday. It was a win in coolish conditions that the club desperately needed.
Denise Caulfield and her four prevailed 20-14 over the experienced Laini McGorman in the day’s most telling result. Jan Nicholls skipped her four to a 25-20 defeat of Fiona McGregor in what was a tight game. For Payneham Sue Maddern skipped her rink to a 23-15 win against Jaqueline Barber.
Tranmere v Lockleys:
Tranmere went into Thursday’s game in seventh spot on the ladder and retained that position after prevailing 66-64 over Lockleys at home. The club grabbed a valuable 10 point haul and has now won two games from five outings.
The narrow win came courtesy of Jackie Gardiner and her rink after the foursome’s 27-17 defeat of Karen Kovaleff. Mary Feddersen skipped her four to a 21-20 triumph over Lyn Teague.
For the Eagles Lynette Nixon and her rink came away with a good 27-18 win against Dianne Ferris to earn the club its only points.
Ascot Park v Hope Valley:
Hope Valley put in one of its best performances of the season. Away from home the club banked a full count of 12 points after prevailing 68-46 at Ascot Park. The Valley now sits in third spot on the ladder 13 points shy of leader Happy Valley.
Beverley Murdoch skipped her rink to a 25-15 triumph over Sue Vasey in what was the day’s most telling result. Raelene Heitmann skipped her four to a 21-16 win over the experienced Sue Coultas. Andrea Williams finished the day with a 22-15 defeat of Chris Thulborn.
Happy Valley v Hawthorn:
Happy Valley put in its best performance of the season ending the day with a 63-45 defeat of the previously undefeated Hawks at home and grabbing a full count of 12 points.
The Southern club ended the day on top of the ladder nine points clear of Hawthorn. In what was an excellent overall performance Deb Fry and her rink did best prevailing 21-9 over Anne Onto. Jenny Davis and her four prevailed 24-19 over Christine Keller in other good performance. Avis Steer also grabbed two points after a tight 18-17 win against Wendy Clarke.
“Jenny Davis had a good lead at the halfway mark and finished well. Deb Fry was down 3-5 after a couple of ends but settled well and went on with it. My rink went into the final end looking for shots and we held two shots at the changeover I managed to get another shot in for the win.” Steer said.
Club Holdfast v Marion:
Club Holdfast moved to sixth spot on the ladder after prevailing 69-46 against Marion at home. The club picked up a valuable 11 points from the game. Sandy Wallace skipped her four to a 25-13 defeat of Kath Crilly to lead the way. Mila Grimshaw and her four prevailed 25-14 in another good performance. The match between Andrea Cresswell and Hurricane Michelle Butler ended in a 19-19 draw.
“The match was played in blustery conditions. It was a comfortable win with two of our rinks in control all day” Wallace said.
West Lakes moved to third spot on the ladder after prevailing 65-42 over Payneham at home on Thursday. The Lakers banked 10 points and ended the day with four wins and a draw from five games.
The win came courtesy of a 28-7 success for Doris Thomas and her rink over June Hodkinson. Robyn Palmer and her four continued a run of good form taking the points after a 21-17 defeat of Marlene Davey. For the Panthers, Robyn Darby and her rink prevailed 18-16 against Karen Gatto to earn the club’s only success on the day.
“At the break we were 12 shots up and we are really happy that we consolidated in the second half. My rink picked up a six late and that got us over the line” Palmer said
Tranmere v Brighton:
Brighton remained undefeated after a hard fought 64-62 win at Tranmere on Thursday. In a split rink game the southern club won on only one rink of three but banked 8 points and now sit at the top of the ladder clear of Port Noarlunga on percentage.
The two-shot win came courtesy of a 28-18 win for Patria McGrath and her rink over Elizabeth Bartram in a match-winning performance. For Tranmere Sue Sanders and her four prevailed 25-18 over Carli Mitchell and almost stole the show.
Pam Fullarton and her rink fought hard all before coming away with a 19-18 defeat of Gillian Allen.
Somerton v Semaphore:
Somerton moved to fifth on the ladder after a strong 70-43 defeat of Semaphore at home. The Seagulls grabbed a full count of 12 points in what was an excellent overall performance.
After a slow start, Yvonne Bekeris and her four prevailed 29-15 over Gaynor Alcorn in what was the day’s most telling result. Maree Tumbas skipped her rink to a 20-10 triumph over Kerrie Sharkie in another positive performance. Karen Sander and her four prevailed 21-18 over Anne Dunstan to end a good day on the greens.
“Tombas started well and kept the concentration up. Sanders won on her final end of the day. As for my rink we were 2-12 down after our sixth end but from that point we scored 27 shots to 3”Bekeris said.
Gawler v Morphett Vale:
Morphett Vale put in a good away performance banking 10 points after a solid 58-53 win at Gawler. The Emus ended the day in fourth place on the ladder.
Lea Modra skipped her four to a 25-15 defeat of Kay Moncrieff in the day’s best performance. Ricki Hooper and her rink prevailed 19-18 against Dawn Warland in a tight game. For Gawler, Teresa Dean skipped her four to a 20-14 triumph over Paulina Lawrie.
Port Noarlunga v Kensington/Marryatville:
Port Noarlunga continued its excellent season grabbing a full count of 12 points after a 93-41 home win against Kensington/Marryatville. The Gulls moved to second spot on the ladder after five rounds.
Karlee Moffatt continued her good form skipping her rink to a 38-5 win against Robyn Walker in the day’s most telling result. Barbara Nesbitt and four prevailed 31-15 over Cecily Griffiths in what was another excellent result. Doreen Taylor also did well with her rink coming away with a 25-21 defeat of Jeanette Hill.