After heavy rain and high winds played havoc with the Wednesday and Thursday competitions causing the deferment of many games across the city Saturday dawned with blue skies and calm conditions. After a cold winter and the ever-present threat of Covid19 bowlers took to the greens for the first round of this season’s pennants.
I trust you will enjoy my coverage under the banner of “Around the Greens” on this website over the next few months. I will be looking at the Premier League, Division One and Division Two and it will be interesting to see how long it will take me to write on the 15 games. Good luck to all bowlers over what has been a highly anticipated season.
I think that after such a harsh winter it is fitting that the Modbury “Thunder” hosted the Marion “Hurricanes” in round one and that is where we will start.
Modbury v Marion:
Last season Marion played Modbury three times, home and a way and a first final and were successful on all occasions. Missing two regular players the Hurricanes prevailed 82-76 and banked 14 points in a hard-fought encounter on Saturday. Dropping only one rink on day one was a big effort but it could have easily been a different result but for a superb final bowl on the 24th end by former State representative Brandon Whiley. Five down on the head the skip played a perfectly weighted bowl to move the kitty for one. Ultimately Whiley would skip the only Marion rink to go down on the day but it mattered little.
Ian Fyfe skipped his four to a 19-17 win over Jose Gil. Ken Holtham and his rink prevailed 23-18 over Gary Thompson and Tony Devlin triumphed 22-19 over Pat McGuiness.
For the Thunder it would have been a disappointing result. At home and playing on the synthetic green the side would have come into the match with some confidence.
After the game Tony Devlin said “It was a really close game all day in beautiful conditions. You just have to be happy with an away win and 14 points in round one”.
Next Saturday Modbury is at Payneham and Marion hosts Salisbury in round two.
Club Holdfast v Payneham
At home and in fine conditions Holdfast opened its season with a comfortable 96-82 success over Payneham and banking 14 points. There is little doubt that the club’s mentality of looking to pick up at least 14 points from each game home or away is set.
Josh Studham skipped his four to a 27-16 defeat of Ben McDonnell in the day’s best result. Ashley Klose and his rink prevailed 23-17 over Gabe Nardecchia in a tight game. Max Kleinig added to the points tally after his four’s 24-22 win over Aussie Cunningham.
Away from home, the new-look Panthers struggled to impress itself on what is one this season’s more favoured sides.
Anthony Treloar and his four grabbed the teams only points after a solid 27-22 defeat of Matt Northcott.
After the game Klose made the comment “14 points is always good.”
On Saturday Club Holdfast is at Adelaide and Payneham hosts Modbury in round two.
West Lakes v Adelaide
After five seasons of success during which the Lakers have never been out of the finals and have picked up three Premierships, the club goes into this year’s competition with confidence. Last year the side failed to fire at home during the first half whilst being able to win away. Saturday’ round one 97-91 – 12 point home win against Adelaide was an important result.
The Blues started well early in what was a gripping match but were finally run down by a team desperate for a win.
In the split rink game Mark Haines skipped his four to a 32-28 defeat of Adrian Green in the day’s best result. Craig Mills brought his good form from Champion’s Week skipping his four to a 32-28 success over Scott Thulborn. For the Blues Brett Davis and his four did best with a 24-23 win against James Gregory. Andrew Feijen and his rink triumphed 20-19 over Kane Coulls in a tight one.
After the game, Haines commented, “We started slowly and ground out a win”.
Next Saturday The Lakers are at Ascot Park and Club Holdfast at Adelaide for round two.
Somerton v Ascot Park
Somerton began this season’s pennant season with a 90-86 – 14point home win against Ascot Park on Saturday. It was a key win as the Seagulls look to impress itself on this year’s competition.
In perfect conditions, Somerton held a lead for most of the day before finishing strongly.
Nathan Pedersen and his four prevailed 24-20 over Dave Stockham after being down 0-13 early in what was the day’s most telling result. New recruit David Eiffe and his rink banked two points after a strong 25-21 defeat of Mitch Percy. Scott Taylor skipped his four to a 22-21 success over Sam Denton to end a good day for the club. For the Lions, Jeff Aworth banked the Lion’s only points after a 24-19 defeat of Steve Dennis.
“There was not much in it but Peddersen’s recovery was really the driving force behind the win” Taylor said.
On Saturday Somerton is at Grange and Ascot Park hosts West Lakes in Round two.
Salisbury v Grange
Grange prevailed 100-91 and banked 14 points after a stunning performance at Salisbury on Saturday. Without the services of Australian representative Wayne Ruediger who was out with an injury, it was a great start to the season for the Dolphins. It was even better when one considers that new recruit Ben Bowman skipped his first game for the club and came away with a 23-21 defeat of Dale Robertson after being down early.
Carl Schapel skipped his rink to a 32-17 defeat of Bernie Ward in what was a governing factor in the nine-shot Side win. Tyson Wilson also began well skipping his four to a tight 24-23 win against Luke Pietersma.
“It was an excellent performance from all of our bowlers” Wayne Fox said.
For Salisbury it was not the result the players were looking for. At home and in good conditions the club would have been looking for a winning start.
Simon Dorr came up with a typically gritty display taking two points from his four’s 30-21 defeat of Mark Evans.
On Saturday Grange hosts Somerton and Salisbury is at Marion for round two.
Henley v Happy Valley
Henley began its search for a spot in next year Premier League competition strongly with an 87-69 defeat of Happy Valley at home on Saturday. The Sharks banked an important 14 points from the 18 shot Side win.
Simon Barriga and his four prevailed 35-12 over Harry Burgess in what was a match-winning performance. Always in front the rink was a steadying influence throughout the game.
Jeff Marsh and his four picked up points after a 20-18 defeat of Barry Fry’s rink. James Bodnar prevailed 16-15 over Deb Fry in a game that went down to the wire. “Simon Barriga’s rink took a lot of the pressure. His lead and two were sensational” Ian Miller said after the game.
Having lost so many key bowlers during the off season the Valley had a new look side on the green. Bob Schultz and his rink prevailed 24-17 over Neil Miller to give the club its only points.
On Saturday Henley will be at Tranmere and Happy Valley will host Woodville
Morphett Vale v Lockleys
After being demoted from the Premier League after last season Lockleys began its tenure in Division One positively with an 85-70 win at Morphett Vale on Saturday. The Eagles banked an important 13 points from the game in beautiful conditions in Emu country.
Robbie Flavel skipped his four to a 22-11 defeat of David Aust in the day’s most telling result. Ashley Halls and his rink prevailed 26-18 over Bob Webster in another good performance. Peter Thaler grabbed an additional point after his rink’s 21-21 draw with Lynton Modra.
“Overall it was a good result but we dropped too many shots late in the game. Having said that taking 13 points away from in round one was a great effort” Ashley Halls said.
For the Emus it was a difficult start to the season. A 20-16 win for John Munro and his four over Theo Katsivas the only real highlight.
Morphett Vale will be at Rosewater and Lockleys will host Toorak Burnside in round two action on Saturday.
Toorak/Burnside v Brighton
Toorak/Burnside started the season with a sensational 103-73 defeat of Brighton in round one banking a full count of 16 points along the way.
There were many stars including Guy Uren whose rink prevailed 24-13 over Brad Napper in the day’s best performance. Mike Hocking skipped his four to a 29-18 defeat of Paul Prior in another telling result. Darren Niblett and his rink also showed plenty in a tight 24-22 triumph over John Smith. Trevor Feast and his side finished off a good day with a 26-20 defeat of Fred Schenck.
Toorak is at Lockleys and Brighton hosts Hawthorn in round two action on Saturday.
Hawthorn v Tranmere:
Hawthorn kicked off the season with an excellent 83-75 success against a talented Tranmere combination at home on Saturday. The Hawks pocketed 13 points from the game.
In beautiful conditions, Vic Magoch and his rink prevailed 28-19 over Robin McKnight in what was the day’s best result. Dennis Crawley and his four also picked up two points after a 21-15 triumph over Graham Young. Michael Lodge and his side added an additional point after a hard fought 21-21 draw with Rodney Egge.
For Tranmere it was a difficult day. John Feddersen skipped the club’s only winning rink to a 20-13 defeat of Steve Packer.
Hawthorn is at Brighton and Tranmere hosts Henley in round two action on Saturday.
Woodville v Rosewater
Rosewater also kicked off its season on a high note pocketing 14 points after a solid 82-75 win at Woodville. The club has consistently been among the best in the competition for a number of years and will undoubtedly be looking for a final’s spot after the minor rounds.
Against Woodville Allan Purnell and his four fared best prevailing 24-16 Mark Hanrahan in a great start to the year. Jackie Field had her say in the recent State titles and continued her great form piloting her rink to a 22-18 defeat of Michael Haywood. Trevor Pilkington and his four came away with a 21-20 defeat of Salvatore Marafioti. For Woodville Vincenzo Dimasi prevailed 21-15 over James Madar to earn the club’s only points.
Rosewater hosts Morphett Vale and Woodville is at Happy Valley for round two action on Saturday.
Saturday Open Pennants Round One
Kensington/Marryatville v West Lakes:
West Lakes opened this season’s pennant competition with an 86-73 win at Kensington/Marryatville on Saturday. The club banked 14 points in what was a good overall performance.
Peter Donoghue skipped his rink to a 27-16 win over Greg Miller in what was the day’s best performance. Alistair Robertson and his four fought hard all day before coming away with an 18-15 defeat of Jeanette Hill. The matchup between David Mullan and Peter Douglas was even closer with Mullan prevailing 23-22. For Kensi, Lawrie Ghergetta and his four prevailed 20-18 over Barry Delbridge to earn the club its only points on the day.
Marion v Salisbury:
Marion opened its 2020-21 season with a 92-60 12 point home win over Salisbury on Saturday.
Ted Hibberd and his team starred. The foursome started well and went on with it prevailing 38-11 over Mark Shard in a match-winning performance. Lindsay Mortimer and his team also had a big say with a 21-14 triumph over David Knowles.
For Salisbury, the evergreen Eric Datson and his team grabbed two points after an 18-17 defeat of John Fogarty. Matthew Hull prevailed 17-16 over David Kurtz and also picked up a valuable two points away from home.
Ascot Park v Port Noarlunga:
A strong looking Ascot Park opened its Saturday Pennant competition with an excellent 95-62 – 14 point win over Port Noarlunga at home on Saturday.
In perfect conditions the Lions led for most of the day.
Peter Scholefield is new to the club and showed the talent he has skipping his team to a 33-15 defeat of John Swarbrick in the day’s best performance. The experienced Scott Bennier and his team also stood out in a 24-11 defeat of Ian Carter. On the third rink Geoff Coultas and his team came away with a 24-12 triumph over Harvey Jolly. For the Gulls Thomas Jolly prevented a whitewash grabbing the points after a 24-14 defeat of Col Watkins.
Gawler v Modbury:
An understrength Gawler pulled out all the stops in an 88-65 home win against Modbury on Saturday. The club picked up a full count of 16 points in the perfect start for the year.
Daryl Kubisch skipped his team to a 28-15 defeat of Brenton Treverton in the day’s most telling result. Darren Hunter and his team also went well prevailing 20-15 over Norb Kratz. Phil Marsden added to Modbury’s pain with a 21-17 triumph over Neil Martin. Leigh Roberts finished off a great day also taking points after a 19-18 scoreline over Kerry Schultz.
“We had three players out and were really happy with the performances of those who stepped up. Roberts was 0-9 down early but fought back well. Happy with the win and the 16 points “Marsden said”.
Adelaide v Henley:
Henley opened its pennant campaign with a 97-75 win at Adelaide on Saturday. The club banked 13 points from the match.
The Sharks can thank George Powell and his team for inflicting most of the damage. The foursome prevailed 37-6 over Sandy Wallace to kill the match off early. Jason Bodnar and his team prevailed 27-18 over Garry Benveniste in another good result. Ken Sherry and his team finished the day with a 24-24 draw with Chris Firth. For Adelaide Tristan Elgar and his team played well in a 27-9 defeat of Craig Green.
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