Going into the penultimate minor round of the Saturday Open Pennants there was still much to play for in the Premier League. Top side West Lakes had already taken out the Minor Premiership and the club was drawn to play second placed side Club Holdfast at Holdfast Bay. Holdfast was looking for the double chance going into the finals.
The one club that could put a fly in the ointment was Somerton which has had a great season so far and was drawn to play the Thunder at Modbury. The Seagulls sat in third spot on 165 points five points shy of Holdfast.
Modbury v Somerton:
Modbury put in a competitive performance pocketing 12 points after a 99-89 home defeat of Somerton. The Thunder ended the day in 7th spot on the ladder but with no chance of playing finals and well clear of the relegation zone.
In a split rink game Gary Meekcoms skipped his rink to a 30-17 defeat of Nathan Pedersen in the day’s best result.
Jose Gil and his four prevailed 31-19 against Scott Taylor in another good performance.
For the Seagulls Graham Soar and his rink triumphed 32-18 against John Nelson.
Scott Colvill won a tight one 21-20 against Trent Ward.
Somerton ended the day in third spot on the ladder with 169 points and will make the finals.
Club Holdfast v West Lakes:
Club Holdfast banked 12 points after a 119-87 home win against West Lakes. The club now sits in second spot on the ladder with 189 points and in the box seat to take a double chance into the finals.
Josh Studham skipped his rink to a 39-16 defeat of Sam Dietrich in the game’s most telling result.
Matt Northcott and his four triumphed 37-15 over James Gregory in another good performance.
For West Lakes which suffered only its second loss for the season Mark Haines and his four prevailed 27-21 against Ashley Klose.
Jack Trenorden triumphed 29-22 over Max Kleinig.
The Lakers ended the day at the top of the table with 207 points and will host the Semi-Finals.
Marion v Ascot Park:
Ascot Park continued to fight for a Finals spot taking a full count of 16 points after a 97-64 success at Marion. The Lions now sit in sixth spot on the ladder with 132 points one point shy of Adelaide and on equal points with fifth placed Grange In what was a gutsy performance across the green.
Jeff Aworth skipped his rink to a 29-10 triumph over Ken Holtham in the day’s best performance.
Mitch Percy and his four prevailed 27-17 against Brandon Whiley.
Andrew Smith and his rink got up 25-22 against Mason Kauffer and Col Harvey 16-15 against Scott Andreassen.
Marion ended the day at the foot of the ladder and destined for relegation.
Payneham v Salisbury:
Payneham now sits in ninth spot on the ladder despite an 89-78 13 point home win against Salisbury. The Panthers need another good win in the last round of the season to climb out of the relegation zone.
Anthony Treloar and his four prevailed 31-17 against Simon Dorr in the game’s best performance.
Chris Flavel and his rink triumphed 25-19 over Luke Pietersma.
Gabe Nardecchia and his four fought hard all day before settling for a 20-20 draw with Matt Nicholls.
For Salisbury Dale Robertson and his rink got up 22-13 against Aussie Cunningham to give the club its only points.
Salisbury now sits in 8th spot on the ladder with 104 points and they also need a good performance in the final round to finish the season.
Adelaide v Grange:
Grange began the season without the services of Australian representative Wayne Ruediger who was unavailable after a knee operation.
The Dolphins banked 14 points after a 106-80 win at Adelaide in round 7 to give itself an outside chance of making the Finals with Ruediger and his rink starring in a 30-13 defeat of Andrew Feijen.
Marc Evans and his four prevailed 27-17 against Scott Thulborn in another solid performance.
Tyson Wilson and his rink triumphed 31-21 over Adrian Green.
The Dolphins finished the day in fifth spot on the ladder one point shy of the fourth placed Blues with one game remaining.
For Adelaide Brett Davis continued his good season with a 29-18 defeat of Ben Bowman.
An exciting final round of the season coming up with Adelaide, Grange and Ascot Park all fighting for a place in the end of season finals.
Woodville v Toorak/Burnside:
Woodville ended the afternoon in fourth spot on the ladder after a 76-65 12 point home win against Toorak/Burnside.
Salvatore Marafioti skipped his four to a 26-11 defeat of Trevor Feast in the game’s most telling performance.
Michael Haywood and his rink prevailed 25-18 against Brian Jenkins to also pick points.
For Toorak Ashley Hole and his four triumphed 17-11 over Mark Hanrahan in a strong performance.
Guy Uren skipped well in his rink’s 19-14 defeat of Vincenzo Dimasi.
Toorak/Burnside ended the day in sixth spot on the ladder still with a chance to make the finals.
Henley v Hawthorn:
Henley continued to push the boundaries taking 14 points after a 95-61 home win against second placed Hawthorn. The Sharks now sit at the top of the table with 206 points and will host the Semi-Finals and have the double chance.
Brad Pech and his rink again starred in a 24-10 defeat of Darren Niblett.
Simon Barriga and his four prevailed 27-13 against Michael Lodge in another quality performance.
Neil Miller and his rink triumphed 22-15 over Vic Magoch to end a good day for the club.
For the Hawks Brett Willcox grabbed two points after a 23-22 defeat of James Bodnar.
Hawthorn held its second spot on the ladder.
Rosewater v Brighton:
Rosewater grabbed 15 points after an 87-67 home win against Brighton and hold 7th spot on the ladder going into the final game of the season.
Peter Schultz and his four prevailed 26-15 against Barry Walling in the day’s best result.
James Mader and his rink triumphed 24-18 over Brad Napper.
Paul Hagan also grabbed points after a 15-12 defeat of Carli Mitchell.
Brighton ended the day at the foot of the ladder and destined for relegation.
Happy Valley v Morphett Vale:
Morphett Vale’s top team played out of its skin banking 14 points after a 93-70 win at Happy Valley.
The Emus ended the afternoon in fifth spot on the ladder and four points out of the four with one minor round to be played.
Alistair Reid and his rink prevailed 27-11 against Harry Burgess in the day’s best result.
Lynton Modra and his four triumphed 31-16 over Danny Deed.
Mitch Walker and his rink found themselves in a dog fight before getting up 22-21 against Alan Dudley.
For Happy Valley Robert Schultz again played well in a 22-13 defeat of John Munro.
The Valley ended the day in ninth spot on the ladder and destined for relegation.
Tranmere v Lockleys:
Lockleys sits in third spot on the ladder after a 101-64 12 point win at Tranmere. It was an important win for the Eagles which stay in the race for a double chance.
Peter Thaler skipped his four to a 38-5 defeat of Robin McKnight in a game defining result.
Brad Jansen and his rink triumphed 30-17 in another big performance.
For Tranmere which ended the game in 8th spot on the ladder John Feddersen and his four took two points after a 23-15 defeat of Ashley Halls.
Kensington/Marryatville v Adelaide:
Adelaide secured a Final’s spot after a 90-68 -12 point win at Kensington/Marryatville. The Blues sit in second spot on 163 points 13 points ahead of third placed Port Noarlunga.
Stewart Jones and his rink did best with a 32-14 defeat of Lawrie Gherghetta.
Chris Firth and his four were just as effective taking two points after a 26-13 win against Jeanette Hill.
For Kensington Peter Douglas and his rink took the points after a 19-13 defeat of Sandy Wallace.
Russell Miller also took points after prevailing 22-19 against Garry Benveniste.
The club ended the day in 9th spot six points shy of West Lakes.
Marion v Ascot Park:
Ascot Park played well in a 95-77 14-point win at Marion. The 18 shot success carried the Lions to fifth spot on the ladder with a game to go.
Scott Bennier skipped his rink to a 33-21 defeat of John Van Mierlo in the game’s best performance.
Peter Scholefield and his four prevailed 25-17 against David Bell to also take points.
Robert Langford fought hard all day before emerging with a 20-18 triumph over Lindsay Mortimer.
For Marion Ted Hibbert and his rink took the points after a 21-17 defeat of Geoff Coultas.
Marion ended the day at the foot of the ladder but can still avoid relegation by getting a good result in the final round.
West Lakes v Henley:
West Lakes needed a good performance and played well in a 78-73 -12 point home win against Henley. The five shot success dragged the club to 8th on the ladder and six points clear of the relegation zone.
Philip Bonsell skipped his rink to a 28-15 defeat of David Prior to lead the way.
Alistair Robertson and his four prevailed 20-13 against George Powell and grabbed a valuable two points.
For Henley Sam Mezzini and his rink triumphed 22-14 over Peter Donoghue and Tim Dodds defeated David Mullan 23-16.
The Sharks ended the day in sixth spot on the ladder with 124 points.
Salisbury v Gawler:
Salisbury proved too strong for Gawler banking 14 points after an 86-66 home win. The northern club now sits 11 points clear at the top of the table with one minor round game to be played.
Ross McConnell skipped his four to a 24-14 defeat of Daryl Kubisch in the game’s best performance.
Mark Shard and his rink were equally effective in a 24-15 triumph over Darren Hunter.
Matthew Hull and his four prevailed 18-15 against Phil Marsden.
For Gawler which now sits in 7th spot Ian Greenshields defeated Rocco Ursida 22-20 to give the club its only points.
Port Noarlunga v Modbury:
Port Noarlunga had a big day taking 14 points after an 89-69 home win against Modbury. The Gulls moved to third spot on the ladder seven points clear of the Thunder with one minor round game to be played.
Karlee Moffatt skipped her four to a 27-13 defeat of Brenton Treverton in the day’s most telling result.
Anthony Moffatt and his rink were equally effective in a 26-12 triumph over John McKnight.
Paul Probert and his four defeated John Cooper 26-15 to round off a good day for the club.
For Modbury Kerry Schultz took the club’s only points after a 29-10 win against Harvey Jolly.
7th March 2021