Overnight and early morning rain saw damp conditions for the clubs involved in round eight of the Saturday open pennant competitions. It was the last minor round game in an interrupted season and there was plenty on the line.
In the Premier League on a day when Josh Chopin played his 300th game for the club West Lakes took out the Minor Premiership and will host round one of the Finals with a double chance.
In Division One Henley ended the minor rounds 41 points clear at the top of the table and will host the first day of the Finals with a double chance.
In Division Two Salisbury ended the season clear at the top of the table and will take the home advantage and a double chance into the first day of the Finals.
Grange v Ascot Park:
Ascot Park missed the Finals by one point after a 106-81 14point win at Grange. The Lions came away with 10 wins for the season.
Against the Dolphins Col Harvey and his rink did best with a 31-15 defeat of Tyson Wilson.
Andrew Smith and his four prevailed 30-21 against Wayne Ruediger.
Mitch Percy and his rink fought hard all day before settling for a 23-23 draw with Ben Bowman.
On the fourth rink Jeff Aworth and Marc Evans also couldn’t be separated coming off the green with a 22-22 draw.
The Dolphins end the season in 6th spot on the ladder.
Club Holdfast v Marion:
Club Holdfast showed that they are ready for the Finals banking 14 points after a sensational 117-70 home defeat of Marion. The club finished the minor rounds in second spot with 12 wins for the season and will go into day one of the Finals with a double chance.
Against the Hurricanes Josh Studham skipped his rink to a 35-7 defeat of Scott Andreassen in the day’s most telling result.
Matt Northcott and his four prevailed 29-14 against Brandon Whiley in another great performance.
Max Kleinig also picked up points from a 32-21 triumph over Ken Holtham.
For Marion Tony Devlin skipped his four to a 28-21 defeat of Ashley Klose to give his club its only points.
The Hurricanes ended the day at the foot of the ladder and will be relegated. The club will play in the Division One competition in season 2021-22.
West Lakes v Modbury:
West Lakes banked 12 points after a 64-51 home win against Modbury. The result saw the club through to the Minor Premiership and the Lakers will start day one with a home Final and the double chance.
Craig Mills skipped his rink to a 21-6 defeat of Pat McGuinness in the day’s best result.
Sam Dietrich and his four fought hard all day before coming away with a 16-15 triumph over Trent Ward.
For the Thunder which ended the minor rounds in 7th spot on the ladder Vicki Arbon and her rink prevailed 17-15 against James Gregory in a solid result.
Jose Gil also picked up points after a 13-12 defeat of Mark Haines.
Salisbury v Adelaide:
Adelaide ended the minor rounds with an important 114-95 14point win at Salisbury. The result was enough to carry the Blues through to fourth spot on the ladder and Final’s appearance.
Brett Davis and his rink again starred in a 36-17 defeat of Dale Robertson the game’s most telling result.
Andrew Feijen skipped his four to a 30-24 win against Matt Nicholls.
Scott Thulborn and his rink also banked points after a 25-23 close win over Simon Dorr.
For Salisbury which ended the season in eighth spot on the ladder Luke Pietersma and his rink prevailed 31-23 against Adrian Green.
Somerton v Payneham:
Somerton continued to play well in the Premier League and a 109-98 home win against Payneham carried the club into third spot on the ladder. The Seagulls will go into the Finals in form and the playing group will undoubtedly see it as just another challenge.
Against the Panthers Nathan Pedersen skipped his four to a 33-18 defeat of Chris Flavel in the day’s most telling result.
Graham Soar and his rink prevailed 27-23 against Gabe Nardecchia to also pick up points.
Scott Colvill again showed his class in his four’s 29-27 win against Anthony Treloar.
For Payneham which ended the day in ninth spot on the ladder and will be relegated to Division One for next season Aussie Cunningham and his rink triumphed 30-20 over Scott Taylor.
Lockleys v Brighton:
Lockleys began the day in third spot on the ladder and held its position after an 85-66 12 point home win against Brighton.
Ashley Halls skipped his rink to a 35-10 defeat of Carli Mitchell in a match winning performance.
Robbie Flavel and his four also grabbed two points after 21-14 win against Tony Lock.
For Brighton John Smith and his rink did best with a 23-13 triumph over Brad Jansen.
Brad Napper and his rink prevailed 19-16 against Peter Thaler.
Brighton finished the minor rounds at the foot of the ladder and will be relegated to Division Two for next season.
Henley v Rosewater:
Henley continued to ride rampant over the Division One competition banking 14 points after a 98-55 home win against Rosewater. The Sharks ended the season 41 points clear at the top of the table and will go into the Finals at home and with the double chance.
Against the Shrikers Neil Miller and his rink did best with 29-6 defeat of Paul Hagan.
Simon Barriga and his four prevailed 28-15 against Jackie Field.
James Bodnar also grabbed points after a 23-14 triumph over Paul O’Dea.
For Rosewater which ended the minor rounds in seventh spot on the ladder Steve Thompson and his four defeated Brad Pech 20-18 to give the club its only points.
Hawthorn v Woodville:
In a game which saw two top five sides going head to head Hawthorn took the honours with an 82-57 12 point home win. The Hawks move onto the Finals with a double chance.
Vic Magoch skipped his four to a 25-9 defeat of Michael Haywood in the game’s big result.
Brett Willcox and his four prevailed 24-12 against Vincenzo Dimasi to also pick up important points.
For Woodville which finished the day in fifth spot on the ladder Mark Hanrahan and his rink triumphed 18-16 over Michael Lodge and Salvatore Marafioti 18-17 against Darren Niblett.
Morphett Vale v Tranmere:
Morphett Vale produced one of its best performances of the year prevailing 96-45 at home against Tranmere and banking a full count of 16 points. The result was good enough to carry the Emus into the Finals in fourth spot.
Mitch Walker skipped his four to a 26-9 defeat of Richard Ellis in the day’s best result.
John Munro and his rink prevailed 30-16 against Graham Young.
Alistair Reid and his four triumphed 22-10 over Robin McKnight.
Lynton Modra ended a good day with an 18-10 win against John Feddersen.
Tranmere ended the season in eighth place on the ladder.
Toorak/Burnside v Happy Valley:
Despite a 79-70 14 point home win against Toorak/Burnside, Happy Valley will spend season 2021-22 in Division Two. It has been a hard year for a club which has spent many seasons in the second tier.
Bob Schultz and his four again performed taking two points after a 26-14 defeat of Guy Uren.
Harry Burgess and his rink prevailed 23-12 against Brian Jenkins.
Alan Dudley and his four won a tight one 19-18 against Trevor Feast.
For Toorak/Burnside which finished the regular season in sixth spot on the ladder Mike Hocking grabbed two points after a 26-11 triumph over Danny Deed.
Modbury v Henley:
Henley came away with a 75-71 10 point win at Modbury despite winning on only one rink of four played. The Sharks ended the regular season in sixth spot on the ladder.
Peter Crouch skipped his rink to a 27-12 defeat of Norb Kratz.
For the Thunder John McKnight and his four prevailed 23-16 against Sam Mezzini in the club’s best result.
Kerry Schultz and his rink played well in a 19-16 defeat of David Prior.
John Cooper also got up taking the points after a 17-16 triumph over Tim Dodds.
The Thunder ended the day in fourth spot on the ladder and will play finals.
Marion v West Lakes:
Marion pulled itself out of the relegation zone grabbing 14 points after a 74-64 12 point home win against West Lakes. The Hurricanes finished the minor rounds in 8th spot on the ladder.
David Bell and his rink prevailed 23-15 against Peter Donoghue in the day’s best result.
Gerry Clarke skipped his four to a 18-14 defeat of Philip Bonsell.
Ted Hibbert also banked points after a 20-18 triumph over Ian Beasley.
For West Lakes, which will be relegated after a 10th placed finish, Alistair Robertson defeated Lindsay Mortimer 17-13.
Ascot Park v Kensington/Marryatville:
Kensington/Marryatville played well in 75-66 12 point win at Ascot Park. It was a good finish to the season but not good enough to see the club retain its spot in Division Two. Sitting in ninth spot on the ladder Kensi will be relegated for next season.
Jeanette Hill skipped her four to a 22-13 defeat of Geoff Coultas in the game’s best result.
Lawrie Gherghetta and his rink prevailed 21-14 against Scott Bennier.
For the Lions which finished the season in fifth spot Robert Langford and his four took points after a 21-17 triumph over Russell Miller.
Peter Scholefield and his rink had an 18-15 win against Peter Douglas.
Gawler v Port Noarlunga:
Gawler had struggled after Christmas and on Saturday the playing group prevailed 76-72 and banked 10 points against Port Noarlunga despite winning on only one rink of four played. The northern club will stay in Division Two next season by finishing in 7th spot.
Playing at home Daryl Kubisch skipped his rink to a 27-9 win against Harvey Jolly in a match winning performance.
Despite the loss the Gulls finished the day in third spot on the ladder and will play finals.
Paul Probert skipped his four to a 23-13 defeat of Phil Marsden in the club’s best result.
Karlee Moffatt and her rink got up 20-19 against Darren Hunter and Anthony Moffatt 20-17 against Ian Greenshields.
Adelaide v Salisbury:
Salisbury finished its excellent season with a 76-74 14 point win at Adelaide. The club ended the minor rounds at the top of the ladder with 188 points and will host the first day of the finals and will go in with a double chance.
Against the Blues Mathew Hull skipped his four to a 21-18 defeat of Sandy Wallace to lead the way.
Mark Shard and his rink prevailed 20-18 against Chris Firth.
Ross McConnell and his four came away with a 17-16 win against Garry Benveniste.
The Second place finish will see Adelaide go into the Finals with the double chance.
Against Salisbury Stewart Jones and his rink defeated Shaun Sayers 22-18 to give the club its only points.
14th March 2021