Going into round five of the Saturday open competitions only three clubs from the Premier League, Division One and Division Two had remained undefeated, West Lakes in the Premier League and Toorak/Burnside and Henley in Division One. All three got up in round five.
Modbury v Grange:
Like so many games in round five, the match between Modbury and Grange went down to the wire. The rinks were split two apiece with the Thunder taking 12 points after prevailing 92-91 at home. The northern club moved to second on the ladder 13 points shy of West Lakes.
Gary Meekcoms and his rink prevailed 22-21 over Marc Evans picking up a single on the final to drag the Thunder over the line. John Nelson skipped his four to a 31-17 defeat of Ben Bowman in what was a match-winning performance. “It was tight all day and big win for the club. My rink’s final end was exciting and we are happy with the way we are going” Meekcoms said. For Grange Carl Schapel and his four starred in a 26-17 defeat of Gary Thompson. Tyson Wilson also took to points after a 27-22 triumph over Pat McGuinness.
Club Holdfast v Salisbury:
Despite winning on only one rink of the four played Salisbury prevailed 96-87 at Holdfast. The club banked 10 points and stayed in sixth spot on the ladder.
Having lost in round four Simon Dorr and his rink began well and with 2nd Sean Knight firing ran away to a 32-17 win against Max Kleinig. It was obviously a match-winning performance.
“Simon Dorr was always going to win after his experience last week. In the end, Dale Robertson went down on the final end of his day. All of our players went well.” Geoff Nethercott said. For Holdfast Ashley Klose and his four did best prevailing 27-24 over Robertson. Matt Northcott got up 21-19 over Rhys Taylor and Josh Studham 22-21 over Bernie Ward.
West Lakes v Somerton:
West Lakes continued its winning ways prevailing 120-75 over second-placed Somerton and banking 14 points at home.
The 45 shot win came courtesy of a stunning 36-14 win for Mark Haines and his crack rink over Nathan Pedersen. Craig Mills again starred in his four’s 38-18 triumph over David Eiffe. Kane Coulls skipped his rink to a 29-21 victory over Scott Taylor to end a great day for the club. Haines was full of praise for his rink of Jack Trenorden, Geoff Munn and Sam Dietrich after the game.
“I’ve skipped a lot of good rinks in my career but none have had the ability and passion of these guys. As a team of four rinks we are going well and we are looking forward to the rest of the season.”
For the Seagulls Steve Dennis prevailed 22-17 over James Gregory to give the club its only points.
Payneham v Ascot Park:
Tenth placed Ascot Park put in its best performance of the season prevailing 97-82 against the Panthers at Payneham. The Lions banked an important 13 points to kick start its season.
Jeff Aworth skipped his four to a 34-17 win against Gabe Nardecchia in the day’s best performance. Mitch Percy and his rink prevailed 22-17 over Aussie Cunningham to secure a valuable two points. Sam Denton and his four fought hard all day before coming away with a 26-26 draw with Ben McDonnell.
For Payneham, Anthony Treloar prevailed 22-15 over Andrew Smith to add to the points tally.
Adelaide v Marion:
Adelaide moved to fourth on the ladder after prevailing 101-86 at home against Marion in a split rink game. The Blues banked an important 12 points.
Andrew Feijen skipped his four to a 30-17 defeat of Brandon Whiley in the day’s best result. Brett Davis continued a great run of form in his rink’s 29-16 win against Ian Fyfe. For the Hurricanes which now sit in seventh on the ladder, Ken Holtham and his four played well in a 25-16 defeat of Adrian Green.
That performance was backed up by Tony Devlin and his rink who came away with a 28-26 triumph over Scott Thulborn.
Woodville v Lockleys:
Woodville went into its round five match up with Lockleys at home in third spot and held that position after prevailing 85-72. The club banked 12 points in a split rink game.
The win came courtesy of a 30-12 win for Vincenzo Dimasi and his rink over Theo Katsivas in what was a match-defining performance. Mark Hanrahan skipped his four to a 21-17 win over Fred Kovaleff in another good result.
“It was another good win for the club.” Jim Dimasi said.
For the Eagles Ashley Halls prevailed 22-15 against Michael Haywood and Robbie Flavel secured a 21-19 win against Salvatore Marafioti.
Henley v Morphett Vale:
In yet another split rink game Henley prevailed 95-76 at home against Morphett Vale. The Sharks held its second spot on the ladder and banked 12 points from the outing.
James Bodnar and his rink did most of the damage with a 31-13 defeat of John Munro. Jeff Marsh and his four came away with a 23-16 defeat of Lynton Modra in another good performance. For the Emus, Alistair Reid and his four triumphed 17-13 over Simon Barriga and Mitch Walker 30-28 over Brad Pech.
Hawthorn v Toorak Burnside:
Toorak/Burnside went into its round five game at Hawthorn on top of the ladder and held its position after an 83-74 win. The club took 12 points from the split rink game to move seven points clear.
Trevor Feast and his rink did best prevailing 33-19 against Steve Packer in what was a match-defining performance. Darren Niblett skipped his four to a 17-10 triumph over Brett Willcox. For the Hawks, Vic Magoch and his rink played well in a 24-17 defeat of Mike Hocking.
Michael Lodge also picked up points after prevailing 21-16 over an in-form Guy Uren.
Happy Valley v Brighton:
Brighton fought hard all day before coming away with a 72-67 win at Happy Valley. The club pocketed 12 points from the split rink game.
In good conditions, Brad Napper and his four did best with 24-17 defeat of Deb Fry. The result was backed up by Neil McCollam who skipped his rink to a 19-16 defeat of Barry Fry. It was the club’s first win for the season and moves the team closer to the three sides above them.
For the Valley Bob Schultz and his four prevailed 15-12 against John Smith and Harry Burgess took the points off Mark Green with a 19-17 win.
Tranmere v Rosewater:
Rosewater retained its fifth spot on the ladder after prevailing 72-70 at Tranmere. The club banked 11 points and It was a good win for the Shrikers away from home.
James Mader and his rink led the way with a 21-10 defeat of Pat McGirr in a match-winning performance. Trevor Pilkington and his four picked up an important point from an 18-18 draw with John Feddersen.
For Tranmere Dino Decorso and his four prevailed 21-15 against Jacky Field and Graham Young triumphed 21-18 over Paul O’Dea.
Ascot Park v Adelaide:
Ascot Park moved to sixth spot on the ladder after prevailing 82-76 over Adelaide at home. The Lions pocketed 13 points after a good result.
The six-shot win came courtesy of a 29-10 win for Peter Scholefield over Garry Benveniste in a match-winning performance. Geoff Coultas and his rink prevailed 19-18 over Chris Firth in a super close game whilst Dennis Fox grabbed a point after an 18-18 draw with Stuart Lea.
For Adelaide Sandy Wallace and her rink prevailed 30-16 against Scott Bennier but was unable to affect the overall result.
Salisbury v Henley:
Salisbury went to the top of the ladder after prevailing 93-77 at home against Henley. The northern club banked 12 points from the outing.
Mathew Hull and his rink came away with a 37-12 defeat of Craig Green in what was a match-winning performance. Mark Shard skipped well in his rink’s 23-15 defeat of Ken Sherry. For the Sharks, David Prior skipped his four to a 30-14 win against David Knowles but was unable to affect the overall result.
David Borgas added points after a 20-19 win against Eric Datson.
Kensington/Marryatville v Modbury:
Modbury arrived at Kensington/Marryatville in seventh spot on the ladder and retained that position after a heart-stopping 73-72 win against the bottom side. The Thunder banked 12 points.
Neil Martin and his four prevailed 25-16 in what was the day’s best performance over Peter Douglas’s rink. Brenton Treverton and his rink fought hard all day before walking off the green with a 16-16 draw with Greg Miller. Norb Kratz also drew his match 17-17 with Lawrie Cherghetta
For Kensi Jeanette Hill and her rink prevailed 23-15 against Allan Britcher but was unable to affect the overall result.
Marion v Gawler:
Gawler put in its best performance of the season prevailing 91-43 at Marion and banking a full count of 16 points. Away from home it was some result. The northern club moved to fourth spot on the ladder a mere three points shy of leader Salisbury.
Kim Reynolds skipped his four to a 28-5 win against Ted Hibberd in the day’s best result. Darren Hunter and his rink came away with a 26-11 defeat of Ian Lane and Leigh Roberts and his four prevailed 21-13 over Lindsay Mortimer. Phil Marsden and his four also banked points after a 16-14 win against John Van Mierlo.
“It was a handy win away and I’d like to congratulate Marion on the quality of the green” Marsden said.
Port Noarlunga v West Lakes:
Port Noarlunga moved to second spot on the ladder after an 87-60 home win against West Lakes second side. The Gulls produced almost the perfect game banking 16 points from the outing.
Harvey Jolly and his four led the way prevailing 30-12 against Alistair Robertson in the day’s best performance. Thomas Jolly and his rink defeated Barry Delbridge 19-14. Paul Probert and his four prevailed 18-15 against David Mullin.
Ian Carter ended great day for the Gulls with a 20-19 win against Peter Donohue.