The completion of round 18 sees us setting up for what should be an exciting Final’s series for season 2021-22. We lost very little time on the greens despite the constant threat of Covid 19 or inclement weather.
A record number of players moving to new clubs during the off-season saw some teams struggling for consistency early whilst others got down to business quickly.
Along the way there has been some fantastic games. For the first time in many years West Lakes has failed to make the finals. A poor start for the Lakers saw the club finish the minor rounds in 5th position just 12 points shy of making the finals.
Grange was this season’s stand out club. The Dolphins won 15 out of 18 games and finished on 223 points 41 points clear of Club Holdfast. The Dolphins go into the finals with the double chance and home green advantage. Holdfast on 182 points, Somerton on 174 points and Modbury will make up the four.
In the bottom half of the ladder Salisbury and Henley will be relegated and will play in Division One next season.
Club Holdfast v Adelaide:
Club Holdfast will go into this season’s Final series with a double chance after a 107-76 -14 points home win against Adelaide. After some close games early in the season the club finished with 12 wins and 2 draws over the year.
Jayden Zeller skipped his rink to a 30-16 defeat of Brett Davis in the day’s best performance.
Ashley Klose and his four prevailed 31-20 against Tim Hicks in another telling result.
Josh Studham and his rink also played well in a 27-19 win against Andrew Feijen.
For Adelaide Scott Thulborn and his four took two points after a tight 21-19 success against Matt Northcott.
The Blues ended the minor rounds in 7th spot on the ladder with 8 wins for the year.
Modbury v Henley:
Modbury will go into the finals in 4th place after a 118- 81-14 points home win against Henley. The Thunder chalked up 11 wins over the minor rounds.
Josh Thompson skipped his rink to a 32-15 defeat of Jeff Marsh in the day’s most telling result.
Jose Gil and his four prevailed 31-17 against Jason Wholohan in another good result.
John Nelson and his rink also grabbed points after a 36-21 win against Neil Miller.
For the Sharks David Prior and his four defeated Gary Meekcoms 28-19 to give the club its only points.
Henley will be relegated and will play in Division One next season.
Lockleys v Grange:
Grange will go into the finals with plenty of confidence after a 96-80 12points win at Lockleys. It was enough to see the Dolphins sitting at the top of the ladder after recording 15 wins for the season.
In the split rink game Nathan Black skipped his rink to a 33-16 defeat of Theo Katsivas in the day’s best result.
Tyson Wilson and his four prevailed 19 -16 against Peter Thaler to also grab the points.
For Lockleys Chris Flavel and his four came away with a 27-24 success against Craig Mills.
Robbie Flavel and his rink got up 21-20 against Isaac Jesser in a tight contest.
The Eagles ended the day in 8th spot on the ladder having recorded 6 wins over the season.
Salisbury v Somerton:
Somerton will go into the finals in 3rd spot after a tight 94- 91 14 points win at Salisbury. During the regular season the club recorded 11 wins from 18 outings.
Nathan Pedersen and his rink prevailed 30-17 against Matthew Hull in the day’s most important result.
Jeff Aworth skipped his four to a 26-18 success against Ken Willcox.
Luke Pietersma and his rink came away with a 24-22 win against Simon Dorr.
For Salisbury Rhys Taylor and his rink prevailed 34-12 against Steve Dennis but were unable to affect the overall result.
Salisbury ended the day in 9th spot on the ladder with 102 points and will play in Division One next season.
West Lakes v Ascot Park:
West Lakes missed the finals despite a 95-92 12 points home success against Ascot Park.
Isaac Trenorden and his rink prevailed 26-17 against Sam Denton in the day’s most telling result.
Aaron Bremner skipped his four to a 29-26 win against Mitch Percy in a tight game.
For the Lions Col Harvey and his rink did best with a 24-18 success against James Gregory.
Steve Trowse and four came away with a 25-22 defeat of Mark Haines.
Ascot Park ended the day in 6th spot on the ladder and in mid table.
Payneham v Modbury:
Payneham pulled off a big win banking 15 points after a 97-44 home win against Modbury.
Paul Uranjek skipped his four to a 32-7 win against John Cooper in the day’s outstanding result.
Mark Bowman and his four prevailed 29-10 against Neil Martin in another telling performance.
Darren Siegertsz skipped his rink to a 20-11 win against Allan Britcher.
After a dog fight, Aussie Cunningham and Mitch Walker with their respective rinks settled for a 16-16 draw.
The Panthers ended the season in 5th spot on the ladder having recorded 9 wins over the season.
For the Thunder the news was better with the club still grabbing fourth spot on the ladder and a final’s spot.
Rosewater v Marion:
Rosewater put in one of its best performances of the year banking 11 points after an 81-79 success at Marion. It was good enough to see the club finish in 8th spot on the ladder and clear of relegation.
Allan Purnell skipped his rink to a 25-13 defeat of Ken Holtham in a match winning performance.
Steve Thompson and Mason Kaufer settled for a 21-21 draw.
For the Hurricanes, which ended the minor rounds in 2nd spot on the ladder and will go into the finals with a double chance, Scott Andreassen and his rink got up 20-15 against Craig Green.
Tony Devlin skipped his four to a 25-20 defeat of Peter Schultz.
Toorak/Burnside v Tranmere:
Tranmere moved to 6th spot on the ladder and in mid table after an 89-57 14points win at Toorak/Burnside.
Peter Marshall skipped his four to a 23-12 defeat of John Boccaccio in an important result.
Doug Jewels and his four prevailed 21-9 against Mike Hocking.
Roger Kairl and his rink got up 25-14 against Brian Jenkins in another good performance.
For Toorak Guy Uren and his rink came away with a 22-20 defeat of John Feddersen to give the club its only points.
Toorak/Burnside ended the season at the foot of the ladder and will be relegated.
Morphett Vale v Salisbury:
Salisbury ended the season in 7th spot on the ladder after an 80-70 12points win at Morphett Vale.
Nathan Hughes skipped his rink to a 27-7 defeat of Tony Roberts in a match winning result.
Ray Oborn and his rink prevailed 27-15 against Tony Batchelor in another telling performance.
For the Emus David Blowes and his four got up 28-8 against James Annandale but were unable to affect the overall result.
John Munro and his rink came away with a 21-18 win against David Knowles.
Morphett Vale lost a large number of important players during the off-season and pushed hard all season. In the final analysis the club fell agonisingly short finishing in 9th spot on the ladder. However, the Emus will avoid relegation because Salisbury will have to be relegated because of their 1st Side to be relegated from the premier division.
Hawthorn v Woodville:
After a surprise loss in round 17 Hawthorn bounced back banking 12 points after an 80-68 home win against Woodville. The Hawks ended the day 67 points clear at the top of the table and will take a double chance and home green advantage into the final series.
Michael Lodge skipped his rink to a 29-14 defeat of Michael Haywood in the game’s best performance.
Brett Willcox, Salvatore Marafioti and their respective rinks settled for an 18-18 draw.
Steve Packer and Vincenzo Dimasi walked off the green having drawn their game 17-17
For Woodville Mark Hanrahan and his four got up 19-16 against Darren Niblett.
Woodville ended the day in 3rd spot on the ladder and will play in the finals.
Beaumont v Millswood:
Beaumont put in one of its best performances of the season banking 14 points after a 101-66 home win against top four side Millswood. The result saw the club finish the season in 7th spot on the ladder.
Robert Ormston and his rink prevailed 30-11 against Mathew Rossi in a stunning performance.
Richard Kent skipped his four to a 27-10 defeat of Enio Rossi in another good result.
John Whelan and his rink got up 31-19 against Geoff Kennedy
For Millswood Andrew Stasinowsky came away with a 26-13 win against John Bohner to give the club its only points.
The reality is that dropping 14 points cost Millswood a double chance in the finals. The club ended the year in 3rd spot on the ladder with 172 points.
Ascot Park v Brighton:
Ascot Park ended the season taking 14 points after a 95-53 home success against Brighton. For the Lions it was good enough as the club will go into the finals in 4th spot.
Robert Langford skipped his rink to a 29-8 defeat of Darrell Fishpool in the day’s best result.
Peter Scholefield and his four prevailed 28-13 against Mark Green.
Steve Tarr and his rink added to the points tally with an 18-11 win against Daniel Johnson.
For Brighton Darrell Hendy and his four got up 21-20 against Scott Bennier.
Brighton ended the day at the foot of the ladder and will relegated.
Marion v Port Noarlunga:
Marion secured a double chance in the finals after a 93-66 16 points home win against Port Noarlunga.
With all rinks firing Frank McCauliffe and his rink did best prevailing 27-16 against Harvey Jolly.
Lindsay Mortimer skipped his four to a 24-14 defeat of Anthony Moffatt in another telling result.
Raymond Egan and his rink got up 22-19 against Thomas Jolly.
Ted Hibberd and his four finished a good day with a 20-17 success against Karlee Moffatt.
Port Noarlunga ended the day in 5th spot on the ladder 8 points shy of a finals spot.
Henley v Happy Valley:
Henley showed some end of season form banking 14 points after a 94-66 home win against Happy Valley. Despite the win the Sharks ended the season in 9th spot on the ladder and will be relegated.
Chris McConnell skipped his rink to a 28-11 defeat of Ray Steer in the day’s best performance.
Jason Bodnar and his rink came away with a 26-17 win against Alan Dudley.
Terry Stringer and his four also banked points after a 23-12 success against Robert Schultz.
For the Valley Reds, Julian Potter and his rink got up 26-17 against Darryl Stephens to give the club its only points.
Happy Valley ended the season in 8th spot on the ladder and clear of the relegation zone.
Adelaide v Gawler:
Adelaide sits 22 points clear at the top of the table and will take the double chance and home green advantage into the finals after a 99-61 14 points home win against Gawler.
Sandy Wallace skipped her four to a 37-9 win against Rod Squire in a stunning result.
Alan Hurst and his rink prevailed 27-12 against Darren Hunter in another big result.
Chris Firth and his four also banked points after a 25-19 success against Leigh Roberts.
For Gawler Daryl Kubisch and his rink played well in a 21-10 success against Paul Young.
The northern club ended the day in 6th spot on the ladder and in mid table.
6th March, 2021