As competition ramps up in the top three Saturday Divisions, we are starting to get feel for which clubs have come into the season settled. In the Premier League, West Lakes has won back to back games with both Mark Haines and James Gregory playing their 300th games for the club over that period. The only other club to win two from two is the Somerton Seagulls which finished last season full of running. From round three I will be looking to put up the club ladder positions.
Grange v Somerton:
After a good win in round one, the Seagulls went into Saturday’s game at Grange with some confidence. In overcast conditions, the club prevailed 91-81 and banked 14 points after another good performance.
The experienced Nathan Pedersen skipped his four to a 26-14 defeat of Tyson Wilson to lead the way. Skip Scott Taylor again played well in his rink’s 23-18 defeat of Marc Evans. David Eiffe and his rink prevailed 21-19 against State representative Carl Schapel. For the Dolphins Ben Bowman backed up on a good first-round win grabbing the points after an excellent 30-21 defeat of Steve Dennis.
“It was another solid performance from the team. We’ll be taking it week by week. ”Taylor said.
In round three Somerton will host Salisbury and Grange will be at Salisbury.
Ascot Park v West Lakes
West Lakes went into its round two game at Ascot Park in good form and came away with a 116-66 win and 15 points.
Mark Haines and his four started well and went on with it prevailing 39-9 over Mitch Percy in the day’s most telling result. In his 300th game for the Lakers, James Gregory skipped well in his rink’s 33-16 defeat of Jeff Aworth. The experienced Kane Coulls triumphed 23-20 on a good day for the club. In a tight game Craig Mills came away with a hard fought 21-21 draw with Sam Denton.
In round three West Lakes will host Grange and Ascot Park will be at Club Holdfast.
Marion v Salisbury
After a loss in round, one Salisbury travelled to Marion and in a split rink, game walked off the green with a 97-87 12 point win. It was an excellent success away from home and the northern club can largely thank Simon Dorr and rink for the 10 shot win. The foursome did most of the damage prevailing 33-20 over Tony Devlin.
The ever reliable, Dale Robertson skipped his four to an important 24-18 defeat of Ken Holtham. To add to the points tally. For the Hurricanes Brandon Whiley and his four prevailed 22-17 over Rhys Taylor but was unable to affect the overall result. Ian Fyfe also played well in his rink’s 27-23 triumph over Luke Pietersma.
“It was a good win away from home and in windy conditions. Very happy” Geoff Nethercott said. In round three Salisbury is at Somerton and Marion at Payneham.
Payneham v Modbury
In a tight encounter Modbury prevailed 90-84 over the Panthers at Payneham. Having dropped its round one game it was a good win away from home for the Thunder which banked 12 points.
In the split rink game, Garry Thompson and his four did well with a 24-18 defeat of Gabe Nardecchia. Pat McGuinness played well in his rink’s big 32-18 victory over Ben McDonnell. For the Panthers, Anthony Treloar again played well skipping his four to a 25-14 success over Jose Gil. Aussie Cunningham added to the points tally after a 23-20 defeat of Gary Meekcoms.
In round three Modbury hosts Adelaide and Payneham hosts Marion.
Adelaide v Club Holdfast
Adelaide turned on the after burners banking 14 points after an excellent 107-69 home win against Club Holdfast.
On his home green, Scott Thulborn skipped his four to a 32-9 defeat Ashley Klose in what was a match-winning performance. Brett Davis was equally effective piloting his rink to a 28-14 win against an in-form Josh Studham. Adrian Green also banked points after 23-18 success over Max Kleinig. For Holdfast, Matt Northcott and his four prevailed 28-24 over Andrew Feijen to give his club its only points.
In round three Adelaide is at Modbury and Holdfast hosts Ascot Park.
In Division One three clubs Henley, Toorak/Burnside and Hawthorn have been successful in both games leading into round three. The division has always been super competitive and always goes down to the wire in the lead up to the finals.
Lockleys v Toorak/Burnside
After a first round win, Toorak/Burnside put in another great performance banking 14 points after a 90-68 win at Lockleys. It was almost as good as it gets and the players look up for the challenge as the season unfolds.
Guy Uren and his four again look good in a 26-12 defeat of Robbie Flavel in the day’s most telling result. Darren Niblett skipped his rink to a 26-17 triumph over Theo Katsivas in what was a strong performance. Trevor Feast also added points after prevailing 22-14 over Peter Thaler.
For the Eagles Ashley Halls again showed his class earning his club’s only points from a 25-16 defeat of Mike Hocking.
Brighton v Hawthorn:
Hawthorn also went back to back earning 14 points after prevailing 80-68 at Brighton.
Packed with talent the Hawks played well all day with Michael Lodge and his four a standout. The foursome took the honours with a 23-12 defeat of Paul Prior in overcast conditions. Vic Magoch skipped his rink to a 22-15 triumph over Fred Schenck. Steve Packer also grabbed two points after prevailing 22-21 over Brad Napper.
For Brighton, John Smith grabbed the club’s only points after a 20-13 defeat of Dennis Crawley.
Rosewater v Morphett Vale
Rosewater was at the top of its game during a 99-66 defeat of Morphett Vale on Saturday. The Strikers came away with a 99-66 home win and grabbed a full count of 16 points.
James Mader skipped his rink to a 33-15 defeat of John Munro in day’s best result. Allan Purnell and his four prevailed 24-18 over the talented Lynton Modra after leading for most of the day. Paul O’Dea continued the pain with a 21-14 victory over David Aust.
On the fourth rink Trevor Pilkington out pointed Bob Webster to the tune of 21-19.
Happy Valley v Woodville
Promoted club Woodville again showed that it is not out of place in the second tier of competition banking 16 points after a 90-58 win at Happy Valley.
Michael Haywood skipped his four to a 27-14 defeat of the experienced Barry Fry to lead the way. Vincenzo Dimasi and his rink were just as effective in the foursome’s 22-11 victory over Harry Burgess. Salvatore Marafioti added to the action coming away with a 19-14 win against Deb Fry.
Mark Hanrahan added to the points tally after a 22-19 triumph over Bob Schultz.
Tranmere v Henley
Henley went two for two taking 14 points after a 95-62 14 point win at Tranmere.
It was an important win away from home as the Sharks look to a rapid return to the Premier League at seasons end.
Once again it was Simon Barriga and his rink that did most of the damage. The foursome played well all day before securing a 27-10 win over Robin McKnight. The experienced James Bodnar skipped well in his four’s 29-13 defeat of Rodney Egge. Brad Pech and his four added to the points tally after a 25-14 triumph over the canny John Feddersen. For Tranmere Graham Young and his rink prevailed 25-14 triumph over Neil Miller to earn his club its only points.
“Once again it was a good performance from our side. Big wins for Simon Barriga and James Bodnar got us through” Shark Budda Miller said.
Modbury v Adelaide
After a loss in round one Adelaide showed their mettle grabbing 16 points after 88-70 at Modbury on Saturday.
It was a good win for the Blues with Chris Firth and his four prevailing 26-12 over Kerry Schultz in the day’s best result. Sandy Wallace skipped her rink to a 24-22 defeat of Allen Britcher and Tristan Elgar’s rink got up 21-20 over Norb Kratz. Garry Benveniste ended a good day for the club securing a 17-16 triumph over Brenton Treverton.
Henley v Ascot Park
After a first round win, Ascot Park prevailed 80-78 over Henley at Henley in round two action on Saturday. The Lions could be considered fortunate having won only one rink on the day.
Robert Langford skipped his four to 33-10 defeat of Craig Green.
For the Sharks George Powell, Ken Sherry and Jason Bodnar all skipped winning rinks to pick up six points from the loss.
West Lakes v Gawler
West Lakes produced a game out of the bag taking 16 points after a 101-56 home win against Gawler on Saturday.
Peter Donoghue skipped his rink to a 28-10 defeat of Leigh Roberts in the best result for the Lakers. Barry Delbridge and his four prevailed 26-8 over Phil Marsden. Alistair Robertson played well in his rink’s 26-19 win against Darren Hunter. Daren Mullan ended a great day for the club taking the points after a 21-19 triumph over Daryl Kubisch.
Salisbury v Kensington/Marryatville
Salisbury also came up with a perfect result pocketing 16 points after an 88-57 home win against Kensington/Marryatville.
David Knowles and his rink prevailed 30-10 over Jeanette Hill in the day’s best result. Eric Datsun skipped his four to an 18-13 defeat of Peter Douglas. Mathew Hull took the points after prevailing 20-17 against Greg Miller.
On the fourth rink Mark Shard came away with a 20-17 defeat of Lawrie Gherghetta.
Port Noarlunga v Marion
Port Noarlunga took advantage of its home ground conditions taking 12 points from an 86-70 win against Marion on Saturday.
In the split rink game Thomas Jolly and his rink prevailed 27-11 over Lindsay Mortimer in the club’s best result. Harvey Jolly also produced the goods in his four’s 24-15 defeat of Damien Schifilliti. For the Hurricanes Ted Hibberd got up over Ian Carter 25-19 and John Van Mierlo 19-16 over John Swarbrick.