Going into round 17 we once again had predictions of a 38degree temperature leading to an early start for all games. Having said that ultimately all games in both divisions were completed despite the excessive heat.
Before I get on with my match reports it is worthwhile looking at the top four and the bottom four sides in each of the two divisions going in. For many clubs it is a critical time in the pennant competitions.
Top Four: Hawthorn 132 points, Happy Valley 115 points, Payneham 113 points and Ascot Park 110 points.
Bottom Four: Club Holdfast 87 points, Prospect/Broadview 72 points, Marion 47 points and Lockleys 38 points.
Top Four: Brighton 146 points, Port Noarlunga 130 points, Morphett Vale 116 points and West Lakes 92 points.
Bottom Four: Somerton 77 points, Kensington/Marryatville 60 points, Payneham 56 points and Semaphore 36 points.
Hawthorn v Payneham:
Hawthorn sits 15 points clear at the top of the table after a 58-47, 10 point home win against Payneham. The Hawks have been in good for most of the season having won 13 of 16 games played.
Christine Keller skipped her rink to a 24-11 defeat of Sue Maddern in the game’s best result.
Wendy Clarke and her four were equally effective prevailing 23-13 against Marie Roberts.
For the Panthers who now sit in third spot Laini McGorman triumphed 23-11 over Anne Onto.
Marion v Tranmere:
Tranmere played out of their skins in a 58-40, 12point win at Marion and now sit in fifth spot on the ladder after nine wins for the year.
In an even spread across the green Jackie Gardiner and her four did best prevailing 20-8 against Dianne Gigney.
Dianne Ferris and her rink triumphed 19-14 over Michelle Butler in another good result.
Mary Feddersen made sure of the whitewash with a hard fought 19-18 defeat of Kath Crilly.
The Hurricanes ended the day in ninth spot and are in need of a couple of confidence building wins to end the season.
Prospect/Broadview v Ascot Park:
Prospect/Broadview hung on to eighth spot on the ladder after a 57-41 home win against Ascot Park. The club banked 10 points as it looks to stay out of the relegation zone.
Denise Caulfield skipped her four to a 22-12 defeat of Chris Thulborn in the day’s most influential result.
Jan Nicholls and her rink were also impressive in a 22-14 triumph over Sue Coultas.
For the Lions Sue Vasey and her four prevailed 15-13 against Rosemary Harnett to earn the club its only points.
Ascot Park ended the day in fourth spot on the ladder having won 10 games for the season.
Club Holdfast v Lockleys:
Club Holdfast banked a full count of 12 points after a 69-35 home defeat of Lockleys. The club ended the day in sixth spot on the ladder with 99 points.
Mila Grimshaw and her rink did best with a 28-11 defeat of Karen Kovaleff.
Sandy Wallace and her four prevailed 21-12 against Lyn Teague in another good performance.
Andrea Cresswell and her rink ensured the whitewash with a 20-12 triumph over Lynette Nixon.
Lockleys ended the day at the foot of the ladder and will be relegated to division 1 for next season.
Happy Valley v Hope Valley:
In a battle between the Valleys Happy Valley took the honours 70-30 and banked a full count of 12 points against Hope Valley at home. The southern club ended the day in second spot on the ladder with 127 points having won 11 games for the season.
Jenny Davis skipped her four to a 26-5 defeat of Beverley Murdoch in the day’s most telling result.
Deb Fry and her rink prevailed 23-13 against Raelene Heitmann to also bank two points.
On the third rink Avis Steer triumphed 21-12 over Andrea Williams.
Hope Valley now sit in seventh spot on the ladder clear of the relegation zone but look unlikely to make the finals.
Morphett Vale v Payneham:
Morphett Vale’s top team produced the perfect result prevailing 84-26 against Payneham and banking a full count of 12 points. The southern club now sits in third spot on the ladder with 128-points having won 11 games for the season.
Lea Modra skipped her four to a 35-7 defeat of Marlene Davey in what was a comprehensive performance.
Paulina Lawrie and her rink triumphed 29-8 against June Hodkinson in another stunning result.
Ricki Hooper and her four also played well in a 20-11 to add the extra points.
Payneham ended the day in ninth spot on the ladder with 56 points.
Kensington/Marryatville v Tranmere:
Kensington/Marryatville grabbed 10 points after a 68-30 home win against Tranmere’s second side. The club now sits in eighth spot on the ladder with 70 points.
Helen Hutton and four played out of their skins in a sensational 31-5 defeat of Sue Sanders.
Jeanette Hill and her rink held their good form prevailing 27-5 against Joan Thomson.
For Tranmere, which now sits in sixth spot on the ladder Pam Fullarton and her four triumphed 20-10 over Robyn Walker to give the club its only points.
West Lakes v Somerton:
In a split rink game West Lakes grabbed eight points after a 45-35 home win against Somerton. The Lakers moved to fourth spot on the ladder with nine wins for the season.
Maria Paz skipped her four to a 22-8 defeat of Marie Tumbas in a match winning performance.
For Somerton Yvonne Bekeris and her rink prevailed 15-12 against Doris Thomas.
Karen Sander and her four also grabbed two points after a 12-11 success against Robyn Palmer.
The Seagulls ended the day in seventh spot on the ladder with seven wins for the season.
Port Noarlunga v Brighton:
The highly anticipated first match-up between Port Noarlunga and Brighton went the way of the Gulls.
The club banked 10 points after a 64-47 home win and stayed in second spot eight points shy of its opposition on Thursday.
Doreen Taylor and her rink prevailed 25-12 against Teresa Lyons in the day’s most telling result.
Barbara Nesbitt and her four also took points after a 19-14 success against Patria McGrath.
For Brighton the competition’s leading skip Carli Mitchell held her form with a 21-20 triumph over Karlee Moffatt.
Gawler v Semaphore:
Gawler also played well in a 56-44 10point home win against Semaphore. The northern club moved to fifth on the ladder after recording eight wins for the season.
Dawn Warland skipped her rink to a 24-9 win against Kerri Sharkie in the game’s most influential result.
Kay Moncrieff and her rink prevailed 20-15 against Anne Dunstan.
For Semaphore Edna Dimond and her four triumphed 20-12 over Teresa Dean.
John Bevin – 19th February 2021