An overcast and showery day greeted teams for round 15 of the Thursday Women’s competitions. In the Premier League the usual upsets and great performances popped up and at the end of the day Hawthorn had skipped away to lead by 19 points at the top of the table. The top four going into round 16 next week will Hawthorn 122 points, Payneham 103 points, Happy Valley 103 points and Tranmere 98 points.
I hope that you enjoy the following reports. Stay safe and drive carefully. John Bevin
Happy Valley v Payneham:
The game between Happy Valley and Payneham was always going to be competitive. In the end the Valley got up 65-53 at home and banked 9 points from the split rink match.
In the stand-out result Deb Fry skipped her rink to a 29-15 win against Sue Maddern in a match defining result.
Avis Steer and her four fought hard all day before coming away with an 18-18 draw with Marie Roberts.
For the Panthers Laini McGorman again played well in her rink’s 20-18 defeat of Jenny Davis.
Club Holdfast v Hawthorn:
Hawthorn proved too strong for Club Holdfast prevailing 71-47 and taking a maximum count of 12 points away from home. The Hawks now sit 19 points clear at the top of the table whilst Holdfast dropped to sixth on a competitive ladder.
Wendy Clarke skipped her four to a 22-10 success against Mila Grimshaw in the day’s best result.
Christine Keller and her rink played well in 27-17 defeat of Sandy Wallace.
After a close game Anne Onto and her four also picked up points after prevailing 22-20 against Andrea Cresswell.
Marion v Ascot Park:
The game between close neighbours Marion and Ascot Park went the way of the Lions 63-48. The club banked 10 points away from home in what was a good performance.
Chris Thulborn skipped her four to a 25-8 defeat of Michelle Butler in what was a match winning result.
Sue Vasey and her rink won a close one 16-14 over Dianne Gigney.
For the Hurricanes Kath Crilly skipped her four to a 26-22 triumph against Sue Coultas.
Ascot Park now sits in fifth spot on the ladder and Marion in ninth.
Prospect/Broadview: v Lockleys:
Prospect/Broadview pulled off its most important win of the season prevailing 66-56 against Lockleys at home and banking a 10 point haul. It saw the club skip 19 points clear of the relegation zone giving the players some breathing space.
Denise Caulfield skipped her four to a 28-15 defeat of Lynette Nixon in the game’s most influential result.
Rosemary Harnett and her rink prevailed 23-21 against Karen Kovaleff to secure two points.
For Lockleys Lyn Teague and her four got up 20-15 over Jan Nicholls to give the club its only points.
The Eagles ended the day at the foot of the ladder on 38 points.
Tranmere v Hope Valley:
Tranmere won its eighth game for the season banking 10 points after a 64-41 home success against Hope Valley. The 23 shot win kept the club in the top four of what is a hard competition.
Mary Feddersen skipped her four to a 26-7 defeat of Beverley Murdoch in the game’s most telling result.
Jackie Gardiner and her rink again played well in a 25-18 triumph over Andrea Williams.
For the Valley Raelene Heitmann and her four defeated Dianne Ferris 16-13 to earn the club its only points.
I have written on our great sport for close to 20 years in the country and the city and something different is always popping up. In this year’s Division One competition there are clearly two clubs performing better than the rest. Both recruited well in the off-season and after Thursday’s Round 15 games Brighton sits at the top of the table six points clear of Port Noarlunga. A couple of weeks ago both clubs lost and picked only two points on the same day. The facts are that going into round 16 next week the two sides are yet to meet each other on the green. It stems from the fact that Covid 19 forced the postponement of rounds 7 and 8. Round 7 has been played in a double header week but round 8 which has the two clubs due to play each again will be played after completion of the minor rounds. Having said that the two clubs are due to play each other in round 17. However if they both keep going the way they are they could meet again in the first week of the finals!
Gawler v Payneham:
When threatened Gawler again came up with the goods taking all 12 points after a 72-49 home win against Payneham. The northern club ended the day in fifth spot on the ladder with 7 wins.
Kay Moncrieff skipped her rink to a 28-17 triumph over June Hodkinson in the day’s best performance.
Dawn Warland and her four prevailed 26-16 against Robyn Darby in another telling result.
Teresa Dean ended the good day with a 21-16 defeat of Marlene Davey.
Payneham now sits in ninth spot on the ladder.
Port Noarlunga v Morphett Vale:
Port Noarlunga grabbed its eleventh win of the season prevailing 56-50 against Morphett Vale at home. It was another competitive outing for the club which banked 10 points on the day.
Barbara Nesbitt skipped her four to a 21-12 defeat of Ricki Hooper to set the game up.
Karlee Moffatt and her rink continued a stellar run of form triumphing 19-17 over Paulina Lawrie.
The Gulls retain second spot on the ladder 6 points shy of Brighton.
For Morphett Vale which fought hard all day, Lea Modra and her four took the points after a 21-16 win against Doreen Taylor.
Kensington/Marryatville v Somerton:
Somerton got back in the winner’s circle banking 9 points after a 59-56 win at Kensington/Marryatville. The Seagulls now sit in the seventh spot on the ladder after the club’s seventh win for the season.
Yvonne Bekeris skipped her four to a 24-18 defeat of Helen Hutton in what was a match winning performance.
Maree Tumbas and her rink fought hard away from home before securing a 20-20 draw with Robyn Walker.
For Kensi, Jeanette Hill and her four triumphed 18-15 over Karen Sander.
West Lakes v Brighton:
Brighton continued its run to the finals banking 10 points after a solid 64-52 success at West Lakes.
The club has now chalked up 13 wins in what has been a stellar season which sees the team six points clear at the top of the table.
Carli Mitchell and her four again did best prevailing 20-13 against the experienced Karen Gatto.
Patra McGrath skipped her rink to a 27-20 defeat of Doris Thomas in another good performance away from home.
For the Lakers Robyn Palmer and her rink triumphed 19-17 over Teresa Lyons to give the club its only points.
Tranmere v Semaphore:
Promoted at the end of last season Tranmere moved to sixth on the ladder after a 67-45 home win against Semaphore. The club banked a maximum 12 points and picked up its fifth win for the season.
Pam Fullarton and her four prevailed 25-9 against June Farmer to secure the 22 shot overall win.
Sue Sanders skipped her four to a 21-17 triumph against Anne Dunstan to add to the points tally.
Joan Thomson ended a good day for club prevailing 21-19 against Edna Dimond.
Semaphore remains at the foot of the ladder and desperately needs a couple of good results.