Around the Greens

Thursday Women’s Pennants Round 4

Going into round four of the Thursday competition it was obvious that there would be wind and showers around the greens. For the first time, I will be commenting on the ladder positions of the clubs and in particular any players who are in or out on the day. The competitions will have a new competitive edge. So here we go and as usual, we are starting with the Premier competition in the knowledge that the only unbeaten side was Hawthorn going in.

Premier:

Payneham v Tranmere:

In inclement conditions, Payneham grabbed 8 points after a hard-fought 70-67 win over Tranmere at home. It looks close when you read the result and the match came down to the final end of the match between Panther Sue Maddern and Tranmere’s Dianne Ferris. Maddern was two down on the head and needed some sort of shot to get her club over the line. She chose to run at the bowls and picked up a six to win the match overall. Going into the match Payneham was in second spot on ladder and Tranmere in seventh and despite losing on two of three rinks played the Panthers now sit in third and Tranmere retained its seventh spot.

For the record, Maddern beat Ferris 26-16. For Tranmere Mary Feddersen prevailed 28-25 over Laini McGorman and Jackie Gardiner 23-19 over Fiona McGregor.     

Hawthorn v Prospect/Broadview:

Hawthorn went into its home game against Prospect /Broadview with some confidence. The Hawks remained undefeated after three games and the players were on their home deck.

The talented team continued its rare run of form prevailing 64-43 and banking 10 points. The Hawks ended the day as the only undefeated club and three points clear at the top of the ladder.

Wendy Clarke skipped her rink to a 30-7 defeat of Jan Nicholls in the day’s best result. Christine Keller prevailed 21-14 over Jacqueline Barber.

For Prospect/Broadview Denise Caulfield played well in her rink’s 22-13 defeat of Anne Onto.

Marion v Hope Valley:

Hope Valley went into its round four game at Marion in sixth spot on the ladder and moved to fifth after prevailing 76-40 and banking 10 points.

In what was a brilliant performance Beverley Murdoch skipped her four to a game busting 35-7 win against Lyn Prosso to secure the game early. In a tight encounter, Andrea Williams and her four took the points after a 22-19 defeat of Michelle Butler.

For the Hurricanes Dianne Gigney skipped her rink to a 21-19 win over Raelene Heitmann.

Lockleys v Ascot Park:

Despite losing the experienced Riina Bradbrook to injury during the week a revamped Ascot Park outfit played well in the club’s 52-47 win at Lockleys. The Lions grabbed 10 points to sit in fourth spot on the ladder going into round five.

In difficult conditions, Sue Vasey took over as skip with Bernie Cox at three and despite going down 17-10 to Lynette Nixon did enough on the day. Sue Coultas skipped her four to an 18-12 success over Lyn Teague. Chris Thulborn also played well in her rink’s 24-18 win against Karen Kovaleff.

“It was difficult conditions and the combination of Vasey and Cocks went well. A good win away from home” Coultas said.

Club Holdfast v Happy Valley:

Happy Valley Put in one of its best performances of the season banking 12 points after prevailing 65-38 at Holdfast Bay.

All three rinks played well with Avis Steer and her four going best in a 28-10 defeat of Mila Grimshaw. Jenny Davis and her four prevailed 20-14 over Sandy Wallace in another good performance. Deb Fry ended a good day for the Valley taking the points after a 17-14 success over Andrea Cresswell.

We are very pleased with the result. Our draw bowling across was of a high quality and that was really important” Steer said.

Division One:

Payneham v Tranmere:

Tranmere moved to eighth spot on the ladder after prevailing 71-64 at Payneham and taking 9 points. It was the team’s first win for the season and came courtesy of a 30-22 win for Pam Fullarton and her rink over June Hodkinson.

Sue Sanders and her four fought hard all day before coming away with a 22-22 draw with Marlene Davey.

For the Panthers Robyn Darby and her rink had a close 20-19 win over Elizabeth Bartram.

Morphett Vale v West Lakes:

West Lakes came up with one of its best performances this season taking eight points after a 63-43 win at Morphett Vale.

The 20 shot win came courtesy of a 32-10 success for Doris Thomas over Ricki Hooper. The Lakers went down on the other two rinks but managed to hang on. For the previously unbeaten Morphett Vale Lea Modra fought off a late challenge from Robin Palmer to prevail 17-16. Paulina Lawrie and her four also hung tough prevailing 16-15 over Karen Gatto.

“It was a really good win away from home in windy conditions. A great comeback from my rink” Palmer said.

Kensington/Marryatville v Semaphore:

A great last end saw Semaphore grab 10 points after prevailing 61-60 at Kensington/Marryatville.

Gaynor Alcorn skipped her four to a 20-19 defeat of Robyn Walker but on the final end, the Semaphore skip was four down on the head and produced the perfect bowl to cut it back to one and the overall victory. Anne Dunstan’s four had a steady win over Cecily Griffith’s rink 21-14. For Kensington, Jeanette Hill and her four prevailed 27-20 over Kerri Sharkie to almost steal the show.

“We had two rinks close all day. A great performance from Gaynor and her four” Semaphore’s Janice Donnel said.

Brighton v Somerton:

Brighton has had a great start to the season and on Thursday the club continued to plunder other sides in the competition. In round four the southern outfit banked a further 10 points after prevailing 64-49 against Somerton at home to sit clear at the top of the table.

Carli Mitchell and rink performed well in a 27-14 defeat of Yvonne Bekeris to lead the way. Patria McGrath and her four grabbed two points after a 23-16 win against Maree Tumbas. For Somerton Karen Sander prevailed 19-14 over Teresa Lyons to give the Seagulls its only points.

“We played in reasonable conditions but the three skips and I all agree that we out drew the opposition all day. We did the job to achieve the result!”

 Port Noarlunga v Gawler:

Port Noarlunga produced a big performance prevailing 81-41 over Gawler and pocketing 11 points. The Gulls moved to second spot on the ladder after three wins from four starts.

Barbara Nesbitt and her four led the way with a 31-10 defeat of Kay Moncrieff. After arriving at the club this year Karlee Moffatt has performed well and her rink got up 31-12 over Dawn Warland. Dawn Taylor fought hard all day before ending with a 19-19 draw with Teresa Dean.

“In difficult conditions it was a strong performance. Hopefully our rinks continue to settle in” Nesbitt said.

John Bevin

30th October 2020