Around the Greens

Thursday Women’s Pennants Round 6

The following results and reports on round six of the Women’s Thursday pennant competitions sees us one third of the way through the minor rounds for season 2020/21. Prior to the season I was unsure where we would be at this point with COVID19 threatening to interrupt the season but instead the only day we have lost was earlier in the year when flooded greens caused games to be played on the following Tuesday. When Joan Prosser kindly listed the teams involved well prior to round one she gave me the promoted sides and it is an ideal time to talk of their progress in the respective match reports.

As I am writing this on Thursday morning the weather is overcast with light rain and I am wondering how things will go after a massive storm hit the State overnight on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning hopefully it will be all systems go.

What eventuated was frequent showers, wind and cold conditions which affected most games across the city.

At the end of the day a mere eight points covered the top six ladder positions in the Premier League.

Premier League:

Payneham v Happy Valley:

Payneham went into its round six home game against competition leader Happy Valley in fourth place on the ladder and desperate for a solid victory on its home deck. The Panthers came away with an 89-37 score and a 12 point win in the club’s best performance of the season.

With Laini McGorman unable to play Joan Prosser skipped a rink and ultimately came away with an excellent 25-14 win against Avis Steer. Sue Maddern continued her run of form skipping her rink to a 33-10 triumph over Deb Fry in what was the day’s most telling performance. Fiona McGregor skipped her four to a 31-13 defeat of Jenny Davis to also bank points.

“We needed the win and it was an excellent all round performance from the entire team” Rose Miles said.

Hawthorn v Club Holdfast:

Club Holdfast grabbed an important eight points after prevailing 57-47 at Hawthorn in difficult weather. Like most venues wind, rain and cold conditions hung around for a large percentage of the game.

The statistics will show us that Holdfast won on only one of three rinks played and still got over the line with a major share of the points. The same scenario has happened so often this season with a single rink getting up with enough shots cover all eventualities. Sandy Wallace and her four prevailed 28-9 over Anne Onto, in what was a match-winning performance. “The weather was terrible and we were constantly going on and off the green each time the rain returned. We were pleased are pleased to get the points and every player in our rink won their position” Wallace said.

For the Hawks it would have been a disappointing result at home. Wendy Clarke skipped her rink to a 18-12 defeat of Mila Grimshaw and led all day.

Christine Keller and her four prevailed 20-17 over Andrea Cresswell.

Ascot Park v Marion:

Ascot Park went into its home game against Marion in fifth spot on the ladder and ended the day in fourth after a 75-39 12 point win. It was a game the Lions needed to win and all three rinks performed well on the day.

Sue Coultas skipped her four to a 29-12 defeat of Dianne Gigney in the day’s most telling result. Sue Vasey has settled into her skipper’s role well and her rinks 25-13 triumph over Michelle Butler was full of merit. Chris Thulborn skipped her four to a 21-14 victory over Kath Crilly after finishing well in the second half.

“It was a good competitive performance from all three rinks across the green. We are happy with the result” Coultas said.

Lockleys v Prospect/Broadview:

Going into the round six game both home side Lockleys and Prospect/Broadview both were in desperate need of a good win. The Eagles were languishing in ninth spot and Prospect in eighth.

In the final analysis the visitors prevailed 67-46 and banked a full count of 12 points from the match. With all rinks firing Jan Nichols skipped her four to a 26-12 defeat of Karen Kovaleff in what was the day’s best result. Jackie Barber and her rink took the points after a 22-16 triumph over Lynette Nixon. The match-up between Denise Caulfield and Lyn Teague went down to wire with Caulfield getting up 19-18 on the final end.

“We are happy with the win and 12 points. Caulfield getting up on the last end was a bonus” Caulfield said.

Hope Valley v Tranmere:

Hope Valley continued its run of good form prevailing 63-49 against Tranmere at home and coming away with a valuable 10 points. The northern side has won four games out of six in a good start to season and now sits in third spot on a competitive ladder.

Raelene Heitmann skipped her four to a 21-11 defeat of Jackie Gardiner in the day’s most telling result. Beverley Murdoch and her rink prevailed 26-20 against Mary Feddersen to add a valuable two points.

For Tranmere Dianne Ferris and her four played well in an 18-16 win against Andrea Williams.

Division One:

Payneham v Gawler:

Gawler came into its round six game at Payneham in sixth spot on the ladder and retained that position after prevailing 55-48 and banking 10 points. It was an important win away from home.

Dawn Warland skipped her four to a 19-12 win against Marlene Davey in the day’s best result. Kay Moncrieff and her rink prevailed 19-16 over June Hodkinson in another good performance. “It was a very even score card and a fantastic result away from home” Val Clark said.

For the Panthers Valerie Deeble skipped her rink to a 20-17 defeat of Teresa Dean to give her club its only points.

Morphett Vale v Port Noarlunga

Despite winning on only one of three rinks played the Port Noarlunga Gulls prevailed 59-55 and grabbed 10 points against the Emus at Morphett Vale. After an even game with wind and rain playing a role Port Noarlunga moved to second spot on the ladder with five wins and a draw a third of the way through the season.

Doreen Taylor and her rink did all the damage prevailing 26-14 against Paulina Lawrie in what was a match-winning performance. For the Emus Lea Modra and her four triumphed 23-17 over Barbara Nesbitt and Ricki Hooper earned points after an 18-16 win against an in-form Karlee Moffatt.  

Somerton v Kensington/Marryatville;

In a competitive game Somerton pocketed nine points after prevailing 57-51 at home against Kensington/Marryatville. The Seagulls retained fifth spot on the ladder after winning three of its first six games.

Yvonne Bekeris skipped her four to a 28-9 defeat of Cecily Griffiths in what was a match-winning performance. Karen Sander and her rink worked hard all day before grabbing a point after an 18-18 draw with Jeanette Hill.

“It was a hard day on the green with bowls picking up grass clippings and a breeze around. Karen Sander and her rink did well to hold Jeanette Hill” Bekeris said.

Robyn Walker and her rink had a good win for Kensi with a 24-11 score line over Maree Tumbas.

Brighton v West lakes:

Brighton continued its unbeaten run prevailing 53-48 at home against West Lakes and banking 9 points in a split rink game.

The win came courtesy of a 20-12 win for skip Carli Mitchell and her four over Doris Thomas in what was a match-winning performance. Gillian Allen and her rink came away with 17-17 draw with Karen Gatto after a dog fight all day. “It was wet, windy and cold all day. It was also another very good win for our team” Mitchell said.

For the Lakers Robyn Palmer and her four banked points after prevailing 19-16 against Patria McGrath

Semaphore v Tranmere:

Newly promoted Tranmere prevailed 65-32 against Semaphore and banked a full count of 12 points after its best performance of the season. The team moved to seventh on the ladder with two wins and four losses.

In difficult conditions, Sue Sanders and her rink prevailed 25-7 against Kerri Scharkie in the day’s best result. Pam Fullarton and her four were equally impressive in a 24-10 defeat of Gaynor Alcorn. Elizabeth Bartram also took points after a hard-fought 16-15 win against Anne Dunstan.

“We need to remember that our Division One team was only promoted at the beginning of this season. It was a good win for Tranmere” Mary Feddersen said.

John Bevin

13th November 2020