After many greens were shut after heavy rain over a 48 hour period last Thursday only three games were played in round one. In almost unplayable conditions with constant high winds and bowls going against the bias somehow, the girls got through. The remainder of the competition took to the greens on Tuesday in much calmer conditions. I will start my Thursday write up with those who played on Thursday and continue from there. So here we go. Welcome to “Around the Greens” ladies have a great season and may the force be with you.
Lockleys v Payneham
Payneham opened the pennant season in the best possible way prevailing 55-45 and banking a full count of 12 points at Lockleys.
In conditions not often seen there is little doubt that the high winds had a bigger say than the bowlers themselves.
Fiona McGregor and her rink did best with a 24-18 defeat of Lynette Nixon in what was the day’s most significant performance. Sue Maddern and her four also played well in a 14-11 triumph over Lyn Teague. Laini McGorman skipped her side to a hard-fought 17-16 victory over Karen Kovaleff to wind up a great day for the Panthers.
“It was almost impossible to draw close with the wind howling around us. In the end it was the best possible result to open the season ”Rose Miles” said.
Tranmere v Happy Valley:
Tranmere opened its pennant season well prevailing 60-59 over Happy Valley and grabbing 10 points however after leading for much of the match the club dropped 11 shots across the green on the penultimate end before recovering and getting up by the barest of margins.
Mary Feddersen skipped her rink to a 26-18 success over Jenny Davis in what was a match winning performance. Judith Brooks and her four prevailed 18-16 over Avis Steer to pick up two points. For the Valley Deb Fry skipped her four to a 25-16 triumph over Jackie Gardiner to earn the clubs only points on the day.
“It was almost impossible conditions and at the end we almost threw it away. A good win to open our season ” Mary Feddersen” said.
Prospect/Broadview opened the new season with a 73-52 defeat of Marion on Thursday. The club banked 10 points and showed a lot of quality on the day.
Jaqueline Barber and her rink prevailed 33-14 over Michelle Butler in what was a game breaking performance. Denise Caulfield and her four also went well in the fine weather prevailing 27-13 over the experienced Lyn Prosso. For the Hurricanes Jackie Field held her form from Saturday, skipping her side to a 25-13 defeat of Jan Nicholls.
“Having lost players in the off-season we went into today with new look rinks and are pleased with effort put in. We will be aiming to do the best we can and are pleased with the winning start.
Ascot Park v Holdfast bay:
Ascot Park kicked off its new season with an excellent 66-55 win at home over Club Holdfast on Tuesday. The Lions banked 12 points in the perfect start to the year.
In perfect conditions Sue Coultas skipped her rink to a 23-18 defeat of Andrea Cresswell. Down early after five ends the foursome struggled as the skip kept saving shots. As the ends passed by the rink improved and finally came away with the five shot win.
Riina Bradbrook and her four played well for most of the day prevailing 24-19 against Mila Grimshaw with the talented skip in superb form. The game between Chris Thulborn and Sandy Wallace went down to the wire. The fours went into the final end 18-18 with the Lions grabbing one shot for the win on the 21st.
“It was a great start to the year. Riina bowled well al day and had a big say in the 12point win. ”Sue Coultas” said.
Hope Valley V Hawthorn:
Hawthorn opened its pennant with a 56-47 win over Hope Valley at the Valley on Tuesday. The Hawks picked up 10 points from the encounter.
Wendy Clarke skipped her four to a 17-11 triumph over Andrea Williams to lead the way. Anne Onto and her rink prevailed 22-18 over Raelene Heitmann to also score points. For Hope Valley Beverly Murdoch prevailed 18-17 over Christine Keller to get the club on the board.
West Lakes v Kensington/Marryatville:
West Lakes opened its 2020/21 pennant season with a hard fought 59-52 defeat of Kensington/Marryatville despite winning on only one of three rinks played. The Lakers banked eight points from the game.
Maria Paz and her four prevailed 26-12 over Jeanette Hill and the margin was enough to drag the Lakers over the line. For Kensi Robyn Walker and her rink came away with a 22-18 win over Robin Palmer. Cecily Griffith and her four ended the day with a 18-15 defeat of Karen Gatto.
“The weather was great and we are happy with the result” Palmer said after the game.
Tranmere v Gawler:
Gawler opened its season with a valuable 58-52 away win against Tranmere and picked up a valuable nine points.
In the split rink game Dawn Warland and her rink prevailed 22-14 over Elizabeth Bartram in a match winning performance. Kay Moncrieff came away with an 18-18 draw with Dianne Born. For Tranmere Sue Sanders and her four triumphed 20-18 over Teresa Dean.
Brighton v Payneham:
Brighton came out of the blocks flying in round one of the pennant season. Up against visiting side Payneham the southern club banked 12 points after a stunning 114-35 win.
Patria McGrath who is having her first season with Brighton skipped her four to a 50-8 defeat of Robin Darby in an amazing performance. Carli Mitchell also opened her account for her new club well prevailing 37-11 over Megan Stegmeyer. On the third rink Teresa Lyons and her four came away with a 27-16 triumph over June Hodkinson.
Semaphore v Morphett Vale:
Morphett Vale opened its season with a round one 67-43 defeat of home side Semaphore. The Emus grabbed 10 points after a great start to the year.
Ricki Hooper skipped her rink to a 30-8 win over Gaynor Alcorn in the day’s most telling results. Lea Modra and her four prevailed 24-17 over Anne Dunstan in another telling result. For Semaphore Kerrie Sharkie and her rink came away with an 18-13 defeat of Paulina Lawrie.
Somerton v Port Noarlunga:
Port Noarlunga began its pennant season positively banking 10 points after a heart stopping 56-55 win at Somerton on Tuesday.
In fine weather Barbara Nesbit skipped her rink to a 21-16 win over Maree Tumbas in the day’s best result. Jennifer Smith played well in her four’s 21-18 defeat of Karen Sander. For the Seagulls Yvonne Bekeris outpointed Zerena Cower 21-14 the Seagulls its only points.