Hawthorn came away from its game at Tranmere on Thursday as the only Premier club to register three wins from three starts this year. It has been a great start for the Hawks and I managed to catch up with Wendy Clarke for a bit of a chat yesterday afternoon. “Yes, it has been a great start for the team. Our rinks have gelled together and today at Tranmere really showed how well we have settled in. My rink had a good win with my lead Dawn Stoddart and second Maggie Forbes bowling out of their skins. Christine Keller and her four also picked up a win and after trailing by 11 with five ends to go Anne Onto fought back to go down by two.”
In Division One Both Morphett Vale and Brighton got up and remain undefeated after three rounds.
Prospect/Broadview v Club Holdfast:
Club Holdfast came to play and did just that pocketing 12 points after an excellent 87- 48 win against Prospect Broadview.
With all rinks playing well Mila Crimshaw did best prevailing 44—19 over Jackie Barber in a match-defining performance. Andrea Cresswell skipped her four to a 23-13 defeat of Jan Nicholls in another eye-catching result.
Sandy Wallace and her rink also banked points after a 20-16 win against Denise Caulfield.
Tranmere v Hawthorn:
Hawthorn chalked up its third win for the year prevailing 72-49 and banking 10 points at Tranmere.
It was another good result for the Hawks with Wendy Clarke and her rink leading the way with a 31-12 defeat of Dianne Ferris. Christine Keller skipped her four to a 19-13 triumph over Mary Feddersen.
For Tranmere Jackie Gardiner hung on well against a fast-finishing Anne Onto, finally prevailing 24-22 to give her club its only points.
Ascot Park v Payneham:
Ascot Park fought hard all day against a talented Payneham combination before finally coming away with a 67-47 home win. The Lions won on two rinks of three played.
Chris Thulborn and her four did best with a 27-15 defeat of the talented Laini McGorman. Sue Coultas was equally impressive in her rink’s 25-13 win over Fiona McGregor. For the Panthers, Sue Maddern continued her good form prevailing 19-15 over Riina Bradbrook.
In round four Ascot Park will be at Lockleys and Payneham will host Tranmere.
Happy Valley v Marion:
After a mixed season thus far, Happy Valley show some class prevailing 82-38 against Marion and banking a full count of 12 points at home.
With plenty to play for Jenny Davis and her rink got out of the blocks early and went on with it prevailing 37-8 against the experienced Lyn Prosso in the day’s most telling result. Deb Fry skipped her four to a 28-16 defeat of Jackie Field in another good performance. Avis Steer and her rink fought hard all day finally grabbing the points after a 17-14 win against Michelle Butler.
In round four the Valley will be at Club Holdfast and Marion will host Hope Valley.
Hope Valley v Lockleys
The Hope Valley players played out of their skins in the club’s best performance for the year. An 87-46 defeat of Lockleys and a pick up of a full count 12 points at home is proof of that.
With the three rinks playing well all day, Andrea Williams and her rink did best prevailing 30-11 over Lynette Nixon in the day’s most influential result. Raelene Heitmann skipped her four to an excellent 29-18 defeat of Karen Kovaleff. Beverly Murdoch skipped her rink to a 28-17 win over Lyn Teague to round off a great day.
In round four Hope Valley is at Marion and Lockleys hosts Ascot Park.
In Division One Brighton continues to make its presence felt. The southern club has won its first three games with a new-look side and on Thursday afternoon I had the opportunity to talk with Liz Allen. I asked about the club’s recruitment program during the off-season and she replied: “ John the players that you see performing so well are amongst a group that arrived pre-season saying that they really wanted to play at Brighton. It is the main reason that our Division One team has settled so well. They are enjoying our facilities and we hope that our success continues.” Thanks for the comments Liz and good luck for the rest of the season.
West Lakes v Port Noarlunga:
After a good couple of wins, West Lakes was forced to settle for a 58-58 draw with Port Noarlunga at home on Thursday. The Lakers picked up five points and the Gulls 7 points after a classic game.
For Port Noarlunga, Karlee Moffat skipped her four to a 28-13 defeat of Maria Paz in a match-saving performance away from home.
Barbara Nesbit and her rink fought hard all day before grabbing the points after prevailing 21-20 over Karen Gatto. For the Lakers, Doris Thomas and her four showed a lot of class in the foursome’s 25-9 win against Jennifer Smith.
In Round four Port Noarlunga hosts Gawler and West Lakes is at Morphett Vale.
Tranmere v Morphett Vale:
Morphett Vale continued its winning run to three after an excellent 66-50 10point win at Tranmere on Thursday. The Emus are one of only two clubs that remain undefeated going into round four.
Ricki Hooper skipped her four to a 25-10 defeat of Elizabeth Bartram in the day’s best result. Lea Modra again stood out in her rink’s 26-18 triumph over Sue Sanders. “Our team continues to play well. The rinks are settled and we just need to continue to play every game with confidence” Modra said. For Tranmere Pam Fullarton grabbed an important two points after a 22-15 success over Pauline Lawrie.
In round four The Morphett Vale Emus hosts West Lakes and Tranmere is at Payneham.
Somerton v Payneham:
The Seagulls came up with a big result grabbing 10 points after a 67-49 home win against Payneham on Thursday. With big performances at home so important at this point in the season this was a good one.
Maree Tumbas and her rink played well in the foursome’s 27-11 defeat of June Hodkinson. Karen Sander skipped her four to a 22-16 success over Robyn Derby in another good result.
For the Panthers Marlene Davey banked points after a 22-18 win against Yvonne Bekeris.
Gawler v Kensington/Marryatville:
Gawler played well on its home green winning on two rinks of three played and pocketing 10 points after a 65-61 defeat of Kensington/Marryatville. It was an important 10 points at this stage of the season.
Kay Moncrieff skipped her four to a 25-19 defeat of Robyn Walker in a match-winning performance. Dawn Warland and her rink won a tight one 21-17 over Cecily Griffiths to also gain points. For Kensington Jeanette hill played well in her four’s 25-19 win against Teresa Dean.
In round four Gawler is at Port Noarlunga and Kensi hosts Semaphore.
Semaphore v Brighton:
Brighton continued to push the boundaries gabbing 10 points after prevailing 63-59 at Semaphore.
The southern club remains undefeated going into round four. Patria McGrath and her rink were again on fire in the foursome’s 30-8 win against Kerry Sharkie in the club’s best result. Carli Mitchell played well in her four’s 22-15 defeat of Anne Dunstan. For Semaphore Gaynor Alcorn skipped her rink to a 36-11 defeat of Teresa Lyons. On another day such a performance would change the overall result.
In round four Semaphore is at Kensington/Marryatville and Brighton hosts Somerton.
23rd October 2020