Doreen Dyson &
Alan Dent regained top spot in division one of the Australian Open Pairs as
they powered to a 25-9 win over Irene Bailey & Ken Hasnip. The victorious pair took first place due to a
superior shots difference over Liz Draper & Tony Powell who did not have a
game and both pairs have played the same number of games.
& Mike Norton clung on to third place after somehow salvaging a draw
against Pam & Keith Dennett. The Dennetts were in charge early on and led 7-0 but a couple
of 3s helped Malcolm & Mike get back into the game at 8-7 behind. Pam & Keith then regained the advantage
by opening a 14-8 lead and looked set for the win but a 2 on the penultimate
end gave Malcolm & Mike an outside chance which they gladly took by scoring
4 on the final end to rob Pam & Keith of the win they deserved.
There was an
excellent low-scoring game between Barrie Scott & John Clayton and Gill
& Pete Fletcher which saw Barrie & John starting well by opening up a
7-0 lead. This became 9-3 before the
Fletchers chipped away at the deficit to take it to a last-end decider with
Barrie & John hanging on to win 9-8.
There was another
cracking game where Ros & Barry Toyn just kept
their noses in front against Lorraine & Dave Evans until the twelfth end
when, with the Toyns leading 9-6, the Evans came up
with a score of 6 to take a three shots lead. They then scored 2 on the next end to
effectively clinch the game although Ros & Barry went down fighting by
grabbing a 4 and only lost 14-13.
Another round of
fixtures and another win for Morning Triples league leaders Jack Rabbits who
can't seem to do anything wrong at the moment although they were given a tough
time by Wasps. The Rabbits won the first
two ends and had a six-shots lead but Wasps chewed away at the deficit and got
within one shot going into the final end where they were so close to gaining at
least a draw until Rabbits' skip removed an offending bowl and then bowled in
for a count of 3 to give Rabbits a 13-9 victory.
Only two points
separate the next six teams with White Rose staying one point in front of the
chasing pack despite not having a game.
tasted success when coming good in the second half of their game against
Falcons. It was close up to end seven
with Falcons ahead by one shot but Mixtures scored two 3s over the next three
ends to go 12-8 in front and hold out for a 14-10 victory.
It was a similar
story for Wishfuls who had trailed Meridian by 6-2
before winning the next five ends to go four shots ahead and eventually win
There was a
cracking game between Ravens and Mudlarks which started in spectacular
fashion. Ravens opened with a 4 but
Mudlarks also bagged a 4 on the second end and followed with two 2s to lead
8-4. Ravens responded with a 5 and added
two 3s and a single over the next four ends to go 16-10 in front. Mudlarks came back with single shots on the
next three ends and then grabbed three shots on the final end with the game
finishing in a very honourable 16-16 draw.
Despite not having
a scheduled game Jack Rabbits remained clear at the top of the Morning Triples
league as the rest of
the teams continued to beat each other with positions changing
regularly. White Rose nipped into second
spot after coming good at the end of their game against Mudlarks. In a tight game they had a 6-5 lead after
eight ends but then won the next four to finish 15-5 victors.
Meridan lost second position as they were given a mauling by Dolly Mixtures who
scored 6 on the first end and had a 15-0 lead after seven ends. Meridian did perk up a bit after that and
damage limitation saw the score finish at 17-8.
Two big ends helped
Wishfuls power to a 19-5 win over Wasps. A 5 put Wishfuls
6-2 ahead and a 7 two ends later put them in command
Ravens fought back
from 4-1 down to lead 9-4 against Falcons but then fell prey to a score of 5 as
their opponents drew level and got themselves in a flap as Falcons went on to
win 14-10 and move off the bottom of the table at Wasps' expense.
Charlie Briggs & Richard Tyrell
lost their advantage at the top of division two of the Australian Open Pairs
when beaten 13-10 by Wendy & Peter Neve.
The scores were level after six ends but Wendy & Pete scored a 5 to
give themselves breathing space and their opponents couldn't pull it back.
This gave Bernice Culham
& Sandie Siddle the opportunity to move level on
points at the top as they won 18-13 against Wendy Porter & Fred Bradley who
was standing in for Vanessa Drewery. It was a similar story to the previous game
with the scores level after eight ends until Bernice & Sandie scored a 5 and also
won the next three ends before Wendy & Fred finished on a high with a 4 on
the final end.
In the battle of the bottom two pairs
Tony Hunter & Joe Yensen just got the better of
Barry Bishell & Phil Hodgkinson in the 17-12 scoreline. Barry
& Phil scored singles on the first three ends but Tony & Joe then
scored a 5 and opened a 10-3 lead. Barry
& Phil pulled back to within one shot but Tony & Joe grabbed another 5
on the next-last end to seal the win.
It was a fairly close tussle for most
the game between Roger Orme & Terry Cornwall (standing in for Heather
Masters) and Chris & Bob Tice but Roger & Terry won four of the last
five ends to run out 18-6 victors.
Morning Triples league leaders Jack
Rabbits were quick off the mark in their game against Ravens and opened up a 13-3
advantage after seven ends but Ravens won the next five ends to close the gap
to four shots before Rabbits limped over the line by winning the final two ends
for a 16-9 victory.
Meridian replaced Ravens in second
spot after a similar game to the above with the same scoreline.
Meridian had led 12-4 against Mudlarks before being pegged back to 12-9 but a 3
and a one over the last two ends secured the victory.
White Rose eventually finished
comfortable winners over Falcons despite it being a close game after eight
ends. At that stage White Rose only led by two shots but they won the next four
ends including a 4 and a 5 over the final two ends to run out 21-6 winners.
No problems for Dolly Mixtures who
enjoyed a surprisingly simple victory over Wishful who could only manage three
singles. Mixtures led 14-1 after seven ends and later scored a '5' to finish
convincing winners by 23-3.
Another win for Jack Rabbits sees
them clear at the top of the table whilst the rest of the teams continue to
beat each other. The leaders won the first seven ends against Meridian before
their opponents got on the scoresheet but Meridian only scored again on the
last two ends as Rabbits eased to victory. For the good of the competition they
need to be stopped !
Ravens are perched in second spot
after just getting the better of Wasps. In a close contest the scores were
level at 6-6 after ten ends before Ravens scored two 3s to give themselves
breathing space and hang on to win 12-10 as Wasps grabbed a 4 on the last end
Another cracking game saw White Rose
edge a 13-11 win against Dolly Mixtures. White Rose started well and had a 9-2
lead before Mixtures found their form and came back to draw level at 9 each.
White Rose went ahead again with a 3 but Mixtures then grabbed two singles but
it was White Rose who grabbed the vital shot on the final end.
An 8 on the fourth end saw Falcons
take a 11-3 lead against Wishfuls but nearly
squandered their advantage as their opponents reduced the arrears to four
shots. Falcons responded with two 2s and a couple of ends later scored a 6 to
go 21-8 ahead and eventually win 22-11.
In the Australian Pairs, division one, a second
defeat in three matches for Malcolm Pearce & Mike Norton makes the defence
of their title much harder. They were beaten 15-12 by Liz Draper & Tony
Powell in an excellent game which wasn't decided until the final end when Tony
bowled in to make two shots. Liz & Tony have won their three games but
remain in second spot on shots difference behind Doreen Dyson & Alan Dent
who also have full points from three games. They enjoyed a simple 25-7 victory
over Barrie Scott & John Clayton.
There was also a comfortable win for Derek Woodforth & Malcolm Skelton (standing in for the Dennetts) who beat Ros & Barry Toyn
Gill & Pete Fletcher going nicely in their game
against Irene Bailey & Ken Hasnip with a 13-5
until Irene & Ken grabbed a 5 on the penultimate end to make it an
interesting finish but the Fletchers got the vital shot on the final end to
secure a 14-10 win.
Only three of the scheduled four
games were played in division 2 of the Australian Open Pairs on Wednesday
morning where a convincing victory for Charlie Briggs & Richard Tyrell kept
them at the top of the table with maximum points. They only led 8-0 after five
ends but then ran away with the game only allowing the inexperienced opposition
of Barry Bishell & Phil Hodgkinson to win two
It was a similar story for Heather
Masters & Roger Orme who dominated the first six ends against Wendy Porter
& Vanessa Drewery but even when the latter pair
scored a 5 on the next end any hopes of a fightback were dashed when Heather
& Roger fired back with a 5 of their own and won four of the next five ends
to finish comfortable winners.
There was a closer game between
Sandie Siddle & Terry Cornwall (standing in for
Bernice Culham) against Chris & Bob Tice, at
least for the first six ends when the score was 5 shots each. Sandie &
Terry then won seven successive ends and eventually secured a 15-6 victory.
Current Morning Triples league
leaders Jack Rabbits can do little wrong at the moment and they merrily
scampered to a fifth successive win when beating Dolly Mixures
18-5. The Mixtures were restricted to five singles whilst the Rabbits picked up
four 3s in their tally.
Mudlarks looked to be set for a
comfortable win when they led 11-1 after five ends but opponents Wishfuls won five of the next six ends to get back to within
two shots only for Mudlarks to slide over the line with two singles on the last
two ends for a 14-10 victory.
Best game of the session was Wasps
versus White Rose with Wasps winning the first two ends before White Rose
blossomed over the next four ends to go 7-3 ahead. Wasps then won three of the
following four ends to regain the advantage at 11-8 only for White Rose to
grab four shots on the penultimate
end before Wasps earned a draw with the vital shot on the final end.
The other game saw Meridian beat
Falcons 16-10 but as their scorecard was not to hand I
can't provide details.
We are now looking at the format and make up of the winter leagues. It would be appreciated if
those team captains and pairs players who have not yet indicated their intentions
could do so as soon as possible. If anyone wishes to enter new teams there are
vacancies in ALL leagues !