It has been a very busy time for pennant players with two rounds completed on the weekend. On Saturday Round 6 was played while on Sunday the washed out games in Round 5 were completed.
In Round 6 the Tuross Grade 5 side played Malua Bay at home while the Grade 6 side had a bye. The game played on Saturday proved to be a very exciting game with the two sides unable to be separated after the 63 ends played. Both clubs had one team dominating but the third rink was a very tight affair. As a result the score on the key ‘main board’ was pretty close throughout the afternoon. As it happened the close game was the last to finish. With two ends to play Tuross lead 18 – 13 on this rink and 64 – 56 on the main board. To their credit the Malua Bay players really responded to the challenge and played some great bowls to pick up 4 shots on the second last end. Then, on the last end, the Malua Bay skipper played an excellent bowl with his last bowl to pick up another 4 shots!
The scores finished 64 all. On the back of winning two rinks Malua Bay recorded a narrow points victory. They picked up five and a half points while Tuross had to be content with four and a half. This means that their clash in Round 9 will be critical.
On Sunday the Grade 5 side travelled to Moruya while the Grade 6 side hosted Malua Bay. The Grade 5 side had a better result picking up 9 points to 1. They won two of the three rinks and had a combined score of 70 shots to 53. Michael Challice, Marcel Kors, Peter Macdonald and Joel Hilliard bounced back after a loss on Saturday to win 32 – 11. Rita Downie, Lou Kozlik, Sue Fahey and Carol Williams also hit back with a 22 – 15 win while Lorrie Bird, Doug Williams, Noel Downie and John Fahey went down 27 – 16.
The Grade 6 game at Tuross was a very even affair. After leading well early in the contest, Tuross had to hold off a very strong finish from Malua Bay to record a close victory. Two of the Tuross rinks set up big leads and managed to hold on well to record good wins. Bruce Magilton, Mick Atkinson, Ray Downey and Irene Macdonald won 21 – 16. Jim Madden, Alan Skelton, Rose Farrington and Allan Etheredge won 24 – 17. Len Downie, Des Jackson, Col Fletcher and Stuart Graham had a harder day and went down 24 – 14.
It was with some relief for the local players that they recorded their first overall win of the season. The final combined score was 59 shots to 57. Winning two rinks meant that they picked up 9 shots to Malua Bay’s 1.
Next week both sides are on the road with Grade 5 playing Dalmeny and Grade 6 playing Narooma.