It was a very tough day on the green for both of the Tuross sides in round 3 of the 2021 Pennants. The Grade 5 side travelled to Malua Bay and found the hosts far too strong. The Grade 6 side were also on the road when they played Tomakin who also proved too strong.
The Grade 5 side could only manage to win one rink with Joel Hilliard’s team maintaining their unbeaten run. Their win was based on excellent defensive bowls with their opponents struggling to score multiple shots. They won 20 -14. Carol Williams’ team won their share of ends but could not pick up the shots needed. The difference proved to be two ends where they dropped four shots on both. They went down 20 -11. John Monk’s side lost their unbeaten run with a heavy 30 – 7 defeat.
Malua Bay had a convincing 64 to 36 aggregate shots victory which earned them 9 pennant points. Tuross had to be satisfied with 1 pennant point from their sole rink victory.
All three of the Grade 6 teams started very slowly and they were heading for a massive defeat. After 33 of the total 63 ends to be played Tomakin had established a very commanding lead of 47 to 13. However, the Tuross sides fought back well on all three rinks and gradually narrowed the gap. At the 57 end mark Tomakin’s lead had been cut to just 8 shots at 56 – 48 and it was anyone’s match. Tomakin was able to hold on and they won 64 – 52.
The Tuross rink of Des Jackson, Mick Atkinson, Ray Downey and Lorrie Bird performed very well to go from 15 – 8 down to win their rink 20 – 16. Irene Macdonald’s team had the chance to snatch a come from behind win as well but lost the last end to go down 21 – 18. Allan Etheredge’s team fought back from 19 – 1 down to 21 – 14 with two ends to play. However, their opponents finished strongly to win 27 -14. Tomakin won the tie 9 – 1.
Next week the Grade 5 side are at home to Dalmeny while the Grade 6 have to make the long trip to play Braidwood at Braidwood. The Club’s Major Singles Championship will start next Sunday – March 14.