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Balaklava downs Wasleys
THE closest Division One match on Satur-
day saw Balaklava defeat Wasleys by 9 shots.
Each side won one rink with the third rink tied.
Rene McPharlin (B) kept her skipper's
record intact with a 31-14 win over Dave
Olive (W) while Wayne Grady (W) was suc-
cessful against Trevor Clifford (B) 29-22.
Peter Thompson (B) and Sherri Nicolai (W)
fnished their clash 22-all.
Port Wakefeld travelled to Riverton and
returned with a two rinks up, 25 shot win
over their host.
For Port Wakefeld, Greg McPharlin was
too good for Joel Tucker (R), winning 34-18,
while Will McPharlin accounted for Neil Rog-
ers (R), 30-19. Riverton's rink points came
courtesy of Mark Griffths’ narrow 19-17 win
over Ray Murphy (PW).
The fnal match saw Hamley Bridge win
their frst match for a month at the expense
of Mallala. Thirteen shots and two rinks up in
Hamley Bridge’s favour was the fnal margin.
John Bubner (HB) had a narrow 30-24
win over Peter Furst (M) and Paul Fritz (HB)
emerged 29-20 victor over Jim Evans (M).
Brian Smith (M) gained Mallala's rink points
with a tight two shot defeat of Andrew Lem-
mon (HB), 26-24.
Owen had the bye for the round.
While no change took place in the Division
One standings, Mallala's chances of making
fnals are now over. Presently 26 points in
arrears, it has a bye and only two matches
left to play – a maximum of 24 points are
Hamley Bridge is 17 points out of the four,
but has a hard draw of Riverton, Wasleys and
Balaklava to fnish off with. It will need to win
all three of these matches and hope that the
sides immediately above them string together
a number of loses along the way.
Riverton is still 10 points out of the four
and faces Hamley Bridge, Owen and Mallala
in its fnal matches. While Riverton should win
against Hamley Bridge and Mallala, its clash
against Owen may prove to be the deciding
factor as to whether it makes the fnals or not.
Wasleys currently sits in fourth spot and
faces Port Wakefeld, Hamley Bridge and
Owen in coming weeks. It will need to play
its best bowls over those weeks as two wins
out of three may still be needed to secure
Owen currently sits nine points ahead of
fourth spot with Mallala, Riverton and Wasleys
still to play. Season form should see Owen
remain in the top four provided it does lose
all of these three matches.
The leading two sides, Balaklava and Port
Wakefeld, sit comfortably at the top of the
competition with the double chance virtually
assured for both sides.
No changes in Division Two
Division Two results, no change
in the standings took place though
an interesting battle for 3rd and
4th spots appears to be looming
over the coming weeks.
Competition leaders Port
Wakefeld Blue ventured to Tarlee
and returned home with a 26 shot,
2 rinks up win.
Steve Reimers (PWB) was
too good for J. Perry (TW), 28-
12, while Michael Olsen (PWB)
comfortably accounted for Frank
Gorey (TW), 31-16. Des Meyers
snatched rink points for Tarlee
White with a close 28-23 win
against Terry Cluse (PWB).
Balaklava Blue helped their
double chance aspirations with
a comfortable 25 hot win over
Mallala White with all rinks up.
Lindsay Day (BB) defeated
Terry Halford (MW), 29-20; Colin
Milton (BB) recorded a 26-17 win
against Ian O’Loan (MW), while
Graham Olsen (BB) accounted for
Geof Donlon (MW) 23-16.
Mallala Black's 14 shot win
against Balaklava White has kept
it in third spot.
Malcolm Dunstan (MB) fn-
ished 19 shots up against Tony
Jones (BW), 33-14, while Mick
King (MB) had a narrow win
against Colin Stewart (BW),
Balaklava White's points came
through Jim Bastian's 23-13 win
against Keith McDonald (MB).
Rounding out the top four is
Balaklava Red which emerged 11
shot winners against Hamley Red,
despite having only one rink up.
Kym Ackland (BR), with a
36-17 win against Colin Phillips
(HR), covered for Les Stott's (HR)
22-19 win over Peter McPharlin
(BR) and Bob Morris'(HR) 24-19
win against Chris Cowan (BR).
So, with three rounds to
play, Port Wakefeld Blue will
be diffcult to displace from the
minor premier's position while
Balaklava Blue should be able to
hold onto its second spot. Simi-
larly, Mallala Black should stay
in third spot.
However, the main interest
will be to see which side will
fnish fourth as a spread of only
11 points covers Balaklava Red,
Mallala White and Tarlee White.
This weekend's round is likely
to dent the fnal four aspirations of
a number of sides unless an upset
here or there eventuates.
Balaklava White's finals'
hopes are likely to come to an
end as it ventures across to Port
Wakefeld Blue which still has
had only one loss for the season.
Tarlee White has an interest-
ing match against second placed
Balaklava Blue knowing that a
win is needed if it still wishes
to remain in contention for the
When the sides last met a
month ago, Balaklava Blue
proved too strong for Tarlee White
by 30 shots. Season form suggests
that Balaklava Blue should notch
up another win here.
Hamley Red hosts Mallala
Black in what could be another
interesting encounter. When these
sides met earlier in the season
Hamley Red won by 4 shots
despite having only one rink up.
Will this result be as close?
Mallala White hosts Balaklava
Red to fnish the round. This
match is between the 4th and 5th
sides and so whichever side wins
could either help fnalise the top
four or throw into confusion the
battle for fourth, possibly third,
for another week or so.
Having not met since the start
of the season where Balaklava
Red took the honours by 4 shots
with 2 rinks up, a tight contest is
Mallala Black 74 (10) (M.
Dunstan 33, K. McDonald 13, M.
King 28) def. Balaklava White 60
(2) (T. Jones 14, J. Bastian 23, C.
Stewart 23); Balaklava Red 74 (8)
(P. McPharlin 19, K. Ackland 36,
C. Cowan 19) def. Hamley Red 63
(4) (L. Stott 22, C. Phillips 17, B.
Morris 24); Port Wakefeld Blue
82 (10) (S. Reimers 28, M. Olsen
31, T. Cluse 23) def. Tarlee White
56 (2) (J. Perry 12, F. Gorey 16,
D. Meyers 28); Balaklava Blue 78
(12) (L. Day 29, C. Milton 26, G.
Olson 23) def. Mallala White 53
(0) (T. Halford 20, I. O’Loan 17,
G. Donlon 16).
Pt Wakefeld Blue 157 +356.75
Balaklava Blue 137 +204
Mallala Black 127 +38
Balaklava Red 120 +34
Mallala White 111 +140
Tarlee White 109 +41
Balaklava White 98 +17
DIVISION TWO FIXTURES
-- February 23:
Tarlee White vs Balaklava
Blue, Mallala White vs Balaklava
Red, Hamley Red vs Mallala
Black, Port Wakefeld Blue vs
Now, for this weekend's matches. The
feature match will see Port Wakefeld host
In earlier clashes, Port Wakefeld won
the frst by 20 shots with two rinks up while
Wasleys won the return match by 8 shots, also
with 2 rinks up.
Since the mid-season break, Port Wake-
feld’s record is 4-1 compared to Wasleys’2-3.
This form suggests that Port Wakefeld should
be too strong for Wasleys on this occasion.
Riverton travels to Hamley Bridge for a
match that has signifcant implications for
both sides. For either side to remain a threat
to the sides above them in the standings, this
is a must win situation.
Two of Hamley Bridge’s six wins for the
season has been at the expense of Riverton,
recording 14 and 5 shot wins in those matches.
Can Hamley Bridge severely dent River-
ton’s fnal four aspirations or can Riverton
rise to the occasion and record their frst win
against Hamley Bridge for the season?
The fnal match sees Owen host Mallala.
A win for Owen will go a long way to ensur-
ing that their third spot is secure; for Mallala,
perhaps their only incentive will be to throw
a spanner in the works and record an upset.
While Owen has had two wins against
Mallala so far – frstly, by one shot with only
one rink up and, secondly, by 10 shots with 2
rinks up – a tight match is expected once again.
Balaklava has the bye for round 19.
Balaklava 72 (9) (T. Clifford 19, R.
McPharlin 31, P. Thompson 22) def. Wasleys
65 (3) (W. Grady 29, D. Olive 14, S. Nicolai
22); Port Wakefeld 81 (10) (G. McPharlin
34, W. McPharlin 30, R. Murphy 17) def.
Riverton 56 (2) (J. Tucker 18, N. Rogers 19,
M. Griffths 19); Hamley Bridge 83 (10) (J.
Bubner 30, P. Fritz 29, A. Lemmon 24) def.
Mallala 70 (2) (P. Furst 24, J. Evans 20, B.
Smith 26); Owen bye.
STANDINGS: M Pts + / -
16 131 +159
Port Wakefeld 16 116 +114
15 89 +42
15 79 -66
Hamley Bridge 15 72 -112
16 63 -140
NEXT FIXTURES – February 23:
Owen vs Mallala, Hamley Bridge vs
Riverton, Port Wakefield vs Wasleys,
n PHIL Duffeld, Hamley Bridge,
sends his bowl down during
the Fours Championship at
Riverton on Sunday.
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